Longtime Chicago actors and Evanston residents Dennis Kelly and Ami Silvestre starred as Norman and Ethel in “On Golden Pond,” during March at the Theater at the Center in Munster, Ind.

The classic tale celebrating the triumphs of life, love, and family follows the charming love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year.

Norman, a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory, is still as tart-tongued and wry as ever. Ethel, 10 years younger and
the perfect complement to Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together.

Their vacation is interrupted, however, with the unexpected arrival of their divorced, middle-aged daughter Chelsea and her dentist fiancé, who proceed to go off to Europe leaving his young son behind.

Over the course of the summer, an unlikely friendship develops between Norman and the boy, forging new bonds across generations and celebrating the lessons they learn from one another.