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It’s time for some fun again! (For all ages.)

Remember live theater? You can watch or, maybe, you can audition to perform!


Okay, folks, it’s time for some fun! Now that we have been allowed back into society it’s time to remember there is more out there than the grocery store.

For instance…the theater! And I am not talking about the cinema, although there are many good movies out now. No, I am talking about live theater. Luckily for us, Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater and even little Tenino have a great selection to choose from.

First out with a live performance is Tenino Young-at-Heart Theater, which re-launches tomorrow with performances of “A Year with Frog and Toad.” See related story.

Other local theaters are gearing up for September and October re-launches.

Washington Center for Performing Arts


Mireya Mayor, A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Fulbright scholar, television correspondent, and field biologist who discovered a new species of lemur in Madagascar, Dr. Mireya Mayor energizes audiences everywhere. She offers a behind-the-scenes look at the hardships and dangers of life in the field, along with the moments of discovery that make it all worthwhile.

This event was originally scheduled for May 19, 2020. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored.

DATE:  Thursday, September 16

TIME:  7:30 pm

The Washington Center Main Stage is located at 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.

Tickets: $40, $35, $30, $25

Harlequin Productions


Harlequin performs at The State Theater in the heart of downtown Olympia and opens their season with “Tenderly”, a play based on the life of Rosemary Clooney.

A fresh, personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. Beginning with Clooney’s simple Maysville, Kentucky childhood and following her rise to Hollywood stardom, Tenderly weaves her signature songs in and out. We learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life – with a career fading during the advent of rock-and-roll and her battles with addiction and depression. Featuring “Hey There,” “Sisters,” “Botcha-a-Me,” “Come On-a My House,” and many other favorites.

The State Theater is located at 202 4th Avenue East, Olympia.

DATE:  October 21 – November 22

Tickets go on sale August 16.

TICKET PRICES:  General $42 • Senior/Military $38 • Student/Youth $25. Military discounts available.

Last but not least another little hidden treasure…

Olympia Little Theater 

Go Back for Murder

By Agatha Christie (Mystery)

Carla has been raised, since age 5, to believe her parents died in an accident. On her 21st birthday she receives a startling gift, a deathbed letter from her mother imprisoned for the crime of poisoning her father. The letter says simply that she desperately wants her daughter to know she was innocent! Determined to find out the truth, Carla partners with the son of her mother’s defense attorney to bring together all the parties who were at the scene of the murder 16 years previous. Expect no Hercule Poirot, but some delicious new characters and all the twists you’d expect from a Christie classic!

Olympia Little Theater claims to be the oldest live theater in Olympia and one of the oldest in the state. 

A volunteer opportunity – auditions, too!

If you have appeared on stage before or have always wanted to, this is your chance. This community theater holds auditions! Click here for audition information.  

Volunteers are often needed both for the front and back of the house, too. 

Olympia Little Theater is located at 1925 Miller Ave NE, Olympia 98506 – just about three miles northeast of downtown Olympia. (See map with this story.)

Performance dates and times:

7:25pm: 10/8, 10/9, 10/15, 10/16, 10/21, 10/22, 10/23

1:55 pm: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24

Tickets: 11.00 – 15.00


Sunday, August 8, 2:00 pm

Monday, August 9, 6:30 pm.

Now…doesn’t this sound like fun?

Kathleen Anderson writes this column each week from her home in Olympia.  Contact her at or post your comment below. 


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