Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Directors! Directors! Directors!


The directors for the 2017 Putnam County Playhouse season have been selected. Congratulations to all of them!!

Directing our season opener Curtains is Jack Randall Earles.  The musical will be produced June 1-3 and June 7-10.  Auditions will be Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. and Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m.

The director for our July comedy is Jim Green. The Foreigner will be produced July 13-15 and July 19-22.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m. and Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m.

August will bring our second musical of the season, The Addams Family. Its director is Ric McFadden.  It will be produced August 10-12 and August 16-19.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, June 4 at 3 p.m. and Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

The season will close with our production of the theatrical farce Laughing Stock.  It will be directed by Andrew Ranck. The comedy will be produced September 7-9 and September 13-16. Auditions will be Sunday, July 23 at 3 p.m. and Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

This season offers many opportunities for performers and backstage personnel.  More information about all of our mainstage shows can be found under the CURRENT SEASON tab at the top of the page on our website!  Come be a part of our Season of Laughter in 2017!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016



Watch your mailbox for 2017 Fall Fund Drive letter.  You should receive it before the end of November.

Every donation to Putnam County Playhouse goes entirely to our General Fund.  It is used to maintain our facility, upgrade our technical equipment, and produce our shows.

PCPH is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. Donations are deductible.

If you are not on our mailing list, or you do not receive your letter, you can download a Donation Form HERE.

Thank you for your continued support!

Monday, October 24, 2016


Dustin Bond with Upstage Award 2016

Dustin Bond - with Upstage Award nominations for his performances in both On Golden Pond and The Odd Couple (Female Version) was the winner of the "Hammy" at the PCPH Annual Meeting held on Sunday, October 23.

Lynette & Ken Gwinn and Michael McClaine

The meeting was well attended.  In addition to Board Members, long time PCPH supporters Ken and Lynette Gwinn were there. They spent some time talking with PCPH President Michael McClaine about plans for 2017.

David Buttram

Others in attendance included actress Tammy Hunter, singer-actor David Buttram, and DePauw's M. Susan Anthony and G. Duane Skoog.

Linda Gjesvold, Katie Wallace, Linda Ford

Also present to hear Committee Chairs give their annual reports were theatre maven and Playhouse supporter Linda Ford, and from The Odd Couple (The Female Version) actresses Katie Wallace and Karen Bailey Sutherlin, and director Andrew Ranck.

Andrew Ranck, Shelly McFadden, Linda Ford, Karen Bailey Sutherlin, Conner George

Committee Chairs who gave reports included Mark Hammer, Treasurer's Report; Linda Gjesvold, Tickets; Dustin Bond, Tech; Jack Randall Earles, Promotions; Shelly McFadden, Program & Costume Loft; Sandi Rossok, Props Loft; Michael McClaine, Maintenance; Drew Brattain, Fund Raising; and Caroline Good, Youth Workshop.

Katie Wallace, Beth Bax, Sandi Rossok

Other Board Members in attendance included Meghan Armitage, Ric McFadden, Beth Bax, Jim Rambo, and Jim Green.

Eleanor and Brian Howard

Upstage Award Nominee Eleanor Howard was there with her husband Brian who made his PCPH stage debut last August in 1776. Eleanor was nominated for her work in the musical Little Women.

Beth Bax and Sandi Rossok

Board members Beth Bax and Sandi Rossok discuss the reports and the past season.

Ric McFadden and Dustin Bond

Board members Ric McFadden and Dustin Bond talk about baseball!

Eleanor Howard and Caroline Good

Eleanor and Caroline discuss plans for the 2017 Children's Theatre Workshop and YTW.

Mark Hammer and Drew Brattain
Mark Hammer and Drew Brattain discuss finances.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016



You are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Putnam County Playhouse. It will happen on Sunday, October 23, at 3 p.m. in the Rehearsal Center of the Hazel Day Longden Theatre. Light refreshments will be provided.

The 55th season will be revisited. The committee chairs will give their annual reports. Board members will be nominated and elected. Come and be a part of the business side of PCPH.

The presentation of the 2016 Upstage Award - aka as The Hammy - will also take place.  This year, the worthy nominees are: 

Miss Eleanor Howard for her portrayal of Aunt March in Little Women.

Mr. Dustin Bond as Charlie in On Golden Pond.

Mr. Alexander Asbell as Andrew McNair in 1776.

Mssrs. Dustin Bond & Ric McFadden as the Costazuela brothers in The Odd Couple.

Please join us for the fun as we wrap up the 2016 season!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2017 Will Be Our Season of Laughter!


Our 2017 season includes three PCPH premieres and one hilarious encore performance. 

