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“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.
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