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Olympia Little Theatre’s 2016 – 2017 Season
The Story of Our Lives (Neil Bartram & Brian Hill) A warm and wonderful musical about a lifelong friendship. September 9-18, 2016 - director Maria Valenzuela
All roles cast
An Act of the Imagination (Barnard Slade) - A Twisty Who-Done-It Mystery. October 14-30, 2016 - director Kathryn Beall firstname.lastname@example.org
By the author of ‘Same Time, Next Year,’ comes a thriller where fiction and reality collide. Arthur Putnam is a well-to-do mystery writer in 1960s London. However, his latest novel takes a strange twist. It’s a romance, detailing an adulterous affair, and it’s unusually vivid and suspiciously specific for a work of fiction. Enter a woman claiming to be his lover and the inspiration for the book, and everything goes amok. Death stalks; the other woman disappears and evidence incriminates Arthur in her murder. A classic "whodunit" with a twisting plot that will keep everyone guessing right up to the end.
- Arthur Putnam - mid to late fifties, an unromantic looking, appealing eccentric
- Julia Putnam - probably late forties, very beautiful, warm, graceful
- Simon Putnam – mid-twenties, attractive, charming, impetuous
- Detective sergeant Fred Burchitt - a spry, friendly Londoner in his mid-fifties
- Holly Adams - pretty, enthusiastic, bright, vivacious, in her mid to late twenties
- Brenda Simmons - late twenties, off-beat, unpredictable, slightly unkempt
- Brooke Carmichael - mid thirties, cool-y beautiful with an unforced elegance and charm
A Christmas Cactus (Eliot Byerrum) Noir detective comedy set at Christmas. December 2-18, 2016 - director Kendra L Malm
Cactus O’Riley wants to be your typical hard-boiled ‘40s film noir detective. Her only problem is that it’s actually 2016 and she’s a modern gal with modern problems. Item: She’s got a nebbish of a secretary with mother issues. Item: The Deputy DA is trying to get her to quit the PI business and join him at the District Attorney’s office (and possibly his bed). Item: On Christmas Eve two fugitives from jail show up and try to get her to find evidence that they were framed by her dead partner, Jake Marley. Item: Her secretary’s mother arrives and becomes convinced that they’re having a murder mystery party! Can our heroine navigate the shoals of justice, crazy people, and love?
- Katie “Cactus” O’Riley (Female, 30’s) A red-headed fiery detective.
- Fred Booker (Male, 20’s) Her meek, but enthusiastic, secretary.
- Adelaide Booker (Female, 50’s to 60’s) Fred’s overprotective and naïve mother.
- Stuart Windsor (Male, 30’s to 40’s) The dashing DA.
- Neville Smedley (Male, 40’s to 50’s) A nervous fugitive accountant.
- Ramon Ramirez (Male, 20’s) A sweetly optimistic undocumented immigrant.
A Lollard in the Wind or, Chaucer's Dilemma (John Pratt) Stage reading of an original play about Chaucer and his Canterbury Tales. January 13-15, 2017 - director John Pratt email@example.com
A Lollard in the Wind: or Chaucer’s Dilemma is a new play. The 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer has three visitors—an old friend, his adult son, and a church official.
To each he narrates and defends some of his stories, at the same time trying to stay out of trouble. These stories are also portrayed by an ensemble of actors. This production will be in a reader’s theatre format.
- Geoffrey Chaucer (60 years old), poet and bureaucrat
- Sir Lewis Clifford (70 years old), English Aristocrat and Military Figure
- Thomas Chaucer (in his 30s), Geoffrey Chaucer’s Son
- Adam of Usk (in his fifties), Historian and Canon Lawyer
- Thomas Arundel (in his fifties), Archbishop of Canterbury (also Theseus, Old John, and Ruffian Two)
- The Wife of Bath (also, the Hag)
- Young woman in her 20s (Alison, Dorigen, Tavern boy, and Voice of the Mirror)
- Young male in his twenties (Arcite, Nicholas, the Knight, Arvaragus, and Ruffian one)
- Young male in his twenties (Palamon, Absalom, Aurelius, and Ruffian three)
Or, (Liz Duffy Adams) A very bawdy Restoration era costume farce. February 16 - 26, 2017 - director Toni C. Holm tch@Well.com
Or, takes place (mostly) during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, poet, spy, and soon to be the first recognized English professional female playwright. Charles II has regained the throne, reopened the theatres, post Puritan repression, and is allowing women on stage! Nell Gwynne is the most feted actress of the day and determined to distract Aphra!
Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade and has a shot at a her newest play being produced, if she can only finish her play by morning despite interruptions from sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne; complicated royal love, King Charles II; and very dodgy ex-love, double-agent William Scott. Set this the 1600s that make the 1960’s look tame, Or, is a play full of politics, bawdy language, and passion.
- Aphra Behn (female 20-40) the famous playwright, lover of Charles, Nell & William
- Nell Gwynne (female 24-30) The famous stage actress lover of Aphra & Charles
- Charles II, King of England / William Scott, spy (dual role male 30-60)
- Lady Devonshire, theatre owner (small role, any gender 20-80)
(First three actors must be all be physically fit and able to move quickly including climbing in and out of a wardrobe in modified Restoration costume. Lady Devonshire has a long monologue.)
