Tuesday, August 20, 2019


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If you are fortunate enough to have tickets to SHREK! THE MUSICAL (the remaining performances are sold out) - you'll get to see several families represented onstage.  Participating in Putnam County Playhouse can be a family activity!

The Henrys: L-R: Sadie, Mollie, Ellie, Mikey
First up we have the Henry Family. Sadie plays the Ugly Ducking, Mollie is on the run crew, Ellie plays one of the Three Blind Mice and is a dancer in the show, and Mikey plays Grumpy the Dwarf. Sadie and Ellie and Mollie worked on Annie last season.

The McCulloughs: L-R: Aengus, Clarissa, Ellen, Ellissa, Gwenhwyfar

The McCullough family is represented by Ellissa who plays the leading role of Fiona, Clarissa who plays Ogre Fiona, Aengus who plays Pinocchio, Ellen who plays the Witch, and Gwenhwyfar who plays Peter Pan. The McCulloughs are active at Community Theatre of Clay County. Four of them worked at PCPH on Beauty & The Beast last season. Genhwyfar is making her PCPH debut.

Adams-Copeland: L-R: Nate Copeland, Adrianna Adams
Siblings Adrianna Adams who plays the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nate Copeland who plays Humpty Dumpty are also featured. They are making their PCPH debuts.

The Lafevers: Jason & Hannah 
Husband and wife acting team Hannah & Jason Lafever play multiple roles including Big Bad Wolf (Jason) and Queen Lillian (Hannah). Both were featured in this season's She Loves Me.

The McCoys: L-R: Lisa, Sammie, Hadley

The McCoy family is well represented by mother Lisa (Dragon) and daughters Hadley (Teen Fiona), and Sammie (one of the Three Blind Mice). Lisa appeared earlier this season in She Loves Me. Sammie is making her debut and Hadley will be seen in Picnic in September.

The Drapers: L-R Jessie, Joey, Sam
The Draper family work onstage and off. Mom Jessie is Mama Bear, son Joey is young Shrek, and Dad Sam is running the spotlight.  Jessie & Joey are making their debuts. Sam was in Send Me No Flowers in July.

The McFaddens: L-R Shelly, Ally Taylor, Ric
The McFadden family are working together in SHREK!  Shelly is Mama Ogre and Ric is Papa Ogre. Granddaughter Ally Taylor plays one of the Duloc Dancers. Shelly directed She Loves Me in June. Ric played one of the title roles in Beauty & the Beast.  Ally is making her onstage debut.

Jocelyn Gardner

Chloe Gardner

Sisters Jocelyn  (Baby Bear) and Chloe (Duloc dancer/co-choreographer) are also featured. Jocelyn played Chip last season in Beauty & The Beast and both sisters were featured in Annie.

Spending time with family and making new friends is one of the BEST benefits of working with us at the Putnam County Playhouse.  

Thanks to all of our cast members for their hours of hard work. And thanks to the staff and crew of SHREK! THE MUSICAL for making the show possible.

And we especially thank our great audiences!  We applaud you all.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


L-R: Levi Hoffman as Shrek & Dustin Bond as Donkey

There’s an ogre onstage at Putnam County Playhouse as SHREK! The Musical begins its run. It will be presented August 15-17 and August 21-24 at 8 p.m. There is also a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 18. All tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 653-5880 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The show is being sponsored by Hopkins-Rector and Bittles & Hurt Funeral Homes.

To read more about our sponsor click HERE.


To read more about our sponsor click HERE

Director for the Tony-Award-winning show is Lee Reberger. He directed Beauty & The Beast last season at PCPH and is active at Community Theatre of Clay County.

Musical director is Kathi Elliott and pit conductor and rehearsal pianist is Marilyn Rush. Joining them in the pit are Kathryn Dory on clarinet and Mike McClaine on percussion. Choreography is by Reberger, Clarissa & Ellissa McCullough, and Chloe Gardner.

L-R: Ellissa McCullough (Fiona), Dustin Bond (Donkey) and Levi Hoffman (Shrek).

Levi Hoffman is making his PCPH debut in the title role of Shrek, the green forest monster looking for a purpose in life. Levi is a graduate of DePauw University.

Making the trek with him is his friend Donkey, played by Dustin Bond. Striking our leading man’s fancy is the lovely Fiona, played by Ellissa McCullough. Unfortunately the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad played by Cameron Callan also has designs on the young lady.  

Dustin is a vice-president of the PCPH board and was seen in She Loves Me earlier this season.  Ellissa was seen last season in Beauty & The Beast. She is a vocal performance major at ISU. Cameron appeared as LaFou in Beauty & The Beast last season. He is a music teacher at White Lick Elementary School.

L-R: Cameron Wunderlich, Ellissa McCullough, Cameron Callan, Noah D. Pettit

Shrek’s hapless parents are played by Shelly McFadden and Ric McFadden. Joey Draper and Kendall Shipp are the young versions of Shrek and Fiona and Ogre Fiona is Clarissa McCullough. Teen Fiona is Hadley McCoy.

