Rochester Civic Theatre presents “On Golden Pond”, a touching, funny and life-affirming drama.

This is the heartwarming story of aging Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer on a lake called Golden Pond. One summer they are visited by their daughter Chelsea, her fiancé Billy Ray and his son Billy Ray Jr. The play explores the often turbulent relationship between Chelsea and her father and the challenges that accompany a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.

‘On Golden Pond’, written by Ernest Thompson, had a successful Broadway run in 1979. It also became an Academy Award winning film in 1981 starring Henry Fonda (in his final film role), Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda.

(RCT 'On Golden Pond' rehearsal)

The Rochester Civic Theatre production of ‘On Golden Pond’ features Merritt Olsen and Mary Lambert in the roles of Norman and Ethel. Amanda Ruggeri and Sean Lundberg play Chelsea and Billy Ray. Logan Ackerman is young Billy Ray Jr and Angus Russell plays the part of Charlie. This production is being directed by Gregory Stavrou.

‘On Golden Pond’ runs May 15th through 31st at Rochester Civic Theatre with performances every Friday and Saturday at 7pm and a Sunday afternoon show on May 31st at 2pm. Some of the dates are sold-out and there are a limited number of seats available for the remaining shows. For more information, visit