2017-18 Mainstage Season Announcement
Our five productions of the season will include Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, Winnie the Pooh, 3 Impossible Questions, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Cinder Edna.
We hope you’ll join us on our journey full of laughter, surprises, and heartwarming friendships.
Olympia Family Theater’s 12th Mainstage Season will feature a few familiars, 2 south sound originals, and 1 world premiere. Each story will take audiences members on a fantastic journey, across the ocean, across town, and sometimes just across the living room.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Directed by: Kate Ayers
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell for the National Theatre of Great Britain
Recommended for all ages.
The Cat in The Hat interrupts a rainy afternoon with his unexpected visit to Sally and her brother’s cozy home. Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish is astounded and concerned, but the cat will not be deterred. He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill our theater with mischievous humor and madcap style. Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI.
Winnie the Pooh
Join Winnie the Pooh, everyone’s favorite bear “of very little brain” on this frantic adventure. Pooh must rescue Piglet from the baths (with soap!) and strengthening medicine at Kanga’s house. Pooh tries his best but when he eats too much honey and really gets stuck- Owl, Eeyore, Rabbit and his countless relations work together to get him out. Hopefully, Pooh still has time to help his friend. A.A. Milne’s wit shines throughout this beloved story and make this a play a journey you will not want to miss.
Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.
3 Impossible Questions
February 2- 18, 2018
Directed by: Ted Ryle
Collected stories from Islamic Folklore
Adapted by Christian Carvajal
Recommended for all ages
A collection of stories centering around the popular character Mullah Nasreddin, who is a well-loved fixture in the folklore and comic stories of a large number of Islamic cultures. In consultation with the Islamic Center of Olympia, we have collected and adapted the stories of this teacher who is sometimes a fool and sometimes a hero. The stories about the mullah (which means teacher) have their origins from as far back as the 13th century where he may or may not have been a real person in Turkey. We celebrate our Muslim friends and neighbors with our retelling of these stories. In many countries and for hundreds of years these tales have been passed down from parents to children and now, we are pleased to share the humor and wisdom of Mullah Nasreddin and this journey with you!
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
March 16- April 1, 2018
Directed by: Kathy Dorgan
Adapted for the stage by Dwayne Hartford
Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo
Recommended for ages 6 & up
With a simple set, live music, and a tender story, Kate DiCamillo’s bestseller comes alive in an unforgettable stage experience. Tossed overboard, stuck in a hobo’s knapsack, and used as a scarecrow, we join a china rabbit doll named Edward as he undertakes a perilous 20-year journey. Along the way, he sheds his arrogance, and his heart grows bigger and softer as he discovers the importance of people, friendship, and love. Based on the book by the bestselling author Kate DiCamillo (Flora & Ulysses, The Tale of Desperaux, Because of Winn-Dixie)!
May 11 – June 3, 2018
Directed by: Jen Ryle
Based on the book by Ellen Jackson
Adapted for the stage by Ted Ryle
Music by Ted and Mandy Ryle, Miriam Sterlin and Rich Sikorsky
Recommended for all ages
Cinder Edna lives next door to a famous girl you have probably of: Cinderella. Ella and Edna both live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, but have different approaches to life’s journey. Cinder Edna has better things to do than sit in the ashes and feel sorry for herself and she doesn’t believe in Fairy Godmothers. She saves her money to put a dress on layaway, just in case a special occasion should arise. She takes the bus to the ball AND she wears comfortable shoes. Although each ‘Cinder’ ends up with the prince of her dreams, one may be a great deal happier than the other.