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.

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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.

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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.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016


 Hendricks Power Cooperative contributed $3,750 towards a lighting project for the Putnam County Playhouse and sought a matching grant from CoBank's "Sharing Success" program. This $7,500 plus other funds raised by the organization will allow them to replace the existing 15+ year old lighting system. The outdated system was malfunctioning, causing not only lighting issues for productions, but 
Putnam Playhouse also safety concerns. 

"Hendricks Power is committed to helping our communities thrive in all areas and this project aligned well with our efforts from a lighting, energy efficiency and safety perspective," said Dana Cochran, Director of Corporate Marketing. "We are glad to provide these funds and help attain the matching grant from CoBank so that the Putnam County Playhouse can continue to provide high quality productions for its community."

"Our old lighting system was used when we obtained it over 15 years ago," stated Michael McClaine, Playhouse Board President.  "Needless to say, this grant came just in time to avoid major disruptions in performances and insures technical lighting reliability going forward for many years."  

Board member Drew Brattain added, "The support we received from Hendricks Power and CoBank is greatly appreciated and demonstrates their willingness to give back to communities they serve."   

The Putnam County Community Foundation helped facilitate this grant by bringing the need to Hendricks Power. 

About Hendricks Power Cooperative
Hendricks Power Cooperative provides electricity and energy services to over 30,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in west central Indiana. Formed in 1936, the cooperative is owned and controlled by members they serve.  For more information regarding Hendricks Power Cooperative and other related service, please visit www.hendrickspower.com.  

About CoBank
CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states.

About Putnam County Playhouse Inc. 
Putnam County Playhouse (PCPH) is an all-volunteer, community theatre located in Greencastle, Indiana, with a mission to provide live theatre experience for the community and surrounding counties.  PCPH is presenting its 55th season in 2016. 

Pictured (left to right): Greg Ternet, Hendricks Power CEO; Michael McClaine, Putnam County Playhouse Board President; Drew Brattain, Putnam County Playhouse Board Member; and Dean Gambill, Putnam County Community Foundation.