Tuesday, December 10, 2019


Letters for our 2020 Fund Drive have been mailed. 

Here is what President Michael McClaine wrote:

If you did not receive your letter, or if you are not on our mailing list, you can download a donation form by going to
 THIS PAGE and clicking on the link.

Thank you for supporting the Putnam County Playhouse and our upcoming 59th season!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


2017 – 2018 Season Announcement

The 59th season of productions at Putnam County Playhouse will include a variety of entertainment.  Two musicals, two plays, and our annual SHAKESPEARED! Youth Theatre Workshop and Children's Theatre Workshop hit the mainstage of the Hazel Day Longden Theatre beginning in June, 2020.

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First up will be a classic musical by Indiana's own Cole Porter - Anything Goes.  The book is by  P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse.

.With such songs as "All Through the Night", "Friendship", "I Get A Kick Out of You", and "Take Me Back to Manhattan", you'll enjoy the ride.  Set aboard an ocean liner on its way to England during the glittering Art Deco period, you'll meet Reno Sweeney, the night club queen and her Angels; Moonface Martin, Public Enemy No. 13; Billy and Hope, the young star-crossed lovers; and Sir Evelyn Oakleigh among others. 

Anything Goes sets sail June 4-6 and June 10-13.  Auditions are Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

SHAKESPEARED! will be June 15-26 with a performance on 
June 27.  Registration will be open February 1.

In July we will present the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy You Can't Take It With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

 Eccentric Grandpa Vanderhoff and his equally amusing family live in New York City and march to their own drums. When grand daughter Alice falls in the  love with scion of a Wall Street Broker, their worlds collide in comic confusion. 

You can join the fun on July 9-11 and July 15-18. Auditions will be Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. and Monday May 11, at 7 p.m.

The Children's Theatre Workshop will be conducted July 20-24. The performance will be Friday, July 24.  Registration will open February 1.

In August, an audience favorite will return when we present the musical comedy Once Upon A Mattress. Music is by Mary Rodgers with lyrics by Marshall Barer. The book is by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Barer.

 This is the story of Prince Dauntless and his love for Princess Winifred the Woebegone who is "Shy". Will Queen Aggravain allow the marriage to take place?  Or will she and her wizard put a stop to the ceremony?  And when will the King ever speak? 

Join us onstage August 13-15 and August 19-22 to find out.  Auditions will be Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m. and Monday June 15 at 7 p.m.

Our season will close with the play The Diviners by Indiana playwright Jim Leonard, Jr.  

When a stranger comes to a small town in the Depression era, he learns that a young boy has the power to find water. He can also tell when it's going to rain. The townsfolk count on his talent to let them know when they can plant their crops. When the stranger tries to come to a better understanding of the power, he changes the lives of everyone in the town - especially The Diviner. 

 You can see it September 10-12 and September 16-19.  Auditions will be Sunday, July 19, at 3 p.m. and Monday July 20, at 7 p.m.

Directors, sponsors and other information about all of these productions will be available here on the website in December.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


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For the next couple of weekends, you can go back to high school and be entertained.  Two county high schools are presenting their fall productions!

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First up is North Putnam's production of the Woody Allen comedy Don't Drink the Water.  It will be presented Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9. Curtain time both nights is 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.  They are available at the door.

Next up is the Greencastle High School production of The Addams Family, The Musical.  It will be onstage November 21, 22, & 23, in the Parker Auditorium.  Curtain time each night is 7:30 p.m. and all tickets are $8.  You can get tickets at the door.

Enjoy a show, support your local high schools, and keep the arts flame burning!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


At the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of Putnam County Playhouse, members and guests convened to hear of the activities of the 58th season.

President Michael McClaine presided over the festivities.

Board members in attendance included Sandi Rossok, Ric McFadden (Hammy Award Nominee for SHREK!), Shelly McFadden, Brad Sandy (Hammy Award Nominee for Picnic), Linda Gjesvold, Beth Bax, Kathryn Dory, Anna Harris, Jack Randall Earles (Hammy Award Nominee for Send Me No Flowers), Peggy McClaine, Meghan Armitage, and Dustin Bond.

Guests included Fred and Jean Burger, Conner George, Lita Sandy & Jocelyn Gardner, Matt Schneider (Hammy Award Nominee for She Loves Me) with wife Robin and daughter Lora, and Jude M. Armitage attending his first board meeting.

Cookies were eaten.

After the presentation of the committee reports - some out of order - the Hammy Award was presented to:

Matt Schneider for his roles in She Loves Me!

Three other gentlemen in attendance reacted as it would be expected and retired to the bar at Almost Home for solace.

L-R: Jack Randall Earles, Brad Sandy, Ric McFadden

Tuesday, October 8, 2019


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While those other awards  - the Tony Awards, the Oscars, the Emmy Awards - may get slightly more publicity, the PCPH Upstage Award (aka The Hammy) is just as coveted and hotly contested.  

