Wednesday, September 18, 2019

'PICNIC' CONTINUES ITS RUN!!

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

THE PCPH PRODUCTION OF PICNIC ENTERS ITS SECOND WEEK WITH SHOWS SEPTEMBER 18th-21st.

TICKETS CAN BE RESERVED BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 765-653-5880 FROM 5 P.M. - 7 P.M. DAILY.

ALL TICKETS ARE $10 AND ALL PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 8 P.M.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS PICTURE?  SEE PICNIC AND FIND OUT THE ANSWER.

Sarah Armitage & Brad Sandy.  Photo by Linda Gjesvold.




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

COME TO THE 'PICNIC'




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



TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, 
SEPTEMBER 9, AT 5 P.M.

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

THEATRE IS A FAMILY ACTIVITY!

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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.














Tuesday, August 13, 2019

SHREK IS LOOSE!

L-R: Levi Hoffman as Shrek & Dustin Bond as Donkey
SHREK ENDED ITS RUN ON AUGUST 24.
THANKS TO OUR AUDIENCES!


The show is being sponsored by Hopkins-Rector and Bittles & Hurt Funeral Homes.


To read more about our sponsor click HERE.

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Director for the Tony-Award-winning show is Lee Reberger. He directed Beauty & The Beast last season at PCPH and is active at Community Theatre of Clay County.

Musical director is Kathi Elliott and pit conductor and rehearsal pianist is Marilyn Rush. Joining them in the pit are Kathryn Dory on clarinet and Mike McClaine on percussion. Choreography is by Reberger, Clarissa & Ellissa McCullough, and Chloe Gardner.

L-R: Ellissa McCullough (Fiona), Dustin Bond (Donkey) and Levi Hoffman (Shrek).


Levi Hoffman is making his PCPH debut in the title role of Shrek, the green forest monster looking for a purpose in life. Levi is a graduate of DePauw University.

Making the trek with him is his friend Donkey, played by Dustin Bond. Striking our leading man’s fancy is the lovely Fiona, played by Ellissa McCullough. Unfortunately the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad played by Cameron Callan also has designs on the young lady.  

Dustin is a vice-president of the PCPH board and was seen in She Loves Me earlier this season.  Ellissa was seen last season in Beauty & The Beast. She is a vocal performance major at ISU. Cameron appeared as LaFou in Beauty & The Beast last season. He is a music teacher at White Lick Elementary School.

L-R: Cameron Wunderlich, Ellissa McCullough, Cameron Callan, Noah D. Pettit

Shrek’s hapless parents are played by Shelly McFadden and Ric McFadden. Joey Draper and Kendall Shipp are the young versions of Shrek and Fiona and Ogre Fiona is Clarissa McCullough. Teen Fiona is Hadley McCoy.

Featured fairy tale characters include Pinocchio (Aengus McCullough), the White Rabbit (Logan Dotson), Peter Pan (Gwenhwyfar McCullough), Ugly Duckling (Sadie Henry), Sugar Plum Fairy (Adrianna Adams), the Bear Family (Addison Hughes, Jessie Draper, Jocelyn Gardner) and The Fairy Godmother (Arianna Pershing).  

Also appearing are the 3 Little Pigs (Anna Cox, Samantha Funk, and Kindall Turner) and the Three Blind Mice (Sammie McCoy, Ally Taylor, and Ellie Henry), and the Witch (Ellen McCullough).

L-R: Levi Hoffman (Shrek) Ellissa McCullough (Fiona) Ric McFadden , Cameron Wunderlich, Cameron Callan (Farquaad), Devin Huff.
Dwelling in the forest we also find Gingy (Hannah Newlin), Thelonius (Jason Lafever), the Pied Piper (Hannah Lafever), the Dragon (Lisa McCoy) and Grumpy, a Dwarf (Mikey Henry).

Featured are Devin Huff and Chloe Gardner. Many cast members play and sing multiple roles.

