Three Wartburg College professors and two college staff members play roles in the Wartburg Players production of “On Golden Pond

The production, directed by Dr. William Earl of the communication arts faculty, will run for two 7:30 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, in McCaskey Lyceum of Saemann Student Center. Admission is by donation.

The plot focuses on Ethel and Norman Thayer, an elderly couple who spend each summer at their lake home on Golden Pond. Their daughter, Chelsea, and her fiancé visit her parents and leave his son at the lake while they embark on a trip. The play explores the often-turbulent relationship between Chelsea and her father and the difficulties Norman and Ethel face in the twilight years of their long marriage.

Dr. Walter C. “Chip” Bouzard, professor of religion, plays Norman Thayer, and Wartburg registrar Sheree Covert plays Ethel. Dr. Denis Drolet, associate professor of chemistry, plays Charlie, the mailman. MaryBeth Koberna, office coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement, plays Chelsea. Dr. Brian J. Pfaltzgraff, assistant professor of music, portrays Bill Ray, Chelsea’s fiancé, and Waverly-Shell Rock middle school student Cade Olmstead plays Billy Jr.

The Ernest Thompson play opened off Broadway in 1978 and won a Tony Award for best actress and a Drama Desk Award for outstanding new play. A film version released in 1981 starred Kathryn Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda.

“On Golden Pond” is one of many activities planned for Wartburg’s Family Weekend, Sept. 23-25.

Wartburg Players, a student drama organization, promotes active on- and off-stage participation in Wartburg theatre productions.