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 or private 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. Children 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 30 to 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 theater into communities throughout the South Puget Sound region and offers discount pricing to Title 1 Schools and Libraries.
Pricing for Thurston County Schools*:
Regular Price $450
Title I School $400
* An additional mileage charge applies for travel outside of Thurston County. Please contact us for details: 360-570-1638, firstname.lastname@example.org
OFT On the Move 2014-15 season
For Brochure click here: 2014-15 On The Move Brochure
Bullying, it’s NOT OK!
Bullying is bad for everyone – not just the kids who are getting picked on. Bullying can make school a place of stress and fear. This play will help kids recognize the different types of bullying and offer valuable coping skills.
Bullying, it’s NOT OK! is available September 2014 to June, 2015.
Happy Birthday, Washington
Travel through time from the 1500’s through today in this celebration of Washington’s 125th year of statehood!
Happy Birthday, Washington can be scheduled from November 2014 to June, 2015.
Mythology comes to life in this exciting, adventure-filled play featuring Theseus and the minotaur, Helen of Troy, Odysseus and the cyclops, Sisyphus, and all twelve labors of Hercules!
Ancient Superheroes is available from September 2014 through January, 2015.
American Tall Tales
Features the stories of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Calamity Jane, and other traditional American tall tales.
Performances of American Tall Tales can be scheduled from February to May, 2015.
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
Some rave reviews …
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 playwriting, 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.