SEQUIM — An open house to showcase — or rediscover — community members with the Olympic Center for Theater Arts is scheduled for this Saturday afternoon with new CEO David Herbelin as host.
Olympic Theater Arts, at 414 N. Sequim Ave., will open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; as with all OTA productions, guests must show proof of vaccination and wear face masks.
Herbelin, who took the lead last fall, said Saturday’s open house will show the variety of ways to connect with the 42-year-old’s theater offerings.
“Come and learn how you can play with us. That’s what it’s all about,” he said in an interview Thursday.
Local band Just in Tyme will provide live music throughout the afternoon, and Herbelin and the eight-member board of directors will offer guided tours of the hall on several levels. The building, formerly a church, features the 160-seat Elaine and Robert Caldwell Main Stage, the 90-seat Assembly Hall, a costume-lined attic, and a basement full of props.
Visitors will also have the chance to see the set of “Angel Street (Gaslight)” up close, the show which will run from February 11 to 27.
The performers will then offer guests scenes from the Victorian thriller, written by English playwright and novelist Patrick Hamilton.
“The term ‘gaslighting’ came from this play,” Herbelin said, adding that it is about a narcissistic husband who forces his wife to question reality. Then she returns his behavior to him.
The cast and crew of “Angel Street” will be on hand, Herbelin added, for conversations about their process and artistic decisions.
Those who come to the open house can learn more about acting, directing, lighting technician service, and all the volunteer opportunities at the theater.
In a week, Olympic Theater Arts will hold auditions for “Bingo, the Winning Musical,” a crowd-pleasing comedy that opens April 15 and runs through May 1. Trials will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 5 and 6, with call-backs set for the evening of February 8.
“Bingo” is about a group of hardcore gamers who are fiercely competitive in their weekly games. It turns out that love blossoms and long-lost friends reunite – all set to a catchy musical score. There may also be some public participation in bingo games.
For more information on auditions, performances and concerts at OTA, visit www.olympictheatrearts.org, by emailing [email protected] or by phone at 360-683-7326.
Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or durbanidela [email protected]