Dixie Swim Club

Reservations for the dinner theater for The Dixie Swim Club are due by Sunday, April 19th. The dinner theater is being catered by Smitty McMusselman’s Pub and Grub and will take place on Thursday, April 23rd. Doors open at 6:00 PM with dinner being served at 6:30. The menu for this dinner theater will consist of: Vernadette biscuits (garlic cheddar biscuits)
Clam chowder with a mustard/collard green salad with salmon patty bites
Dinah’s drunken chicken over a bed of mashed potatoes
Georgia peach cobbler
The meal includes water, tea, and coffee. Wine will be available for $2 per glass. Tickets for the dinner theater are $32. To make a reservation, please call the Depot at 765–472–3680. Again, reservations are due by this Sunday! Call and make your reservations now!dixie flyer jpg

Annual Meeting


The annual membership meeting for Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre met April, 2nd 2015 at 7pm. The membership has voted for the following:

  • Combination of the Financial Board and Theatrical Committe into one board.
    •  The by-laws will be ammended, there is a by-law commttee who will review the by-laws;      make necessary changes and adjustments; present those to the board for approval and then to the membership for approval.
  • Election of officers: the following are the results of the election. These are the 2015-2016 board members.
    • President……………………………………………..Alan Myers
    • Vice President………………………………………Kelly Mathias-Williams
    • Treasurer…………………………………………….Cathy Converse
    • Secretary……………………………………………..Christy Sullivan
    • Production Chair Person………………………Kelly Voss
    • Ticket Chairperson……………………………….Sunny Holtzlander
    • Hospitality……………………………………………Angel Williams
    • Marketing/Publicity………………………………Brandi Murphy
    • Children’s Theatre Representative……….Tyler Rose
    • Member at Large………………………………….Jim Walker
  • The following Slate of Shows was approved for the 2015-2016 Season
    • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
      • Directed by Tyler Rose
    • It’s a Wonderful Life
      • Directed by Ann Loy and Jane Kessler
    • 1776
      • Directed by Stuart Sullivan and Jason Gornto
    • Noises Off
      • Directed by Debby Myers


Annual Banquet

The annual banquet will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 PM at the Depot. This evening will be our celebration of all of the past seasons’ shows: Country Fried Cole, Macbeth, Witness for the Prosecution, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Showstoppers Love: Are You In or Out?, and The Dixie Swim Club.
There will be presentations by the directors of all of the shows as well as the presentation of the Volunteer of the Year and Hall of Fame awards. In keeping with the “Come and Play With Us” theme this season, the banquet theme will be a Vegas Casino Night. The dinner will be catered by Boondocks and will cost $15 per person at the door. Dinner will begin promptly at 6:15 PM. As for attire, guests may play with the Vegas theme if they wish in their apparel but it is not required.
Those wishing to attend the banquet must give an RSVP no later than May 12. Anyone who reserves seats for the banquet will be responsible for paying the $15, whether they actually attend or not. You can make a reservation or ask questions by contacting hospitality director Angel Williams by phone call or text at 765–419–3474, by email at ammsongbird@yahoo.com, or via Facebook.

Ole Olsen’s Kids Theatre Camp

Announcing Ole Olsen’s Kids Theatre Camp!!!! Come be part of a fun filled week of learning some of the aspects of a theatrical performance centered around the story of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The camp will run from Monday June 22 through Friday June 26 from 10am-3pm and will be for children eight to twelve. The camp will end with a performance on Friday at 4:30pm and will take place at Ivy Tech. Water and snacks provided but lunch needs to be packed. Any questions contact Tyler Rose, Jayne Kesler, or Debby Myers.

Attendees will need to be there all 5 days. We are limited to the first 30 registered participants.