Each season brings with it a number of performances that are worthy of nomination.  The committee is hard-pressed to choose only four nominees.

The winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on October 13, 2019.  The event will begin at 2 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  Those who participated during the season by donating funds OR participating in our productions are cordially invited to attend.

The committee chairpersons will give their annual reports.  The Executive Committee will be on hand to report on the activities of the organization.  Nominations and election of board members will also take place.

Please join us for the festivities.

And now the nominees for the 2019 Upstage Award:

For She Loves Me:

Matt Schneider - Customer/Couple/Caroler

For Send Me No Flowers:

Jack Randall Earles - Mr. Akins, Eternal Gardens


Ric McFadden - The Bishop

For Picnic:

Brad Sandy - Howard Bevins

Please join us for a last get together and cheer on your favorite.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Closing The Barn Marks 2019 Season End!

Members of the Board of Directors convened at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre on Saturday, September 28, to put the barn to bed. The annual workday is always on the calendar following the final performance of the September Main Stage offering.

Caroline Good and Brad Sandy - who were both featured in the season closing production of Picnic, worked together to stack and cover the chairs in the auditorium.

Working upstairs to clean and purge the props loft were Peggy McClaine, Anna Harris, Sandi Rossok, and Linda Gjesvold. We now have aisles to walk down in the loft and can reach just about everything we have!

The small barn was also cleaned made ready for another season!

Helping with all the work were Michael McClaine, Dustin Bond, Shelly McFadden, and Beth Bax.

The final job of the day was the stuffing of envelopes with invitations for the Annual Meeting to be held on October 13. Meghan Armitage with help from Craig, Abigail, and Jude Armitage took on this task.

Watch your mailbox for you invitation!  Find out who has been nominated for the Upstage Award this season!

And thanks to everyone for helping us make the 2019 such fun.

During the off season the gate to the property is secured.  All electronic equipment is locked up or stored off site. There is also 24/7 video surveillance activated.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019




SEE YOU IN 2020!



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Wednesday, September 18, 2019


'Picnic' Cast & Staff.  Photo by Linda Gjesvold.



Sarah Armitage & Brad Sandy.  Photo by Linda Gjesvold.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Sarah Armitage as Madge.*

Putnam County Playhouse ends its 58th season with a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic by William Inge. It will be presented September 12-14 and September 18-21. All performances are at 8 p.m. All tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 765-653-5880 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The play is sponsored by:

The Boatright Dental Group – 
Dr. Gina Boatright.

Jack Randall Earles & Sandi Rossok. *

Picnic is directed by Jack Randall Earles. Assistant director is Sandi Rossok and production stage manager is Brandon Wunderlich. This team was responsible for last season’s hit comedy Barefoot In The Park.

Jack Randall appeared earlier this season in Send Me No Flowers. Sandi has appeared onstage in Laughing Stock, Man of La Mancha, The Curious Savage, and On Borrowed Time. Brandon was also on the stage crew for She Loves Me in June.

Sarah Armitage as Madge & Dylan Arnold as Hal. **

When Hal Carter (Dylan Arnold) comes back to the small Kansas town he grew up in, he changes the lives of everyone around him. This includes Madge (Sarah Armitage), a local girl; her sister Millie (Hadley McCoy); their mother Flo (Caroline Good); and their neighbor Helen Potts (Tammy Hunter).

Caroline Good as Flo. *
Dylan is making his PCPH Mainstage debut in this role. Sarah appeared last season in Barefoot In The Park and has also appeared in Guys & Dolls and Don’t Drink the Water among other productions at PCPH.  Hadley McCoy most recently appeared in Shrek! as Teen Fiona. 

Tammy Hunter as Mrs. Potts. **

Caroline directed Annie last season and has appeared in leading roles in Blithe Spirit, Angel Street, and The Sound of Music at PCPH. Tammy most recently played Mrs. Banks in last season’s Barefoot in the Park.

Craig Robinson as Bomber & Hadley McCoy as Millie. **
Local schoolteacher, Rosemary (Shelly McFadden) takes the lead with her reluctant beau, Howard (Brad Sandy), and helps him decide what her future will be. Shelly directed She Loves Me to open the season and appeared in Shrek!  Brad appeared last season in Beauty & The Beast and has directed many shows at PCPH including Arsenic & Old Lace.

Hadley McCoy (Millie), Shelly McFadden (Rosemary), Dylan Arnold (Hal), Brad Sandy (Howard).*

Other townspeople include Hal’s former college roommate Alan (Dustin Boothby); two other schoolteachers Irma (Kathy Arnold) and Christine (Brittany Magee); and the local newspaper boy, Bomber (Craig Robinson).  Kathy and Dustin were both featured in last season’s mystery The Mousetrap. Craig and Brittany are making their PCPH mainstage debuts.

Caroline Good (Flo), Shelly McFadden (Rosemary), Kathy Arnold (Irma), Brittany Magee (Christine),
Dylan Arnold (Hal). *
Lighting design is by Dustin Bond. Sound design is by Bond and Craig Armitage. Set design and painting is by Linda Gjesvold. Running the light board is Lisa McCoy. The sound board is run by Noah D. Pettit. Costumes are by McFadden and Good.

Dustin Boothyby (Alan), Brad Sandy (Howard). **

Picnic was last produced by PCPH in 1988 and was most recently revived on Broadway in 2013.

*Photos by Jay Prewitt. **Photos by Linda Gjesvold

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"PICNIC" In Rehearsal


The final production of our season will be the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic.

Rehearsals are underway! Please join us as we end our season.

L-R: Caroline Good as Flo & Sarah Armitage as Madge

Our cast features Sarah Armitage, Caroline Good, Shelly McFadden, Brad Sandy, and Tammy Hunter.

Dylan Arnold
Others you'll see include Dylan Arnold, Dustin Boothby, Hadley McCoy, Kathy Arnold, Brittany Magee, and Craig Robinson.

The show is sponsored by:

The Boatright Dental Group
Dr. Gina Boatright

L-R: Dylan Arnold, Caroline Good

Monday, August 26, 2019

Silver Lining Players Tuesday Event!

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The Silver Lining Players will present "The Jealous Old Man," a one-act comedy by Miguel de Cervantes.

It will be staged as a readers' theater production at the Putnam County Library on Tuesday, August 27, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, downstairs in the Kiwanis Room.

PCPH Board Member Jim Rambo is directing the play and playing Hortigosa.

Other cast members are Chris Wurster, Martha Wharton, Karen Sutherlin, Bill Wieland, Bob Jefferson -- and a special non-speaking appearance by Ann Rambo.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


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If you are fortunate enough to have tickets to SHREK! THE MUSICAL (the remaining performances are sold out) - you'll get to see several families represented onstage.  Participating in Putnam County Playhouse can be a family activity!

The Henrys: L-R: Sadie, Mollie, Ellie, Mikey
First up we have the Henry Family. Sadie plays the Ugly Ducking, Mollie is on the run crew, Ellie plays one of the Three Blind Mice and is a dancer in the show, and Mikey plays Grumpy the Dwarf. Sadie and Ellie and Mollie worked on Annie last season.

The McCulloughs: L-R: Aengus, Clarissa, Ellen, Ellissa, Gwenhwyfar

The McCullough family is represented by Ellissa who plays the leading role of Fiona, Clarissa who plays Ogre Fiona, Aengus who plays Pinocchio, Ellen who plays the Witch, and Gwenhwyfar who plays Peter Pan. The McCulloughs are active at Community Theatre of Clay County. Four of them worked at PCPH on Beauty & The Beast last season. Genhwyfar is making her PCPH debut.

Adams-Copeland: L-R: Nate Copeland, Adrianna Adams
Siblings Adrianna Adams who plays the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nate Copeland who plays Humpty Dumpty are also featured. They are making their PCPH debuts.

The Lafevers: Jason & Hannah 
Husband and wife acting team Hannah & Jason Lafever play multiple roles including Big Bad Wolf (Jason) and Queen Lillian (Hannah). Both were featured in this season's She Loves Me.

The McCoys: L-R: Lisa, Sammie, Hadley

The McCoy family is well represented by mother Lisa (Dragon) and daughters Hadley (Teen Fiona), and Sammie (one of the Three Blind Mice). Lisa appeared earlier this season in She Loves Me. Sammie is making her debut and Hadley will be seen in Picnic in September.

The Drapers: L-R Jessie, Joey, Sam
The Draper family work onstage and off. Mom Jessie is Mama Bear, son Joey is young Shrek, and Dad Sam is running the spotlight.  Jessie & Joey are making their debuts. Sam was in Send Me No Flowers in July.

The McFaddens: L-R Shelly, Ally Taylor, Ric
The McFadden family are working together in SHREK!  Shelly is Mama Ogre and Ric is Papa Ogre. Granddaughter Ally Taylor plays one of the Duloc Dancers. Shelly directed She Loves Me in June. Ric played one of the title roles in Beauty & the Beast.  Ally is making her onstage debut.

Jocelyn Gardner

Chloe Gardner

Sisters Jocelyn  (Baby Bear) and Chloe (Duloc dancer/co-choreographer) are also featured. Jocelyn played Chip last season in Beauty & The Beast and both sisters were featured in Annie.

Spending time with family and making new friends is one of the BEST benefits of working with us at the Putnam County Playhouse.  

Thanks to all of our cast members for their hours of hard work. And thanks to the staff and crew of SHREK! THE MUSICAL for making the show possible.

And we especially thank our great audiences!  We applaud you all.