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On Golden Pond: The Play
On Golden Pond
Whitebridge Farm Productions, a film and theatre production company in the Lakes Region, was developed by Thompson with partners Morgan Murphy and Lori Gigliotti Murphy. Whitebridge produces socially conscious independent film and theatre projects, offers performing arts-related educational programs and workshops, and embraces theatre and filmmaking in the New Hampshire community while speaking to a worldwide audience. "One of our outreach programs," Thompson says, "is Cross the Bridge, which shares the film- and play-making process with young and old at no cost, reminding all of us how possible it is to dream dreams of our own and to go get them." Thompson spends countless hours donating time to schools, community centers and organizations, showing and discussing his films (and bringing Oscar along with him), and this dedication of two free performances on the 4th of July for those who might not otherwise be able to afford to see the play is supported by Cross the Bridge at Whitebridge Farm Productions.

Thompson has another surprise for this summer's audience (2012). Not only is this the first production of his American classic play he has ever directed but this year he will also play the role of Charlie the Mailman. Producer Lori Gigliotti Murphy believes "Thompson knew the real Charlie as a kid and to the best of my knowledge no-one has ever played him this way. He's a scream, yet he still underpins the story in ways that perhaps no other actor ever could."

This landmark event also features the world premiere of a new recording from musical legend Carly Simon, THE FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE, created by Carly (Simon), Thompson and Joe Deleault. Another new song entitled, ON GOLDEN POND, created by Thompson, Deleault and world renowned fiddler, Natalie MacMaster (who also plays on THE FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE recording,) will premiere in this production and features the voice of teenager, Emily Flack.

Other members of the professional cast include newcomers Jordan Puzzo from Derry, NH as Billy, as well as Patte Sarausky from Laconia as the Operator. Returning to the stage this summer are Morgan Murphy as Bill Ray, the dentist and Lori Gigliotti Murphy as Chelsea. Also returning are Frank T. Wells and Vinette Cotter as Norman and Ethel, whose unique chemistry and history as a couple in reality shines on stage in these famous roles.

Thompson hand-picked Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia as the new home for his ON GOLDEN POND. "Pitman's Freight Room is the perfect fit for ON GOLDEN POND", according to producer Morgan Murphy. "It feels like a post and beam summer cottage and is filled with antiques from all of our pasts. It brings you back to your own family roots." Dick and Connie Mitchell, owner/operators of the facility also offer jazz, burlesque and other events and rent the charming air conditioned space for private events. ON GOLDEN POND is quickly becoming a New Hampshire family tradition with new surprises for each summer season