It’s that time of year – Ole Olsen Memorial Theater started our new fiscal year on July 1st. For the first time, our solicitation drive began a month later, August 1st. Our goal & motto from now until the end of September is “Drive & Build!”
We want to increase our season ticket sales by offering 4 show for the low cost of $35 – $8.75 per show is a bargain! (individual show tickets are $12) Tell all your friends what a great slate of shows we have coming up – truly something for everyone. Every season ticket holder who brings in a new season ticket holder will receive a $5 discount on their ticket!
We want to move our long time supporters into our club memberships that all include show tickets, recognition in all 4 season programs & annual membership. Club memberships range from $25-$1000. This group includes our most loyal fans & a part of the donation is tax deductible. Friends of Ole, Backstage Club, Century Club, Director’s Club, Spotlight Club & Marquee Club – find a club that’s right for you!
Our annual membership is now at 65 & growing. This year we are hoping to grow to 75+. These memberships are just $10 & also include a show ticket, quarterly newsletters, audition notices & banquet invites. All club members are a part of this group too. Most importantly, all annual members get a vote at our annual membership meeting in election of officers & choices of plays for the next season.
Finally we want to drive & build our show sponsorships through local businesses support for theater in our community. The can do this through placing program ads (printed locally by American Stationery) or sponsoring a show which includes verbal mentions in our radio ads & curtain speeches, name recognition in all print advertising, flyers & programs. Invitations for sponsorship opportunities were also sent out last month. If you didn’t get one & are interested in supporting our “Drive & Build” please contact us at 765-472-3680.
Christmas Carol Auditions Announced!
Wanted: 12 to 14 fun, positive and creatively adventurous performers of varying types, experience, and ages (9 and up) willing to form an ensemble and create this year’s Ole Olsen holiday show, “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens”. This original adaptation has been written specifically for this production by director Kurt Schindler, and the script will be tailored to those cast. (Hence the early auditions.) Performers should be willing to appear on stage the entire show, portraying many characters and supplying narration, sound effects, and lighting. There is a lead part that is quite physical with hardly any dialogue
Those interested should attend auditions at the Peru Depot Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th. Younger performers (9 to 15) should arrive at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, with older attendees arriving 45 minutes later, 6:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. respectively.
Besides reading prepared scenes, those auditioning will be asked to sing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. As this is not a musical, but a play with a little music, Non-singers should not worry. No one will be cut due to singing ability or forced to sing a solo in the show.
The rehearsal schedule will consist of three readings held during September and the first week of October, with regular rehearsals (3 to 4 a week) beginning October 10th. Performances are November 30th, December 1st through 3rd and 8th through 10th.
For further information, contact the Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre Inc. page or Kurt Schindler via Facebook or Ole Olsen.
Congratulations to the cast!
Sister Robert Anne – Shanna Stoll
Reverend Mother – Nancy Neff
Sister Hubert – Teresa Hershberger
Sister Amnesia (Mary Paul) – Stephanie Wagner
Sister Leo – Takyia McCord
Sister Mary Annette – Courtney Harmon
Franciscans – Keith Martin & Kevin Martin
Stage Manager – Keith Martin
Lights – Danielle Brown
Music – Cindy Watson
Director – Shannon Banter
Asst. Directors – Debby Myers & Nancy Neff
Nunsense II – The Second Coming
A Christmas Carol
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress