Monday, December 10, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
2013 Fund Drive Now In Progress
The 2013 Putnam County Playhouse Fund Drive is now underway. If you are on our mailing list, you should receive your letter this week.
Please return it, with your check as soon as possible. Those contributing to our Fund Drive will be listed in the programs for all of our Main Stage shows in 2013.
As President Michael McClaine writes in his letter:
"....as we finalize plans for our 52nd season, we are reminded that the Playhouse would not be a success without you. Thank you for helping all the volunteers of PCPH who make a difference for the culture of Putnam and our surrounding counties."
You can read about our exciting 2013 program in the article below. Make plans now to attend. Season ticket information will be mailed in the spring.
We appreciate your support by attending our shows, but a contribution to our Fund Drive helps us not only with our program, but with improvements and maintenance of our facility. Every dollar spent on a ticket or given in the Fund Drive goes directly to the Putnam County Playhouse. No one receives compensation for any work they do for PCPH, whether it is creative or administrative. We receive some monies from grants, but the bulk of our financing comes from individuals like you! Thank you for your continued support.
If you did not receive a Fund Drive Letter, you can click on the Contact Us tab above, and download the Fund Drive Form linked on that page.
If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring one of our Main Stage productions, please contact our Fund Raising Chairperson, Drew Brattain, at his email:
Thanks again! See you at The Barn!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
A Season to Look Forward To - PCPH 2013!!!
The 52nd season of Putnam County Playhouse will open in June with the musical comedy You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. The show will be produced June 6, 7, 8, and June 12, 13, 14, 15. Based on the popular comic strip by Charles M. Schultz, the musical includes all of the familiar characters - Charlie Brown, Lucy, Schroeder, Sally, and of course Snoopy!
To read more about the show click HERE
The Youth Theatre Workshop will take place June 16-29th. The Shakespeared! production for this summer is A Comedy of Errors.
The July production will be the suspense thriller Angel Street, also known as Gaslight. The play by Patrick Hamilton was first produced in London in 1938, and then in 1941 it was produced on Broadway, where it became one of New York's longest running plays. In New York, the stars were Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, and Leo G. Carroll. A film version of the play titled "Gaslight" starred Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Bergman won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the wife being driven mad by her husband. Angel Street will be presented on July 11, 12, 13, and July 17, 18, 19, 20.
To read more about the show click HERE.
A Children's Theatre Workshop will be held in late July - dates TBA.
The August production will be the Tony-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, a PCPH premiere. With a book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison, the show opened on Broadway on May 1, 2006. It was nominated for 13 Tony Awards that year and won 5. The Drowsy Chaperone is a nod to musicals of the past with songs and dances of many styles. Your host for the evening is The Man In the Chair who explains arcane references and introduces the cast members as the evening rolls along. The musical will be produced August 8, 9. 10, and August 14, 15, 16, 17.
To read more about the show click HERE.
Our season will close with a production of Mary Chase's classic comedy Harvey. Recently revived on Broadway, and familiar to our audiences, the play tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his closest friend, who just happens to be a six foot tall rabbit named Harvey. Only Dowd can see Harvey, and the situations with his family and friends present a merry evening of entertainment. Harvey will close our season with shows on September 12, 13, 14, and September 18, 19, 20, 21.
To read more about the play click HERE.
Directors and audition dates for all shows will be announced here in January.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
TINCHER PREVAILS IN UPSTAGE AWARD CONTEST!
|Actor T.J. Tincher accepts the Upstage Award from PCPH President Michael McClaine|
In addition the members of the board, those in attendance included Peggy McClaine, Steve McMains, and Eleanor Howard. Light refreshments were served, and everybody had a good time.
At the regular board meeting held immediately after the Annual Meeting, a slate of officers for 2012-13 was put into place. They include President, Michael McClaine; 1st Vice President, Jack Randall Earles; 2nd Vice President, Linda Gjesvold; Secretary, Kathryn Dory; and Treasurer, Mark Hammer.
Also elected to the board to serve two year terms were T.J. Tincher, Dustin Bond, and Meghan Armitage.
|Shelly McFadden, Tincher, Jack Randall Earles|
Most people were pleased with the outcome of the day. The board looks forward to 2013!
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
ANNUAL MEETING - OCTOBER 21st!!!
The annual meeting of Putnam County Playhouse will be held on Sunday, October 21, at 4 p.m. The event will be in the Rehearsal Center at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre.
