2016-17  General Info about Auditions at OFT

Olympia Family Theater produces “theater for young audiences” or TYA.  Our main stage season is designed for adults to perform for family audiences.  Rehearsals are generally weekday evenings, 6:30-9:00 pm for 4-6 weeks depending upon the production.  OFT is a small non-profit organization, the participation of the creative people of this community is essential to the success of the organization’s mission and vision. Come out and audition or sign up to volunteer- we can’t do this without you!

COMING UP SOON……Auditions for Fishnapped!

A World Premiere ORIGINAL Musical by Amy Shephard, Andrew Gordon, and Daven Tillinghast

Auditions Monday OR Tuesday December 12th or 13th at 6:30pm
Auditions will be held at Olympia Family Theater-612 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia

We can’t solve the case ourselves – the audience will have to help us find whodunit! Join us for this musical mystery about friendship and being true to yourself.

Show runs: May 12 – June 4, 2017 (Rehearsals will begin in early April)

Directed by Jeff Painter
Musically Directed by Stephanie Claire

Character List: We are looking for adult actors for all roles including the kid characters, so we’re definitely doing some age bending, and gender bending as well. The only role which needs to be a specific gender is the main character, Claire, who is female. All actors sing and dance (except Blubber). Blubber is a puppet and will be operated by an independent actor, so if folks auditioning have puppeteering experience, that’s great!

Claire Fredericks: Owner of Blubber the goldfish.

Astrid Fredericks: Claire’s older sister and a junior coach at soccer camp.

Sammy Greenlee: Claire’s best friend.

Kyle “Danger” Bennick/Uncle Lionel: The big fish (pun intended) at soccer camp/Claire and Astrid’s soccer-focused uncle.

Reggie Doyle/Dad: Kyle’s best friend and sidekick/Claire and Astrid’s Dad.

Arthur Barzetti: Sly, intelligent, science focused kid.

Ingrid “Grandma” Bennick: Camp Director, also Kyle’s Grandmother/Claire and Astrid’s mom.

Blubber Claire’s incredibly talented goldfish. Apparently immortal.

Questions? Please contact OFT Artistic Director Jen Ryle: jenryle@olyft.org or call the OFT office: 360-570-1638

Quick note: Auditions for OFT’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland will be January 9th


  • Missed generals or new to town?  Please send your resume and a head shot to OFT’s Artistic Director: jenryle@olyft.org.
  • Also, as they are scheduled, open auditions will be announced on this page, to our mailing list, on Facebook and on the “Olympia Actors League” Facebook page.
  • OFT has participated in the Olympia Actors League general auditions for the past 8 years.  Even if you were not at the generals, you can join their Facebook group to hear about up to the minute auditions at our company and many more in our area.


  • At least ONE of our main stage shows every year is multi-generational and has some roles for children, with children playing child roles alongside adults playing adult roles. This season, both Starry Messenger and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever have roles for young people.
  •  OFT has many educational programs where kids can sign up and all the students participate in the creative process of putting on a play.  Make sure you are on our mailing list to hear about auditions and our educational offerings.

Kids interested in performing?  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.

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.