SEQUIM — Olympic Theatre Arts Center’s comedy production of “A Facility for Living” by Katie Forgette is set to open the community theatre’s 2021-2022 season on Friday.
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test less than 72 hours old is required for admittance into the theatre.
Tickets to the main stage comedy are $18 for the general public, $16 for OTA members and $12 for students with school identification card; they are available at the theatre box office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or online at www.olympictheatrearts.org.
“To me, this is sort of the exciting stage where everybody knows their lines, all of the blocking is done, and now we’re just tweaking things here and there, and opening night’s right around the corner,” said actress Vicki Miller.
“It’s getting a little tense,” said actor Joel Hoffman, playing the newly arrived Joe Taylor, who rocks the boat “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” style.
“We have to do all the tech and put it all in place, but it comes together as it always does.”
One of the play’s tech components is the “squawk box,” a disembodied voice played over the facility’s loudspeakers sardonically reminding residents of various policies and events as well as a seemingly neverending schedule of old Ronald Reagan films.
Volunteer sound designer David Meissner worked with KPTZ radio DJ Brice Embree and Embree’s wife Debbie, both of whom also volunteer at OTA, to create the recordings.
“One reason I really wanted to do the sound design is because the squawk box is like a character itself in the show,” Meissner said.
“Sometimes you just hit the doorbell when it’s supposed to ring once in a while, and it’s very important, but in this, it’s like you’re one of the characters. It’s going to be fun to participate and ‘surf along’ with the actors.”
For more information, see the website or call the theatre at 360-683-7326.