Arts & Leisure April 5, 2007

On Golden Pond- A Smash Hit
By JAN BROADWELL Contributing writer
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On Golden Pond Cast & Crew
Editor's Note: Jan Broadwell resides in Jasper, Ga. and is a
Member of Actors'
Equity.


It was a wonderful night in Hayesville. The reason: a play at the Peacock Playhouse called On Golden Pond. Skillfully directed by Edie Kleinpeter, it was another of her roaring successes. And speaking of roaring, the audience never seemed to stop laughing as David Spivey of Franklin, a local favorite, put on one of his best performances as the irascible Norman, a definite icon of a bygone era. Mr. Spivey continues to amaze me with his talent and skill. I've seen him in comedies, dramas, tragedies, and everything in-between and have always enjoyed his portrayals, but none more than opening night of On Golden Pond.

Mrs. Kleinpeter of Hiawassee, Ga., seems to evoke an aura of believability and professionalism in every show she directs, and hopefully, we'll get to experience her magic on the stage for years to come.

Pam Young of Blairsville, Ga., a veteran in the field of drama not only as an actress but as an instructor, charmed the audience with her funny and touching performance as Ethel, the wife and best friend of "the old Poop," Norman. Her experience and versatility are real assets to the Playhouse, and I can't wait to see her again with the Licklog Players. Too Too Cirlot of Hiawassee has enjoyed many kudos in the theater, and this is yet another one. I loved her as Sylvia, the presumptuous dog, and all other shows she has starred in. This is just another gem in her necklace of success. Michael Lindsey of Blairsville was so well cast in his role of Bill, and so polished in his performance. A virtual newcomer, he will never convince me that he wasn't a professional actor in a past life. Rounding out this enjoyable cast is Micah Robinson of Young Harris as the comfortable and laughable Charlie, the local charmer and mailman. He was convincing and very amusing in his satellite role. Last, but certainly not least, is Cody Riffle of Murphy, playing young Billy. His humorous, colorful, playful portrayal has the audience in the palm of his hand.

You don't want to miss this show. There are many laughs and great insight into youth versus old age, complacency versus enthusiasm.

Aspecial thanks goes to the Bank of Hiawassee for sponsoring this show. It seems to me that any local business would benefit from being active patrons of the arts. The show runs April 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Call 877-691-9906 or 828- 389-8632 for tickets.