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For just $5 you have a chance to win this wonderful quilt on Friday, 7/10/2020! Created especially for Olympic Theatre Arts’ production of “Quilters” by a group of volunteers affiliated with Sequim’s Sun Bonnet Sue quilting club, each block was custom made to fit the scene it represented, such as “Rocky Road”, “Pieces of Lives” and “Double Wedding Rings”, all about the tribulations and joys of frontier life. The piece was revealed on stage near the end of each performance at the climax of the musical. This hand made and very original quilt is made to fit a king-size bed. 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.
Olympic Theatre Arts 2019-2020 Season!
OPENING ON MAIN STAGE FEBRUARY 21 – QUILTERS, by Molly Newman & Barbara Damashek, directed by Richard Stephens, musical direction by Steven Humphrey
“A MUSICAL PIECED TOGETHER WTH LOVE AND STITCHED WITH PRIDE…A THING OF BEAUTY, COMFORT AND JOY” – NY Post
Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, Quilters blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity.
Having acted in Tomfoolery and Death of a Salesman as well as designed costumes for several shows, Quilters is Richard Stephens’ directorial debut at OTA. “The popular image of settling the west is a solitary man with a gun,” said Stephens. “In fact, it was hard working women who came out as homesteaders, farmers, ranchers, schoolteachers and more that helped to settle and “civilize” the western territories and that is a story I am excited to tell.”
Her first time on OTA’s stage after a long hiatus with acting in general, Sara Jane Benjamin is cast as the mother figure Sarah McKendree Bonham, the only named character in the play. “I’m really excited to be working with this cast and crew. It’s a great group of people. I’m learning so much and I’m loving it!” said Benjamin. “I think the play is illustrative of how joy coexists with sorrow, and that life goes from one season to the next. You don’t know what you’re going to encounter, but it just keeps rolling.”
Charisa Silliman, last seen on OTA’s stage a solid seven years ago in God of Carnage, as well as Little Women “back in the day”, has returned to Sequim with a young family of her own and can directly relate to the play. “I actually lived in a ten by twenty army pack tent for about three years when I was growing up,” said Silliman. “We had an outhouse and a goat dairy. We did barn raisings. I wore homemade calico dresses until I was 15. So my parents were really pioneers as well –– most of the things in this show are very familiar!”
Also cast are:
OTA newcomer Susan Cates, freshly relocated to Sequim with acting experience from Alaska to Georgia.
Madeline Montana, an alumni of OTA’s Children’s Theatre program, last on OTA’s stage in Strictly No Elephants.
Marissa Wilson, last scene on OTA’s stage as recently as last November as Williamina Fleming in Silent Sky.
Sarah Shea, a veteran of the OTA stage, having performed in Cabaret, OTA’s very first production in its present location.
Gabrielle Simonson, new to OTA, but bringing acting experience with her from Port Angeles High School and PA’s Ghostlight Productions. “I’m super excited to get to work with a bunch of new people,” said Simonson.
“We have an extraordinary cast of talented women, all very strong singers,” said Stephens. “I am so impressed by the harmonies that they have achieved in such a short time – they sound like they have been singing together for years! Just as importantly, I so appreciate how they have embraced the seriousness of retelling the stories of our great, great grandmothers and bringing real emotion to the extraordinary experiences of these intrepid women.”
Jumping from “Santa Claus” in OTA’s recent production of Another Night Before Christmas to his first crack as Stage Manager, the production position in charge of running smooth rehearsals along with other logistics of the show, is E.J. Anderson III. “So far, more than anything, it’s been so awesome to just sit here and watch these ladies perform, and not have to be doing it myself,” said Anderson with a smile. “I’m loving this a lot!”
Musical director for the show is Steven Humphrey, also fresh off of Another Night Before Christmas. “Quilters is a totally unique work of American musical theater and an utter joy to work on,” said Humphrey. “The music is fresh and speaks directly to the soul on so many levels. It requires actresses who can sing in five, six, and seven parts, and our cast has demonstrated that they are capable of doing so with an amazing natural blend. Further, the instrumentalists provide more than mere accompaniment, but rather a soundscape for the events that affect these pioneer women.”
“We’ve had several musical rehearsals already at Steven’s house,” said Benjamin. “He’s good at getting the last drop of effort out of us. Like ‘No, that wasn’t it. Come on, try harder!’ Our acoustic blend – what we sound like when we’re hitting all of our parts – it’s just amazing!”
Quilters runs from February 21st to March 8th, 2020. Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. A Pay-What-You-Will show for any and all budgets is Thursday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. and every Sunday show is a Talkback show where audiences can stay after the performance and talk with the cast and crew about the production.
Tickets to this Main Stage musical are $24 for the general public, $22 for OTA members, and $15 for students with school identification card, and are available at the theatre box office from 1-5pm, Monday through Friday
Full Run Production times are generally Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. Preview Night is the Thursday preceding Opening Night at 7:30 PM; Pay What You Will night happens on the second Thursday of the run at 7:30 PM. Every Sunday matinee is a Talk-back show.
Opening Night is always followed by a champagne reception! Reserved seating tickets for individual regular performances will be available here, starting August 10, where you can check specific dates and times. Tickets for special performances, Preview Night, and Pay What You Will Night are available only at the door or in advance through the Box Office.
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