Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Addams Family Auditions at Putnam County Playhouse!

The third show of our "Season of Laughs" is the musical comedy The Addams Family. It will be produced August 10 – 12 and 16 – 19.    Director Ric McFadden will have two sessions of auditions for all roles in the show. The first session will be Sunday, June 4 at 3 p.m. to be followed by a second session on Monday, June 5, at 7 p.m. Both sessions will be held on the Main Stage at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre.

The characters are the same as you might remember: Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch, Uncle Fester, and Granny.  This time around, the  unsuspecting Beinecke family has been added including parents Mal & Alice and son, Lucas.

The show is very reminiscent of the original television series you may have seen.   
The plot revolves around Wednesday who has fallen in love with Lucas, a normal" boy.  A dinner at the Addams House is planned where the families will meet for the first time.  Wednesday confides in her father Gomez, that in fact, she and Lucas are already engaged.  Gomez must hide the information from his wife Morticia.  The dinner ensues with much hilarity and fun for the audience.

Auditions will include singing (16 to 24 measures please), reading from the script, and dancing.  Prospective cast members should attend either audition date but not both.

Characters include:  Wednesday Addams..(teen/young adult); Gomez Addams (40 – 50);   Morticia Addams (40 – 50);  Alice Beinecke (40-50); Fester Addams(30-50);  Pugsley Addams (8-13) tenor/boys' unchanged voice; Mal Beinecke (40-50);   Lucas Beinecke (teen/young adult); Grandma Addams (script age is over 100); Lurch (30-60) bass, Tall.   Addams Ancestors (various ages) appear in most scenes throughout the show. 

For more information, check out www.putnamcountyplayhouse.com.   We hope to see you at auditions this summer!  The Addams Family is sponsored by First National Bank.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Open House and Opening Week of Curtains The Musical!

Putnam County Playhouse opens the 2017 season with the musical comedy, “Curtains.”    The show will run June 1, 2, 3 and June 7, 8, 9, and 10.   Tickets are available beginning May 28 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Playhouse Box Office during their Open House.  The Cast of Curtains will present musical numbers from the show during the Annual Open House and refreshments will be served. 

Tickets for all four shows of the 2017 season will be available beginning Sunday, May 28.  The Box Office is open the weeks of performances or you may call 765-653-5880 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  
Curtains is a musical mystery comedy set in 1959 at the Colonial Theatre in Boston, where a new musical called "Robbin' Hood!", a western version of Robin Hood, is being produced.   Playhouse favorite and veteran actress, Karen Temple plays faded film star diva Jessica Cranshaw who takes on the role of Madame Marian in “Robbin’ Hood.”  When Jessica is murdered during the show’s finale, all of the cast & crew of “Robbin’ Hood” are suspects in her murder. 

Lt. Frank Cioffi, Boston Police Detective and musical theatre devotee, played by Chris Wurster, arrives on the scene to solve the murder and finds himself enthralled with Jessica’s understudy, Niki Harris, played by Caroline Good.     

 (Chris Wurster and Caroline Good)

 Art imitates life as Josh Bain portrays Bobby Pepper, the show’s choreographer.   Robbin’ Hood’s producer, Carmen Bernstein, is played by Ashlee Vitz.   And Addison Hughes makes his Playhouse debut as Oscar Shapiro, the show’s financial backer. 
Lee Reberger and Shelly McFadden return to the playhouse stage as divorced songwriting team Aaron Fox & Georgia Hendricks.  The show's flamboyant British director, Christopher Belling is portrayed by Andrew Ranck.  Sarah Bond plays Bambi, the show's featured dancer.  

The cast also features Scott Armitage as Carmen’s husband, Sydney Bernstein; Tim Good as theater critic, Daryl Grady; Eleanor Howard as stage manager, Johnnie Harmon and Karen Sutherlin as Detective O’Farrell. 
The ensemble, which is featured heavily in the production, includes:  Chris Douglas
Ben Purnell, Julie Collenbaugh, Chloe Hayes, Payton Kumpf, Andrew Corder, Fiona Good,
Dan Purnell, Samantha Flannelly, and Jacob Riggen. 

 (Samantha Flannelly, Jacob Riggen, Andrew Ranck, Ben Purnell, Karen Sutherlin, Tim Good, Sarah Bond, & Joshua Bain)

Veteran Playhouse performer & director Ric McFadden is the director of Curtains.   Sandi Rossok is assistant director for the show.  The production staff includes vocal direction by Erik Foster, choreography by Sarah Bond, Joshua Bain and Lori Briones.   Set design & construction by Linda Gjesvold with technical direction by Dustin Bond.   Playhouse favorite Jack Randall Earles served as casting director with costume design by Shelly McFadden.  Susan Price joins the Playhouse family as Wardrobe Assistant.    Wig design is by Diana Van Middlesworth. 

