THE WEST SIDE WALTZ at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

June 25 – October 1, 2022 Forty-one years after its premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre, starring Katharine Hepburn, Ernest deconstructed his script for The West Side Waltz. In the world premiere of Ernest’s newly revised, heart-filled story set during the tumultuous ’80s, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s artistic director Ellen Geer; her sister, Melora Marshall; and daughter Willow Geer take on the roles of an aging concert pianist, her violin-playing spinster neighbor, and a would-be actress on

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Union Leader – March 24

New Hampton writer: Sequel to ‘On Golden Pond’ in the works By JOHN KOZIOL Sunday News Correspondent March 24. 2018 9:20PM Ernest Thompson, in his New Hampton home, stands by his Oscar for “On Golden Pond” and a print of Henry Fonda’s “Three Hats” painting. (John Koziol/Sunday News Correspondent) HOLDERNESS – Ernest Thompson has multiple drafts of a script, a working title and some strong ideas about who should star in a sequel to “On Golden

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Carroll County Times – December 2017

Westminster Grad Ernest Thompson an Oscar-Winning Storyteller Westminster High School graduate Ernest Thompson went on to write “On Golden Pond.” by Jacob deNobel, Reporter Carroll County Times For playwright Ernest Thompson, life has always been the greatest inspiration and source of material. For his best-known work, “On Golden Pond,” Thompson pulled from his own family history, with “Golden Pond” created directly from his summers in Maine. Despite spending his formative years here, Carroll County barely features

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NH Business Review – December 2017

Q&A with Writer-Director Ernest Thompson By Mike Morin  Published: December 21, 2017 Ernest Thompson says New Hampshire is missing the boat by not offering incentives to the film industry. New Hampshire Magazine photo Writer, director and actor Ernest Thompson, a New Hampshire native, would like nothing more than to grow a budding local film community into a full-fledged movie industry by encouraging state lawmakers to consider offering tax breaks that would bring in job-generating film

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Special Screening ~ One Night Only!

Don’t miss a rare big-screen showing of this timeless classic on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Ernest will introduce his film at the fabulous Red River Theatres and take questions immediately following. If you’ve always wanted to ask how he created his Academy Award-winning screenplay and what it was like to work with Hollywood legends Katharine Hepburn and Henry and Jane Fonda, here’s your chance. If you’ve heard a rumor about his much-anticipated sequel, he might even talk about

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Rising Stars Meet Oscar

YOUNG ACTORS DREAM THE DREAM On May, 19, 2016, Ernest visited theatre students at the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Sponsored by his company Whitebridge Farm Productions, Ernest conducted a Cross The Bridge workshop for young actors ages seven and up, and he took Oscar with him! “These kids are constantly reminded of their limitations and it really makes a difference for them to hear someone successful believe in them, and encourage them to do what they

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New CD Launch: April 17

ONE SHOW ONLY! Ray Porcell and Oscar Winner Ernest Thompson Launch New CD and Premiere New Music Video – Sunday, April 17 | 2:00 pm – Longtime singer-songwriter Ray Porcell and Academy Award-winning writer of ON GOLDEN POND Ernest Thompson will launch their new CD on April 17 at 2:00 pm at the historic Pitman’s Freight Room, in Laconia, NH. Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial and Energysavers of Meredith, this event is a rare opportunity to see

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“On Golden Pond” by the Harbor

OSCAR WINNER SPEAKS AT HARBOR DAYS Mattapoisett — Ernest Thompson, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the 1981 classic “On Golden Pond,” spoke and answered questions before the movie was screened for the Harbor Days festival crowd on Saturday night. The Mattapoisett Lions Club hosted the showing. Thompson brought his Oscar and allowed guests to pass it around and take pictures with it. “If you’ve ever wanted to make an Oscar acceptance speech, here’s your chance

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Filmmakers Brunch

Saturday brunch co-hosted by the Maine International Film Festival drew 40 professionals to Hathaway Creative Center. By Amy Calder Staff Writer ~ WATERVILLE — Rob Little spent much of his youth outdoors with a camera, filming animals and researching them to share what he learned with others. He dove into swamps, retrieving snapping turtles and capturing their movements on video. Additional Images “I would teach my friends; I would teach anybody who was willing to

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Writing Workshop

SCREENWRITER OF ‘ON GOLDEN POND’ LEADS TALK AT WATERVILLE WORKSHOP by Jesse Scardina ~ WATERVILLE — Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson is no stranger to stars. At 32 years old, Thompson worked with Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. He has directed Robert Downey Jr. and acted alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman. On Tuesday afternoon, Thompson shared moments he cherishes the most with 40 guests at the Waterville Public Library. “I wish I could have had someone

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