All participants and persons interested in PCPH are invited to attend. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.
Committee chairpersons will present a report on their activity. Committees include Tickets, Promotions, Program, Finance, and others.
President Michael McClaine will also present his State of the Playhouse address.
Members of the board up for re-election will be nominated and voted on at this meeting as well.
A highlight of the meeting will be the presentation of the Upstage Award, also known as The Hammy. For each mainstage production, the director nominates one person whose performance was most noticed by the audience or who - although had limited time onstage - made the most of that time.
FROM CLUE THE MUSICAL:
|Marilyn Burdsall as The Piano Player|
FROM THE CURIOUS SAVAGE:
|Kathryn Dory as Lily Belle Savage|
FROM THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE;
|T.J. Tincher as Dexter|
FROM SEE HOW THEY RUN:
|Peggy McClaine as Ida|
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
2012 SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE!!!
Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2012 Season of Putnam County Playhouse such a great success!!
We opened in June with Clue: The Musical, followed by our Youth Theatre Workshop Shakespeared!
July brought us The Curious Savage and The Children's Workshop.
Thoroughly Modern Millie took the stage in August, and we ended the season with See How They Run.
We offer a special thanks to our performers, musicians, and technicians.
And of course particular thanks to our corporate sponsors for the season:
Duke Energy Foundation
First National Bank
Rossok & Co. - Pekin Insurance
Shuee & Sons Appliances
But most of all we thank YOU, our supporters and audience members who continue to support the Putnam County Playhouse through your donations and attendance.
Please plan to join us for our 2013 season.
Watch the mail for your Fund Drive Letter!
And we hope to see you at our Annual Meeting on October 21st!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Second Week - Final 2012 Production - "See How They Run"
|Peggy McClaine, Jack Randall Earles, Eleanor Howard|
Tickets can be reserved by calling 765-653-5880 after 5 p.m. daily. All tickets are $10, and all performances are at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Come To See "How They Run"
The 2012 season of Putnam County Playhouse closes with a production of the Philip King comedy See How They Run. Directed by Larry Sutton, the British farce will have performances September 13-15 and September 19-22.
Tickets can be reserved by calling 765-653-5880 after 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday. All tickets are $10 and all performances are at 8 p.m. at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre, Greencastle.
Corporate sponsor for the show is Shuee & Sons Appliances.
To read more about our sponsor click HERE.
See How They Run is not just the title of the show, it’s a description of the action. It has all the elements of the classic farce including mistaken identities, fast-paced chases, and missing apparel. What happened to the Vicar’s pants? Why is the Bishop in his nightclothes? What did the maid do with the Corporal’s uniform? All these answers and more are hilariously revealed by the end of the evening.
The plot is put into motion by Penelope Toop (Caroline Good), the wife the local Vicar (Jack Randall Earles). When she decides to have an evening out with an old friend (Brad Sandy), everything goes wrong.
|Jack Randall Earles|
Good was most recently seen at PCPH as The Detective in Clue: The Musical. Earles was the director of The Curious Savage in July. Brad Sandy performed last season in Camelot as Mordred.
Misunderstandings involving the local spinster (Eleanor Howard), the wise-cracking maid (Peggy McClaine), and a Bishop (Bill Wieland) are fast and furious. Add another Vicar (Jim Green), an escaped Russian spy (T.J. Tincher), and an army sergeant (Lita Sandy), and the fun is multiplied again.
Howard appeared earlier this season in Thoroughly Modern Millie, as did Tincher. Green has done technical work all season, and Lita Sandy directed last year’s Cheaper By the Dozen. McClaine is returning to the PCPH stage this year, but has been seen in such past successes as The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Cemetery Club, and Guys & Dolls.
Linda Gjesvold is assistant director and set designer for the production. Michael McClaine and Brenda McClaine are working on the technical side.
Director Sutton is a longtime PCPH participant. Most recently he directed The Glass Menagerie and appeared in All My Sons. Gjesvold has done set design for many productions at PCPH, including The Curious Savage and Thoroughly Modern Millie this year.
Friday, August 31, 2012
WILL THE REAL VICAR PLEASE IDENTIFY HIMSELF?
Monday, August 13, 2012
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" Closes!!
|Elise Merrill as Ethel & Katie Wallace as Mrs Meers.|
Three of the four final performances were sold out!
