OLY ARTS is your expert guide to arts and culture in the Olympia region. This newsletter features summer youth theater and the best of local live entertainment for July 28 - Aug. 3.
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OLY ARTS Loves Summer Youth Theater!

Olympia enjoys an embarrassment of riches when it comes to local acting talent, but every star owes his or her success to good teachers. Thus it's no surprise Oly also has some of the best youth theater programs around. Read our overview of summer youth theater programs here.

In the list below, we'll catch you up on youth theater performances, as well as live music and literary events in the South Sound area.

This OLY ARTS newsletter is your summer digest to live entertainment in the Olympia area, July 28 - Aug. 3:

Festival on the Capitol Green: Classical 

The Olympia Symphony celebrates the 10th anniversary of Concert at the Capitol. This day-long event features a broad variety of musical and dance experiences, including flamenco, bon odori, samba and classical music performances by the Olympia Symphony and the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO). 

When: 1-8 p.m., Sunday, July 31

Where: Washington State Capitol Campus,
416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia

How much: free

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Music in the Park: Classic Rock

The classic-rock band Blind Facsimile, aka Blind Fax, crafts tight harmonies, driving guitar riffs, and solid rhythm grooves to deliver its message.

This is an outdoor event: carry in chairs, a picnic basket and sunscreen, and you'll be set for a fun evening concert. 

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3

Where: Sylvester Park,
Legion and Capitol, Olympia

How much:
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Creative Colloquy Olympia

For the last two years, has published the work of South Sound writers. "CCOly" presents the work of published authors followed by open-mic sessions for new writers. This month's event, the first in Lacey, is hosted by OLY ARTS' managing editor (and author of two published novels), Christian Carvajal.

When: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1

Where: Forrey's Forza,
130 Marvin Rd. SE #130, Lacey

How much: free
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Summer youth theater performances in Olympia

Olympia has some of the best youth theater programs in the Pacific Northwest. This is a big week, as local Olympia youth theaters roll out their stage productions starting tonight.
Creative Theatre Experience's Shakespeare Spotlight proudly presents abridged versions of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.
(Schoolhouse Rock Live! is on stage from CTE next week.)

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, July 28-30

More information: OLY ARTS Overview of CTE >>

Pacific Northwest Theater Co. (PNTC) presents three shows this summer: 
Seussical Jr.,
A Year With Frog and Toad Kids, and The Jungle Book

When: first performances from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29

More information: OLY ARTS Overview of PNTC >>

Apple Tree Productions showcases Seussical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss and starring youth aged 5-18. Apple Tree is also producing an abridged concert version of Evita, starring students 13-18. 

What: Seussical and a concert version of Evita

When: Seussical 7 p.m. July 28-30 and 2 p.m. July 30 and 31; Evita 7 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7

More information: OLY ARTS Overview of Apple Tree >>

Learn More about Summer Youth Theater Programs in Olympia
Here's where to find your print copy of OLY ARTS
this summer 

Books by the Bay,
Port Plaza Park,
701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia,
Aug. 12

Hands On Children's Museum,
414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia,
July 29-30; Aug. 10-13

Heritage Park Fountain,
330 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia,
July 30-31; Aug. 13-14

Lacey in Tune Summer Concert Series,
Huntamer Park in Woodland Square,
618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey,
July 30; Aug. 3 and 6

Olympia's Music in the Park,
Sylvester Park,
Legion and Capitol, Olympia,
Aug. 3, 5, 10

Thurston County Fair,
Thurston County Fairgrounds,
3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Lacey,
Aug. 3-7
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