On Golden Pond

Torrance Theatre Company is casting ON GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson, directed by Perry Shields.

Perennial favorite ON GOLDEN POND is a celebration of love, family, and hope. This moving play explores the relationship of Norman and Ethel Thayer as they return to their summer cabin and receive a visit from their adult daughter. When she drops off her fiance's thirteen-year-old son, the older couple begins to bond with him and explore what their marriage means to them in their twilight years.


The show will begin rehearsals on Monday, March 25th. Generally rehearsals will be held Monday - Thursday nights between 7:00-10:00 pm. There may be some Saturdays between 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Currently, there are no rehearsals on April 11-17. Tech week is Monday -Friday, May 6-10. A full rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions for you to review.

Performances begin Saturday, May 11 and run through Saturday, June 15. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, and Saturday, May 18 at 2 pm, Thursday, June 13 at 7 pm, and Saturday, June 15 at 2 pm. NO shows on Memorial Day weekend, Motherโ€™s Day or Fatherโ€™s Day.


๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—๐—ฟ.: Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually in a humorous way. He is a curmudgeon, as he feels his age entitles him to be. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesnโ€™t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea.

๐—˜๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: Ten years younger than Norman, Ethel is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman.

๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป: The local delivery-by-boat mailman, Charlie is a long-time family friend and a typical Maine down-Easterner. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea.

๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฒ: Attractive, divorced, and in her forties, Chelsea is still dealing with the lack of closeness between her and Norman. She is engaged to Bill Ray, whom she brings to meet her parents.

๐—•๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜†: The fourteen-year-old son of Bill Ray, he is a typical California teenager who comes to spend a month with Norman and Ethel on Golden Pond while his father and Chelsea are in Europe.

๐—•๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜†: Chelseaโ€™s fiancรฉ and Billyโ€™s father, Bill is definitely not the outdoors type. He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.

DATE: Thursday, March 21
TIME: Between 6:30-9:30 pm
LOCATION: 1316 Cabrillo Ave. Torrance, CA 90501
REQUIREMENT: Headshot, resume, one-minute monologue

Non-union, no pay.

To get an audition appointment, please email CASTING@TorranceTheatreCompany.com. Please tell us which role you are auditioning for. We will schedule an appointment time for you.

ON GOLDEN POND is presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Services, Inc.


Auditions are often by APPOINTMENT ONLY, but sometimes they are held as OPEN CALLS. Please take special note of each individual announcement and follow the instructions therein. Appointments (and all communications regarding auditions) are handled through CASTING@TorranceTheatreCompany.com

Interested actors should ALWAYS bring a current resume and headshot, even if they have submitted it online. It is also wise to bring your calendar, so that you can clearly and accurately relay to the production team any possible conflicts with the production calendar. 

If there are age restrictions, they will be listed on the notice.

The following is a general guideline for auditions, but, again, you should consult the audition announcement for any special instructions. 


Interested actors should prepare 16 bars from a musical and bring sheet music in the appropriate key, with all the requisite cuts, etc. clearly marked, in a binder, if possible.

No acappella singing, no original songs, and often it is best to find something in the vein of the particular show for which you are auditioning. 

For the dance call of a musical, you should come warmed up, with the appropriate dance attire and shoes. No bare feet or flip-flops, no baggy clothing.

FOR plaYs:

Interested actors generally will be asked to prepare a brief comedic or dramatic monologue. (NO original works please.)

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By submitting your email, you will put you on our new casting email blast list. You will receive info on all six auditions for our season, and any special events that we are auditioning for.

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If you have questions, please contact us at CASTING@TorranceTheatreCompany.com