The season will open in June with a production of the Tony-Award winning musical Curtains. The show originally opened on Broadway on March 22, 2007, after its world premiere in July, 2006, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. 

The book for Curtains is by Rupert Holmes, based on an original book and concept by Peter Stone. The music is by John Kander and lyrics are by Fred Ebb - the team responsible for such shows as Chicago and Cabaret.

Nominated for eight Tony Awards, it won the Best Actor Award for Best Actor, David Hyde Pierce as Detective Frank Cioffi.

Curtains takes place at the Colonial Theatre in 1959, during the Boston tryout of a new musical.  The inept leading lady is murdered, and a local detective - who just happens to be a musical theatre fan - has to find out whodunnit!

With both character and "show" songs, the evening is a hilarious combination of music and situations. There are roles for many performers, and Curtains is sure to be an audience favorite! It will be produced June 1-3 and June 7-10.

The laughs continue in July when Larry Shue's comedy The Foreigner returns to the PCPH stage. One of the most popular shows produced by community and professional theatres across the country, we are pleased to bring it back for you.

When Charlie Baker simply wants to be left alone on his vacation at a small town inn, his friend Froggy convinces him to pretend that he is a foreigner who can't understand English. The residents of the small town where he is staying all have secrets, and they have no hesitation about discussing them in front of Charlie - after all, he can't understand what they're saying.

Chaos reigns as Charlie changes the lives of everyone around him and finds love for himself as well.

The Foreigner offers many comedic roles for performers and will be produced July 13-15 and July 19-22.

Watch out for the neighbors! They're spooky and they're kooky - it's The Addams Family the musical. In August all of the familiar faces will be front and center onstage at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre. 

The show opened on Broadway in April 2010. It was nominated for two Tony Awards. The Addams Family music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is based on the comic strip created by Charles Addams.

Daughter Wednesday Addams has a new boyfriend, and the meeting between the two families results in hilarious consequences for everyone - living and.....not living.

Roles for performers include Morticia, Gomez, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, and Wednesday. There is a large ensemble as well as the "normal" Beineke family.

The Addams Family will be produced August 10-12 and August 16-19. The musical is a PCPH premiere.

Our season closes with Laughing Stock by Charles Morey. This comedy is about a season of summer stock in a barn theatre - much like our own Hazel Day Longden Theatre. 

The rehearsals and performances of the season with all their hilarious consequences provide the laughter for everyone. There are roles for many performers.  And it might be hard to tell where the show begins and reality ends.

Laughing Stock is a PCPH premiere and will be produced September 7-9 and September 16-19.

Directors and audition dates for all shows will be posted here in January, 2017.

SHAKESPEARED! the Youth Theatre Workshop will be held June 12-24.  The Children's Theatre Workshop will by July 24-28. Signup information for both of these events will be posted in the spring.

Join us in the audience or onstage for our Season of Laughter!

Monday, September 26, 2016


Our 2016 season has ended.  Thanks to everyone for the support for Putnam County Playhouse.

"Little Women" - June 2016

A special thanks to our financial supporters and season ticket holders! And thanks to our show sponsors.

"On Golden Pond: - July, 2016
Thanks to our wonderful audiences!!

"1776" - August, 2016

Watch your mail for your Season Wrap Up Letter that will include information about the Annual Meeting and the nominations for the Upstage Award.

"The Odd Couple" - September, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


L-R: Allison Creekmore, Kathy Arnold, Katie Wallace, Karen Sutherlin, Sarah Bond. Seated: Meghan Armitage. Photo by Aaron Swartz Photography


Monday, September 5, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016


The Odd Couple has ended its run.

The 55th  season of Putnam County Playhouse will close with a production of the Neil Simon comedy The Odd Couple (Female Version). 

L-R: Karen Bailey, Allison Creekmore, Meghan Armitage, Kathy Arnold, Sarah Bond, Katie Wallace.

Co-sponsors for the show are:


Read about our sponsors HERE and HERE.

The show features Sarah Bond as Olive Madison and Meghan Armitage as Florence Unger. Their combined living arrangement causes conflicts familiar to anyone who has seen the original play, film, or television show.

Florence (Armitage, R) interrupts the weekly Trivial  Pursuit game of Mickey (Bailey, L) and Sylvie (Creekmore, C) with her coasters and cleaning.

The comedy also highlights the relationship between the two women and their upstairs neighbors, the Costazuela brothers, Manolo and Jesús. These characters are played by Ric McFadden and Dustin Bond.

Florence (Armitage) and Olive ( Bond) have reached an impasse.
Friends of the leads are played by Kathy Arnold, Karen Bailey, Allison Creekmore, and Katie Wallace.