A Trip to Bountiful (Horton Foote) Mar 24-April 9, 2017 - directed by James Patrick firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as "home." The trouble is her son, Ludie, is too concerned for her health to allow her to travel alone and her petty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae, insists they don't have money to squander on bus tickets. This prompts "escape" attempts each month which coincide with the arrival of Mrs. Watts' Social Security check. Then, Mrs. Watts makes a successful escape and last trip home.
- Carrie Watts, female, age 65+
- Ludie Watts, male, age 35+
- Jessie Mae Watts, female, age 35+
- Thelma, age 25+
- Houston Ticket Man #1, 30+
- Harrison Ticket Man, 30+
- Houston Ticket Man #2, age 30+
- Sheriff, age 35+
Shakespeare in Hollywood (Ken Ludwig) - A magical screwball comedy set in 1930's Hollywood. May 5-21, 2017 - directed by Kendra Malm email@example.com
Let us take you to a magical place, where dreams come true, the boy gets the girl, and the villain gets his comeuppance, Hollywood, 1934, and the filming of “A Midsummers Night’s Dream”. Max Reinhart, the director, has problems he never had in Germany; a studio head with a girlfriend who wants to be a star, a gimlet-eyed censor, a nosey gossip columnist, and now the actors playing Oberon and Puck have dropped out. Due to a small magical wrong-turn, the actual Oberon and Puck show up and are promptly cast as, you guessed it, Oberon and Puck!
- Oberon (Male, 40’s-60’s) The magical King; imperious, impatient, commanding but with a saving touch of whimsy.
- Puck (Female, 20’s) The woodland sprite; man/boy mischief-maker and Oberon’s gofer
- Jack Warner (Male, 40’s-50’s) A harried studio head.
- Max Reinhart (Male, 50’s-60’s) Sardonic director & fugitive from Hitler’s Germany.
- Will Hays (Male, 40’s-60’s) The watchdog, censorious and self-centered.
- Daryl (Male, 20’s-30’s) Jack Warner’s gofer & yes-man.
- Olivia Darnell (Female, 20’s-30’s) Starlet of the girl-next-door type; plays Hermia in “Dream”.
- Lydia Lansing (Female, 20’s-30’s) Blonde bombshell with a bountiful figure & less than bountiful intellect, but a nice kid at heart; plays Helena in “Dream”.
- Louella Parsons (30’s-50’s) Gossip columnist & radio personality; at times gushing & at times calculating.
- Dick Powell (20’s-30’s) Handsome, boyish leading man; plays Lysander in “Dream”.
- Jimmy Cagney (20’s-40’s) In his comedy, song-and-dance mode, not his gangster mode.
- Joe E. Brown (30’s-40’s) The hangdog funny man.
- The actors playing Hays, Brown, Cagney, Powell, and Darryl double as Albert, Harry and Sam Warner, as well as Groucho, Tarzan, Cowboy and two stagehands.
Communicating Doors (Alan Ayckbourn) A Time-Travelling Murder Mystery Farce (yes, really!) June 16 - July 2, 2017 - directed by Kathryn Beall firstname.lastname@example.org
Murder, suspense, intrigue, sex and... oh yeah, TIME TRAVEL! Three women. One hotel suite. In 1997 one on her honeymoon night. In 2017 one about to be murdered. In 2037, one discovers that a very unique door holds the key to all three lives. Poopay, a professional sex specialist, stumbles upon murder and mayhem when an old man hires her to hear his confession rather than her usual services. His partner in crime decides that Poopay must be silenced. Permanently. Fleeing thru the communicating door of the hotel suite, she finds that it leads not into the adjacent hotel room, but another time, 20 years earlier, on the night of a carefully planned murder. Will Poopay foil the murderer and rewrite history? Says the playwright, “It’s a mix of Psycho and Back to the Future in the Hitchcock vein but it’s funny.” (And, yes, it really is!)
Roles Available: (These are playing ages; the same actor will play the character at both ages.)
- Reece - A businessman, age 30 & 70
- Jessica - His first wife, age 25 & 45
- Ruella - His second wife, age 45
- Julian - His business associate, age 45 & 65
- Poopay (Pheobe) - A prostitute, age 33
- Harold – A house detective, age 35 & 55
General info about OLT auditions
Our audition procedures are generally as follows, but may vary at the discretion of the Director:
Auditions are typically held on a Monday and a Tuesday evening, starting at 7:00 p.m. You do not have to attend both nights of auditions, but you are welcome to read both nights of auditions if you'd like. If callbacks are necessary, the director will schedule the date and time.
Audition appointments are not necessary unless you are unable to attend auditions on the regularly scheduled days and times. In that case, the Director may agree to schedule a separate audition appointment for you. This choice is entirely up to the Director.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You do not need to have prepared monologues. Copies of the scripts for the current season's plays are available at the Downtown, Lacey, and Tumwater branches of the Timberland Library. You may ask for a copy of the script at the information desk. Scripts are only available for use at the library and may not be checked out.
Headshots and resumes are welcome at auditions, but are not necessary.
Rehearsals are typically Monday through Thursday. Additional rehearsals and/or the rehearsal schedule are at the Director's discretion. Performances are typically Thursday through Sunday; Sunday is the only matinee. Special performances are typically on the Tuesday evening after the second weekend of performances.
Olympia Little Theatre is a community theater and you need not have any previous experience, just passion and commitment!