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"On Golden Pond" opens at Racine Theatre Guild
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"On Golden Pond" opens at Racine Theatre Guild

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“On Golden Pond” opens Friday night, running weekends through Jan. 26 at the Racine Theatre Guild.

The drama, which premiered on Broadway in 1979, focuses on Ethel and Norman Thayer, who have spent every summer over the last 48 years at their lake home on Golden Pond. This year, their daughter comes to visit and brings her boyfriend’s son to stay with them. He and Norman form an unexpected bond during the visit.

The play was adapted by playwright Ernest Thompson into a 1981 film, starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda (in his final acting performance) in the lead roles, with Jane Fonda playing their daughter. The movie was a hit and won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Henry Fonda), Best Actress (Hepburn) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Thompson). Henry Fonda won his only competitive Oscar with this film, while Hepburn won her fourth Best Actress award.

Tickets are $13-$18 at www.racinetheatre.org.

KUSD shows

The Kenosha Unified School District’s Theater Arts Program continues its season with shows opening this month at Indian Trail and Tremper high schools:

• “Hazelwood Jr. High,” Jan. 16-18, 23-25 at Tremper’s Studio Theater (Room 120)

Synopsis: At first, Hazelwood Jr. High is like any other middle school — cliques and crushes, dances and detention. But when a new girl unwittingly steps into a “love triangle,” a revenge plot is hatched and events spin out of control, escalating into a shocking and unimaginable climax. Based on a true story.

Directors: Sydney Cairo and Vanessa Soward

• “The Wizard of Oz” (adapted from the 1939 movie), Jan. 17-19, 24-26 at Indian Trail High School Auditorium

Synopsis: This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations.

Director: Robert Allen

Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for senior citizens (55 and older) and $12 for adults for all KUSD shows. For tickets, to go www.kusd.edu.

Over Our Head Players

• 2020 Snowdance 10-Minute Comedy Festival, Jan. 31-March 1 (weekends) at the Sixth Street Theatre in downtown Racine.

Racine’s Over Our Head Players bring back this popular annual event, with eight to 12 actors playing multiple roles in the fast-paced production.

The group’s artistic director, Rich Smith, leads the Snowdance ensemble.

This production marks the 16th annual Snowdance 10-Minute Comedy Festival, a competition of original short plays, which draws entries from around the world. In what producers call “the ultimate interactive experience,” audience members vote on which playwright wins the cash prize.

For tickets, go to www.overourheadplayers.org.

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