On Golden Pond

An American Classic by Ernest Thompson

June 21, 2012 - September 1, 2012

This charming love story follows Ethel and Norman Thayer as they return to their summer home in Maine. Their respite is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of their estranged daughter, her fiancé, and his teenage son. Over the course of the summer, an unlikely friendship develops between Norman and the boy, which sparks a renewed zest for life in the Thayer family. In the twilight years of marriage, Ethel and Norman rediscover the joy and romance of every day living.

Directed by Michelle Mountain


  • Ian Bejster

  • David Daoust
  • Richard Henzel
  • John Peakes
  • Jan Radcliff
  • Rhiannon Ragland
  • Milo Tucker-Meyer
  • Tom Whalen

Press Quotes

“…a healthy dose of life, love and nostalgia…”
- John Quinn, EncoreMichigan.com

“…this production of On Golden Pond is evocative of the essential summer vacation pleasures: it’s refreshing, it’s spiritually healing, and it offers a brief respite from our clamorous, everyday lives. Good summer vacations help us distinguish between things that are truly important and those that are merely urgent. This play has that same grounding effect.
- Patty Nolan, Detroit Theatre Examiner

“…a flawless production that upholds the highest standards…Purple Rose’s On Golden Pond is a wonderful treat for Southeast Michigan theatergoers.”
- Robert Delaney, New Monitor

“…top-notch talent both on stage and behind the scenes.”
- Jenn McKee, AnnArbor.com

“…the story still has the capacity to make us laugh, recognize our own imperfect families, tear up, and yet leave the theater feeling good. This is not just a story of growing old but a reflection of what it takes to love one another. Below the one-liners and clever jokes is a universally moving acceptance and affirmation of life.”
- Ann Holt, Jackson Citizen Patriot

“…John Peakes is back, in all his glory and at the top of his game…”
- Tom Helma, Lansing City Pulse

This production has been generously sponsored by: