Olympia Family Theater stages “Our Only May Amelia”

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Family TheaterMay Amelia (Kate Hayes) Photo by Dinea de Photo“Our Only May Amelia” is  a Newbery Award-winning novel by Jennifer L. Holm that is set in unchartered Naselle, WA and follows the Jackson family as this area of Washington is settled.  Olympia Family Theater is setting this story to stage beginning March 20 through April 5.It is the coming of age story of a 13 year old who is being raised on an isolated farm as the only girl in a family of boys. In 1899, life on the Naselle River in Southwest Washington was hard for anyone, but especially for 13 year-old May Amelia Jackson, the only girl in all of the Naselle settlement.May Amelia’s Pappa thinks that hunting, fishing, aand working at the logging camp are all too rough for a little girl, but that doesn’t stop May. Once May’s mother gives birth to a baby girl, it seems as though all of May’s prayers have been answered. After tragedy strikes and Grandmother Patience blames her, May runs off to Astoria to stay with her aunt. But living in the big city, despite the new and exciting things it has to offer, means that May has to act like a “proper young lady.” Life on the Naselle might be hard for a girl, bu at least it is full of adventure – and family, and it is her home-her place.Olympia Family Theater offers accessible theater to families of all ages, and programs that entertain and educate while stimulating personal growth for young people, their families and the wider community.Some performances are already sold out.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.olyft.org or at their box office 360-570-1638, 612 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501.  Prices $13 – $19last_img

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