Welcome to Olympic Theatre Arts!
FOR COMMUNITY, NOT FOR PROFIT
Our mission: to entertain, educate, and inspire community involvement through experiences in the arts.
Olympic Theatre Arts keeps up engagement with community!
Olympic Theatre Arts for the past ten weeks has been reaching out to its list of email subscribers with weekly notifications regarding the theatre’s activities. In spite of the shutdown restrictions the OTA staff has remained quite busy. “There were many projects and hopeful ideas on our lists that we simply just could not get to with our heavy production and event schedule,” states Carol Willis, OTA executive director. “In addition to that, we were focused on keeping our constituents engaged and investigating new ways to ‘do theatre’ digitally”. Below is a synopsis of the email news briefs by week.
- OTA announces the final weekend of activities and precautions in place.
- OTA announces official closing and shares ideas about joining Facebook groups to stay in touch. The primary FB page was focused on sharing Shakespearean monologues because the theatre’s next event was just that. The children’s group page was launched to provide at home theatre activities and finish elements of the class session that was suspended.
- Decisions were officially announced to postpone the 2019-2020 season. Ideas were solicited to help OTA define its ‘brand’ (one of those projects and hopeful ideas).
- A big THANK YOU to all of the front line workers, many of them OTA supporters for their work during this crisis. And a call for artists to create images for the plays selected for the 2020-2021 season (whether its an in person season or not, OTA still needs artwork!)
- Requests for feedback on production value favorites from our past. The idea is to create video clips preserving the memories of past productions and to bring attention to each of these often forgotten aspects of theatre; sets, costumes, props, lights, sound, projections.
- Announcing a very unique idea – for when OTA can entertain again – Shakespeare in the Park—ing Lot! Plans were announced to move the annual Renaissance Faire (which was next up on the agenda) outside, with plenty of fresh air circulating and cloth veils available to don for the occasion.
- Another unique idea emerged, to move the play that was already in rehearsal, A Facility for Living, to the opening slot of the new season, October 2020 if allowed BUT with a new twist. The play takes place in an elder care facility SO the idea is to carry the theme into the audience by checking temperatures at the door and providing face masks with the elder care facility’s ID stenciled on them. Seating could also be limited to maintain social distancing.
- Announcement of a big fundraising campaign with national support, #GivingTuesdayNow, kicking off on Tuesday, May 5 with a percentage of the donations receiving matching funds. OTA announced its goal of raising $50,000 to cover lost income through the summer.
- A BIG THANK YOU was sent for the huge outpouring of generosity from the community. Nearly $23,000 was raised by the end of that kick-off day. The campaign, it was announced, is ongoing through May 26 with the matching funds percentage tallied on the total online contributions at that time. More good news was announced that OTA received its PPP loan from the government allowing it to resume full pay for its employees for two months.
- With all staff members back to work for two months, the theater announced a list of inexpensive refurbishing projects to spruce up the place, again a difficult project to undertake during the normally busy schedule.
“In conclusion,” continues Willis, “we are maintaining cautious optimism about the future. We just celebrated forty years as a community theatre in Sequim and hope to be here for at least another forty. We remain focused on strengthening our infrastructure and reaching out to embrace new technology for fulfilling our mission. With the continued support of our community I know we will make it through this crisis and maybe even learn a few new tricks along the way.”
For more information, or to join the weekly email blast list, contact Pete Griffin at email@example.com or call 360-683-7326.
Vimeo video showcases!
Thanks to the efforts of our thespian community and feedback from YOU, our patrons and supporters, we are building a collection of videos representing OTA’s work, both past and present. You can watch wonderfully submitted Shakespearean monologues HERE, production design videos HERE, and testimonials HERE.
This video collection is growing, so come back for more when you can!
THANK YOU THESPIANS!
Continuing response to COVID-19:
Although our doors are closed, we will still be available by telephone and by email for any questions or concerns. Telephone (360) 683-7326, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An important decision that the board of trustees has now made is that our next production, A Facility for Living will not open on May 1st as planned. If we are able to gear up and present this play this season we will. It is also anticipated that the last play of the season Let Me Down Easy will be cancelled.
If you are holding tickets to either of these two shows, we are prepared to offer the following options:
- Donate the ticket price for one or both shows back to OTA as a charitable tax-deductible contribution. (No action required and if the show goes on this season, you will have your seat)
- Request a refund for the price of one or both of the shows. (Contact box office)
- Request a replacement voucher for one or both shows, good for one ticket to any show in the 2020-2021 season. (Contact box office)
But Community is still Community…
In these strange times, please remember that we are still a Community. We are fortunate enough to have some pretty amazing tools to stay in touch that poor Bill Shakespeare never even dreamed of, so let’s use them. Send us your thoughts or stories, join us on Facebook! That said, we also hope for a speedy social recovery so that we can get back together again, face to face. After all, Community Theatre is really all about the hugs.
Olympic Theatre Arts, a non-profit, celebrating 40 years in 2020, pledges to do the best we can to stay safe while offering outlets for our volunteers, patrons and supporters to stay connected. Please know that now, more than ever, we need and appreciate the community’s support through financial contributions as we work to continuously fulfil our mission to…
ENTERTAIN, EDUCATE and INSPIRE.
We appreciate you all and wish you good health.
HERE’S ANOTHER WAY TO SUPPORT OTA!
For just $5 you have a chance to win this wonderful quilt created especially for Olympic Theatre Arts’ production of “Quilters” by Sequim’s Sun Bonnet Sue quilting Club. The piece was revealed on stage near the end of each performance at the climax of the musical. This quilt is made to fit a king-size bed. The winner need not be present to win but must make arrangements to pick up in person or pay for shipping. Get your tickets HERE or at the box office between the hours of 1-5pm, Monday-Friday.
girls or dad
lost boys P&W 20
clouds P&W 20
pirates P&W 20
bad boys (2)
Explorer Phillida - Copy
Lettuce Explorers - Copy
nick & stones web
spoon cast crop web
spoon stones web
vanya crop web
vanya crop jen web
vanya crop lift web
bean dance jack 18 - Copy
milky farmers jack 18 - Copy
clowns jack 18 - Copy
morrie help (2) - Copy
morrie coach - Copy
morrie record (2) - Copy
squabbles all - Copy
squabbles set - Copy
squabbles smile - Copy
OTA Scapino 2mn 7-6-16 - Copy
OTA Scapino 3mn 7-6-16 - Copy
dockside eating - Copy
TO BE A VOLUNTEER!
We are located at 414 North Sequim Avenue. Click here for map.