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Elgin Theatre Company will be holding audition for the following play:  Click here for "On Golden Pond" auditions

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       On Golden Pond    a 1979 play by Ernest Thompson    

On Golden Pond is a 1979 play by Ernest Thompson. This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.


    Audition dates/times:   

Auditions for On Golden Pond will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on Monday, December 12, 2016, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Call Backs, if needed, will be December 12, at 7:00 PM.

    Audition location:            Auditions will be held at First United Methodist Church of Elgin, 216 Highland Ave., Elgin, IL.

    Audition requirements:    Participants will be doing a cold reading from the script that will show your ability.

    Cast Needed:    Cast needed: Ethel Thayer - Mature woman, Norman Thayer - Elderly male, Chelsea Thayer Wayne - middle aged woman, Billy Ray - 40 or so, Billy Ray Jr. 13 or so, Charlie Martin - 40 or so. Total Cast: 6


 Rehearsals:                      TBD


    Note:     Actors who are cast in the show will be given one (1) complimentary ticket for one performance of the show (any date).

    Crew:     We also need crew members: set builders, technical support (lights and sound), costumes, and ushers. If interested, contact Linda Collins at


 1. Please be clear and honest about your availability and conflicts, the staff will try to accommodate your schedule.

 2. Please be honest on your audition sheet if you will only accept a particular role/roles.

 3. The director may have some questions...... relax and enjoy the experience.

 4. Have fun and be energetic, connected, focused, energized, and make bold choices!!

 5. Please identify any character you are interested in playing, and put your efforts toward that end.



Director:     Linda Collins of Elk Grove Village

Assistant Director/Stage Manager:     Kaitlin Moser

Producers:   TBD


Audition Forms:  We will have forms at the audition,

                                    or you can print them here:   click to print Registration Form     click to print Information Form


This program is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.



Future Audition notices

The Elgin Theatre Company holds open auditions for every play. Information can be found:

  • On this web site.
  • In the Elgin Courier News. Look in the listings section of the weekly 'Go' section.
  • On WRMN AM 1410. Listen for the 'What's Happening' segment at 6:25 AM and 7:25 AM each week day morning.

Other means of publicity may be used. 


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