On Golden Pond by Earnest Thompson
April 28 - May 1, 2016
On Golden Pond is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer (played by Drs. John and Cheryl Weiss), 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, Chelsea (played by Sherrie Smith) and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son, Billy Ray, Jr. (played by Brendan Pernell) 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.
Meet the Actors
Paul Brown (Bill), a native of Greenwood, is the Choir Director/Organist at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and a Registered Nurse at AMG Specialty Hospital. He studied music at the University of Mississippi, before continuing his training at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD.
After returning to MS, he received his Associate Degree in nursing from MDCC. Paul is the President of the Greenwood Chorale and is the Vice President of Matinee Musicale. For GLT, Paul most recently directed The Producers, directed music for Into the Woods, and performed in The Butler Did It.
Brendan Pernell (Billy) was born and raised in Greenwood and currently attends school at Pillow Academy in the Honors program.
He first appeared in GLT’s 2013 production of Curiosity Cat as Sergeant Schultz. He recently appeared in a production of Check Please by the Pillow Academy Drama Department.
Brendan is a two-time Spelling Bee Champion for the Greenwood Public School District and plays trumpet in the Pillow Academy Band. He is also on the Pillow Tennis Team and plays Exchange Club Baseball.
Sherrie Smith (Chelsea) is owner and operator of Delta Massage in historic downtown Greenwood.
On Golden Pond is her third GLT production. She played “Pamela” in The Fox On The Fairway last season and was the props mistress for The Producers.
She enjoys running and completed the Viking Half-Marathon earlier this year.
Cheryl Weiss (Ethel) has enjoyed a great deal of national performing experience. Her roles at GLT include “Jack’s Mother” in Into the Woods and “The Woman” in The Good Doctor.
She has an MFA in Vocal Performance from University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Idaho.
Cheryl has soloed with the Greenwood Chorale, and taught choirs and voice at Mississippi Delta Community College and introduction to research at Delta State University. She serves as rehearsal accompanist for MVSU’s University Choir, and teaches voice lessons.
John Weiss (Norman) resides in Greenwood and teaches at Mississippi Valley State University, directing University Choir, Valley Singers, and various vocal and music education classes.
He and his wife, Cheryl (Ethel), have lived all over the United States and opening night of On Golden Pond is their 42nd wedding anniversary. He has performed with many opera and theater companies and is grateful to GLT for this opportunity to collaborate with such a wonderful cast and crew.
Tom Weldon (Charlie) has lived in the Teoc, MS area for around 25 yrs and is a board member and active participant at GLT.
His favorite show was Into the Woods, and he’s had parts in The Good Doctor, The Producers, Curiosity Cat, and A Christmas Carol.
About the Director
Forrest Hodge is Programming Coordinator for the Greenwood Le ore Library and has lived in Greenwood all his life. He’s an active GLT member, directed last season’s The Butler Did It, and has appeared in several productions in recent years, such as The Producers, The Fox on the Fairway, The Good Doctor, and A Christmas Carol.
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