Randall may be a little town, but it has a great deal to offer, including its brand new community theater, “Cream of the Crop Theater Company.”
Upstairs in the old creamery building at 120 Superior St. the new inhabitants have been very busy building a new stage, dressing room, bringing in state-of-the art LED lighting, and comfy new chairs, all to give the audience a theatrical experience.
Director Beth Selinger has chosen the timeless piece, “On Golden Pond,” written by Ernest Thompson as the premiere production for the new theater company.
“On Golden Pond,” is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. He is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory, but tart-tongued and ready to lay down the gauntlet for any battle of wits that he may encounter. Ethel, 10 years his junior, is the perfect foil for Norman and delights in all the small things that have enriched their long life together.
They are visited by their middle-aged divorced daughter who brings her fiancée and his teenage son along with her. The teenage boy is left to deal with the aging couple after being dropped off for the summer while his dad and perspective stepmother go to Europe for vacation.
Actors from Pequot Lakes to Little Falls have been working diligently to bring life to the characters. CJ Anderson has a double role in this production. Off stage he is the technical director, setting up, programming and training his young protégé Austin Southers to run the lights for the show. On stage, he plays the role of Norman Thayer.
Another cast member has a dual role. Michael Anderson playing the role of Charlie Martin, the good natured mailman, has also contributed his time as a set designer, working side by side with the director’s husband, Dan Selinger, to dress the stage into a homey cabin in the woods.
Laura Oldham transforms herself into the aging but very active and tolerant Ethel Thayer. while Lisa Hendrickson plays her daughter, Chelsea, a grown woman struggling with her wounded childhood.
Christopher Plakut brings great energy to Chelsea’s fiancé Bill Ray, a professional man who finds himself thrown onto Norman’s verbal battlefield.
Rounding out the cast is Tristan Pekula, playing Billy Ray, the teen from the big city now thrust into life on Golden Pond and Terri Sanoski in the role of the operator who must deal with Norman’s wit.
Many volunteers are giving their time to help the production come together and run smoothly including Sarah and Eric Kalkbrenner working as co-stage managers.
Performances of “On Golden Pond” are Thursday, July 17, at 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, July 18 – 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 20, at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the website: www.oldcreameryquilt shop.com/theater.htm, by calling (320) 749- 2420 or will be available at the door.
Ticket prices are: $10 for ages 11 and under or 65 and older, $12 for all others.
A special grand opening reception after each performance will be held for guests, courtesy of The Old Creamery Coffee Shop.
“On Golden Pond” is presented with permission from Dramatists Play Service Inc.