Valley Player's ‘On Golden Pond’

Chelsea (Mikki Nucci) struggles with her frustration with her father, Norman (J. Louis Reid) in a scene from “On Golden Pond,” playing now through Aug. 18 at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield.

‘On Golden Pond’ by Ernest Thompson continues during the Valley Players’ 40th anniversary season Aug. 9 through 18, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. For the first time in Valley Players’ history, all the plays this season have been previously produced by the group. Originally produced in 1982, “On Golden Pond” tells the love story of Ethel (Donna Carron Cristen, Waitsfield) and Norman (J. Louis Reid, Milton) Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter, Chelsea (Mikki Nucci, Waitsfield) and her dentist fiancé (Paul Cavaliere, Montpelier), who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son (Robert Nucci, Waitsfield) 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. The cast also includes Brent Adams (Warren) as Charlie Martin, the local delivery-by-boat mailman. The show is directed by Jeanne Beckwith of Roxbury; Joanne Puente is the stage manager. Tickets and more information:,, 802-583-1674. Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main Street, Waitsfield.

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