Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Learning that "It's a Hard Knock Life".

On Saturday, March 17, Director Caroline Good held a workshop for those interested in auditioning for her production of Annie.  It was held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Kerr Theatre at the Green Center for the Performing Arts on the DePauw campus.  Twenty nine participants took part.

L-R: Sarah Bond, Elise Daniells, Amy Tharp, Caroline Good, Jack Randall Earles

The staff included Good, choreographer Sarah Bond, pianist Amy Tharp, PCPH Board Member Jack Randall Earles, Vocal Director Erik Foster (not pictured), and Assistant Vocal Director Elise Daniells.  They were assisted by Fiona Good.

Amy Tharp & Erik Foster

Parents were invited to stay, and the attendees were divided into two groups.  Choreographer Bond worked with the first group on a sample routine to the song "It's a Hard Knock Life."  In the next room, Foster worked with the second group on singing and how to prepare for the upcoming audition.

"It's a Hard Knock Life"

Then the groups switched rooms.  Following the singing and dancing portions of the workshop, the participants took turns reading scenes from the show following direction from Good.

L-R: Good, Daniells, Foster, Tharp

Auditions for the musical will be held Saturday, April 7, at 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m. Both sessions will be at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre in Greencastle. Participation in the Workshop is NOT a requirement for those wishing to audition.

Annie will open the season for Putnam County Playhouse.  It will be produced June 7-9 and June 13-16.  More information can be found by clicking on the Current Season/Annie tab at the top of the page at the website.  Audition forms can also be downloaded there.

Sponsors for the show are:


To learn more about our sponsors click HERE and HERE.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Spring brings flowers, warm weather, Daylight Savings Time, and plays and musicals to our local schools.  Many PCPH board members and friends are working on programs in the area.

First up is a production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town by Thornton Wilder.  It is being directed by PCPH board member Bethany Bax. This classic play will be presented by Greencastle High School at the Parker Auditorium.  Performances are March 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $6, and will be available at the door.

Up next will be the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical State Fair at North Putnam High School.  PCPH board member Dustin Bond is the director with the set design by fellow board member Linda Gjesvold.  The musical will be April 13 & 14 at the high school gymnasium at 7 p.m. each night.  Tickets will be available at the door for $7 each.

There'll be trouble at Greencastle Middle School when Professor Harold Hill shows up in The Music Man, Jr. It is being directed by Alisa Isaacs-Bailey who was featured in last season's The Foreigner and with music direction by PCPH board member Kathryn Dory.  Performances with be May 4 at 7 p.m. and May 5 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


The Youth Theatre Workshops at the Putnam County Playhouse cater to elementary, middle, and high school students, grades 2nd through high school (and beyond). We offer an annual Shakespeare workshop every June for middle schoolers and high schoolers and a Children’s Theatre Workshop in July.

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Our annual two-week-long "Shakespeared!" Workshop centers around one Shakespeare play with the middle schoolers performing a more traditional version, and the high schoolers tackling a more comedic version that incorporates a creative theme, a lively soundtrack, and pop-culture references. The workshop provides kids with an opportunity to engage with Shakespeare's text in a fun way and to see the potential interpretations that lie within the text. This workshop meets in the afternoons Monday-Friday during the last two full weeks in June with a Saturday evening combined performance when each group presents their version. The dates for 2018 are June 18-29 with a performance of Romeo & Juliet on Saturday, June 30th

Our annual week-long Children's Theatre Workshop is offered to kids entering 2nd through 5th grade and takes place during the third week every July. The workshop sessions are held in the mornings Monday-Friday and include one hour of instruction in acting, voice and diction, and movement for the stage through fun and engaging games; the second hour is devoted to each of the three groups rehearsing a short play. Having each age group doing a short play allows for the children to have larger roles and more stage time.  The plays are comedic adaptations of familiar fairy tales, myths, and stories. The workshop culminates in a Friday evening performance that includes a demonstration of games the kids played throughout the week and a presentation of their plays. Our mission is to not only provide a venue for kids to creatively express themselves, but also to expose them to the world of theatre and cultural literacy through the stories they dramatize.  The dates for the 2018 Children’s Workshop are July 23-27thwith a Friday evening performance of “Funky Fairytales” on July 27.th at 7pm.

Registration for both workshops are now open.  At the website, go to the CURRENT SEASON tab at the top of the page, and click on the Registration tabs. The workshops are free thanks to a grant from Arts Illiana and our sponsor Shuee Furniture & Mattress.

Click HERE to read more about our sponsor.

Registration for SHAKESPEARED! will end on June 8 and for the Children's Theatre Workshop on July 13 OR when each workshop is full.