COMING UP…


Auditions for Corduroy

Thursday June 28 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm 
Saturday June 30 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Come to one or both dates. Auditions will be a rotation of cold readings and improv activities. First show of OFT’s 13th Season will be directed by Jon Tallman. Auditions are for adults (youth 16 and up are welcome too). All held at our location: Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave in downtown Olympia.

  • Please arrive on time
  • Be prepared to work in small groups
  • Dress safely for movement and action
  • Prepared monologues are not needed
  • Bring a resume, if you have one
  • Bring schedule conflicts between now and October 2018
  • Unavailable these dates? Let us know and we’ll figure it out
  • Everyone is welcome
  • OFT values inclusion and supports casting of all genders and ethnic backgrounds- no matter the role or show

Show runs from 9/28/2018 to 10/21/2018
A couple of read-thru dates will be scheduled in July
Evening rehearsals start in late August.

About the Show
Corduroy
Story by Don Freeman
Adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Jon Tallman
(Corduroy was first presented by the Children’s Theatre Company for the 2017-18 season in Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Character info:
Lisa and her Mother: Their scenes take place primarily in their apartment. Lisa focuses on ways to earn money to bring Corduroy home as a new friend.

Corduroy and the Night Watchperson: Mayhem occurs as Corduroy runs rampant across the department store at night. The night watchperson is in hot pursuit. Slapstick, pratfalls, and a silly sense of adventure required.

Two Mannequins: Non-speaking roles who keep the action moving seamlessly with pantomime, high energy, and physical comedy.

Questions? Want to read the script? Please email OFT’s artistic director: jenryle@olyft.org


2018-19 General Audition Info 

Olympia Family Theater produces a main stage season of 5 shows including at least 1 musical.  We produce “theater for young audiences” or TYA.  Our main stage season is made up of local community adults who are volunteers and perform for our family audiences.  Everyone is welcome. OFT values inclusion and supports casting of all genders and ethnic backgrounds- no matter the role or show. Youth age 16 and up are encouraged to audition for all shows. Open Auditions will be announced as they are scheduled for our main stage season.  Rehearsals for the main stage shows are generally weekday evenings 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!

Adults

New to town and interested in auditioning in the future?  Please join our mailing list AND send your resume and a head shot to OFT’s Artistic Director: jenryle@olyft.org

  • 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
  • There are no Olympia Actors League general auditions this season. But, you can join their Facebook group to hear about up to the minute auditions at our company and many more in our area

Children
  • 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, The Hundred Dresses will have select roles for young people (age 12 and up).
  •  OFT has many educational programs where kids (age 5 and up) 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 all of our auditions and our educational offerings.

 OFT’s 13th Mainstage Season (2018-19)

Corduroy

  • Story by Don Freeman
  • Adapted for the Stage by Barry Kornhauser
  • Directed by Jon Tallman
  • September 28- October 21, 2018
  • Presented by special permission from Plays for Young Audiences

Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find his important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action!

Tales Told in Ten

November 3- 4, 2018

This is our annual original 10 minute play festival. If you are interested in participating as an actor, writer, director, technician, or volunteer, please contact Jen Ryle, jenryle@olyft.org. Writers receive prompt on Nov. 2nd and directors/technicians/actors rehearse on Nov. 3rd and we perform for the public on the 3rd and 4th!

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol

  • Based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
  • Adapted by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig
  • Directed by TBA
  • November 30- December 23, 2018
  • Produced by special permission from Samuel French

Tiny Tim is determined to have his father home for Christmas day even if it means teaching Ebeneezer Scrooge a lesson in Christmas cheer! Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens’ novel, Tony award winner Ken Ludwig writes a heartwarming Christmas tale full of family fun!

Cast: 5m, 3f

Flora & Ulysses

  • By John Glore
  • Based on the Novel by Kate DiCamillo
  • February 1- 17, 2019
  • Directed by Jen Ryle
  • Produced by special permission from Plays for Young Audiences

Can a little squirrel change the human heart? After getting sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn a superhero. Indeed, this once average squirrel can suddenly understand Flora, fly, and even write poetry. Together they embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart.

