Monday, February 5, 2018


On Tuesday morning, January 23, at 2:04 a.m. a Putnam County driver got the surprise of his life.  On a clandestine trip back to the property for reasons of his own, he encountered our locked gate. Perhaps he didn't realize that season tickets are not on sale yet - or he wanted to check on the condition of the lawn - or..........???

The damage pictured above seems to show that he was traveling at a fairly good speed in his mid-size pick-up truck. 

The gate itself was pulled off its hinges on the post on the left.

The post on the right was nearly pulled out of the ground, and the two rails were broken.  Soon after encountering the gate, the driver changed his mind about whatever he was trespassing on our property to do, turned around and fled.

He obviously disregarded this sign:

The carnage was discovered later that same morning by Board Member Shelly McFadden.  Board Member and Second Vice-President of the Board Dustin Bond scanned the digital evidence collected by the CCTV system that has been installed to protect PCPH from just such crimes.

The cost for fixing the damage was $335.  The video evidence was turned over to the local police department. 

A check for this amount, or an "anonymous" donation for the repair from someone with a lot of hood damage would be appreciated.

And just a reminder - this is private property. When there is NO official Putnam County Playhouse activity going on, no one is allowed on the premises.  No dog walking, no jogging, no looking for Pokemon Go creatures, and no hand holding should be going on.  

If we're here - you are welcome.  If we're not - well....SMILE! We have you on camera!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Director Caroline Good is holding an Audition Workshop for those interested in auditioning for the musical Annie.  It is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to Noon.  The location is Kerr Theatre in the Green Center for the Performing Arts, DePauw University.

Caroline says that the workshop is specifically for those younger performers aged nine and up who may be auditioning for the show, but that teens and adults are welcome to attend. She is the creator-director of PCPH's Youth Theatre Workshop SHAKESPEARED!  Caroline has performed in many PCPH shows, most recently Curtains and Laughing Stock. She also co-directed the PCPH production of Little Women with husband Tim.

During the workshop, Caroline will discuss readings and how to handle a "cold audition" with a script. 

Pianist Amy Tharp will be there to help those who might be unfamiliar with auditioning with an accompanist.  Singing guru Erik Foster will also be there to talk about vocalizing and singing as a soloist and in a group.  Amy and Erik worked on PCPH's Little Women.  Erik also did the vocal direction for Curtains last season.

Choreographer Sarah Bond will conduct a simulated dance audition.   Sarah has worked with PCPH on choreography for 1776, Curtains, and many other shows. She is currently working on the Community Theatre of Clay County production of the musical L'il Abner.

The workshop is free and attendance is not required to be considered for a role at the regular Annie auditions to be held on April 7 & 8 at 3 p.m.  

Click HERE to register for the Workshop!

The musical is being sponsored by Bittles & Hurt and Hopkins- Rector.

Click HERE and HERE to learn more about our sponsors.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


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


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!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Just a Reminder......
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!