Category: Kelli Samson

The Slug Who Stole Solstice at OFT, set painting by Steve Bylsma

Steve Bylsma: When Art and Science Meet

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Growing up in Bothell, Steve Bylsma loved drawing the natural world. The 2011 Evergreen State College graduate and freelance artist...

Kathy Dorgan

Kathy Dorgan: Storyteller

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Kathy Dorgan, a member of the Washington State Thespians Teacher Hall of Fame, is celebrating 20 years of directing plays at Olympia High...

Corinna Luyken

Corinna Luyken at Captain Little

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Most kids love to draw. The difference between artists like Corinna Luyken and many of us is she never stopped when she grew up. Luyken’s...

Carolyn Willems Van Dijk

Carolyn Willems Van Dijk: Impacting the World

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Actress Carolyn Willems Van Dijk was born for the stage. She’s all doe eyes and smile, voice and confidence. In short, she is...

Studio West Dance Theatre

Studio West Dances to Make a Difference

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Olympia’s Studio West Dance Theatre and Guild provide an enchanting opportunity each year for the community to enjoy an evening of fine...

Elizabeth Alexander and Simon Tran in Alice in Wonderland

Olympia Family Theater Discovers the Wonder

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Forget everything you know from Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderland. Olympia Family Theater is about to bring forth the world premiere...

The Bow Weevils are: top row left to right, Hatcher Cox, Ellie Davis, Rizley Cox; bottom row left to right, Ruby Neatherlin and Annie Davis (photo credit: Emily Teachout).

The Bow Weevils at The Oly Old Time Festival

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Olympia’s Bow Weevils are returning to The Oly Old Time Festival, the site of their 2016 debut. Prior to forming The Bow Weevils, Ruby...

Our Town cast members Brian Tyrrell, Clarke Hallum and McKenna Soderberg

Our Town at Olympia High School

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, long-heralded as the most American of plays, graces the stage at Olympia High School this winter under the...

Mia Learner in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

OFT Has The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Two of the most treasured traditions at Olympia Family Theater (OFT) are the annual holiday show and the multigenerational cast show. This...

Martin Lee chalk art at OFT

Chalk Artist Martin Lee at OFT

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Olympia Family Theater (OFT) is hosting high-quality performance art this Arts Walk. Local artist Martin Lee will be in the lobby. Lee came...