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A battle of wits to play out in IVT’s “On Golden Pond”


Sandwich, IL., February 20, 2018 – When the elder Thayers spend their 48th summer on the lake in northern Maine, a divorced 40-something dentist from California will be trying his best to make a good first impression.

Not helping matters will be the cold reception “Bill Ray,” fiancé to the Thayers’ only daughter Chelsea receives from Norman, who makes mind games his apparent favorite pastime. Instead of being intimidated by Norman, Bill Ray frequently stands up to his elder, ultimately winning his approval and respect.

Come meet Naperville resident Jon Witt who will play Bill Ray in the Indian Valley Theatre’s (IVT) special two-weekend engagement of “On Golden Pond,” which will be performed: Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 pm, plus Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 pm. All performances will take place at the Historic Sandwich Opera House, 140 E Railroad St. in Sandwich, IL. Tickets are $15 each in advance and can be purchased online at or $18 at the door one hour before curtain.

Witt is proud to be making his IVT debut in such a heart-warming show. Jon has been active in the local acting community for over a decade. Favorite past roles of his include Lenny in “Of Grapes and Nuts” (Albright Theatre), Tito Morelli in “Lend Me a Tenor” (Summer Place Theater), Miles Gloriosus in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (First Street Playhouse), and Bob Cratchit in “A Christmas Carol” (College of DuPage). Jon studied at College of DuPage and Illinois State University. He’d like to thank the amazing cast, crew, and director for such a welcoming and enjoyable time.

“On Golden Pond” is directed by Matthew Johnson and written by Ernest Thompson, with rights by Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

For questions or more information, please email or contact IVT at 888-365-8889. Indian Valley Theatre is an Illinois not-for-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of the performing arts in the Fox Valley area.

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