Ole Olsen Memorial Theater Presents:  Terms of Endearment


Terms of Endearment is a film and story that many of us have grown up with. A story of love over 3 generations. A story of love and loss, and a reflection of the thankfulness of having each other for however long we are graced with their presence.  I had a nice talk with Debby Myers and gained a lot of insight. She began working on this play very early because of her exclusive approach it took a lot longer than most other plays. The actual playscript was only written 3 years ago to be adapted for the stage. A distinct perspective comes out of this particular production because Debby has combined the stageplay by Dan Gordon and the screenplay by James L. Brooks together into one storyline. Debby's Terms of Endearment play is directed uniquely in scenes much like a movie, instead of the usual acts in most plays. There are several different "sets" combined on stage, and with the help of talented stagehands and creative stage lighting, they can flip from one scene to another or have two or more scenes running concurrently. The directing of this play is truly a work of art in its own right. When I heard her describe this, I thought it might be hard to follow, but it wasn't at all. A hybrid of a movie & play; it is a phenomenal experience!

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On Aug. 18, 1920, after a long and brutal fight, the Tennessee General Assembly voted to approve women's suffrage. When it did, Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

On Aug. 26, 1920, women's right to vote was protected in the constitution from government infringement, and they were free to exercise their voting rights from there on out.

This year the local historical group "Miami County Indiana Worth Remembering" will be bringing several events to celebrate the 100th year celebration of Women's Suffrage Movement. Keep your eyes open for events, and educational opportunities as they spring up in the coming year. If this is something you'd like to participate in, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/452242255125810/ and contact the group. They are not only looking for participation but also sponsorships for the many events planned.

More information is to follow at a later date.

 

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Currently being performed by Ole Olsen is Nana's Naughty Nickers (written by Katherine DiSavino.and sponsored by Liz Flaherty - Award Winning Author) is a hilarious comedy that builds up to a crescendo into the final scene. A truly enjoyable storyline that follows Bridget to her grandmother's house for summer break from college. Grandma Silvia is paying for her apartment with some secrets, making ends meet can be difficult for senior citizens. Who would think that Grandma Silvia would break the law to keep her rent-controlled apartment? Soon Bridget realizes that senior citizens aren't as quiet and boring as she thought, and there are some secrets she'd do anything to keep!

This play is performed very well. There is a lot of chemistry with the actors, but also with the two co-directors Shannon Banter and Nancy Neff. The camaraderie shared by the cast and crew was inspiring. It is truly a wonderful play that would be perfect for a date night. Be aware that there is some adult-themed content, so the directors asked that we pass it along as PG-13. There are still plenty of shows with openings, so get your tickets now, before you miss out. As the last play of the season, you'll be glad you did!

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

At times it seems that we don’t have any control over what happens in our community. Over the years, decisions made in company headquarters or real estate developer offices far from Miami County have resulted in jobs coming and going, houses falling down or being repaired, stores closing and opening.

But there is one decision that will be made locally and only locally. It’s something you can support that has been steadfast in serving the community since 1902. And it’s an agency led by local volunteers and staff devoted to supporting everyone in Miami County.

The YMCA.

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With all this crazy weather you may be out of your gourd, but we at the Indiana Gourd Society are definitely into ours!

Have YOU grown gourds? Do you know all the tricks for success? Did Granny have a gourd dipper down by the spring? Ever seen a gourd birdhouse hanging in a tree? Gourds have come a long way since “Follow the Drinking Gourd” guided slaves north to freedom by sighting on the Big Dipper. Nowadays gourds are both functional and decorative. Almost anything you can do to paper, canvas, wood, or clay, we can do to gourds: draw, paint, calligraphy, cut, engrave, mold, weave, faux finish. Gourds make great gifts. Gorgeous art or cute craft; Native American, Western, African, Oriental, modern or holiday designs -- we do it all. Professionals like Ron Pressel and Michelle Fife will teach you how!

Wait Until Dark play is now showing at Ole Olsen, at the Depot.

"After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat has followed Hendrix back to his place to retrieve it. When Hendrix leaves for business, the crooks make their move -- and find his blind wife, Susy, alone in the apartment. Soon, a life-threatening game begins between Susy and the criminals."

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Peru Dynamite is a local travel softball program established in 2013 as a 10u all-star team. It has since grown into an organization comprised of 3 age divisions. In 2019, the program will have 4 age divisions and a total of 5 teams!

This year the 3 teams set out on a journey to compete in the NW Indiana NSA World Series for the first time in Dynamite history. We are very pleased with our performance and experience. We started Day 1 with a pep talk from program director Marie David, followed by pin trading and skills competitions. Pin trading is one of the most exciting experiences for players and a great icebreaker. Each player has pins significant to their team. So, you have 195 teams running around trying to collect as many pins as possible! In the evening, we attended a parade and block party. It’s basically a day filled with organized chaos, but it’s very memorable.

Day 2 is when pool play begins. Each team plays two games to determine the bracket seeding based on wins and losses. 14u and 10u both placed 2nd in their respective pools. 12u placed 4th for their age division.

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Peru, IN - Ole Olsen Children's Theater will be performing their version of “The Sandlot” July 12-14 at 7 pm and July 15 at 2 pm in the Auditorium at Peru High School. Admission is $5 and reservations are not required.

"The Sandlot" is a movie released on April 7, 1993, depicting the shenanigans of a group of kids in 1962 that play baseball on an empty lot in their neighborhood. It contains drama and comedy along with real-life situations like being new to the area, making friends, problem-solving, and working together. It is a delightful and fun movie that did well at the box office and is still a favorite amongst many age levels.