Corporate sponsor for the musical is
First National Bank.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Beat the Drums! Here Comes "Thoroughly Modern Millie" Now!
|Back row: Ashlee Vitz, David Wells, Annie Weltz, Joe Fields, Alixandra Green,|
Kenneth Lee Buchanan, Meghan Armitage, Dustin Bond, Jalin Burnette.
Front row: Sarah Bond, Joe Lippard, Katie Hedge, T.J. Tincher, Lori Briones.
Click to enlarge the photo.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is now in performance at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre - August 9-11 and August 15-18.
The Tony-Award winning musical is based on the 1967 movie that starred Julie Andrews.
See what made the 20's roar!
Call the box office Monday-Saturday for reservations. Box office hours are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All tickets are $10, and all performances are at 8 p.m.
Corporate sponsor for Thoroughly Modern Millie is First National Bank.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" Opens!!
|Jimmy (Dustin Bond) and Millie|
(Meghan Armitage) take their romance
to new heights in "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
Corporate sponsor for the show is First National Bank.
Click HERE to read more about our sponsor.
Director Shelly McFadden is joined on the production side by choreographers Lita Sandy and Lori Briones; musical director, Lori Miller; and scenic designer, Linda Gjesvold.
Based on the 1967 Julie Andrews film, Thoroughly Modern Millie has new music by Jeanine Tesori, new lyrics by Dick Scanlon, and a book by Scanlon and Richard Morris.
Meghan Armitage leads the cast in the role of Millie Dillmount, a young girl who comes to New York City to find a job and husband, though not necessarily in that order. She lands a job first - at the Sincere Trust Company run by Trevor Graydon (Kenneth Lee Buchanan) and immediately sets her cap for the boss, until she gets distracted by Jimmy Smith (Dustin Bond). Graydon himself is attracted to Millie's mysterious friend, Miss Dorothy (Mira Hoffman).
Add a crafty landlady (Katie Wallace) and her two minions (Cameron Callan & Alex Asbell), and Muzzy, a millionairess (Ashlee Vitz), and the complications, dances, and songs are fast and furious.
Songs in the stage version include “Forget About the Boy”, “Gimme Gimme”, and “Only In New York”, and the title tune.
In supporting roles are Annie Weltz, Alix Green, Sarah Bond, Elise Merrill, Katie Hedge, Jalin Burnette, Sydney Cassida, Eleanor Howard, Miller and Briones.
Also appearing are David Wells, Joe Lippard, Ric McFadden, Jack Randall Earles, Joe Fields, and T.J. Tincher.
The orchestra under the direction of pianist Marilyn Burdsall includes Michael McClaine, drums and percussion; Drew Brattain, bass; and Marcia Boswell, flute/piccolo.
Costuming is by Diana VanMiddlesworth and Patricia Armitage. Jessica Masner is production stage manager. Jim & Melissa Green are running the sound and lights.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Children's Theatre Workshop Continues!
|Assistant T.J. Tincher works on stage movement|
with some of the CTW participants.
Each morning this week, the Hazel Day Longden Theatre is home to the annual Children's Theatre Workshop. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Caroline Good and her assistants work with youngsters ages 8-11.
The participants learn basic theatre vocabulary, basic acting technique, movement, and voice for stage among other activities.
The workshop will culminate in a work-in-progress presentation on Saturday, July 28, at 11 a.m. The public is invited, and the presentation is free.
Included in the presentation will be excerpts from two plays - "Snow What?" by Susannah Howard and "Robin Hood" by Charlie Good - and dramatizations of two Dr. Seuss and poems by Shel Silverstein.
The workshop is sponsored by Duke Energy Foundation.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" Box Office Opens August 6th!
All tickets are $10. All performances begin at 8 p.m.
Thoroughly Modern Millie will be presented August 9-11 and August 15-18.
The corporate sponsor for the musical:
Thursday, July 5, 2012
"The Curious Savage" Opens on July 12!!!
|L-R - Alixandra Green, Bethany Bax, Sandra Rossok in rehearsal.|
The Putnam County Playhouse production of The Curious Savage a comedy by John Patrick will be presented July 12-14 and July 18-21. All performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by telephoning the box office at 765-853-5880 after 5 p.m. beginning Monday, July 9.
Directed by Jack Randall Earles, The Curious Savage tells the story of Ethel Savage (Bethany Bax) whose late husband has left her ten million dollars. She is in the process of spending it all to help those less fortunate than herself, when her three stepchildren (Kathryn Dory, Don Collins, Clarence Long) decide to have her committed to a sanitarium to prevent her from spending their inheritance.
