September 26, 2014

OCTA announces: Songs, Scenes and Stories: 40 Years of OCTA

Songs, Scenes and Stories: 40 Years of OCTA
Olathe Civic Theatre Association Benefit
Celebrates Rich Theatre History

OLATHE, KAN., September 26, 2014: Olathe Civic Theatre Association (OCTA) will celebrate 40 years of producing live theatre in Olathe with three benefit performances running Oct. 3-5 at the theatre, located at 500 E. Loula Street in Olathe, Kan.

These special performances will include selections from musicals, dramas and comedies from the theatre's past 40 years as well as memories from longtime patrons, performers and volunteers. Guests will enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and beverages at each performance as well as a silent auction on Friday and Saturday nights.

Songs, Scenes and Stories: 40 Years of OCTA is directed by Rebekah Grieb and Ted Collins, hosted and written by Shelly Stewart Banks and Peter Leondedis, and features Erica Baruth, Michael Bunn, Kelsie Clark, Vicky DeLaughder, James Levy, Carrie Lenahan and Laura Roose with other special guests.

"This theatre is a hidden gem and the goal of this benefit is to showcase just how long we've been doing what we do," Peter Leondedis, vice president of the OCTA board, said. "We are a home for some of Kansas City's best talent to direct, create and perform and we look forward to a sustainable future where we can continue our traditions and bring new work to the stage."

Come see Songs, Scenes and Stories: 40 Years of OCTA and help Olathe Civic Theatre Association celebrate 40 years and build the foundation for 40 more.

The Olathe Civic Theatre Association began as Olathe Community Theatre Association with a $1,000 grant from the Olathe Parks & Recreation Department in 1973. OCTA produced shows at various locations throughout Olathe, including the Chester Street Shopping Center basement and Millbrooke Junior High (now the Vo-Tech school). In 2013 the group officially changed its name to the Olathe Civic Theatre Association to better reflect the breadth and caliber of the theatre experience it provides.

Through the generosity of volunteers, season ticket holders, donors, city and community, in addition to dedicated Board of Directors, OCTA has grown into one of the most successful and progressive community theaters in the entire Kansas City metropolitan area. OCTA is located at 500 E. Loula, Olathe, Kansas, online at

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