Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PCPH HELPS THE SHOW GO ON AT LOCAL SCHOOLS!


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During the time away from our regular schedule, many of our board members and friends work on theatre productions in the local schools.  A great variety of entertainment is available for your viewing pleasure this spring.

Greencastle High School 
Parker Auditorium
Don't Drink the Water 
A Comedy by Woody Allen
March 17 & 18
7:30 p.m. Tickets: $6
Available at the door.
Directed by PCPH Board Member Bethany Bax

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Cloverdale High School
CHS Cafetorium
The Soapy Murder Case
A Mystery-Comedy
March 17 & 18
7 p.m. Tickets: Adults $5, Students $3
Available at the door.
Directed by PCPH Board Member Brad Sandy

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Greencastle Middle School
Into the Woods, Jr.
Student version of the Stephen Sondheim Musical
April 7
7 p.m. Tickets: $4
Available at the door.
Directed by PCPH Supporter: Alisa Isaacs-Bailey
Musical Director: PCPH Board Secretary Kathryn Dory


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North Putnam High School
NPHS Gymnasium
Bye Bye Birdie
A Rock 'n Roll Musical
April 14 & 15
7 p.m. Tickets: $5
Available at the door.
Directed by PCPH Board Member Dustin Bond
Assistant Director PCPH Board Member Meghan Armitage


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO PARTICIPATE!!!

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Thanks to everyone has has contributed to our 2017 Fund Drive.  We appreciate your contributions and suggestions.

Our Fund Drive does continue throughout the season.  If you haven't sent your donation, but are interested, you can download the form HERE.

Each contributor will be named in all of the programs for our Main Stage Shows.  Last season, over 3500 programs were distributed.  You can list your name, the name of your business, or donate in memory of a loved one.

Putnam County Playhouse is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation, so your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

PCPH is a completely volunteer organization. No one working onstage, backstage, or in the pit receives compensation for their efforts. Participation is for the love of theatre.  

The PCPH Board is also completely volunteer.  All board members share equally in the tasks required to keep our organization active.  This includes bookkeeping, administrative, and maintenance duties.  Committees work year round to make sure that each season is the best it can be.

Please be a part of Putnam County Playhouse.  We welcome people onstage and off to participate in all of our programs.

See you at the Barn!!!




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

50 Years Ago! PCPH IN 1967!


We were first established in the fall of 1961 as the Greencastle Summer Theatre by a group of local theatre-loving citizens. GST was incorporated in 1963 as Putnam County Playhouse.


The 1967 season opened with a musical revue with the theme "...Life Is" directed by James Elrod with musical direction by Peter Hill and choreography by Marie McKee.  Performers in the show that was presented at Speech Hall included Lori Frederick, Peggy McClaine, and Jay Guiliani. Read the program HERE.



Next up was the mystery Angel Street. Directed by Marian Gifford with technical direction Larry Sutton and Charlotte Gilliland. Leading roles were taken by James Elrod and Barbara Meehan.

Read the program HERE.


Next up, Jim Poor directed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This production featured the PCPH debut of Vickie [Knoy] Parker.  Musical director was Vera Andersen and choreography was by Vicki Grimes.

Also appearing in the cast were Ron Snodgrass, Kevin Aikman, Pam Liston, and Sally Rickets.

Read the program HERE.

Larry Creech and Jacque Schafer.

Next up, also at Speech Hall, was the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!  It was directed by John Van Meter with musical direction by Robert Haas.  Choreographer was Jonie Skaggs.

Leading roles were taken by Larry Creech, Catherine Bean, Jacque Schafer, and Don South. The comedy pair was played by Peggy McClaine and Alan Hux.

Read the program HERE.



The season closed with a production of the comedy The Moon is Blue.  It was directed by Robert Cole with technical direction by Peter Lach.

The cast of  four included Romilda Hamontre, James Elrod, Peter Lach, and Frank Livernoche.

