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Terpstra directs "On Golden Pond" at The Phipps

Janan Terpstra is director of The Phipps production of "On Golden Pond." Photo by Jace Frederick1 / 3
From left are Norman, played by Jim Reidenbach, Billy Ray, played by Landon McDermott, and Ethel, played by Cynthia Elmquist. Photo submitted2 / 3
From left are Chelsea, played by Darcy Bell-Meyers, Charlie, played by Scott Peterson, and Ethel, played by Cynthia Elmquist. Photo submitted3 / 3

Janan Terpstra started theater "by chance", she said. Now she is director of The Phipps production of "On Golden Pond," which will take the stage from July 13-29 at the center for the arts.

Terpstra, a San Diego native, seriously got started in theater as a missionary in downtown Chicago, when a church asked her to write and direct an Easter play. Over 1,000 people attended the show, she said.

She eventually tried out for, and received, a part for a community theater play.

Terpstra discovered her love for the theater at a later age.

"I came to it late, but I haven't stopped since."

She has directed between seven and ten productions in the area. She has a true love for the art.

"I love stories because I think fiction can teach us things in a backwards way without knowing we're going to class," said Terpstra. "It gives people insight into their own lives."

She also enjoys the opportunity for self-exploration.

"I like the chance to learn about yourself, learn about other worlds, especially being on stage and getting to be somebody you would never be in a million years," she said. "Getting to live like that, it's fresh."

As a director, Terpstra has gained a further understanding of all the work that goes into making a show what it is.

"The more I direct the more I realize how much goes into it."

She appreciates all of the work that goes on behind the scenes. The 25-30 person crew working on "On Golden Pond" has been wonderful, she said.

Terpstra enjoys the realism of her most recent project at The Phipps.

"The love relationships between people are authentic, and yet, not perfect," she said. "This is a slice of real life with real people that you'll probably recognize."

She expects to hear plenty of laughter from the audience.

"There are so many one-liners. There's so many quiet, ironic takes on things. It's a really funny play if you pay attention to the language," she said. "It's witty.'

Terpstra also expects the audience to enjoy the cast.

"The acting is just as good as you'd find anywhere."