Auditions announced for Ole Olsen’s 3rd show of the season – “LUV”

An audition date has been announced for Ole Olsen’s 3rd production “LUV” a comedy directed by Alan Myers. The auditions will take place on Sunday, Nov 20th from 6-8pm at the Peru Depot. Two men & one woman are needed for this adult themed show. The trio will work as an ensemble & the parts are physical! Anyone who would like to read a script or who has questions can contact Myers. A read through will be held in December & rehearsals will begin January 3rd.


Show dates are Fluv1eb 23-26 & March 3-5.

“Silent Hero” A Tribute to Our Veterans !

Members of Ole Olsen’s Hall of Fame have been hard at it writing & creating new productions for our group. Two regular season shows “Ole’s Showstoppin’ Christmas Story” written & directed by Kelly Voss Makin and “Holmes: Raising the Dead” written & directed by Bob Bryan are both a part of our season ticket package. However, another Hall of Fame member has a special performance planned as a tribute to our veterans. “Silent Hero” is written & directed by Jim Walker. Walker wrote the show in honor of his brother Marvin, who was fighting in the Korean War when Jim was born. The play is also in remembrance of his cousin Cpl. Charles Robertson who was killed in the battle at Kum River in July 1950.

The play takes place in 1968 in a town called Oakdale. The “Hero” has had many struggles in life while coping with his memories of the war. He has been moving from place to place for years trying to find peace of mind. He eventually finds it in Oakdale thanks the the local Veteran’s Service Officer. It is a story that is intended to help American understand what our veterans go through in order to preserve our freedom.

There is a song in the play “I Am A Soldier” written by Walker. Two of his friends, Bob Urbani & Pete Sahaidachny put together the song’s musical arrangement.

Show dates for “Silent Hero” are November 4 & 5 at the PHS Auditorium. Veterans will receive free admission to the show. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. No pre-sales. Mark your calendars now for this special tribute. Anyone with questions can reach Walker through Ole Olsen Memorial Theater at 472-3680.

illustration of American soldier standing with American flag

illustration of American soldier standing with American flag

Season Tickets On Sale Now!

This weekend brochures will be out for our stellar upcoming season! Great entertainment at a continuous great price! Attend all 4 regular season shows for just $35 – that’s $7.50 per performance – less than going to the movies! And NOTHING beats seeing the talented live local characters right there in true 3-D! If you haven’t been to a play, we know you’ll have a great time. Club memberships are also available at several donation levels. Ole Olsen is a not-for-profit group operated by volunteers. We set a goal of 200 season ticket holders for this season with something for everyone! Our tickets also make fun gifts. We will be mailing brochures this weekend & have them available at the performances of the must see performances of CTW’s  “Taming of the Shrew – Reimagined” at Ivy Tech for the next 2 weekends.  You can also pick one up at the depot. Door ticket price is $12 per show – get a season ticket & you pay just $7.50! You also get our quarterly newsletter. And to our long time season ticket holders – we are going to give you your season tickets free if you can add 2 new season ticket holders to our group! Contact Publicity Chair Debby Myers for details!

Check out our slate of shows for our upcoming 2016-2017 season!

“Steel Magnolias” is a 1989 American comedy-drama about the bond a group of different women share in a small-town southern community. The play is an audience favorite. M’Lynn Eatenton is the mother of bride-to-be Shelby & as they plan the wedding, close friend & hair stylist Truvy Jones fixes the women’s hair for the ceremony, with a helping hand from aspiring beautician Annelle. Diabetic Shelby has a health scare, which is averted but doesn’t bode well for her hopes of having children. Time passes, and the women and their friends encounter tragedy and good fortune, growing stronger and closer in the process. The title suggests the main female characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower and as tough as steel. Show dates are: Dinner theater – Sept 29th. Performances Sept 30, Oct 1 & 2, Oct 7-9 with a by reservation only tea & dessert tasting performance on Saturday, Oct 8th at 1 pm.  The show will be directed by Ole Olsen Hall of Fame member Debby Myers, who portrayed Trudy when Ole Olsen performed the show 10 years ago.



“Ole’s Showstoppin’ Christmas Story”is being written & directed by Ole Olsen Hall of Fame member Kelly Voss. Show dates: Dec 1-4, 9-11. Join the cast for Christmas themed singing, dancing, & an explosion of fun to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Using spectacular lighting & costuming will make the program shine. Both traditional & not so traditional music will also make for a nutcrackin’ crazy time!

