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Huron ACT brings ‘On Golden Pond’ to stage

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 6th, 2012

“On Golden Pond” cast members include, from left, David Hubbard, Melanie Letsche, Barb Evenson, Chuck Mahowald, Ryland Balcom and Allan Schmaltz. In the next photo are, from left, director Mike Lyon, Ryland Balcom, who plays Billy, and David Hubbard, who plays Charlie the mailman. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

In his second time in the director’s chair, Mike Lyon has been working and planning for a year to bring “On Golden Pond” to the Huron Area Community Theatre stage.

“When I first committed to directing this play last fall, I knew I wanted it to be special,” said Lyon. “I’ve been brainstorming ideas with my wife and friends. We’ve been bouncing ideas around and back and forth. And now the cast has gotten involved and everything is falling into place. We are ready to go.”

“On Golden Pond” focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. The story takes place during their 48th summer at the lake, when they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé and his son in tow. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, the evolving and improving family relationships and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. The original award-winning play came out in 1979 and the Oscar-winning movie came out in 1981.

Casting began last August and was not without its problems. “I had some great people try out for the roles,” Lyon commented. “But we had some problems with scheduling. A couple actors I had to find replacements for because they were unable to continue.” But he is thrilled to introduce three rookie actors to the Huron ACT production, as well as welcome back three veteran actors.

The cast of the play, written by Ernest Thompson, is composed of Chuck Mahowald as Norman Thayer Jr.; Barb Evenson as Ethel Thayer; Melanie Letsche as their daughter, Chelsea; David Hubbard as the mail man, Charlie; Allan Schmaltz as Bill, Chelsea’s boyfriend; and Ryland Balcom as Billy, Bill’s son.

Mahowald, Letsche and Schmaltz are the returning actors who have all been involved in multiple productions. The first-timers are Evenson, Hubbard and Balcom. All of them have acted before, but for Evenson and Hubbard it has been several years. Balcom, who is a freshman, was involved in all of the middle school plays.

“He is a very busy, active kid,” said Lyon. “He has outside commitments plus his school work. But he is always the first one on set for rehearsals and gives 100 percent every time.”

Lyon also mentioned that Evenson and Hubbard took to their roles like ducks to water and have picked up their lines quickly.

“I am thrilled with this cast and the crew,” Lyon said. “The actors have a great relationship with each other and everything feels very natural. I am also very excited about the finished set. A lot of people in the community don’t realize that every time they donate an item to HACT or loan us an item, it has a cumulative effect in making our plays and sets special.”

And Lyon feels that “On Golden Pond” will be no exception. “I feel that there are actually seven cast members of the play. There are the six humans and then the set,” he explained. “The play is set in a cabin built in 1914 and it has a lot of history with this family. I wanted it to be a part of the play, not just a background.”

The set was a difficult aspect of producing this play because the Fine Arts Center has a small stage. But Lyon said he is excited about the ideas that have unfolded as the set has come together.

“On Golden Pond” will be presented at the Fine Arts Center, 939 Ohio Ave. S.W., Nov. 9, 10 and 11 and the following weekend, Nov. 16, 17, and 18. The curtain opens at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and the Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Fair City Foods or online at huronact.com. This is the first production that Huron ACT has sold tickets via the Internet.

For the complete article see the 11-04-2012 issue.

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