Featured fairy tale characters include Pinocchio (Aengus McCullough), the White Rabbit (Logan Dotson), Peter Pan (Gwenhwyfar McCullough), Ugly Duckling (Sadie Henry), Sugar Plum Fairy (Adrianna Adams), the Bear Family (Addison Hughes, Jessie Draper, Jocelyn Gardner) and The Fairy Godmother (Arianna Pershing).  

Also appearing are the 3 Little Pigs (Anna Cox, Samantha Funk, and Kindall Turner) and the Three Blind Mice (Sammie McCoy, Ally Taylor, and Ellie Henry), and the Witch (Ellen McCullough).

L-R: Levi Hoffman (Shrek) Ellissa McCullough (Fiona) Ric McFadden , Cameron Wunderlich, Cameron Callan (Farquaad), Devin Huff.
Dwelling in the forest we also find Gingy (Hannah Newlin), Thelonius (Jason Lafever), the Pied Piper (Hannah Lafever), the Dragon (Lisa McCoy) and Grumpy, a Dwarf (Mikey Henry).

Featured are Devin Huff and Chloe Gardner. Many cast members play and sing multiple roles.

Set design is by Linda Gjesvold. Lighting design is by Bond and sound design by Bond and Craig Armitage.

L-R: Levi Hoffman (Shrek) & Dustin Bond (Donkey.
Cameron Wunderlich is production stage manager and Noah Pettit is assistant stage manager. Mollie Henry is on the run crew.  Grace Elmore is running the sound board and Kamryn Thornburg is running the light board.  Anna Harris is props master and Sam Draper is the spotlight operator.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019



L-R: Ellissa McCollough (Fiona, the lovely), Levi Hoffman (Our Hero, Shrek!), and Dustin Bond (Donkey - he has an answer for everything).


Wednesday, July 24, 2019


The annual Children's Theatre Workshop is happening NOW!  The final product will be on view this Friday, July 26th, at 7 p.m. at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre! Admission is free.

CTW director Caroline Good says that the first act of the program will include a demonstration of what the participants have been learning. The second act will be the presentation of three original one act plays.

The first play is "Princess Pea & The Watermelon" by Rebecca Hebb, Isabella Green, and Alice Howard. It is directed by Beth Bax and Noelle Brown. The cast includes Jackson Wells, Lydia Wells, Anders Carlson, Katie Isaacs-Bailey, and Aleks Koulak.

Also appearing are Lydia Grove, Daniella Akinwole, Evelyn Ryan-Shager, Bianca Marshall, Maria Hall, Kyeli Jefferson, Charlotte Tomamichel, and Lucy Dunn.

The second play is "Friend of Giants" by Christopher Douglas.  It is being directed by Douglas and Robin Schneider. Appearing in this play are Lara Schneider, Jewelee Butcher, Jasmine Cummings, Luna Pope, David Akinwole, Elyse Ensley, and Parker Helmer.

The cast also includes Tessa Cope, Harvey Cummings, Alexandra Roberts, Addy Koulak, and Sage Cummings.

The third production is "#Little Red" by Hadley McCoy. It is directed by Caroline Good.  This cast includes Ella Tischer, Clara Everett, Grayson Linneweber, Maggie Cooper, and Aiden Brinkman.

Also onstage in this play are Sarah Simmerman, Nadia Wagner, Josie Tischer, Tmothy Bogaerts, Lilly Green, Josie Cox, Joey Draper, and Ella Bailey.

Tech is in the hands of Fiona Good (lights) and Brenigan Warren (Sound). Interns helping with the productions are Craig Robinson, Fiona Good, Devin Huff, Samantha Funk, Isabella Green, Rebecca Hebb, Evie Green, Zoe Cope.

Monday, July 15, 2019


Picnic Playbill - Opening Night


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The show will be produced September 12-14 and September 18-21.  It is being sponsored by:

 Boatright Dental Group in Greencastle.

Picnic was last produced at PCPH in 1998.

Picnic, 1988. L-R: Brian Williams,Evelyn Robbins,Beth Lasley,Carroll Burdsall, Adeline Knoy

Those who audition will be asked to read from the script. Roles available include Hal, a drifter who comes into a small town (stage age early 20’s); Madge, a town girl who is looking for a different life (stage age early 20’s); Millie, Madge’s younger sister (stage age 13-15); Flo, their mother (stage age 40’s).

Other townspeople to be cast include a neighbor, Mrs. Potts (stage age 40’s-50’s); Rosemary, teacher at the local high school (stage age 40’s-50’s); Irma and Christine, two teacher friends of Rosemary (stage age (30’s-40’s); Alan, Madge’s boyfriend (stage age early 20’s); Howard, Rosemary’s boyfriend (stage age 40’s-50’s); and Bomber, the newspaper delivery boy (stage age mid-teens).

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To read more about the play and the characters click HERE.

To download an audition form and read Audition Sides
click HERE.