Shakespeare in Hollywood

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, Olympia has more theater performances premiering than you can imagine, plus heavy-hitting readings and conferences to keep you on your toes.

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Follow the links below for more information on each event.




Take a trip to the courthouse while watching 12 Angry Men at Standing Room Only in Yelm.

Keep the world’s longest-running play going (and the ending a secret) at The Mousetrap, playing at Tumwater High School.

Laugh out loud with the classic comic opera The Pirates of Penzance at Olympia High School.

Enjoy the Nöel Coward rom-com Present Laughter at Harlequin Productions.

Bring magical folklore to life at Shakespeare in Hollywood at Olympia Little Theatre.


Experience pure entertainment at Rock Candy Burlesque’s Tassel Tuesday, a burlesque and variety revue at Rhythm & Rye.

Books and Words

Nikkita Oliver

Take a stand against racism at YWCA Olympia’s inaugural Racial Justice Summit: Intent vs. Impact, featuring spoken-word artist and activist Nikkita Oliver, at South Puget Sound Community College.

Enjoy the beautiful synthesis of poetry and fiddle music at the Ken Waldman author reading at Orca Books.

Other Events

Celebrate the season at May Faire, an annual festival with baked goods, garland making, rope winding, square dancing and local food vendors, all at Olympia Waldorf School.


Visual Arts 

Charging, archival digital print by Joe Hedges

Delve into the artistic world of sculptor, painter and print artist Joe Hedges at The Gallery at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts.

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