Set design is by Linda Gjesvold. Lighting design is by Bond and sound design by Bond and Craig Armitage.

L-R: Levi Hoffman (Shrek) & Dustin Bond (Donkey.
Cameron Wunderlich is production stage manager and Noah Pettit is assistant stage manager. Mollie Henry is on the run crew.  Grace Elmore is running the sound board and Kamryn Thornburg is running the light board.  Anna Harris is props master and Sam Draper is the spotlight operator.

PHOTOS IN THIS ARTICLE BY LINDA GJESVOLD.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

SHREK UNMASKED!!!



HERE ARE THE STARS OF SHREK THE MUSICAL WITHOUT THEIR COSTUMES AND MAKEUP!  
SEE THEM TRANSFORMED WHEN THE SHOW OPENS ON AUGUST 15!

L-R: Ellissa McCollough (Fiona, the lovely), Levi Hoffman (Our Hero, Shrek!), and Dustin Bond (Donkey - he has an answer for everything).

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, AUGUST 12 AT 5 P.M.



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

CHILDREN'S THEATRE WORKSHOP ONSTAGE!



The annual Children's Theatre Workshop is happening NOW!  The final product will be on view this Friday, July 26th, at 7 p.m. at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre! Admission is free.

CTW director Caroline Good says that the first act of the program will include a demonstration of what the participants have been learning. The second act will be the presentation of three original one act plays.




The first play is "Princess Pea & The Watermelon" by Rebecca Hebb, Isabella Green, and Alice Howard. It is directed by Beth Bax and Noelle Brown. The cast includes Jackson Wells, Lydia Wells, Anders Carlson, Katie Isaacs-Bailey, and Aleks Koulak.

Also appearing are Lydia Grove, Daniella Akinwole, Evelyn Ryan-Shager, Bianca Marshall, Maria Hall, Kyeli Jefferson, Charlotte Tomamichel, and Lucy Dunn.




The second play is "Friend of Giants" by Christopher Douglas.  It is being directed by Douglas and Robin Schneider. Appearing in this play are Lara Schneider, Jewelee Butcher, Jasmine Cummings, Luna Pope, David Akinwole, Elyse Ensley, and Parker Helmer.

The cast also includes Tessa Cope, Harvey Cummings, Alexandra Roberts, Addy Koulak, and Sage Cummings.




The third production is "#Little Red" by Hadley McCoy. It is directed by Caroline Good.  This cast includes Ella Tischer, Clara Everett, Grayson Linneweber, Maggie Cooper, and Aiden Brinkman.

Also onstage in this play are Sarah Simmerman, Nadia Wagner, Josie Tischer, Tmothy Bogaerts, Lilly Green, Josie Cox, Joey Draper, and Ella Bailey.




Tech is in the hands of Fiona Good (lights) and Brenigan Warren (Sound). Interns helping with the productions are Craig Robinson, Fiona Good, Devin Huff, Samantha Funk, Isabella Green, Rebecca Hebb, Evie Green, Zoe Cope.

Monday, July 15, 2019

'PICNIC' AUDITIONS THIS WEEKEND!!!


Picnic Playbill - Opening Night


THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO AUDITIONED FOR THE SHOW!!

TO READ OUR CAST LIST CLICK HERE.
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The show will be produced September 12-14 and September 18-21.  It is being sponsored by:

 Boatright Dental Group in Greencastle.

Picnic was last produced at PCPH in 1998.

Picnic, 1988. L-R: Brian Williams,Evelyn Robbins,Beth Lasley,Carroll Burdsall, Adeline Knoy

Those who audition will be asked to read from the script. Roles available include Hal, a drifter who comes into a small town (stage age early 20’s); Madge, a town girl who is looking for a different life (stage age early 20’s); Millie, Madge’s younger sister (stage age 13-15); Flo, their mother (stage age 40’s).