While living at The Cloisters, Ethel becomes involved in the lives of the residents there. Florence (Tammy Hunter), Fairy May (Alixandra Green), Mrs. Paddy (Sandra Rossok), Hannibal (Don Wilson), and Jeffrey (Kenneth Lee Buchanan) who are all there for treatment. Helping them along are Dr. Emmett (Jim Rambo) and Miss Wilhelmina (Shalynn Branscum).
Mrs. Savage foils the plans of her stepchildren and makes positive changes in her own life and in the lives of those around her
Bethany Bax last appeared here as Ruth in Blithe Spirit. In addition to her many appearances on our stage, she has directed shows including Barefoot in the Park and To Kill a Mockingbird. Kathryn Dory played a leading role in Nunsense. She has also been musical director for productions including The Sound of Music.
Don Collins appeared last season in Don't Drink the Water. He played Willie Clark in The Sunshine Boys and was also in All My Sons among others. Clarence Long has appeared in Kiss Me Kate, Cheaper By the Dozen, and Arsenic and Old Lace.
Tammy Hunter played Marion Hollander in Don't Drink the Water and has also appeared in Never Too Late, Footloose, and Kiss Me Kate. Jim Rambo directed Don't Drink the Water and has appeared in many productions including On Borrowed Time and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Alixandra Green has appeared in many musicals including Camelot and Singin' In the Rain. Sandra Rossok has been many productions, most recently Don't Drink the Water and Arsenic and Old Lace.
She is also the assistant director for this production.
Don Wilson most recently appeared in The Music Man and Don't Drink the Water. He was also in Man of La Mancha and Blithe Spirit. Kenneth Lee Buchanan appeared last season as Lancelot in Camelot. He was also in The Music Man, Kiss Me Kate, and Never Too Late. Shalynn Branscum previously appeared at PCPH in Never Too Late.
T.J. Tincher is stage manager for the production. Jim and Melissa Green are working on the technical side of the show. Linda Gjesvold designed the set. Ben Fisher is assistant stage manager and Rossok handled the costuming for the show. Special thanks is given to Harris Weltz.
“The Curious Savage” is sponsored by Rossok & Co. Insurance and Pekin Insurance.
Click HERE to read more about our Sponsor!!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Children's Theatre Workshop in July!!
The Children’s Theatre Workshop is back! The workshop for children ages 8-11 will be held daily
July 23rd-27th 10:00-11:30am, with a culminating “work in progress” performance on Saturday, July 28th at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre.
Bringing to young people the love of theatre, providing them a venue to explore their creativity, and allowing them to collaborate and express themselves on stage is the mission of the Children’s Theatre Workshop. In addition to learning basic theatre vocabulary, the kids will be given instruction in basic acting technique, movement and voice for the stage, character development, and how to work with an ensemble. The kids will then apply these skills through theatre games and as they rehearse a short play.
To fill out an online application for the workshop, click on the Current Season tab above, and then click on the Youth Theatre tab.
Monday, June 25, 2012
SHAKESPEARED! on SATURDAY!!
The Shakepeared! production of The Tempest will be Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available only at the door. Admission is $3 for those 12 years old and up. Admission is free to those under 12 years old. Tickets are general admission.
First up will be the middle school group directed by Alisa Isaacs-Bailey. Featured in this version of The Tempest are Hannah Williams, Chloe Bodnarick, Djasi Falcon, Addison Hughes, Joe Hettinger, and Ben Gellman.
Appearing in other roles are Simon Foss, David Maginity, Emma Newton, Lindsey Bridgewater, Jon DeHaan, Corinne Buchanan, and Liam Guinee.
Rounding out the cast in the middle school group are Jakob Foss, Zander Williams, Emma Huber, Shianna Alexander, Zoe Wilson, Tyler Hopper, Mackenzie Wilson, and Madi Woodall.
Assistant Director for this group is Bethany Bax. Working on the technical side are Lauren Good, Jacob Bax, and Cecily Bax.
After a fifteen-minute intermission, the high school group directed by Caroline Good (who adapted both scripts from Shakespeare's text) will take the stage with Tempest in Paradise. Actors in this group include Ethan Gill, Dominique Lafontant, Hannah Gellman, Logan Beck, Cody Warren, Joe Pejril, Lukas Eckrich, and Dylan Bodnarick.
