Thursday, November 29, 2018

2019 FUND DRIVE KICKS OFF!!


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The annual Fall Fund Drive for Putnam County Playhouse is now underway! 

If you are on our mailing list, you will be receiving your Fund Drive letter this week or next week.

Please take a moment to fill it out and return it to us with your NAME CARD and check.

If you are not on our mailing list OR you do not receive your letter, you can download a donation form HERE.

Putnam County Playhouse is 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Donations are deductible.

Thanks for your continued support!



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Love Conquers All at PCPH in 2019!


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The 58th season of Putnam County Playhouse includes productions that prove that "love conquers all." We have a full slate of two musicals, two plays, our popular YTW SHAKESPEARED!, and our Children's Theatre Workshop.


Our season opens with the sparkling Tony Award Winning musical She Loves Me. It has a book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret) and music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick (the musical team of Fiddler on the Roof).

Two clerks in a perfume shop have an adversarial relationship - while they unknowingly are carrying on a romantic pen pal relationship!  The original play has been the basis for the films The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summertime, and You've Got Mail.

What happens when they discover their true identities?  Will love prevail?  Songs in the score include "Ice Cream", "Perspective", and the lively "Days Gone By."

It will be presented June 6-8 and June 12-15.

Our SHAKESPEARED workshop this season will be June 10-21 with a performance on June 22.



Our second mainstage production will be the comedy Send Me No Flowers by Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore. The Broadway play was the basis of the hit film starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day in 1964.

George is a hypochondriac and Judy is his understanding wife. When he overhears his doctor discussing another case, George assumes that he has just a short time to live. His first thought is to make sure Judy has the right second husband.

Can the marriage survive his machinations and the antics of their neighbor?  Find out when the comedy is produced July 11, 12, 13 and July 17, 18, 19, 20.

The Children's Theatre Workshop will follow this production on July 22-26.

Shrek The Musical Playbill - Opening Night

August will bring us Shrek The Musical.  The Tony-Award winning show has a book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by  Jeanine Tesori.

Can a green ogre win the hand of the lovely princess?  With all of your favorite characters from the movie including Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, and Lord Farquaard.

Songs include "Big, Bright Beautiful World", "Travel Song", and Who I'd Be."

The musical will be presented August 15, 16, 17, and August 21, 22, 23, 24.


Our 58th season will close with a production of the William Inge play Picnic. Inge has written many award-winning plays including Bus Stop and Come Back, Little Sheba.

When a drifter, Hal Carter, returns to his small Kansas hometown just in time for the Labor Day picnic, he falls in love with local girl Madge.  Can they overcome the obstacles put in their way to find true love?  With many lively characters and situations, Picnic has the bittersweet and comic elements that create a memorable evening of theatre.

It will be our season finale produced on September 12, 13, 14, and September 18, 19, 20, 21.

Directors for the productions, audition dates, and other production information will be available on the website in January.

Plan to be a part of our 58th season.  You will be receiving your Fall Fund Drive letter in the mail at the end of November!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

ONSTAGE AT OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS!

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Two members of the Board of Directors of Putnam County Playhouse are working on shows to be produced at a couple of our local high schools.

First up, PCPH Officer Dustin Bond will direct the John Patrick comedy The Curious Savage. It will be presented November 9th and 10th at North Putnam High School. Curtain time is 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are available at the door. They are priced at $7 for adults and $5 for students.

At Greencastle High School, board member Bethany Bax is directing the musical School of Rock. The production which is based on the 2003 film comedy opened on Broadway in December, 2015, and will close in January, 2019. It has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Julian Fellowes.  It received 4 Tony nominations.

The musical will presented at the Parker Auditorium on November 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and will also be available at the GHS Bookstore the week before the show.

AND IN OTHER NEWS.....

Hammy Award winner for 2018, Brian Cox, received his award from Sandi Rossok earlier this week. Brian won for his performance as The Telephone Man in Barefoot in the Park.

L-R: Sandi Rossok, The Hammy Award, the ham, Brian Cox

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ANNUAL MEETING YIELDS NEW BOARD MEMBERS & UPSTAGE AWARD WINNER!

PCPH Board President Michael McClaine

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, PCPH President Michael McClaine welcomed current board members and guests to the annual meeting of the minds. Guests present including longtime ticket holders Marie Neese and Phyllis Smith.

L-R: Mark Hammer, Drew Brattain, Caroline Good, Anna Harris, Kathy Helms Arnold

Committee Chairpersons presented their reports on their activities for the year 2018.  Treasurer Mark Hammer presented the financial report and Drew Brattain presented the report on finance and fundraising.

L-R: Linda Gjesvold, McClaine, Peggy McClaine, Marie Neese, Phyllis Smith, Meghan Armitage

Linda Gjesvold gave the ticket report which included near record attendance and ticket sales for the Season Of Hits.  

L-R: P :McClaine, M. McClaine, Ric McFadden, M. Neese, P. Smith & Shelly McFadden

Shelly McFadden gave the program committee report on the Season of Hits. She also spoke briefly about the 2019 season - Love Conquers All.  Shelly mentioned that anyone wishing to direct a show in 2019, should contact her for details about submitting their proposal. Directing proposals are due by November 14.

Sandi Rossok (who really WAS awake) and Drew Brattain

Other reports included Maintenance and Capital and House, Michael; Costume/Prop Loft, Shelly and Sandi Rossok; Promotion/Web Page, Jack Randall Earles; Technical, Dustin Bond; and Youth Workshops, Caroline Good.

After all reports were given and approved, it was time for the highlight of the meeting - the presentation of the Upstage [Hammy] Award.  Three of the four nominees were present. They were Kathy Helms Arnold (nominated for her role as Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap), Devin Huff (nominated for his role as The Enchanted Whisk/Townsperson in Beauty and the Beast), and Shelly McFadden (nominated for her role as Miss Hannigan in Annie).
The fourth nominee Brian Cox (nominated as The Telephone Man in Barefoot in the Park) was unable to attend.

And the winner was:



BRIAN COX from
 BAREFOOT IN THE PARK



The reaction was as to be expected:

L-R: Arnold, McFadden, Huff


Three additional board members were added to the roster.  They are Kim Hinkle Brattain, Anna B. Harris, and Peggy McClaine.

Bethany Bax and Kim Hinkle Brattain

We also bid a fond farewell to longtime board member Jim Green who is moving from the area. We appreciate all of his hard work over the years that he has been with us, and we will miss him.

L-R: Sandi Rossok, (awake) and Jim Green

Refreshments were served.

Since Brian was not there to accept his Upstage Award, Sandi Rossok made arrangements to deliver it to him.....if it can be found.





Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Come to the Annual Meeting on October 14!





HAMMY AWARD NOMINEES......

From our season opener Annie directed by Caroline Good: Shelly McFadden as Miss Hannigan.

Shelly McFadden as Miss Hannigan

From our July production Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap directed by TJ Tincher: Kathy Helms Arnold as Mrs. Boyle.

Kathy Helms Arnold as Mrs. Boyle

From our August production Disney's Beauty and the Beast directed by Lee Reberger: Devin Huff as Townsperson/Enchanted Whisk:

Devin Huff, the Enchanted Whisk

And from our season closer Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park directed by Jack Randall Earles: Brian Cox as Harry Pepper, The Telephone Man.

Brian Cox as The Telephone Man

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

And thanks to YOU our audiences and supporters for making our Season of Hits such a success!

See you October 14 at 2 p.m. in the Rehearsal Center.