Members of Ole Olsen’s Hall of Fame have been hard at it writing & creating new productions for our group. Two regular season shows “Ole’s Showstoppin’ Christmas Story” written & directed by Kelly Voss Makin and “Holmes: Raising the Dead” written & directed by Bob Bryan are both a part of our season ticket package. However, another Hall of Fame member has a special performance planned as a tribute to our veterans. “Silent Hero” is written & directed by Jim Walker. Walker wrote the show in honor of his brother Marvin, who was fighting in the Korean War when Jim was born. The play is also in remembrance of his cousin Cpl. Charles Robertson who was killed in the battle at Kum River in July 1950.
The play takes place in 1968 in a town called Oakdale. The “Hero” has had many struggles in life while coping with his memories of the war. He has been moving from place to place for years trying to find peace of mind. He eventually finds it in Oakdale thanks the the local Veteran’s Service Officer. It is a story that is intended to help American understand what our veterans go through in order to preserve our freedom.
There is a song in the play “I Am A Soldier” written by Walker. Two of his friends, Bob Urbani & Pete Sahaidachny put together the song’s musical arrangement.
Auditions will be held on Monday, Aug 29 at 7 pm at the Depot. 12-15 people of all ages will be needed. Show dates for “Silent Hero” are November 8 & 9 at the PHS Auditorium. Veterans will receive free admission to the show. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. No pre-sales. Mark your calendars now for this special tribute. Anyone with questions can reach Walker through Ole Olsen Memorial Theater at 472-3680.