Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 WILL BE OUR SEASON OF HITS!!


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This summer will be our "Season of Hits" at Putnam County Playhouse. The program will include one of our most popular musicals, a musical new to PCPH, a production of the longest run play in theatrical history, and the return of a comedy classic!


The season will open in June with a production of the musical Annie.  It was previously produced by PCPH in 1984 (directed by Vickie Parker) and in 1998 (directed by Lita Sandy).  

This Tony-winning musical tells the familiar story of the red-headed orphan and her search for her parents.  Our newest production will be directed by Caroline Good.  Auditions will be Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8.  Times for the auditions are
3 p.m. each day.

It will be produced June 7-9 and June 13-16.


July will bring the PCPH premiere of Agatha Christie's mystery The Mousetrap. The play was first produced in London in 1952, and it has been running continuously since. It is currently at the St. James Theatre in London. 

The story concerns a group of people stranded by snow at a English country house who suddenly realize that there is a murderer in their midst.

It will be presented July 12-14 and July 18-21.  Director for this production is T.J. Tincher.  Auditions will be Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. and Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m.


In August, Disney's Beauty and the Beast will come to our stage for the first time. Based on the famous story, the tale as old as time features Belle, The Beast, and all of the characters from the popular animated film.

This musical will be directed by Lee Reberger.  Auditions will be 
Sunday June 10, at 7 p.m. and Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m.

It will be onstage August 9-11 and August 15-18.


September will bring Neil Simon back to our stage in the form of one his earliest and most popular comedies. Barefoot in the Park has been produced by PCPH two times - in 1969 (directed by Shaun O'L. Higgins), in 2002 (directed by Bethany Bax).

It tells the romantic and lively story of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter as they begin their lives in walk up apartment in New York City.  They also have to deal with Corie's mother and the unconventional "man upstairs." 

This production will be directed by Jack Randall Earles.  Auditions will be Sunday, July 22, at 3 p.m. and Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. It will close our season September 13-15 and September 19-21.

Season ticket information will be mailed in the late spring.  Individual tickets will NOT be on sale until the Annual Open House on Sunday, June 4.

Enrollment for both the YTW SHAKESPEARED! to be held June 18-29, and the Children's Theatre Workshop to be held July 23-27, will be in March.





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

LAST MEETING OF 2017!!!


The last 2017 meeting of the Board of Directors of Putnam County Playhouse was held on December 10th. The five o'clock event took place at the home of Michael and Brenda McClaine in Greencastle.

Hot dishes and desserts were brought by fellow board members and enjoyed by all.

Dustin Bond (in blue) and Ric McFadden

Dustin Bond, chairperson of the Tech/Shop Committee and Ric McFadden director of last season's musicals Curtains and The Addams Family were among those present. Ric also serves on the Maintenance and House Committees. Dustin also serves on the Maintenance and Promotions/Web Page Committees. He is also 2nd Vice President of the Board.


L-R: Sandi Rossok, Kathryn Dory

Sandi Rossok, chairperson of the Props Loft Committee, and Kahtryn Dory, chairperson of the House Committee and Board Secretary, made themselves comfortable before the meeting began.
Sandi is also a member of the Promotions/Web Page and House Committees.  Kathryn also serves on the Tickets Committee.

Jim Green

Jim Green, director of last season's comedy hit The Foreigner, decided to take a chair close to the warmth of the fireplace. Jim serves on the Finance/Fund Raising, Maintenance, and House Committees.

L-R - Linda Gjesvold, Jim Rambo

Early arrivals included Linda Gjesvold, Chairperson of the Ticket Committee, and Jim Rambo who serves on the House Committee and is in charge of the PCPH Recycling Program. Linda is 1st Vice President of the Board and also serves on the Tech/Shop and Props Loft Committees.

L-R: Meghan Armitage, Shelly McFadden, Abigail Armitage
Checking out the decorated tree were Meghan Armitage (and daughter Abigail) and Shelly McFadden.  Meghan is a member of the Program, Tech, Tickets, and House committees.  Shelly is the Chairperson of the Program Committee and the Costume Loft, and she also serves on the House and Fund Raising Committees.

L-R: Bethany Bax, Jack Randall Earles
Also sitting by the fire were Bethany Bax and Jack Randall Earles. Bethany serves on the Program, Youth Workshop, and House Committees. Jack is the Chairperson of the Promotions/Web Page Committee and also serves on the Program and House Committees. He also serves as the Recording Secretary of the Board.

L-R: Michael McClaine, Caroline Good, Mark Hammer, Brad Sandy
The final quartet in attendance included Michael McClaine, President of the PCPH board and the host of the evening; Caroline Good, Chairperson of the Youth Workshop Committee, who also serves on the Costume Loft, Program, and House committees; Mark Hammer, PCPH treasurer who also serves on the Finance/Fundraising and Capital Projects Committees; and Brad Sandy, who serves on the Maintenance, Program, and House Committees. 

Business discussed included the report on the progress of the 2018 Fund Drive, Projects for the coming year, and approval of the 2018 Budget. Directors for the 2018 Season of Hits were discussed and will be announced in January!

Drew Brattain, Chairperson of the Finance/Fund Raising Committee and member of the House and Program Committees was unable to attend.

Thanks to all for their support - and Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Just a Reminder......


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Just a reminder for our donors: Putnam County Playhouse, Inc., is an Indiana 501 (c) (3) corporation.  Donations to our annual Fund Drive are tax deductible.

If you haven't received your 2018 Fund Drive Letter yet, you can download a Form HERE.

Details about our 2018 shows will be posted soon!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2018 FALL FUND DRIVE BEGINS!




THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

The 2018 Putnam County Playhouse Fall Fund Drive is now underway.  The Fund Drive Letters are in the mail, and you should be receiving yours in the next few days.

You are an important part of Putnam County Playhouse. Ticket sales fund only a portion of our expenses each season. Your donations help us pay for maintaining our facilities, updating and technical equipment, and paying the royalties for our productions.

No person is paid for his participation in our productions. Our board members serve in a volunteer capacity.  

There are several categories of membership to choose from.  For donating during our Fall Fund Drive, your name (or the name you choose) or your business name will appear in each and every program for all of our mainstage shows. 





If you don't receive your Fund Drive Letter, or if you are not on our mailing list, you can click HERE to find a Donation Form in PDF form that can be downloaded and printed out.

Thank you so much for your continued support of PCPH. You make it possible for us to do what we do. Without you, we couldn't continue to operate.




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Decks & Doors Project

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During the off season, much work is done to maintain our facility. This year the board has begun the "Decks & Doors Project."



First up was enclosing the deck directly behind the stage.  By putting on the roof and walls, it can more efficiently be used for prop storage during a production, freeing space behind the proscenium.  The new stairs will also make it possible for actors and crew members to utilize it as "waiting" space.








The small deck outside the back door of the Rehearsal Center also underwent some renovation.  It now has safety rails.  This small deck is used by the actors and others for "fresh air" breaks during productions and rehearsals.





Most recognizable to audience members is the porch and staircase outside the southeast exit from the Hazel Day Longden Theatre. A new roof over the porch area and new steps were added during the project.  Actors often make entrances from this door, and the roof will keep them dry during rainstorms. Audiences will also be able to enjoy a few minutes of fresh air before the performance or during intermission even during rainstorms.

As we wish the barn a happy 100th birthday in 2018, we look forward to seeing you during our Season of Hits!