By ALEC CLAYTON for OLY ARTS
Olympia’s master of storytelling, the one and only Elizabeth Lord, will cohost this year’s Capital City Pride with Lauren O’Neill. She’s an Olympia legend from her work as an actor, storyteller and all-around entertainer.
Lord’s first paid storytelling gig was in 1994. For 20 years she’s been an actor with the popular playback theater group Heartsparkle Players, and for 11 years impresario and announcer for the Lord Franzannian Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show spotlighting local singers, dancers, comedians, jugglers, burlesque performers and others. She recruits the talent, produces the shows and plays host in the guise of the mustachioed Lord Franzannian. In October she’ll present her 12th vaudeville show.
Her most recent endeavor has been as hostess and cofounder of StoryOly, Olympia’s premiere storytelling event. StoryOly is in its third year of monthly story slams at Rhythm & Rye. Lord offers regular storytelling workshops and is currently at work on a new solo storytelling show, Homesick, running June 15-17 at Olympia Family Theater.
“I am honored that Capital City Pride president Gina Thompson asked me to be part of this year’s event,” Lord says. “Lauren and I go way back, having performed many times together at the Midnight Sun. She has been part of multiple Franzannian vaudeville shows, and she and I did a two-woman play years back called Parallel Lives … She is a dynamo and I am sure we will have a blast working together.”
Capital City Pride 2018
Parade in downtown Olympia
Festival at Heritage Park, Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia