Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Forty Years Ago! PCPH in 1977!!

In 1977, we didn't have a home of our own.  Rehearsals and productions were held in various venues in Greencastle.  For this season, our shows were presented in McAnally Auditorium (now Parker Auditorium) at Greencastle High School.

The season opened with a production of Look Homeward, Angel. It was directed by Larry Sutton and Eli Gould.  Leading roles were taken by Kevin Gough, Mark Trigg, and Sheryle A. Parsons.

Read the program HERE.

Our second production was Hansel & Gretl. Playing the title roles were Gregg Swearingen and Martha Steele.  The Wicked Witch was played by Laura Waldron.  The cast included many children, and was attended by 449 people.

Read the program HERE.

The big musical of the season was The Music Man.  The show was directed by Thomas Albin II. Musical director and conductor was Sally Russell and choreography was by Albin and Jeff Davis.

Jeff E. Davis played Harold Hill and Sandy Cottingham was Marion Paroo. 

Featured as Mayor Shinn is current PCPH Board President Michael McClaine.

Read the program HERE.

We also presented a talent show.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Thirty Years Ago! PCPH 1987

1993 Renovation

During our 1987 season, we were still in the original space.  As you can see from this photo from the renovation a couple of seasons later in 1993, our backstage space was limited.  There was no shop and no fly space.  The door on the left was our 'stage door' leading to a small gathering space.  It got very crowded during performances of musicals when it rained! The framing shows where the shop would soon be, and where the fly space for the expanded backstage area would be.

The season opened with a production of the rock and roll musical Bye Bye, Birdie!  It was directed by Jack Randall Earles with musical direction by Ann Cooper.  Leading roles were taken by Marc R. Adams and Sandi [Ulrey] Robles. Supporting roles were played by Francoise Coulant-Henderson, Bill Frisbie, and Ron Pitcock.

Check out the program HERE.

Our outdoor presentations under the title Playhouse Under the Stars were also presented in July, 1987.  The first production was American Snapshots written by PCPH veteran Ray Mizer. It was directed by Jack Randall Earles who appeared in the show with Mizer, Adeline Knoy, and Evelyn Robbins.

Check out the program HERE.

Nana Canada, Cindy Sutton Wise, Stephen Pierson

The July mainstage production was the mystery Night Watch. It was directed by Amy Meyer.  Leading roles were played by Nana Canada and Stephen Pierson. Supporting roles were played by Cindy Sutton Wise and Jack Randall Earles.

The program for this production has not been scanned.

Our August production was the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel. It was directed by Jim Poor who also played The Starkeeper.  Vocal musical direction was by Geoff Price. Orchestra conductor was Bob Hedge.

Leading roles were taken by Barry Trowbridge and Karen Cervo.  Appearing in supporting roles were Jennifer McCardle, Philip J. Henderson, and Sherry Davis.

Check out the program HERE.

The second Playhouse Under the Stars production was Neil Simon's The Good Doctor.  It was directed by Diana Brumfield.  Leading roles were taken by John C. Baughman, Max Murphy, Alan Small, and Vickie Parker.

Check out the program HERE.

 The season ended with a production of the comedy You Can't Take It With You directed by Linda Gjesvold. Leading roles were taken by Jack Randall Earles, Adeline Knoy, Larry Sutton, and John C. Baughman.  Supporting players included Kathy Helms, Bob Hedge, Scott Armitage, and Jodi [Green] Stockton.

Check out the program HERE.

This was our 26th season.  President of our board was Linda Gjesvold.  Vice presidents were Vickie Parker and Bob Hedge, with Sallee Bartlett as secretary and Don Holley as treasurer.

Members of the board were Ann Cooper, Jack Randall Earles, Diana Brumfield, Bill Frisbie, Adeline Knoy, Stephen Pierson, Jim Poor, Evelyn Robbins, Sandi [Ulrey] Robles, and John Wise.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

20 Years Ago! PCPH 1997!!

Twenty years ago, we were still using the Little Barn for our dressing rooms.  Our driveway was unpaved.  And we were using our painted sign down by Round Barn Road.

We opened the season with a production of West Side Story.  It was directed and choreographed by Lita Sandy, who had choreographed the 1975 production of the show directed by Vickie Parker. Musical director was Debby [Thompson] Lambert.

Leading roles were taken by Dale Grove, Hope Homler, Brad Sandy, Dan Stockton, and Sherry Hedge.

Check out the program HERE.

Board President was Bob Hedge. Also serving as officers were Vickie Parker, Ernie Ford, Mark Hammer, and Jack Randall Earles.  Board members were Judy Berry, Kim Hinkle Brattain, Tim Dibble, Nicha Flick, Bill Frisbie, Linda Gjesvold, Dale Grove, Mike Hayes, Linda Miller, Brad Sandy, Peggy Tennis, and Debbie Thompson.

The July production was the comedy-drama The Rainmaker.  The leading roles were played by Gigi Fenlon Jennewein and Robert Neal - both making their PCPH debuts.  It was directed by Jack Randall Earles.

Check out the program HERE.

In August, PCPH presented its first production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.  It was directed by Peggy McClaine [Tennis]. Musical director was Bob Hedge with choreography by Nicha Flick and Kim Hinkle Brattain.  Playing leading roles were Debby [Thompson] Lambert, Melodie Taylor, Mike Hayes, Bob Hedge, Sherry Hedge, Adam Chandler, Dale Grove, and Marc Adams.  Linda Gjesvold also made a rare onstage appearance.

Check out the program HERE.

The Children's Workshop presented Alice In Wonderland.

The season came to an end in September with a production of the Woody Allen comedy Play It Again, Sam directed by Ernie Ford.  Leading roles were played by Brad Sandy, Karen Temple, and Croft Vaughn.

Check out the program HERE.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ten Years Ago!!! PCPH 2007!

Our 2007 season started out with the fundraiser "Love Is" in February - a reminder of the musical revues presented by PCPH in its earlier years. Directed by Ernie Ford and with musical staging by Jack Randall Earles, it featured couples of various ages singing songs about....of course LOVE.  Musical Director for the production was Ric McFadden and the pianist was Lynne Tweedie-Wurster.

Cast members pictured above are Meghan (McClaine) Armitage, Joe Macri, Shelly & Ric McFadden, Cecily Humphries & Robert Browing, Lita & Brad Sandy, Amy & Andrew Hayes, and in front Chris Krag & Caroline Good.  The hosts for the evening were Michael McClaine, Chris Wurster, and Larry Sutton.  Not pictured: Tim Good, Ernie Ford, Jack Randall Earles.

The regular season opened with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. It was directed and choreographed by Brad & Lita Sandy. Ric McFadden was the vocal director with musical direction by Marilyn (Burdsall) Rush. 

Check out the program HERE

The June 30 YTW SHAKESPEARED featured "And Evening With Romeo & Juliet."  The two productions were directed by Tim & Caroline Good.
Check out the program HERE

The July production was Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream staged by Amy Hayes.

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August brought the musical The Fantasticks directed by Ernie Ford.  Musical direction was by Allison Edberg and choreography by Jack Randall Earles. 

Check out the program HERE.

The season closer was Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys directed by Jim Poor.

Check out the program HERE.