Monday, June 22, 2015


The Bard

The 2015 SHAKESPEARED! Youth Theatre Festival ended Saturday night with a capacity crowd!

The workshop was sponsored by:


                        Click HERE to learn more about our sponsor.

The evening  included two versions of the comedy, one by middle school students directed by TJ Tincher. and Bethany Bax.  The second version with students high school age and just beyond is directed by YTW creator Caroline Good, assisted by Billy Burke. Eleanor Howard is also assisting with the production.

Both versions are adaptations of the original material that contain modern references, unusual costumes, and familiar music.

SHAKESPEARED! creator Caroline Good in rehearsal.

Participants in leading roles in the middle school group include Craig Robinson (Falstaff), Anna Norris (Alice Ford), Isabella Brown (Margaret Page), Grant Pettit (Pistol), Hope Roberts (Nym), Zoe Weltz (Bardolph), and Michael Thede (Narrator #1, Host).

Others in the large cast include William Roberts (Franics Ford), Brenigan Warren (George Page), Fiona Good (Dr. Caius), Leo Brown (Hugh Evans), Dale Dye Thomas (Mistress Quickly), and Gabby Roberts (Robin).

Middle school group rehearsal.
Also onstage in the middle school production will be Connor Shepherd, Callie Wehrman, Laney Collier, Ella Dye Thomas, Jadin Hill, all of whom play servants.  Ava Magnity and Katie White are also Narrators.

Props director for the show is Noah Pettit, and Zethor Peterson and Grant Pettit are on the stage crew.

Those with leading roles in the older group include Samantha Flannelly (Alice Ford), Chloe Maginity (Margaret Page), Donovan Asbell (Francis Ford), Dylan Bodnarick (George Page), Gwen Mazur (Anne Page), Bowie Foote (Master Fenton), David Maginity (John Falstaff), and Chloe Bodnarick (Pistol).

Older group rehearsing.
Supporting roles will be played by Noah Pettit (Nym), Tyler Hopper (Robin), Jerica Bean (Host), Abe Anglin (Dr. Caius), Libby Brush (Mistress Quickly), Zoe Hagymasi (John Rugby), Michael Germain (Robert Shallow), Addison Hughes (Hugh Evans), Susanna Howard (Abraham Slender), and Haley Wilson Patty Simple).

The ensemble includes Charlie Good, Joan Warren.

Congratulations to the participants AND the audience!

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Putnam County Playhouse began in the spring of 1961. At that time a small group of determined people decided to bring live theatre to the community - and Greencastle Summer Theater was born. The next year, we were incorporated and officially became Putnam County Playhouse.

The purpose of PCPH then and now was set down by our founders:

We operate "to provide the people of the county and the surrounding area the opportunity to enjoy and participate in live theatre."

A gazebo on our property honors those original members including the first president of our board of directors, Dr. James Elrod.

The Founders' Gazebo

For the first two decades, PCPH presented shows in various venues around Greencastle. These included DePauw's Speech Hall, McAnally Center, and DePauw's Moore Theatre.  

In 1980, the hard work of a group of determined people headed by Jim Poor were instrumental in getting us the donation of the property where our theatre now stands. The generosity of Hazel Day Longden in giving us the property was key to our continued growth.

For our first two seasons on the property, our productions were given on the outdoor stage. The audience sat on bleachers. 

"The Sound of Music" - 1982

The small barn was used for many years for dressing rooms. It is now mainly used for storage, and the original stage area is now a parking area.

Small Barn.  June, 2015.

The theatre named in honor of Hazel Day Longden was given a grand opening in June, 1983. 

Hazel Day Longden Theatre. June, 2015.

Thanks to our audiences and participants for their continued support.

Since the beginning the PCPH Board of Directors has been all volunteer. Its members serve without compensation of any kind. To all of our past members and officers, we also give a hearty thank you!

2014-2015 Board of Directors

Michael McClaine, President
Jack Randall Earles, 1st Vice-President
Linda Gjesvold, 2nd Vice-President
Kathryn Dory, Secretary
Mark Hammer, Treasurer

Meghan Armitage
Bethany Bax
Dustin Bond
Drew Brattain
Caroline Good
Ric McFadden
Shelly McFadden
Jim Rambo
Sandra Rossok
Brad Sandy
TJ Tincher

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Director Lee Reberger has announced his full cast for the musical Into the Woods.

Click HERE to read the cast list.

Into the Woods is being sponsored by:

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sign Up Now for "Stories Onstage" - The Children's Theatre Workshop!


Photo from 2014 Workshop

The Children’s Theatre Workshop for children grades 2nd-5th will be held daily July 20-24th  9:30-11:30am, with a culminating “work in progress” performance on Friday evening, July 24th  at 7:00pm in the Hazel Day Longden Theatre.

Photo from 2014 workshop.

Click HERE to sign up online.

Photo from 2014 Workshop

The workshop is being sponsored by:

Click HERE to learn more about our sponsor.

The mission of the Children’s Theatre Workshop is 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. 

Photo from 2014 workshop.

In addition to learning basic theatre skills and vocabulary, the performers will be given instruction in basic acting technique, movement and voice for the stage, character development, and how to work with an ensemble.   The actors will then apply these skills through theatre games and as they rehearse a short play.

Photo from 2014 workshop.