Miracle Theatre has obtained the professional rights to mount the hit play, On Golden Pond, producer Anne Laughlin announced Wednesday. As with all of the theatre’s plays, the production will be donated to a local non-profit.
Laughlin said that the production will contribute to the work of two organizations at the same timed: the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society and The Prince George Community Foundation. All proceeds will be used to create a permanent Endowment for the Hospice Society. The Prince George Community Foundation will be the trustee and manager of the endowment.
This marks Miracle Theatre’s third production supporting the work of the Community Foundation. Their previous two plays established The Children of Prince George Endowment, now valued at just over $200,000.
Miracle Theatre director Ted Price said that with all the un-knowables of the pandemic they haven’t set a specific fundraising target.
“We do have the goal of at least surpassing the $106,000 raised with our last production, The Birds and the Bees,” he said.
Price believes they are off to a good start.
“Once again Wood Wheaton Supercentre has come on board as the production sponsor and Canadian Tire as the set sponsor,” Laughlin said. “There have already be donations made in memory of family and friends. Combined, this adds up to $10,000 even before this public announcement. In addition two of Miracle Theatre’s biggest supporters have contributed $13,000 to a Matching Fund. They will match every new donor to our Donor Program for a potential of $26,000.”
On Golden Pond’s leading roles have been contracted to actors well known to Prince George audiences. Octogenarian Norman Thayer will be played by Billy Vickers and his wife Ethel Thayer played by Linda Goranson. Most recently Vickers played the lead in Miracle Theatre’s production of The Last Romance and Goranson the lead in Miracle On South Division Street.
This will mark the eighth time Vickers has been cast by Laughlin and Price to play in Prince George and for Goranson the sixth time.
On Golden Pond is scheduled to run from February 16 to March 13, barring any COVID restrictions. Performances will be every evening except Mondays with both matinee and evening performances on Sundays. The final decision on a venue will be determined by COVID-19 safety requirements.
Tickets will be available at Books and Company staring January 3. Vouchers and gift tickets for Christmas gift giving are available at the Prince George Community Foundation at 1584 Seventh Ave., weekdays 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 250-562-7772. Or phone Miracle Theatre at 250 – 563 – 6937