Ole Olsen’s Kids Theater Camp Registration is Coming – Shake Hands with Shakespeare!

Held Monday June 12 -Friday June 16 from 9 am -2 pm each day at the Peru Depot. Bring along a sack lunch to eat in the gardens or the gazebo. Learn about “The Bard” through games, art activities, staging of famous scenes & updating it to hip hop! See a rehearsal of the CTW production of “The Tempest” and learn what can be in store for you. Enjoy a medieval lunch on Friday along with a performance for family & friends at 5 pm June 16th.

Jayne Kesler, retired literature & drama teacher will be directing the camp. Contact her with questions at 765-461-5017.

Registration will be Sunday evening June 11th from 6-8 pm. Cost is $25 per child with scholarships available if needed. Call Jayne for more info. 

Auditions for Children’s Theater Production of Peter Pan!

Ole Olsen Children’s Theater Group is proud to present Peter Pan this summer. An adaptation of J.M Barrie’s story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Neverland, where an ongoing war between Peter’s gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place. We will be casting children for 26 speaking roles between the ages of 6-14. Auditions and parent meeting will be held June 11, 2017 @ 6 pm at the Peru Depot. Performance dates are July 21st – July 23rd. If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Wagner @765-366-3530 for more information.

Ole Olsen Memorial Theater’s Annual Banquet Awards Announced!

The annual Ole Banquet took place Saturday, May 20th. The following awards were handed out:

Making a Difference” Award – this is for individuals who have made a difference in our group. It is not required that it be a member. This could have been this year or in previous years.

Congratulations to Cindy Watson – Cindy has played keyboards for us for a number of our shows over the last 24 years beginning with “Oklahoma” in 1973. She has played in nearly all of our musicals & the Cole Porter reviews & this year will be no exception. Her talents & generous giving of her time have made a difference!

“Behind the Scenes” Award – this is for individuals who have worked behind the scenes including backstage, lights, sound, promotion, music, set building/design, or costumes. It is not required that is be a member. This could have been this year or in previous years.

Congratulations to Tom Cavanaugh! Tom has been doing lights/sound for all of our productions over the last 3 1/2 years!

“Caught in the Act” Award – this is for individuals who are actors/actresses in one of this season’s plays. It is required that the nominee be a paid member.

Congratulations to Diana Blair & Samantha Grudzien!

Diana Blair – Diana gave a stellar performance in Steel Magnolias as M’Lynn & in Drop Dead as “Inspector Mounds.” Diana has been in a number of Ole productions starting with “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.” Diana has also served on our board of directors.

Samantha DeTurk Grudzien – Sammi was also in Steel Magnolias reprising her role of Shelby played 10 years ago. She was also Ellen in “LUV.” Sammi has been an actor & singer in a number of our productions.

“Standing Ovation” Award – this is for an individual who has contributed in any way to one of this season’s shows; as a director, actor/actress, or in any capacity who has gone above & beyond to help with this season’s plays. It is required that they be a paid member.

Congratulations to Sunny Holtzlander – award accepted by her daughter Sarah

Sunny Holtzlander – Sunny stepped in with only 3 days before opening night to take on the role of Clairee earlier this season. She will never be forgotten for all her contributions to our organization over the past 8 years. Sunny started in “California Suite” & starred in several more productions acting & singing. She went on to serve on the board, direct “How the Other Half Loves” & “Dixie Swim Club” & write & direct “Kountry Fried Cole.” Her beautiful daughter Sarah accepted the award. Sunny passed away in March.

“Newcomer” Award – this is for an individual who is new to our group this season performing or contributing for the first time. Since we allow individuals to participate in their first show without becoming a member, membership is not required.

Congratulations to Taylor Harmon & Stephanie Selleck

Taylor Harmon – Taylor made his impact on Ole this season in our Showstoppers Christmas show. Taylor’s contribution to the show was part of what made it a huge success.

Stephanie Selleck – made her debut in Drop Dead as Mona Monet/Bette. 

“Volunteer of the Year’ is selected by the board.

Congratulations to Cathy Converse. Cathy has logged hundreds of volunteer hours & combed through hundreds of receipts this year to get our financials into Quickbooks as our board treasurer. This is a contribution that will benefit our organization for years to come.

And a big congratulations to Angel Williams who was inducted into the Ole Olsen Hall of Fame for 10 years of acting, singing, directing, & serving as the board’s hospitality chairman!



Music & Singers Announced for “Cole Porter Musical Collection” Show

We have the music & singers for our “Cole Porter Collection” June 10 & 11 at 3 pm each day!
Begin the Beguine – Duane Flaherty
I’ve Got You Under My Skin – David Kirk
Every Time I Say Goodbye – Alan Myers
Down in the Depths – Kelly Williams
Love for Sale – Samantha Grudzien
DeLovely – The 12 Mile Girls
Don’t Fence Me In – Aria & Doc Musselman
Goodbye Little Dream – Kelly Makin
Be a Bluebird – Kevin Cadwallader
Silk Stockings – Courtney Voss
Siberia – Stu Sullivan, David Kirk, Kevin Cadwallader
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To – The Luginbills
Friendship – Makenna Johnson & Taylor Johnson
Just One of Those Things – Ellen Terry
Always True to You Darling – Lynn Weil
My Heart Belongs to Daddy – Sara Musselman
Let’s Do It – Jaclyn Davies
I Hate Men – Nancy Neff, Shannon Banter, Twanna Jiles, Teresa Hershberger
Blow Gabriel Blow – Sandy Ploss
I Love You – Barbara Cooley
You Do Something to Me – Angel Williams
Anything Goes – Jeff Carnagua
In the Still of the Night – Shelley Ploss
Night & Day – Entire Cast

Cole Porter Review History

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