Arts & Leisure March 15, 2007

Rehearsals under way for On Golden Pond
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A strong cast is busy rehearsing for the Licklog Players' first production of the season at the Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. On Golden Pond will run March 30-31 and April 1st and April 6-8. Director Edie Kleinpeter is happy to report that development of this warm and funny show is moving along at a fast clip.

In the part of Norman Thayer, the loveable but crusty almost 80 patriarch, David Spivey is enjoying the challenge of playing this wonderful character. He has big shoes to fill as many will remember Henry Fonda in the movie version. Recently, the play was revived on Broadway with James Earl Jones. The touring companies featured Tom Bosley and Richard Chamberlain. Spivey brings a wide experience to the theater having appeared in well over a hundred shows in several states. He is one of the most popular actors at the Peacock Playhouse.

Newcomer to the Licklog Players, Pamela Young, now of Blairsville, takes on the role of spunky Ethel Thayer,Norman's wife. Although Young is new to the Licklog Players, she is not new to theater having majored in drama and having both taught it and performed on the stage. She and her husband recently retired to this area. Hopefully, she will become a frequent performer at the Peacock Playhouse.

Another favorite of playgoers is Too Too Cirlot of Hiawassee. She will play daughter Chelsea. Playwright Ernest Thompson has added interest and tension to the play, as Chelsea and her father work out old resentments and eventuallyforge a friendship. Cirlot has had an interesting summer and fall. She enjoyed being a stand in and extra for the movie, We Are Marshall, and recently had the opportunity to perform in the professional company of Peachtree Battle, the longest running show in Atlanta. Peacock audiences may remember her in last season's Sylvia and Blithe Spirit.

Michael Lindsey of Blairsville returns to the Playhouse in the role of Bill, Chelsea's fiancé, who surprises Norman by having the nerve to stand up to him. Bill and Chelsea have brought Bill's 13 year old son to stay with Norman and Ethel while they go to Europe. Chelsea did not ask first, so it is with some apprehension that her parents agree. Billy, the son, is played by Cody Riffle of Murphy. He brings humor and charm to the role of a smart-aleck teenager. Surprisingly, he and Norman develop a close friendship as each takes on a little bit of the other's personality. Norman, who has just about given up on life, finds a new reason to carry on.

Last, but not least is Micah Robinson of Young Harris, who plays Charlie, the local postman, who has always had a crush on Chelsea. Robinson recently played in A Christmas Carol. He has appeared in other shows including The Reach of Song. His enthusiasm for the theater is such that he willingly will help out backstage as well as on the stage.

Be sure to plan to see this warm, beautiful, funny show. There are too few of these around. The box office opens March 19th. Call the Playhouse for further information: 828-389-8632 or 877-691- 9906. If you leave a message your call will be returned.