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FSU Cultural Events Series Adds Matinee Performance of "On Golden Pond" with Jack Klugman
02/27/2003

The Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series has added a matinee performance of "On Golden Pond" with Jack Klugman on Wednesday, March 19, at 3 p.m. because of overwhelming response to the evening shows on March 18 and 19 in the Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre. Klugman, one of television's favorite curmudgeons, will appear with Janice Lynde (replacing Anita Gillette, who was originally scheduled to perform).

This production is part of FSU's Cultural Events Series, with Dinner Show and Arts Getaway Packages available for both shows. This performance is presented in partnership with the Cumberland Holiday Inn, which will also provide discounted room rates to anyone purchasing tickets to the performance.

"On Golden Pond," a critically acclaimed Broadway production by Ernest Thompson, is well known as the popular movie starring Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and Jane Fonda that was nominated for nine Academy Awards.

A touching, funny and perceptive story of a family, the play focuses on the bond between Norman and Ethel, a couple in their golden years. Klugman is perfectly suited to the role of Norman, an almost 80-year-old retired professor with a playful, feisty yet crusty attitude. His wife Ethel, younger by a decade, serves as a perfect foil, with her delight in the little things that have enriched their long marriage. Their divorced daughter Chelsea joins them at their summer vacation home, along with her dentist boyfriend and son. Chelsea suffers from the pain of a father and daughter who love each other but haven't expressed it to one another, while her son adds a fresh note with his youthful spirit.

Klugman, a versatile character actor who appeared on Broadway and in television from the 1950s through the 1990s, is best known for playing sportswriter Oscar Madison in the "The Odd Couple" with Tony Randall as his fussy roommate, Felix Unger. He then played a crime-fighting medical examiner on another series, "Quincy M.E." Lynde joined the popular daytime drama, "The Young and the Restless," in 1973 as one of the original cast and was with the show until 1977. She was a frequent guest star on numerous television series, including "Quincy" and "Sledge Hammer!" She has appeared in feature films, television-movies and numerous stage productions.

"On Golden Pond," featuring star-quality talent, is a heartwarming family event for all generations. Tickets are now on sale for $29 each and seating is limited.

The Arts Getaway Package transforms your ticket into a delightful getaway for two, with a choice of accommodations at LaVale's Best Western Braddock Motor Inn or the Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. Included with one night's stay is breakfast and dinner for two, a special welcome gift at check-in, round-trip transportation between the hotel and FSU's Performing Arts Center and two preferred seating tickets for the CES performance of your choice.

The Dinner Show Packages, available at seven area restaurants, will turn your Golden Pond evening into a special occasion. Participating restaurants include the Acropolis Restaurant & Lounge, Gandalf's Restaurant & Pub, Gehauf's Restaurant, Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant, Harrigan's Restaurant and the Tombstone Café. Complimentary transportation is available. Reservations can be made up to two days before the performance date when purchasing performance tickets. Patrons pay the restaurant of choice after the completion of their meal.

To purchase tickets, call or visit the CES Box Office, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office is located at Frostburg State University in the Lane University Center, Room 235, and can be reached at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. Online ticketing powered by CyberSeats is available at the Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series Web site at http://ces.frostburg.edu.

All tickets not purchased in person will be charged a $1.00 per ticket handling fee. Payment by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Bobcat Card), check and money order is accepted.

Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the Drama Theatre box office one hour prior to curtain. All patrons must have a ticket and all sales are final. Please note: Those arriving late for performances may not be admitted until intermission.

Visit Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series Web site at http://ces.frostburg.edu for more information on this performance and others.

The 2002-2003 CES Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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