Read the program HERE.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Forty Years Ago! PCPH in 1977!!



In 1977, we didn't have a home of our own.  Rehearsals and productions were held in various venues in Greencastle.  For this season, our shows were presented in McAnally Auditorium (now Parker Auditorium) at Greencastle High School.

The season opened with a production of Look Homeward, Angel. It was directed by Larry Sutton and Eli Gould.  Leading roles were taken by Kevin Gough, Mark Trigg, and Sheryle A. Parsons.

Read the program HERE.



Our second production was Hansel & Gretl. Playing the title roles were Gregg Swearingen and Martha Steele.  The Wicked Witch was played by Laura Waldron.  The cast included many children, and was attended by 449 people.

Read the program HERE.



The big musical of the season was The Music Man.  The show was directed by Thomas Albin II. Musical director and conductor was Sally Russell and choreography was by Albin and Jeff Davis.

Jeff E. Davis played Harold Hill and Sandy Cottingham was Marion Paroo. 

Featured as Mayor Shinn is current PCPH Board President Michael McClaine.

Read the program HERE.

We also presented a talent show.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Thirty Years Ago! PCPH 1987

1993 Renovation

During our 1987 season, we were still in the original space.  As you can see from this photo from the renovation a couple of seasons later in 1993, our backstage space was limited.  There was no shop and no fly space.  The door on the left was our 'stage door' leading to a small gathering space.  It got very crowded during performances of musicals when it rained! The framing shows where the shop would soon be, and where the fly space for the expanded backstage area would be.



The season opened with a production of the rock and roll musical Bye Bye, Birdie!  It was directed by Jack Randall Earles with musical direction by Ann Cooper.  Leading roles were taken by Marc R. Adams and Sandi [Ulrey] Robles. Supporting roles were played by Francoise Coulant-Henderson, Bill Frisbie, and Ron Pitcock.



Check out the program HERE.


Our outdoor presentations under the title Playhouse Under the Stars were also presented in July, 1987.  The first production was American Snapshots written by PCPH veteran Ray Mizer. It was directed by Jack Randall Earles who appeared in the show with Mizer, Adeline Knoy, and Evelyn Robbins.

Check out the program HERE.

Nana Canada, Cindy Sutton Wise, Stephen Pierson

The July mainstage production was the mystery Night Watch. It was directed by Amy Meyer.  Leading roles were played by Nana Canada and Stephen Pierson. Supporting roles were played by Cindy Sutton Wise and Jack Randall Earles.


The program for this production has not been scanned.



Our August production was the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel. It was directed by Jim Poor who also played The Starkeeper.  Vocal musical direction was by Geoff Price. Orchestra conductor was Bob Hedge.

Leading roles were taken by Barry Trowbridge and Karen Cervo.  Appearing in supporting roles were Jennifer McCardle, Philip J. Henderson, and Sherry Davis.



Check out the program HERE.



The second Playhouse Under the Stars production was Neil Simon's The Good Doctor.  It was directed by Diana Brumfield.  Leading roles were taken by John C. Baughman, Max Murphy, Alan Small, and Vickie Parker.

Check out the program HERE.




 The season ended with a production of the comedy You Can't Take It With You directed by Linda Gjesvold. Leading roles were taken by Jack Randall Earles, Adeline Knoy, Larry Sutton, and John C. Baughman.  Supporting players included Kathy Helms, Bob Hedge, Scott Armitage, and Jodi [Green] Stockton.

Check out the program HERE.



This was our 26th season.  President of our board was Linda Gjesvold.  Vice presidents were Vickie Parker and Bob Hedge, with Sallee Bartlett as secretary and Don Holley as treasurer.

Members of the board were Ann Cooper, Jack Randall Earles, Diana Brumfield, Bill Frisbie, Adeline Knoy, Stephen Pierson, Jim Poor, Evelyn Robbins, Sandi [Ulrey] Robles, and John Wise.