2016-17  Season General Auditions were held through the Olympia Audition League in the spring, HOWEVER…. If you did not make it to the general auditions, you may contact OFT via e-mail about upcoming performance opportunities.   Please include a resume and head shot (or just a recent picture of you- that LOOKS like you) as well as a list of shows you are interested in (our season is below) and send it via e-mail to OFT’s Artistic Director: jenryle@olyft.org

NEW!!!!!  Announcing Auditions for “Starry Messenger”

Starry Messenger

By Kari Margolis

Directed by Brian Tyrrell.
Auditions are Saturday September 3rd and/or Sunday September 4th 
Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia
Youth auditions start at 1 pm both days
Adult auditions start at 2 pm both days

We are looking for: 

  • 4 or 5 youth actors including young Galileo should be in the 9-11 ish age range (Parents: no one younger than 9 please, however your child could possibly be older than 11 and still play this age)
  • 9 or 10 adult ensemble members- 3 male: Middle Galileo, Old Galileo, and Father and 2 female: Mother and Maria. The whole ensemble could/should be a mix of ages/genders.
Rehearsals begin in late December.
Performances January 27 – February 12, 2017
To RSVP, or for any more information about the show including an advance copy of the script, please email OFT’s Artistic Director: JenRyle@olyft.org

The true power of this magical production is its uncanny ability to inspire the “Galileo” in all of us!  The story begins with Galileo as a young boy, inspired and awed by the heavens and it follows his incredible and visionary life to old age. Starry Messenger uses historical fact as a stepping stone to imagination, creating a fable that allows us to actually enter the mind of one of the world’s greatest scientists and give audiences unique access to the curious man who challenged society to view the world and the heavens in new ways.


OFT has lots of educational opportunities for kids to gain experience on our stage.  Check out our school break camps and after school workshops.  At least one show on our mains stage each season (this year, Best Christmas Pageant and Starry Messenger) will have some youth parts.  Auditions for these are held in the fall.  Make sure you are on our mailing list to receive an audition notice for these roles.

Our 2016-17 Season includes tons of opportunities including an amazing one-of-a-kind Double Shot festival of original 10 minute plays Nov. 5-6!  We will need lots of actors!  If YOU are interested, email jenryle@olyft.org!   

OFT’s 2016-17 Season:

Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”

September 30 – October 23, 2016
Directed by Kate Ayers
Musically Directed by Stephanie Claire
Watch Mo Willems’ unlikely duo spring to life on stage in this exciting new musical filled with song and dance, humor and friendship!

Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems.
Published by Hyperion Books for Children.

Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems.
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma.
Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI. 421 West 54thStreet, New York, NY 10019 Phone 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

November 25 – December 18, 2016
Directed by Isaac MckenzieSullivan
A holiday play for your family featuring a multi-generational cast, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs! You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a family holiday favorite.

By Barbara Robinson
Produced with permission from
Samuel French.

Starry Messenger

January 27 – February 12, 2017
Directed by Brian Tyrrell
The story begins with Galileo as a young boy, inspired and awed by the heavens and it follows his incredible and visionary life. A magical production we hope will inspire great ideas and speak to the “Galileo” in all of us!

By Kari Margolis. Plays for Young Audiences.

Alice in Wonderland

March 17 – April 2, 2017
World Premiere Adaptation!
Directed by Jen Ryle
An original adaptation by Kate Ayers of the most famous and enduring children’s classic. It is full  to the brim with whimsical charm, and unsurpassed silliness. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole through a series of progressively “curiouser and curiouser” events.

Original- World Premiere Adaptation by Kate Ayers. Based on the book by Lewis Carroll.


May 12 – June 4, 2017
World Premiere Musical by Amy Shephard, Andrew Gordon, and Daven Tillinghast!
Directed by Jeff Painter
Musically Directed by Stephanie Claire
Help! Claire’s beloved pet goldfish has been FISHNAPPED! We can’t solve the case ourselves – you have to help us find whodunit! Join us for this musical mystery about friendship and being true to yourself.

Original- World Premiere Musical by Amy Shephard, Andrew Gordon, and Daven Tillinghast.


OFT May web-123