On Golden Pond
Castle Hill Players

On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson
Director: Valerie Miller
Performance dates: 25 July to 20 August 2015

Audition: Thursday 7 April 2016
Held at the Pavilion Theatre, Doran Drive Castle Hill.
Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7.30pm start

A Standard American (USA) accent is required.

Significant Dates:
Performance Run – 25 July to 20 August 2016
Performances run on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday matinee
Opening Night 29 July 2016
Previews – Monday 25 July and Wednesday 27 July 2016
Major Dress and Technical rehearsal – Saturday 23 July 2016

The Story

On Golden Pond is a charming slice of life play that encompasses universal family themes such as aging, regret at actions taken and not taken, disappointment, love, resentment, loss, forgiveness, acceptance and renewal. It deals with a family coming to grips with finality and reflection as to whether or not they “measured up.” Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spends every summer at their home on Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter Chelsea visits, bringing along her fiancé Bill and his 13-year-old son Billy. The rocky relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, all combine to give this play a unique insight into the modern universal family.

The setting is Golden Pond, Maine


Charlie Martin (aged in 40s) – A single local man; has known the Thayers most of his life; has been the mailman on the lake for many years; is two years older than Chelsea and has been harboring feelings for her since their youth.

Bill Ray (aged in 40s) – Chelsea’s fiancé; is a dentist from California; father to thirteen-year-old Billy; is an honest person who confronts issues in a straightforward way and it wins Norman’s approval and respect.

Billy Ray, Jr. (13-14) – The son of Bill Ray – smart, appears confident and comfortable with himself and is not intimidated by Norman; is adaptable, open-minded, and expressive.

Ethel Thayer (mid to late 60s) – Norman’s sixty-nine-year-old wife; energetic, loving, sociable, nonjudgmental, good-nature, and encouraging; good at handling Norman’s crankiness

Norman Thayer, Jr. (mid to late 70s) – A retired college professor with slow mental decline; humorous, boyish, distinguished and respectable; enjoys solitary activities such as reading and fishing; sarcastic sense of humor

Chelsea Thayer Wayne (early 40s) – the only child of Ethel and Norman; 42 and divorced; has a strained relationship with her parents

Female Phone Operator – (any age) – the phone operator who has two brief conversations with Norman at the beginning of the play.

* The ages are the character’s ages


During April, rehearsals have been schedule to run on Mondays/Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm. From May onwards, rehearsals will run Mondays and Thursday evening from 7pmThere will be Saturday rehearsals scheduled

Please email or phone 0414 656 463 if you would like a copy of the script to be sent to you electronically before the audition or to discuss the production.
Thank you, Valerie Miller – Director

Note: Castle Hill Players hold  6 auditions each year on a Tuesday night at the theatre. They are advertised two weeks prior on this website.