Watch a video about Orphan Train by Aurand Harris
Additional Scenes from “Orphan Trains” by Deborah Craig
, on stage now! Video by Kathy Strauss.

Upcoming Performances

Orphan Train

Orphan Train Promo 4by Aurand Harris
Additional Scenes from "Orphan Trains" by Deborah Craig

Directed by Kathy Dorgan

Run April 4- 20, 2014 @ at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Stage II

Tickets on sale at: 

or call the box office: 360-753-8586

The play tells the story of nine orphans on an “orphan train” that left New York City on May 28, 1914. The train travels to Midwestern towns in search of homes, any homes, anywhere for the orphaned and unwanted children. There’s Mary, Evie, spunky Pegeen, Annie and Little Lucy, a quiet one. Other orphans include Frank (who later becomes Frankie, a small girl), Raymond, Lucky and Danny the song-and-dance boy. And there are the men and women hoping for children. The lonesome whistle wails as the train chugs between encounters of anxiety, laughter, wistfulness, rejection and acceptance. Eight stories unfold, each a memorable surprise. The Orphan Train is a charming heart-warmer and all we expect from one of legendary playwrights for children, Aurand Harris. The staging creates a highly theatrical story, moving, amusing and always tellingly human. 

Most enjoyed by those 8 and up

Produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing and Playscripts, Inc.

View Photos of the Show

Read More:

OFT to tell ‘surplus’ kids’ tales

By Molly Gilmore -  The Olympian, April 4

It’s Rumbling Down the Tracks: Olympia Family Theater Presents Orphan Train

By Kelli Samson - Thurston Talk, April 1

Price: $1016.00

Date: Apr. 4, '14

Spring Family Fun Event at the Hands On Children's Museum!

IMGP1717Sunday May 4th 6:30-8:30 pm

This annual OFT event is always full of Fun, Food, and Friends!  Be one of the first to know what we're up to next season (you'll see a sneak peek of our 9th Season shows), buy raffle tickets to win amazing prizes.  This year, we are SO excited that in addition to our usual fun, we get to play at the museum with the whole OFT family!

Individual tickets- $25

Family tickets- $65

Can't wait to see you all there!

Price: $65.00

Date: May. 4, '14

Available Spaces: 293

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Upcoming Classes & Camps

Special Note- 2014 Summer camps are listed on our calendar, and open for registration now!!!

Spring Classes for Teenies!

10 weeks, April 12 – June 14thFT camp
Saturdays at 11am
Creative Dramatics, Movement and Music Class:

For kids aged 4-6ish

This 50 minute class follows a framework in which children are introduced to the fun of the theatrical arts!  Spring session taught by Mandy Ryle.  She'll have her ukelele, lots of stories, scarves and silly hats, and creative games to play, and it is sure to be a blast! Each class in the 10 week course explores a different element of the theatrical arts including acting, voice, creative movement, and improv. Grown up participation optional but encouraged!

$80 for the 10-week series, or $10 drop-in rate per class. Children can join throughout the series for a pro-rated, $8 per class price.

Class will be taught by Mandy Ryle at the OFT Playspace, 112 State Ave NE .  Please call/email  us if you have any questions:, 360-570-1638

Price: $64.00

Date: Apr. 12, '14

Available Spaces: 11

Beauty and the Beast

After School Workshop: May 5- June 1


No experience necessary- this workshop is for kids age 7 to 13, looking for a creative environment to play and perform!  After four weeks of rehearsal they will be ready to present Kate Ayer’s original adaptation of this classic tale!

Rehearsals start Monday May 5th.  Rehearsals are from 4-6pm M-F.  Not every actor is called for every rehearsal until tech week, but should plan on 3-4 afternoons per week.  Tuition is offered on a sliding scale from $125- $250.

Performances will be held at the OFT Playsapce at 112 State Ave NE on May 29th- June 1st.   Thursday and Friday nights at 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Tickets are $5 for children, and $8 for adults.  Space is limited, so you’ll want to reserve them in advance!

Price: $225.00

Date: May. 12, '14

Available Spaces: 15

Summer Camp, Put on a Play! (ages 7-12)

June 16- 20 Put on a Play! "Stories Under the Big Top" (for kids ages 7-12) A mash up of all my favorite folk tales- great roles for every participant, including a ring master and fun circus games and tricks!  Camp Director: Jen Ryle, OFT Artistic Director

Special Note- 2014 Summer camps are listed on our calendar, and open for registration now!!!

9am-3pm Mon- Friday

Performance will be Friday at 3:15- for family and friends. Admission is free.  After care available M-Th for an additional $10 per day per child.

Price: $185.00

Date: Jun. 16, '14

Available Spaces: 23