Annual Meeting

The annual meeting to vote on board members; next season’s slate and some additional major changes will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. You must be a member to vote. If you are not currently a member you will need to pay your dues to vote. Thank you!

Ole Olsen’s Kids Theatre Camp

Announcing Ole Olsen’s Kids Theatre Camp!!!! Come be part of a fun filled week of learning some of the aspects of a theatrical performance centered around the story of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The camp will run from Monday June 22 through Friday June 26 from 10am-3pm and will be for children eight to twelve. The camp will end with a performance on Friday at 4:30pm and will take place at Ivy Tech. Water and snacks provided but lunch needs to be packed. Any questions contact Tyler Rose, Jayne Kesler, or Debby Myers.

Attendees will need to be there all 5 days. We are limited to the first 30 registered participants.


Dixie Swim Club


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THE STORY: Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…

Show dates are April 23-26 and May 1-3

Dinner theatre begins at 6:30 (April 23rd only);

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 pm Sunday shows are at 2pm

Audition Notice

Performers, want to be part of an incredibly unique and fun creative experience?

The final auditions for our annual, one-of-a-kind Cole Porter Revue Performers will be March 25th at the Depot. Come be a part of “Prehistoric Cole”, co-written and co-directed by Alan Myers and Kurt Schindler.

Due to the special nature of the Cole Porter productions, it is essential that THOSE AUDITIONING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO GIVE ALL POTENTIAL SCHEDULING CONFLICTS FOR APRIL, MAY, and the first half of JUNE. Performance dates begin Thursday, June 11, and continue that weekend and the following Friday and Saturday nights. The first weekend’s Saturday and Sunday shows will be matinees.

Auditions for kids aged 7-15 to fill two roles and possibly other roles will be held at 6:30 p.m. Kids auditioning will be singing portions of Cole Porter’s “You’re the Top” and reading scenes.

Adult (16 and up) auditions will commence at 7:30 p.m. Those auditioning should have a song prepared, preferably Cole Porter, although those less comfortable with singing may sing something simpler, “Happy Birthday” or “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” There are a few of non-singing and limited-singing roles in the production, and the script will be tailored to the performers cast.

Those interested but unable to make this final audition must contact either Kurt or Alan ASAP, either via Facebook (including the Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre Inc. page) or by calling the Depot at (765)472-3680.

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