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. For fans of Kate DiCamillo, Flora & Ulysses is a happy marriage between the warmth and wackiness of Mercy Watson and the gentle life lessons of Edward Tulane. Ten-year-old Flora is a girl worth knowing, and one you won’t soon forget.

Casting info: 7-12 actors needed including at least one puppeteer

Flora a ten-year-old girl
Tootie Tickham her neighbor
Donald Tickham Tootie’s husband
an off-stage voice Ulysses a squirrel (a puppet whose thoughts are voiced by the puppeteer)
Phyllis Buckman Flora’s mother
George Buckman Flora’s father
William Spiver an eleven-year-old boy, towheaded and small for his age
Dr. Meescham an elderly woman
Rita the waitress at Do-Nut World
Ernie the cook at Do-Nut World
Mr. Klaus a cat (puppet)
Alfred T. Slipper a.k.a. The Amazing Incandesto; looks a lot like George Buckman Doubling (using cast of seven, total)
Rita doubles with Tootie Tickham (or with Dr. Meescham)
George Buckman doubles with Alfred T. Slipper (The Amazing Incandesto)
Donald doubles with Ernie and Mr. Klaus (or possibly Dr. Meescham) – might also double with William Spiver Other options: George could play Donald; may not need an actor for Mr. Klaus

The Hundred Dresses

  • By Mary Hall Surface
  • Adapted from the book by Eleanor Estes
  • Directed by Samantha Chandler
  • March 15- 31, 2019
  • Produced by special permission from Plays for Young Audiences

A poignant tale of bullies and bystanders, The Hundred Dresses tells the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish schoolgirl whose classmates tease her for wearing tattered clothes. The story, which is illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, was inspired by a little girl author Eleanor Estes remembered from her own childhood who was picked on by other kids.

Wanda Petronski just wants to join the fun of having friends like everyone else. But in 1930’s small town America, a Polish immigrant doesn’t easily fit in. When Maddie’s best friend Peggy starts to tease Wanda, Maddie knows it isn’t right. When the teasing doesn’t stop and the Petronskis move to get away from the town’s prejudices, Maddie is wracked with guilt. She soon realized that allowing her friend to be a bully can be just as bad as acting that way herself. Determined not to let her fear get the best of her again, Maddie braves the scorn of her classmates and stands up to them, making an unlikely friend in the process.

Characters:
Wanda Petronski: 10 – 11 years old, shy, soft-spoken child of a Polish immigrant.
Peggy Thomas: 10 – 11 years old, attractive, most popular girl in school. Very verbal, powerful.
Madeline Reeves: 10 – 11 years old, imaginative. Playful. Peggy’s best friend.
Cecile Allen: 10 – 11 years old, well-dressed, well-spoken, but on the giggly side.
Jack Beggles: 10 – 11 years old, fun, smart, motor-boat designer whiz. Dreams big.
Willie Bounce: 10 – 11 years old, a boaster, full of adventure and dares.
Miss Mason: 30s/40s. the classroom teacher. Compassionate, clearspoken.
Shelly Reeves: 40ish. Madeline’s Mom. Kind, industrious in the face of hard times.
Mr. Petronski: 40ish. Wanda’s father, a Polish Immigrant, speaks broken English. Hard worker, supports his children.
Jacob Petronski: 13 – 14 years old. Wanda’s brother. More hardened to life.
Mr. Svenson: 50s/60s. Lives alone on Boggins Heights. Reclusive. Lonely.

5 adult roles and at least 7 roles for youth (age 12 and up)

Go, Dog. Go!

  • Story by P. D. Eastman
  • Adaptation by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory
  • Music by Michael Koerner
  • Directed by Deane Shellman
  • May 10- June 2, 2019
  • Produced by special permission from Plays for Young Audiences

P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color and space. The dogs delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon. They snorkel. They howl at the moon. They ride a ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees. This is a rollicking free-for-all of chicanine-ery. A big and little musical world of doggy fun. Like a pop-up book that comes to life – and never stops.

Casting: 6-8 actors