Other townspeople to be cast include a neighbor, Mrs. Potts (stage age 40’s-50’s); Rosemary, teacher at the local high school (stage age 40’s-50’s); Irma and Christine, two teacher friends of Rosemary (stage age (30’s-40’s); Alan, Madge’s boyfriend (stage age early 20’s); Howard, Rosemary’s boyfriend (stage age 40’s-50’s); and Bomber, the newspaper delivery boy (stage age mid-teens).

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To read more about the play and the characters click HERE.

To download an audition form and read Audition Sides
click HERE.







Monday, July 8, 2019

'SEND ME NO FLOWERS' OPENS!!!




"SEND ME NO FLOWERS" ENDED ITS RUN ON SATURDAY, JULY 20.

THANKS TO OUR GREAT AUDIENCES!

The production is sponsored by Shuee’s Great Buys Plus.


To read more about our sponsor click HERE.

Send Me No Flowers is directed by TJ Tincher. Board liaison is Sandi Rossok. The comedy by Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore was last produced at PCPH in 1973.

Our 1973 production starring Nancy McFarland & James Elrod

The play was on Broadway briefly in 1962 and was the basis of a popular film comedy starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson in 1964.

Director TJ Tincher
TJ directed last season's hit mystery The Mousetrap.  He was last seen onstage at PCPH in the title role of The Foreigner in 2017. TJ has appeared in roles in many shows including Pippin, On Borrowed Time, and Laughing Stock.

L-R: Scott Armitage, Bryan Schroecher, Samantha Flannelly

Scott Armitage has the leading role of George Kimball, a hypochondriac who spends most of his time thinking he is sick.  His long-suffering wife, Judy, is played by Samantha Flannelly.
When George overhears Dr. Morrissey (Cameron Wunderlich) discussing another case, he immediately concludes that he himself has only a few weeks left to live.  

Scott has appeared in many roles at PCPH.  Among his favorites are Charles Thompson in 1776, Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls, and Walter Hollander in Don't Drink the Water.

Samantha appeared at PCPH most recently in The Foreigner and also played the leading role of Jo in the musical Little Women.

L-R: Cameron Wunderlich & Scott Armitage

Cameron played the leading role last season in The Mousetrap and won the Upstage Award for his performance as Ellard in The Foreigner in 2017.

L-R: Michaela Semak, Scott Armitage, Sam Draper

His next door neighbor, Arnold Nash (Sam Draper), is pressed into service to help him keep his “condition” a secret.  George’s plans include setting up Judy with a new husband, an old college acquaintance, Bert Power (Bryan Schroeder) and keeping her out of the arms of a local young cad Vito (Noah D. Pettit). Pettit is also the production stage manager.

Sam is making his PCPH debut in this production.  Bryan has appeared in many shows including South Pacific and Death By Chocolate. He also directed the musical Bye Bye, Birdie here in 2014.  Bryan is also the technical director for the production and designed the lighting and sound. Noah appeared in She Loves Me last month as the clumsy busboy.

L-R: Scott Armitage, Samantha Flannelly, Bryan Schroeder

George also tries to set up his final arrangements with the help of a friendly burial plot salesman, Mr. Akins (Jack Randall Earles).  There are fantasy sequences in which the participants try to imagine their future circumstances. 

Jack Randall is a long time board member at PCPH.  He appeared last season in Annie and The Mousetrap. He is also the director for the September season closer, Picnic.

L-R: Jack Randall Earles & Eleanor Howard

Those playing roles in the dream moments are Eleanor Howard, Michaela Semak, and Dimitri Flott. 

L-R: Noah D. Pettit & Dimitri Flott

Dimitri is making a PCPH debut. Michaela has appeared in many shows here including Little Women and Annie. Eleanor made her PCPH debut in 2011 in The Music Man and has appeared in such shows as Guys & Dolls, Angel Street, and Curtains.

Set design is by Linda Gjesvold with costumes by Sarah Armitage Bond. Working on the stage crew is Grant Pettit. Darvëll Barger is running the sound board and Christopher Douglas is running the light board.