Director for The Odd Couple is Andrew Ranck. Stage manager and props master is Jessica Masner. Set design is by Ranck and Linda Gjesvold.

Vera (Arnold, L),  Olive (Bond, C), and Renee (Wallace, R) play the game.

Bailey and McFadden appeared in the play when it was first produced by PCPH in 1991. Bailey reprises her role as Mickey the Cop, and McFadden plays the other brother this time around.

Costumer and wigmaster is Shelly McFadden. Set decorator is Aaron Swartz. Technical support is by Fiona Good running the light board and Cameron Wunderlich running the sound.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"The Odd Couple" returns to PCPH in September

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple will close the 55th season of Putnam County Playhouse. This time around, the leading characters are female, although the situations and the laughs are the same.

It is being co-sponsored by:

Click HERE to learn more about our sponsor.


Click HERE to learn more about our sponsor.

Director for the production is Andrew Ranck. Stage Manager for the show is Jessica Masner. Set designer is Linda Gjesvold.

Appearing in the leading roles are Sarah Bond as Olive Madison and Meghan Armitage as Florence Unger - the distaff equivalents of Oscar & Felix.

Sarah Bond as Olive Madison

Meghan Armitage as Florence Unger

Featured performers include Kathy Arnold as Vera, Allison Creekmore as Sylvie, Karen Sutherlin as Mickey, and Katie Wallace as Renee.

The brothers upstairs will be played by Ric McFadden and Dustin Bond.

McFadden and Sutherlin appeared in the original production of  The Odd Couple (The Female Version) when it was produced at PCPH in 1991. Sutherlin is reprising her role as Mickey the cop, and McFadden is playing the other brother this time around.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

IT'S "1776"!!!

1776 ended its run on August 20!

First National Bank is corporate sponsor for the production.

Click HERE to learn more about our sponsor.

Director is Shelly McFadden. Vocal direction is by Kathryn Dory. Pit conductor and pianist is Marilyn Burdsall Rush. Also in the pit are Dedee Schwomeyer, percussion; Marcia Boswell, woodwinds; and Morgan Asher, keyboard.

Joe Buser as John Adams

Linda Gjesvold designed the set and choreography is by Deb Grammel. Assistant director is Katie Wallace. Costumer and wig designer is Diana Van Middlesworth.

Ric McFadden left as Ben Frnaklin and Gary Van Middlesworth as Richard Henry Lee

The cast is led by Joe Buser as John Adams, Ric McFadden as Ben Franklin, and Lee Reberger as Thomas Jefferson.  Buser is making his PCPH debut. McFadden has played leading roles in The Music Man, Man of La Mancha, and Camelot.  He most recently appeared in Damn Yankees at Myers Dinner Theatre. Reberger appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone and directed last season's Into The Woods

They are joined by Josh Bain as conservative John Dickenson, Chris Wurster as Col. Thomas McKean, and Michael McClaine as President of the Continental Congress, John Hancock.

Front - L-R: Joe Buser, Joshua Bain     Back - L-R: Don Wilson, Dustin Bond, Bill Cole, Jacob Gldden, Jack Randall Earles, Alex Asbell. 

1776 relates the story of the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The founding fathers are seen as real men and not the one-dimensional characters usually found in history books.

L-R: Joe Buser, Jim Rambo, Chris Wurster, Jacob Riggen, Lance Clodfelter, Lee Reberger

The distaff side is represented by Caroline Good as Abigail Adams and Sarah Bond as Martha Jefferson.

Caroline Good

The large cast also includes Gary Van Middlesworth as Richard Henry Lee, Dustin Bond as Edward Rutledge, Don Wilson as Stephen Hopkins.

L-R: Andrew Ranck (Rev. Witherspoon is bored), Jacob Glidden, Scott Armitage.

Other members of the Congress are played by Matt Schneider, Clarence Long, Jacob Riggen, Andrew Ranck, Michael Nowling, Jim Rambo, Lance Clodfelter, Jacob Glidden, Brian Howard, Bill Cole, and Jack Randall Earles.

Scott Armitage

Appearing in supporting  roles are Scott Armitage, Joe Lippard, Alex Asbell, and Donovan Asbell.

L-R: Alex Asbell, Michael McClaine

Also working on the technical side are Jessica Masner, stage manager; Samantha Flannelly, sound board operator; Melissa Green, light board operator; and Cameron Wunderlich and Sarah Nowling as spotlight operators.

The musical originally opened on Broadway and was nominated for five Tony Awards.  It won three including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Featured Actor (Ron Holgate, who played Richard Henry Lee).  Music and lyrics are by Sherman Edwards and the book is by Peter Stone.