On Stage

Cast members rehearse a scene at the Brookings Harbor Community Theater.

Brookings Harbor Community Theater’s presentation of “On Golden Pond,” which opened Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., continues Nov. 8-9, and 15-16, as well as Sunday performances on Nov. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

The theater is at 15542 U.S. Highway 101.

General-admission tickets are $15. Seniors’ and students’ tickets are $13.

Director Tiffany Van Maren said this particular play was selected because it’s an iconic story that’s nostalgic for so many people. 

“The familiar setting of a cabin on the water with family, for better or for worse, helps many to connect to the eternal themes of love, longing and forgiveness,” she said. 

“When Brookings Harbor Community Theater approached me about directing the show, I was drawn to it immediately after reading the first two pages, which almost perfectly described the cabin my grandparents built in central Minnesota.”

Van Maren said the benefits of community theater in Brookings are widespread for actors and audience members alike. “The theater is a place of belonging and a place to build confidence,” she said. 

“Younger actors build reading and language skills. Many adult friends, teens in transitional years, youth of all ages, even my own children have found fun there in the dreary winter months with friends, as well as safety and happiness there while dealing with major life challenges.” 

Van Maren said there are numerous opportunities for community members to be involved with the local theater. “Acting is only part of the process,” she said.

The community theater needs light, sound and backstage crew members, volunteers to run the snack bar, the box office and to clean up after shows, plus builders, painters, website support, graphic designers for posters and programs, people to help collect props, to help with care for the building and grounds, as well as organizers.

“If you have a heart for theater and service, there is always some way to be a part of the theater family,” Van Maren said.

For more information about Brookings Harbor Community Theater, email bhctheater@gmail.com, or call 707-218-4323.

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