On Golden Pond
- Rex Mathes Auditorium
- Address: 1401 Vine Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
- Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday until November 12, 2017
- Friday and Saturday 7:30; Sunday 2 p.m.
- Phone: (515) 519-0658
- Price: $17
On This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, still as tart-tongued as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, delights in all the small things that have enriched their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.