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“LUV” will be directed by Alan Myers. As described by the New York Times: “When the play begins there is Harry Berlin, looking like a shaved, mustachioed beatnik who has sunk so low that honest beatniks would disown him. He has no future except to jump off the bridge and is about to do so when Milt Manville comes along and intervenes. Milt and Harry turn out to be college classmates. As Harry, in his rags, slowly drops hints of his tale of woe, Milt, a picture of prosperity, is all sympathy. Milt is also full of frustration, for his wife won’t release him & let him marry the girl he loves. Milt’s wife, Ellen, appears. As she stands under a lamppost, her expression is clear that she, too, is torn by anguish. Now we have a triangle matched in misery. Milt has an inspiration. Why not bring Ellen & Harry together and thus win the freedom to marry the other girl? The events that follow need not be detailed. Whatever marriages are made and unmade, Milt, Ellen and Harry end up in sorrow & agony, and the greater their misunderstandings & problems, the more you laugh.” Show dates are: Feb 23-26 & March 3-5.



“Sherlock Holmes: Raising the Dead” was written by Ole Olsen Hall of Fame member Bob Bryan, & will be directed by Bob Bryan & Jerra Moreland. The earth is faintly trembling beneath two longtime bachelor lodgers, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson of 221B Baker St. London: Watson is about to be married & move out. Holmes very reluctantly, must confront his future. Into Holmes’ life comes an attractive & bright young lady with an intriguing problem—a sister who has disappeared under eerie circumstances. Holmes takes on the case only to find it is more than he can handle emotionally. Show dates are: April 27-30, May 5-7.






Back to the Summer Kid’s Play & Theater Workshop

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 Congratulations to our 16 young thespians for a terrific show! Connor Bahney, Zoe Kesler, Jakob Bertoline, Miguel Sebastian, Kiearra Springer, Deklyn Finnigan, Lehna Wagner, Maya Wagner, Makenna Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Conner Stanley, Carleigh Mercier, Kaelynn Mercier, Zoe Wylam, Ayanna Terrell, Dyon Terrell. Also thanks to Jayne Kesler, Stephanie Wagner, Alan Myers, Tiffany Smith, Bryan Bertoline, & Tom Cavanaugh.

Cole Porter Review History

Since 2005, Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre has presented an original revue as part of the Cole Porter Festival commemorating the birth of Cole Porter in Peru, Indiana.  As of the tenth production, “Kountry Fried Cole” in 2014, over one hundred local volunteers have performed over 120 different songs composed by Porter in productions placing them in modern motifs and popular genres, including a morning news program, soap opera, murder mystery, science fiction adventure, and fairy tale.     The revues also feature lesser-known pieces by Porter, with “Night and Day” being the only song performed in all productions.  Being an annual revue gives the creators more freedom to dig more deeply into the Cole catalogue, and with the assistance of the Cole Porter Family Trust, they have been able to include songs from all periods of Porter’s prolific career.  As of the tenth production, “Coffee” and “Stereophonic Sound” had been performed as often as “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You” appeared in as many productions as “Plumbing” and “Pets”.         By combining his extensive library with a different genre each year, the revues have proven to be a very fitting celebration of the inimitable talent of Cole Porter.  Regardless of the genre portrayed, his music always fits effortless, with usually no re-writing, as if the material was written specifically for each production.  Regular attendees also admire how a song like “In the Still of the Night” could be the threatening lament of a ninja-dressed murder suspect one year and then a countrified joke regarding third-shift moon shining in another.     As we hear often during the Cole Porter Festival, “What other composer could you do this for?”

2005:  Timeless Cole Co-Written by Kurt Schindler & Kelly Voss; Co-Directed by Kelly Voss & Kurt Schindler

2006:  A Cole Reception Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2007:  A Cup O’ ColeWritten and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2008:  Night & Day: A Soapy Cole Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2009:  Radio Cole Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2010:  Timeless Cole 2.0 – Now With Recycling! Previous material from Timeless Cole, Co-Written by Kurt Schindler & Kelly Voss New Material Written by Kurt Schindler Directed by Kurt Schindler

2011:  Cole Blooded Murder Written by Patricia Piper; Co-Directed by Patricia Piper and Tammy Hileman

2012:  Once Upon a Cole Story by Nancy Bender; Script by Nancy Bender and Kurt Schindler; Co-Directed by Nancy Bender & Kurt Schindler

2013:  Cole In Space Written and Directed by Kurt Schindler

2014:  Kountry Fried Cole Story by Sunny Holtzlander; Script by Sunny Holtzlander & Kurt Schindler;    Directed by  Sunny Holtzlander

2015: Prehistoric Cole Co-Written by Alan Myers & Kurt Schindler;  Co-Directed by Alan Myers & Kurt Schindler