Peter Weber, Festival Theatre’s Technical Director, has been working closely with scenic designer David Markson to build the 100 year old cabin interior onstage. The detail and care that was involved in the set build shines during the production. Many of the knick-knacks you see onstage are from local cabins: Ed Moersfelder lent many fishing treasures and wall decorations while Greg Marsten lent some vintage board games and license plates. “I love hearing the stories behind all these objects,” shared Abi Leveille, the properties designer for the show, “we have some paintings from David Markson, a quilt from Kim Murphy, and some pieces from local businesses. I think that’s what makes this set feel so special, it’s made by the community.”
Audiences during the preview and opening weekend found the show, “very heartwarming and funny”. The coming together of generations throughout the play resonated with many, and audiences loved seeing the development of all the on-stage relationships, “The whole cast was exceptional” shared one audience member. The show features Ed Moersfelder as Norman Thayer, Robbye Lewis as Ethel Thayer, Daniel Olson as Bill Raye, Jessica Passaro as Chelsea, Greg Marsten as Charlie and Liam Gallagher as Billy Raye. “This cast is very mid-western and they exemplify Minnesota Nice,” shared Robbye Lewis. “I love the warmth and caring of everyone for each other. As a proud southerner, I see so many similarities in folks here and folks back home. I feel very comfortable and welcome.”
Tickets for “On Golden Pond” are $26 for adults and $13.50 for youth (ages 5-25). Two performances are already sold out, so get your tickets soon. This weekend’s available shows are 7:30pm on Thursday, 7:30pm on Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday. Purchases can be made through Festival Theatre’s Box Office, located at the Franklin Square Black Box downtown St. Croix Falls, through the website FestivalTheatre.org or by calling (715)483-3387.