Its a Wonderful Life

Congratulations to the cast of It’s A Wondeful Life. These individuals will be getting your Christmas season off to a wonderful start the first and second weekends in December!
Jeff Carnagua- George Bailey
Keven Cadwallader- Clarence
Keith Martin- Mr. Gower
Nicholas Moreland- Young George
Sunny Holtzlander- Mother Bailey
Jerra Moreland- Aunt Tilly
Diana Blair- Violet
John Kraning- Ernie
Duane Flaherty-Bert
Dan Revelant- Uncle Billy
Michele Carnagua- Mary
Jeff Gainey- Sam Wainright
Ted Denton- Henry Potter
Jeff Gainey- Mr. Martini
Keith Martin- Mr. Welch
Bianca Sloan- Potter’s Secretary
Tina Duggins-Foust- Miss Carter
Lisa Carnagua- Zuzu

1776 Cast This show will be held at the Peru High School Auditorium February 12,13 & 14th!

John Hancock: Mark Olson Dr. Josiah Bartlett:

Ben Hibbs John Adams: Ron Harper

Stephen Hopkins: Jim Aikman

Roger Sherman: John Kirk

Lewis Morris: Stu Sullivan

Robert Livingston: Tim Conner

Rev. John Witherspoon: Dave Kirk

Benjamin Franklin: Kurt Krauskopf

John Dickinson: Troy Miller

James Wilson: Patrick Meador

Caesar Rodney: Doug Working

Col. Thomas McKean: Phil Walker

George Read: Josh Main

Samuel Chase: Randy Baldwin

Richard Henry Lee: Jeff Carnagua

Thomas Jefferson: Kurt Schindler

Joseph Hewes: Chandler Richardson

Edward Rutledge: Kyle Johnson

Dr. Lyman Hall: Gary Working

Charles Thomson: Jim Walker

Andrew McNair: Bob Bryan

Abigail Adams: Donna Bevington

Martha Jefferson: Angel Williams

A Courier: Nathan Wilson



Driving Miss Daisy

“Driving Miss Daisy” – Bonus Show

The classic story of an elderly woman set her ways and the unlikely friend she makes in her driver, Hoke.

Shows to be performed in conjunction with Circus City Festival July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm; Sunday shows are at 2pm

Show is free to Ole Olsen Season Ticket Holders; otherwise $7 for adults. $5 for children. Those showing Circus Tickets will get a discount.

Reprising their roles are Anne Loy as Daisy and Donnie Fuller as Hoke. Joe Pyke will play Bolie. Bob Bryan and Sunny Holtzlander are director and assistant director, respectively.

Cole Porter Review

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