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'On Golden Pond' love story stands test of time

On Golden Pond is a classic story brought to life by the Academy Award-winning performance of Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda in the 1981 film version.

But it was a play long before it hit the silver screen and On Golden Pond opens Feb. 13 at the Little Theatre of Walla Walla.

If ever there was a romantic story to tie in with Valentine's Day, then On Golden Pond is the one because characters Norman and Ethel Thayer, despite their years, are as much in love with each other as two people can be.

The couple spend summers at their lake cabin on Golden Pond. As the story unfolds an awakening begins during one summer at the lake when Chelsea comes to visit them with her fiance and his son.

Norman's sharp tongue, however, is one of the reasons his relationship with his daughter is strained. And Ethel is the consummate mother and wife, struggling to mend the rift between the two people she loves most.

The lead characters in the Little Theatre production are Jeff Schlicher as Norman, Phyllis Bonds as Ethel and Marilyn Washabaugh as Chelsea.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. Feb. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 with a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 22. The play, co-directed by Robert Randall and Cheryl Sutlick, is recommended for all ages.

Tickets are $12 for ages 14 and older, $9 for ages 13 and younger. Tickets are available at the door.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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