Registration for Camp will begin at 9am Monday, June 22nd at Ivy Tech


Dixie Swim Club


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THE STORY: Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…

Show dates are April 23-26 and May 1-3

Dinner theatre begins at 6:30 (April 23rd only);

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 pm Sunday shows are at 2pm

Cole Porter Review 2015- Prehistoric Cole Cast

We are proud to announce the Prehistoric Cole cast:

CAVEGAL — Angel Williams
CAVEGUY — Nolan Vent
MAKA – Makenna Johnson

DERRICK — Stu Sullivan
PATSY — Sharon Shuey
TODD — Tyler Rose
FALLON — Katilynn Burke
PHILLIP — Quentin Watson
LAUREN — Maleigh Myers

RAPHOID — Daniel Knauff

SKOL — Doc Musselman
NASHU – Christy Sullivan
DUG-DUG – Cara Dawalt
NEENA – Rachel Bates

FURRIO – Kevin Cadwallader
HAWKLIN – Diana Blair
TUBIT – Nolan Vent
DOLLAH – Sara Musselman
TRUT – Duane Flaherty
PEARL – Brandi Murphy

Elizabeth Hayes
Bayleigh Schell
Katie Parker
Cristina Fowler
Aria Smith-Musselman
Kierra Enyart

Driving Miss Daisy

“Driving Miss Daisy” – Bonus Show

The classic story of an elderly woman set her ways and the unlikely friend she makes in her driver, Hoke.

Shows to be performed in conjunction with Circus City Festival July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm; Sunday shows are at 2pm

Show is free to Ole Olsen Season Ticket Holders; otherwise $7 for adults. $5 for children. Those showing Circus Tickets will get a discount.

Reprising their roles are Anne Loy as Daisy and Donnie Fuller as Hoke. Joe Pyke will play Bolie. Bob Bryan and Sunny Holtzlander are director and assistant director, respectively.

Cole Porter Review

Since 2005, Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre has presented an original revue as part of the Cole Porter Festival commemorating the birth of Cole Porter in Peru, Indiana.  As of the tenth production, “Kountry Fried Cole” in 2014, over one hundred local volunteers have performed over 120 different songs composed by Porter in productions placing them in modern motifs and popular genres, including a morning news program, soap opera, murder mystery, science fiction adventure, and fairy tale.     The revues also feature lesser-known pieces by Porter, with “Night and Day” being the only song performed in all productions.  Being an annual revue gives the creators more freedom to dig more deeply into the Cole catalogue, and with the assistance of the Cole Porter Family Trust, they have been able to include songs from all periods of Porter’s prolific career.  As of the tenth production, “Coffee” and “Stereophonic Sound” had been performed as often as “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You” appeared in as many productions as “Plumbing” and “Pets”.         By combining his extensive library with a different genre each year, the revues have proven to be a very fitting celebration of the inimitable talent of Cole Porter.  Regardless of the genre portrayed, his music always fits effortless, with usually no re-writing, as if the material was written specifically for each production.  Regular attendees also admire how a song like “In the Still of the Night” could be the threatening lament of a ninja-dressed murder suspect one year and then a countrified joke regarding third-shift moon shining in another.     As we hear often during the Cole Porter Festival, “What other composer could you do this for?”

2005:  Timeless Cole Co-Written by Kurt Schindler & Kelly Voss; Co-Directed by Kelly Voss & Kurt Schindler

2006:  A Cole Reception Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2007:  A Cup O’ ColeWritten and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2008:  Night & Day: A Soapy Cole Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2009:  Radio Cole Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2010:  Timeless Cole 2.0 – Now With Recycling! Previous material from Timeless Cole, Co-Written by Kurt Schindler & Kelly Voss New Material Written by Kurt Schindler Directed by Kurt Schindler

2011:  Cole Blooded Murder Written by Patricia Piper; Co-Directed by Patricia Piper and Tammy Hileman

2012:  Once Upon a Cole Story by Nancy Bender; Script by Nancy Bender and Kurt Schindler; Co-Directed by Nancy Bender & Kurt Schindler

2013:  Cole In Space Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2014:  Kountry Fried Cole Story by Sunny Holtzlander; Script by Sunny Holtzlander & Kurt Schindler;    Directed by  Sunny Holtzlander

2015: Prehistoric Cole Co-Written by Alan Myers & Kurt Schindler;  Co-Directed by Alan Myers & Kurt Schindler