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


Cole Porter Review 2015- Prehistoric Cole Cast



Come join Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre as we travel back in time with Prehistoric Cole. This adventure packed edition of our annual Cole Porter review will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Time travel with our cast on June 12th at 7:30pm; June 13th & 14th at 2pm; June 19th & 20th at 7:30pm. Call us for Reservations at 765-472-3680.

We are proud to announce the Prehistoric Cole cast:

CAVEGAL — Angel Williams

CAVEGUY — Nolan Vent

MAKA – Makenna Johnson

RAPHOID — Daniel Knauff

DERRICK – Kurt Schindler

PATSY — Sharon Shuey

TODD — Tyler Rose

FALLON — Katilynn Burke

PHILLIP — Quentin Watson

LAUREN — Maleigha Myers

JIMMY – Nickolas Moreland

NEENA – Rachel Bates

2nd Friday: Brandi Murphy             

SKOL – Keith Martin


NACHUH – Christy Sullivan


DUG-DUG – Cara Dawalt

FURRIO – Kevin Cadwallader

ESPARRO – Diana Blair

TUBIT – Nolan Vent

2nd Friday: Alan Myers                                                           

DOLLAH – Sara Musselman

TRUT – Duane Flaherty

PEARL – Brandi Murphy

2nd Friday: Angel Williams                            


Kierra Enyeart

Cristina Fowler

Elizabeth Hayes

Katie Parker

Bayleigh Schell

Aria Smith-Musselman

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