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Auditions Announced for “A Christmas Carol” Adapted by Kurt Schindler

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.

Cast Announced for Nunsense II—The Second Coming!


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


Treasure Hunt has begun for “Tempest” Gift Baskets

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Play


Are ye landlubbers ready for an ADVENTURE? The Shakespearean Portrayers have lost their loot in this last “Tempest” and need some shipshape seadogs to help gather their TREASURE. If you think you have the stomach for it, follow the directions below… but let me warn ye…. If ye be a scurvy bilge rat that plans to hornswoggle me crew, ye will pay heartily, with a walk down de plank!

STEP 1…. Like our page on Facebook at “Where there’s a Will, There’s a Play” (note: don’t worry about us blowing up your news feed. In four weeks we set sail for at least a year!). We also have a group by the same name linked to this page if ye want to know about upcoming voyages or connect with other buccaneers be our friend).

STEP 2 …. Beginning Monday July 10th, watch for a riddle. This riddle will lead you to a Miami County business, who is a treasure map holder. Figure out which business that riddle might refer to! In that riddle, you will be directed to a phrase (in bold).

STEP 3…. On Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of that same week (so for the first week – the 11th, 12th or 13th) go into the Treasure map business during that businesses’ regular business hours, find an employee, and say the phrase from the riddle. The employee will produce a treasure map. Take a selfie with you, the employee, and the map.

STEP 4…. POST that selfie to our “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Play” Facebook PAGE and your page (to let people know you’re playing, so they will want to play too!). You are at that point entered to WIN one of FOUR Pirate “Booty Baskets” valued at over $250 EACH in gifts from area businesses.

Note: You have up to four chances to enter as we will post a new riddle each week for four weeks. You can enter once each week. You must be 15 years or older to play.


Beef O’Brady’s
Bill’s Meat Market
Breakaway Bike and Fitness
Bunker Hill Dragstrip
Club 14 Bar & Grill Peru, IN
Conny’s Little German Breadshop, LLC
The Crafty Vibe
Dreams to Reality Cakes, INC
East End Double Dip
Family Optometry – Peru
Family Video
Fashion Cleaners
Friermood Tire & Alignment – Peru
Gold Medal Awards
Hairtique & The Fountain Blue
Harvey Hinklemeyers
The Hot Spot
Jeff”s Barbershop
Love Your Hair Salon & Day Spa
Lube Express
Marco’s Pizza
The Nail Studio
Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre Inc.
Papa John’s Pizza
The Roxy Theatre
Bob Schwartz Ford
Smitty Mcmusselman’s Pub & Grub
So Good Candies
Anthony R Spahr Atty At Law
Voodoo Public House
Webb’s Hallmark Peru In
Wings Etc.
Miami County/Peru YMCA
Cathy Zehring at Sheer Indulgence


Do you recall the details of our town’s most infamous heist?
During prohibition in the speakeasy with a drink so perfectly iced?
I do think this is enough to get you there,
For you are a scallywag pirate, I swear!
To see the map, tell them this scurvy tale:
“I would give all my fame for a pot of ale”

1. Decipher riddle
2. On Tues, Wed or Thurs of This week go into this Miami County business during their regular business hours and say to an employee the tag line as directed (“I would give all my fame for a pot of ale”)
3.Take a selfie with that employee (or any employee of the business) and the treasure map they provide.
4. Post your selfie on our page and your page (let others know you’re playing! It’s more fun if everyone joins in).
5. You are then entered to win.

Notes:There will be four riddles. One each week. You can enter each week. You must be 15 years old to play. Each of the four gift baskets up for grabs is valued at over $250 in goodies!


CTW’s “The Tempest” Reimagined

When coordinators Pat Piper & Tammy Hileman set out to organize a summer Shakespeare offering, they do all of the above.  They re-read the flowery dated text.  They re-do the script by typing it in sentence form (but do not change the language, after all, that’s half the fun of Shakespeare). They re-set it in strange lands or modern times with gender reversals and sometimes re-assignment of lines to different characters than Shakespeare originally intended. They add music. They RE-IMAGINE the works of the Bard.

In an unprecedented move, Coordinators and the Shakespearean Portrayers bring to you, for a second consecutive year, a re-imagined work.  For 2017, they will be presenting one of William Shakespeare’s final works: “The Tempest”.

The Tempest” has a bit of everything: star-crossed lovers, family betrayal, magic and sprites, and one heck of a shipwreck. Billed as a comedy, it is really a tragicomedy with all the universal human elements: love, hate, sacrifice, greed, trust and treachery and most importantly, forgiveness.

As in the past, the play will be performed by high school through college age students, something coordinators feel very passionate about. “This age benefits most, as this is when Shakespeare is a part of their classwork,” says Hileman, “we teach them not to fear. Shakespeare is meant to be heard, not read. Once they understand that, they’ve won half the battle.”

Piper continues, “we’ve often worried about billing them as “kids” performing Shakespeare for fear that could make a potential audience member believe it will be a performance where the “kids” stumble over words and pontificate as they would imagine a Shakespearean actor would.  It is not like that at all.  We work really hard so that the actors know WHAT they are saying and even if the audience doesn’t catch every word, they will get it.  Having travelled far and wide to see professional Shakespeare, we would confidently put our young Shakespearean Portrayers up against professional productions.”

Speaking of these fine, young actors, “The Tempest” cast, representing all three Miami County school systems and two Indiana colleges, are as follows: Kiley Stiers (Prospera), Ethan Kimm (Caliban), Avery Jackson (Ariel), Quenton Freeman (Stephano), Blake Martin (Sebastian) Lily McBride (Trinculo), Madison Krieg (Miranda), Dominick Gard (Antonio),April Wolfe (Gonzala), Austin White (Alonzo), Austin Hunter (Ferdinand), Isabella McBride (Swab), & Katie Parker (Swab). Sea shanty musical stylings by Aaron Birnell, Quentin Watson, & Aaron Jones as well as cast members Blake Martin and April Wolfe.

The Tempest” re-imagined as if it were a Pirates of the Caribbean story, will be presented on July 28, 29, 30 and August 4 & 5, 2017 at Maconaquah High School Auditorium.  These performances are FREE to the public.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 8pm and Sunday is at 2pm. Again, these performances are FREE, in an air conditioned auditorium that will have new seating.  You can’t go wrong for a family outing, savvy?

Shows are graciously sponsored by: NICF, REMC Roundup, Psi Iota Xi and Ryan Schmidt of Edward Jones and are offered in partnership with Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre and Maconaquah High School.

When asked WHY they feel so passionately about re-imagining Shakespeare, Piper and Hileman will bend your ear for hours. They will tell you they were inspired by Kurt Schindler modernizing and re-imagining Cole Porter songs as well as Jayne Kesler for starting a Shakespeare outreach program for junior high students.  They will cite that it is a cultural benefit to the entire community, a full immersion study project for the participants, and a recruiting mechanism for local theatres.  They will tell you that kids who participate in the arts have significantly higher test scores than those who do not; they will tell you that there is a place for EVERYONE in theatre and often those who do not excel in athletics or academics find a place to shine in the theatre.  All these things, and a passion for this project – for learning along with their Shakespearean Portrayers – keeps them Re-Imagining.  After all, “we are such stuff that dreams are made on, and our little lives rounded with sleep.” (William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 4, Sc 1).