Appearing with them will be Joe Lippard, Abby Cheek, Madi Egold, Mary Pearl Ivy, Chloe Maginity, Abbie Harms, Sammy Batchelor, and Libby Brush.
Completing the cast are Mary Allen, Ciara Lippard, Caleb Guthrie, Elise Merrell, Corrinne Trigg, and Fiona Good.
Assistant Director for the second group is TJ Tincher. Choreography is by Heather Owens. Technical assistance is by Lauren Good and Jessica Maginity. Island Jewelry is by Jessica Masner.
Sponsored by Duke Energy Foundation.
SHAKESPEARED! in rehearsal!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
CLUE: THE MUSICAL OPENS THURSDAY, JUNE 7!!
The 51st season of Putnam County Playhouse will open on June 7 with Clue: The Musical! It will be presented June 7-9 and again June 13-16. All performances are at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 each, and reservations can be made by calling the Box Office between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday beginning June 4!
Clue: The Musical is based on the popular Parker Brothers board game. You as an audience member will get to play along. The suspect, weapon, and location of the crime are chosen by audience members and then placed in an envelope. How the cast performs the songs and enacts the scenes depends on the cards chosen. Every performance will be different. There are a total of 216 possible conclusions!
Ric McFadden is stage and musical director for the show. Marilyn Burdsall is pit conductor and pianist. Also in the pit are Michael McClaine on percussion and Lynne Tweedie on keyboard.
All of the familiar board game characters - and a couple of new ones - are portrayed in the show. We first meet Mr. Boddy (Dustin Bond) in his mansion and learn that he fears for his life. Among the suspects are Mrs. White (Jodi Green Wingler), Mr. Green (Pshemo Grajewski), Mrs. Peacock (Shelly Green McFadden), Colonel Mustard (Dan Stockton), Miss Scarlett (Meghan Armitage), and Professor Plum (T.J. Tincher).
Mr. Boddy is joined in his search for the killer by The Detective (Caroline Good).
Songs in the show include "The Game", "Deduction Seduction", "Don't Blame Me". and "Everyday Devices." Clue: The Musical has a book by Peter DePietro and lyrics by Tom Chiodo. Music is by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker, and Vinnie Martucci. The show ran Off-Broadway at the Players Theatre after its world premiere in Baltimore and a run in Chicago.
The corporate sponsor for Clue: The Musical is Duke Energy Foundation.
Click HERE to read more about our sponsor!
Special set painting is by Linda Gjesvold. Production stage manager is Jessica Masner. Costumer for the show is Sarah Bond.
The soundboard is handled by Jim Green, and Melissa Green is running the lightboard.
Enjoy this coming attraction preview of Clue: The Musical.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
"Clue: The Musical" Tickets On Sale June 3!!!
Tickets for Clue: The Musical, the first show of our 51st season will go on sale at the PCPH Open House.
The Open House will be at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre on Sunday, June 3, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The public is invited to this free event.
Single session tickets for all four shows of the season will first be available at that time. Season tickets can also be purchased during the Open House. Single tickets are $10, and Season Tickets are $35.
Mainstage productions for our season are:
Clue: The Musical - June 7-9 & June 13-16
Shakespeared! Youth Theatre Workshop Performance June 30 - 7 p.m.
(Not a Season Ticket Event)
The Curious Savage - July 12-14 & July 18-21
Children's Theatre Workshop Date TBA (Not a Season Ticket Event)
Thoroughly Modern Millie - August 9-11 & August 15-18
See How They Run - Sept. 13-15 & Sept. 19-22
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
CAST FOR "THE CURIOUS SAVAGE" SET
The cast for the July PCPH production of the John Patrick comedy The Curious Savage has been selected.
Playing the leading role of Mrs. Ethel Savage is Beth Bax.
Joining her as her stage family are Don Collins as Titus, Kathryn Dory as Lilly Belle, and Clarence Long as Samuel.
When Mrs. Savage is placed in The Cloisters by her grown children, she meets others who share her disregard for the average life.
Playing the other residents are Alixandra Green as Fairy May, Tammy Hunter as Florence, Don Wilson as Hannibal, Kenneth Buchanan as Jeffrey, and Sandi Rossok as Mrs. Paddy.
Those in charge of The Cloisters include Jim Rambo as Dr. Emmett and Shalynn Branscum as Miss Willie.
The production is sponsored by Rossok & Co. Insurance and Pekin Insurance.
Click HERE to learn more about our sponsor.
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