School Tours= “OFT On the Move”
For Brochure click here: 2013_14_OTM_Brochure
Olympia Family Theater (OFT) was founded in 2006 with the mission to offer accessible children’s theater and programs that entertain and educate while stimulating dialogue and personal growth for young people, their families, and the wider community.
OFT On the Move performs in schools, libraries, and other public places. The performances are a great way for children to experience the joy, wonder, and creativity of live theater. We bring simple sets, props, costumes, and actors right to your school. Your students will have the chance to lose themselves in the art of theater without leaving school. Each show features 2 or 3 experienced and engaging actors playing multiple roles. Performances typically run approximately 45 minutes and can take place in your auditorium, gymnasium, cafeteria, or just about anywhere.
OFT is committed to bringing the rich experience of live theatre into communities throughout the South Puget Sound region and offers discount pricing to Title 1 Schools.
Fall – Just So Stories
Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s well-known work: How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, and How the Elephant Got His Trunk are just a few of the tales in this romp offering fantastical explanations for the wonders of the natural world.
Performances of Just So Stories can be scheduled from September to November, 2013.
Winter – The Snow Queen
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of devotion, bravery and the triumph of love. When young Kay falls under the spell of an magic mirror and is spirited away by the Snow Queen, his friend Gerda begins a fantastic journey to find him and bring him home.
The Snow Queen is available for performances from December 2013 through February, 2014.
Spring – Ancient Superheroes
Stories of the ancient Greek and Roman superheroes come to life in this exciting, adventure-filled play.
Performances of Ancient Superheroes can be scheduled from February to April, 2014.
What people are saying about OFT On the Move
“I’ve participated in many OFT shows before, so when I heard that they were coming to my school to perform, I couldn’t wait. OFT shows always make me laugh and they teach great life lessons.” - Annie Barrette (5th Grade)
“I experienced the 2-person traveling show of Lion Witch and the Wardrobe at my son’s elementary school. It was amazingly well-done. The kids giggled and shrieked in delight and it kept the attention of even the youngest ones in the audience. I hope we can get OFT’s touring group to come back again soon!” - Kathy Strauss
“Nick and I very much enjoyed the program. The actors did a superb job. The majority of the children there were new to theatre and the program was perfect for that audience. It was a fun and engaging introduction to theatre. It was obvious that they had prepared well for the performance, but I liked how it felt spontaneous.” - Jill Hayes
About some of our troupe:
Kate Ayers- Tour Director
Ms. Ayers has toured extensively throughout the Midwest performing in educational theatre programs in schools and museums. She has written curriculum for theatre based programming and has 20+ years teaching experience ranging from pre-schoolers to university students. As Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children’s Theatre, Inc, (90-97), Kate was active in all areas of educational theatre from playwrighting, teaching, and directing. Ms Ayers ran the Theatre program at the Indiana Women’s Prison for 10 years, studied at the Goodman Theatre School, and graduated at Columbia and the Playback School at Vassar. She has her Masters in Applied Sociology and uses theatre for business management training, and team building. Kate appeared locally with Olympia Family Theater in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Goodnight Moon and Go, Dog. Go! and directed the world premier of Cinder Edna.
Heather R. Christopher- Tour Performer
Simply put, Heather LOVES theater! She studied creative writing and theater at The University of Puget Sound and has been performing locally for over 15 years. Heather is a founding member of Theater Artists Olympia (TAO), and has worked with almost every theater company in the greater Olympia area. By day, Heather teaches Pilates downtown at Pilates at Play.