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MC Weekly

March 26, 2014

RAY MOSCOWITZ: Ole Olsen has been a Peru gem for 50 seasons

Cadre of volunteers, supporters contribute to its success.

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“My father did plays with Ole Olsen during the mid ’70s, when we were stationed at Grissom Air Force Base,” Voss related. “When my parents retired here, I moved to Peru from Omaha, Neb., where I had been living to attend college, to be near my family and raise my children [Casandra Stowell, Colbey Voss, Courtney Voss and Caitlyn Maiseroulle, who are involved with Ole].”

Upon returning, Voss immediately followed in her dad’s footsteps. She has been with Ole ever since. (Perhaps there’s some “Hollywood” in her blood; she was born in Los Angeles when her dad was stationed in California.)

Her first production was “Carousel,” directed by the late Ron Blackman, who, Voss said, was a major contributor to Ole.

Emblematic of others, Voss has fit Ole into a busy personal life. After getting a bachelor of science degree from Indiana University, she worked at the Miami Correctional Facility as a substance abuse counselor, in outpatient and minimum security and in the meth unit.

Before that, she spent six years as a reporter for the Peru Tribune. (She returned to journalism in October 2013, when she and her significant other, David Makin, started the Peru Miami News, an Internet publication.)

Asked about Ole’s future, Voss said the organization is not actively thinking about leaving the Depot. A future goal will be whether to build or buy a structure that can house the theater and workshop in one place

“We are currently trying to get enough funds built up for that project,” Voss said. “We are patient.”

Before moving into the Depot, Ole used the stages at Peru and Maconaquah high schools, according to Voss. On at least two occasions, the Circuit Courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse was used. The Children’s Theater productions are staged at Ivy Tech.

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