by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS
Olympia meets the Hundred Acre Wood this fall season at Olympia Family Theater. The family production company will perform a theatrical rendition of Winnie the Pooh from November through December. Heading this play is one of OFT’s co-founders and regular directors, Samantha Chandler.
Pooh Bear, created by English author A. A. Milne in 1926, is just nine years shy of turning 100. The original cast of characters — Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger — were based off of the author’s son’s childhood toys. Milne’s son Christopher served as the basis for Christopher Robin.
While the books have been adapted into various animated productions by Disney since 1966, a play adaptation by Kristin Sergel was created before these works in 1957. Sergel’s adaptation has not graced the OFT stage for seven years, and it’s heading this way once again, honey pots and all.
“The characters are so timeless. They have all these great elements to them that are just so fun to watch, and we have a lot of experienced actors that are doing really fun things,” Chandler said.
Chandler said that she loves the multi-generational aspect of OFT, where families can come together and enjoy a fun story. “I think this will be a great show for the holidays that families can come and see,” Chandler said.
WHAT Winnie the Pooh
WHERE Olympia Family Theater,
612 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia
WHEN 7 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22; 2 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26, Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23
HOW MUCH $13-$19
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