Lillian Anderson, 10, practices a jellyfish dance with fellow students in Olympic Theatre Arts’ parking lot. Photo courtesy of Olympic Theatre Arts

Lillian Anderson, 10, practices a jellyfish dance with fellow students in Olympic Theatre Arts’ parking lot. Photo courtesy of Olympic Theatre Arts

Olympic Theatre Arts to debut ‘The Flip Flop Flotilla’ at Juan de Fuca Festival

The Olympic Theatre Arts Children’s Theater Road Show debuts “The Flip Flop Flotilla” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Juan De Fuca Festival in Port Angeles.

Held in front of the Vern Burton Center (308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles), the 20-minute presentation introduces the audience to characters who live in a Salish Sea tidepool.

“We wanted to tell a story about the pressure our environment is under right now,” Bonne Smith, OTA Children’s Theater director, said. “Our nemesis in the story is a Trash Monster that was generated from waste after a tsunami.”

The Road Show, OTA staff said, became a way for OTA to bring youth voices to issues that affect them by using theater production skills.

The Olympic Theatre Arts Children’s Theater created an original script, “Fresh & Salty,” last December in an actor’s writing workshop for children and youth. The winter after-school class turned it into a film and entered it into the Rivers and Ocean Film Festival.

“The Flip Flop Flotilla” story, which will be filmed winter 2020, shares with the audience how man-made pressures combined with natural disasters have created havoc for the tidepool characters.

The traveling troupe of young actors have a mission, OTA staff say: to “share a story with information that shines a light on local pollution and invasive species as well as entertain the audience with a sometimes funny story but with real life consequences.”

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