Marilyn Rush, pianist & pit conductor leads musicians Morgan Asher (keyboard), Drew Brattain (bass), Marcia Boswell (flute).  

The production crew includes stage manager, TJ Tincher; stagehands Connor George and Mariah Taylor; sound design and operator, Dustin Bond; light board operator, Nicole Moore and spotlight operators Cameron Wunderlich and Mason Allen.  

Curtains promises to be a fun, entertaining show that you won’t want to miss!   Call the Playhouse box office beginning Monday, May 29 to reserve your tickets.   Box office hours are 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday during show weeks.   The box office phone number is 765-653-5880.  Curtains is sponsored by Shuee’s.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


The second show of our "Season of Laughs" is the Larry Shue comedy The Foreigner. It will be produced July 13-15 and July 19-22.  Director Jim Green will have two sessions of auditions for all roles in the show. The first session will be Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m. to be followed by a second session on Monday, May 15, at 7 p.m. Both sessions will be held in the Rehearsal Center at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre.

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The Foreigner tells the story of Charlie Baker (stage age 20's - 40's), a broken-hearted Englishman who wants to take a vacation and get his life together. His friend Froggy Le Sueur (stage age 30's - 40's) - also an Englishman - recommends the Georgia fishing lodge of his good friend Betty (stage age 40's-50's). English accents are required for Charlie and Froggy.

When Charlie decides he doesn't want to be bothered by the locals, he takes Froggy's advice and pretends that he can't speak English.  Everyone around him reveals secrets thinking that he can't understand what they are saying. The hilarious consequences of his charade turn everything upside down.

Roles including Charley, Froggy, Bette, are all open.  Other open roles include the local minister David Marshall Lee, his fiance Catherine Sims, and Ellard Sims, her brother.  Also along for the fun is Owen Musser a local do-gooder who is actually the leader of group of rabble rousers.   The stage ages for all of these roles is 20's to 40's, with the exception of Ellard who is late teens early 20's.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  More information can be found under the Current Season drop down at the top of the page on the website!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


When Mrs. Hazel Day Longden donated this property to us, it had two structures - the main barn and a smaller barn.  For the first two seasons in 1981 and 1982, we presented our show on the outdoor stage in front of the little barn.   Bleachers were constructed for our audience members, and minimal lighting instruments were used.

The dressing rooms were in the small barn.  They were used until the construction of the Rehearsal Center.  The outdoor stage was also used as rehearsal space and for special presentations such as the Children's Workshop.

Marc Adams, Melodie Strain, Jill Monnett

There was only one performance rained out in two seasons, the Thursday night performance of the musical The Sound of Music.

Jim Poor starts to assemble the bleachers inside the small barn.

Recently, we did some work on the outside of the small barn to keep rain and running water from getting inside.  It is now used as a storage facility for flats and large set pieces.

We also added a new roof to the structure that matches the roof on the main barn and rehearsal center.  

It is now a secure and waterproof storage place that is can be used for any large set pieces or other property that we don't have space for in the shop and prop areas of the Hazel Day Longden Theatre and Rehearsal Center.

There was a time, however, when it was the center of all activity of the Putnam County Playhouse - two seasons still fondly remembered by many onstage and offstage.

New photos by Michael McClaine

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


The Season Ticket brochures have been mailed!  

Please return it as soon as possible to be guaranteed your seats from past seasons.

Lots of fun for everyone during our 56th Season.

June brings Curtains - A Musical Mystery.  In July you can see the delightful comedy The Foreigner.  August brings our second musical, The Addams Family.  The season closes with the theatrical farce Laughing Stock.

Season tickets are $35 each.  Individual tickets for each production will go on sale at our annual Open House on May 28.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Photo by Michael McClaine

With the first auditions for the season just around the corner (April 9 & 10), we are busy getting the theatre and parking lot ready!

The audience parking area has been graded and new stone has been added.  The cast parking area located behind the small barn also received some special attention.

On April 1, several board members and friends of Putnam County Playhouse met at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre to get the facility ready for the beginning of the 56th season.

Bethany Bax updates the photo library..

Plumbing work was seen to by President Michael McClaine. 

Board President Michael McCaline

Jim Green and Dustin Bond worked on cleaning the auditorium and loft areas, and hanging photos.

Jim Green and Dustin Bond keeping the photos straight.

Others in attendance included Meghan Armitage, Sandi Rossok and Shelly McFadden who wielded broom and dust cloth to spiff up the facility.

Sandi Rossok, Shelly McFadden, Meghan Armitage in the cleaned up lobby.

Also present was board member Jack Randall Earles and friends of PCPH Eleanor Howard and Cecily Girton.  The board members were joined later at a lunch meeting by Ric McFadden, Melissa Green, and Brenda McClaine.  
Watch your mailbox for your Season Ticket Brochure!  Be a part of our season!