Olympia Little Theatre Presents Powerful 78th Season

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS

The 2017-2018 season at Olympia Little Theatre, by far the longest-standing troupe in Thurston County, kicks off August 31 with the astronomers of Silent Sky. After that cosmically inspiring drama, the company presents six diverse plays ensuring quality entertainment for every age and taste.

All the King’s Women is a rapid-fire comedy that recalls Elvis Aaron Presley through the eyes of 17 women he encountered throughout his life. We’ll meet the saleswoman who sold him his first guitar and the secretary who ushered him into the Oval Office for his visit with Richard Nixon. That show opens October 12, directed by Toni Holm. Auditions are August 28 and 29 at OLT.

Dramatic literature has few married couples as memorably suited to each other as the Thayers of On Golden Pond, Norman Jr. and Ethel. As irascible Norman turns 80, he takes on the mentorship of a troubled teen, the son of the Thayers’ daughter’s fiancé. Helmed by Kendra Malm, that show opens December 1 and serves as OLT’s warmhearted, holiday presentation.

On January 19, 2018, director Michael Christopher debuts Communicating Doors, a thrill-a-minute, time-traveling, comic murder-mystery by esteemed British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. Three women must pre-write history to prevent two brutal murders.

Butterflies Are Free, directed by Allison Gerst and Barb Matthews, is the beloved tale of a blind man who meets a sexy, free-spirited neighbor (Blythe Danner on stage, Goldie Hawn in the movie) in late-1960s Manhattan. That show, perfect for spring, opens March 3.

Talley’s Folly, a Lanford Wilson play directed by Jim Patrick, is set on July 4, 1944. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for dramatic literature in 1980, it’s a family drama about the love of a Jewish accountant for a Protestant in Lebanon, Missouri and premieres April 4.

OLT wraps its season starting June 8 with Suite Surrender, described by director Toni Holm as “a silly, wisecracking farce, a screwball comedy. I’m going to do it,” Holm continues, “with two female stars, one a singer, the other an actor, doing a VSO show. They’re famous for hating each other. It’s the anti-Beaches.”

What: Silent Sky

Where: Olympia Little Theatre,
1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia

When: 7:25 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays except Sept. 14;
1:55 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 31 – Sept. 16

How much: $11-$15

Learn more: 360-786-9484 | OLT

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