Wednesday, September 25, 2013


The 53rd Season of Putnam County Playhouse has been confirmed.  Some of our most popular shows will be returning to the stage.


July brings comedy and tears with Steel Magnolias.

This comedy-drama by Robert Harling tells the story of the bond between a group of Southern women who meet regularly in a local beauty shop.  Harling wrote the play based on his real life experience with the death of his sister.  The play ran Off-Broadway for more than 1100 performances after opening on March 28, 1987.

The steel magnolias of the title include Truvy, owner of the shop; M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby; Clairee and Ouiser, two friends; and Annelle, the shop assistant.  There are no men's roles in the play.

A film version of the play was released in 1989.

Look out, Look out, LOOK OUT! Audrey Two will be loose in August!

Little Shop of Horrors is a musical with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. It began as a low-budget 1960 film directed by Roger Corman. It first ran Off-Broadway in 1987 and was revived on Broadway in 2003.

The film and musical tell the story of Seymour, who finds an unusual plant that turns out to have a plan for world domination. Other roles in the show include his girlfriend, Audrey; her boyfriend, a dentist, Orin; a trio of girl singers who act as a Greek chorus for the story; and an ensemble of performers who play many roles.

Songs include the title tune,  "Suddenly Seymour" and "Somewhere That's Green."

Little Shop of Horrors was also made as a musical film by director Frank Oz in 1986.

An unwanted guest shows up in September.

A classic comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart is about a celebrated writer who has to spend a few weeks with a Midwestern family when he breaks his leg in a fall from their front step. It opened on Broadway on October 16, 1939.  It enjoyed a long run and then played on tour for many seasons. The Man Who Came to Dinner has been revived on Broadway many times. Its latest version starring Nathan Lane was taped for PBS in 2000.

Sheridan Whiteside invades the home of the Stanley family and turns their lives upside down. There are many local characters and a love triangle involving his secretary, Maggie; a local newspaperman, Bert; and a flashy Broadway actress Lorraine.

The Man Who Came to Dinner was made into a film in 1942 starring Monty Wooley and Bette Davis as Whiteside and Maggie.
Directors and audition dates for all productions will be announced after the first of the year.

If you or your organization are interested in becoming a sponsor for a production in 2014, please contact Drew Brattain at for details.

Thanks to all of our 2013 participants and donors for a successful season!  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013



Harvey & Elwood want to see you at the Playhouse this weekend! Only 4 performances remain.

Wednesday - Saturday, September 18-21

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Harvey" Will Close the 52nd Season!!!

Veta Louise (Kathi Elliott) is aghast as Mrs. Chauvanet (Karen Temple) is introduced to
Harvey by Elwood (Michael McClaine).


The Putnam County Playhouse 52nd season will close with a production of Harvey by Mary Chase. The comedy won the Pulitzer Prize in its first season on Broadway in 1944. It was made into a popular film starring James Stewart in 1950. Stewart had replaced the original Elwood P. Dowd (Frank Fay) on Broadway during the summers of 1947 and 1948. He also later appeared in a Broadway revival of the play and also starred in a London production. Stewart and Helen Hayes were in a 1972 television production of the show as well. 

The play is being directed by Jim Rambo. He last appeared onstage in The Curious Savage and directed Don't Drink the Water in 2011. Serving as assistant and technical director is Bryan Schroeder. Schroeder has appeared onstage in Death By Chocolate and also designed the set for Angel Street this season. He is also running the sound board for Harvey.  Set design and painting is by Linda Gjesvold who most recently designed the set for The Drowsy Chaperone.  Production stage manager is Eva Huang who is working at PCPH for the first time.

Harvey and Elwood (Michael McClaine)

Michael McClaine has the leading role of Elwood P. Dowd. He believes he has a best friend in a six-foot tall rabbit he has named Harvey. His friend is visible to him, but invisible to everyone else. His sister Veta Louise Simmons (Kathi Elliott, making her PCPH debut) and her daughter Myrtle Mae (Jerica Bean) are both appalled at Elwood's insistance that Harvey share their home.

Kathi Elliott plays Veta Louise Simmons.

Veta is convinced by family friend Judge Omar Gaffney (Jim Elliott, making his PCPH debut) that Elwood should be put away. She chooses the sanitarium run by Dr. Chumley (Don Collins), who has his own problems with his assistant Dr. Sanderson (Dustin Bond) and his nurse Miss Kelly (Sarah Bond). Collins has appeared in many productions including The Sunshine Boys, Barefoot in the Park, and Don't Drink the Water. The Bonds most recently appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone.

Don Collins plays Dr. William B. Chumley

Playing other characters in the play are Karen Temple, David Roberts, Sandi Rossok, Cheyanne Elliott (PCPH debut), and Alan Zerkel (PCPH debut). Shelly McFadden and Marilyn Burdsall are heard as featured performers at a party in the first scene.

Karen Temple plays Mrs. Ethel Chauvanet

Temple has appeared in many productions including Annie, I Remember Mama, and Pippin. Roberts appeared earlier this season in The Drowsy Chaperone. Rossok appeared in The Curious Savage and was assistant director for Angel Street earlier this season.

Sandi Rossok plays Mrs. Chumley
Also working on the production side of Harvey are Brenda McClaine, Diana Van Middlesworth, and Ruth Poor.

Harvey is being sponsored by Duke Energy.

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