In The Spotlight


    The holiday season launches with the gift of laughter as the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild presents “The Harmony Baptist Church Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Jubilee” by Laura King.  Performances have been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. November 21, 22, and 23 and at 2:00 p.m. November 24 at the auditorium of the Punxsutawney Area High School.  Tickets are sold at the door.


  Featured in the cast are Debra Dinsmore, Laura Chelgren, Lisa Doty, Drinda Smith, and  Sandy Gearhart as the auxiliary members.  Doug Fye  portrays Pastor Bobby.  Sue Ann and Tom Troutman are the young lovers.  Newcomers Mercy Smith and Alex Deppen are the rambunctious kids who keep things in an uproar.  


   Terry A. Fye, Laura Chelgren, and Debra Dinsmore are serving as the team of directors.  Matt Dinsmore is chief technician in charge of lights and sound. Debra Dinsmore is the stage manager and chairperson of properties. Charlotte S. Fye is in charge of lobby activities, assisted by Jeff Kuntz who will handle the ticket sales.    

    

   The plot of the fast-moving comedy revolves around the frantic efforts of five women who are trying desperately to salvage their church’s  25th anniversary production of the annual Christmas pageant.  A new and unwanted pastor arrives at the worst possible time.  Along the way, Baby Jesus disappears from the nativity set, the star for the treetop fails to light, and a feud develops about whose child will play the angel in the program.  To add to the confusion, contestants are violating the rules of the Fruitcake Bake-Off.  Long-held secret resentments boil to the surface and peace on earth seems to be an impossible wish.

           

 “The Harmony Baptist Church Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Jubilee” is presented by special arrangement with Stage Rights (www.stagerights.com

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            For additional information about the show, call Terry A. Fye at 814.938.6928.

              


"Many Moons" and "The Thirteen Clocks " adapted from stories by James Thurber runs this Thursday, Friday (curtain 7:30 PM), and Saturday (curtain 8 PM) at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center Jackson Theater. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $6 for children and are available at the door.

PTAG announces auditions for its summer production of some classic fairy tales from James Thurber, American humorist, as the troupe prepares to stage "Many Moons" and "The Thirteen Clocks."

Auditions are set for Wednesday, May 01 from 6:00pm-8:00pm and again Thursday, May 02 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. at the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church on the corner of Union & Findley Sts. (ramp entrance). Those who try out, who must be 12 years old and up, will meet with the directors to read and sing as to find what best suits them on one or both productions. The show dates are set for June 27, 28, 29 & July 4, 5, 6 2019. Those who audition must be able to do all show dates and the majority of rehearsals in the 7-week rehearsal period.

The first of two one-acts that make up the performance is Many Moons, dramatized by Charlotte B. Chorpenning for Dramatic Publishing. It is a straight play with a cast of five males and 5 female roles. The story tells of Princess Lenore who has fallen mortally ill. Her father, the King, promises her anything she wishes to make her happy even so much as to promise her the moon...and that ends up as exactly what she wants. But, how to get her the moon? He calls his court to hatch a plan and the end result is a delightful fairy tale for all. 

The second Thurber adaptation is a little mini-musical called The Thirteen Clocks. The book is by Fred Sadoff with music & lyrics by March Bucci and James Thurber for Music Theatre International. This at first sounds like a traditional fairy tale as we are presented with the Prince who is out to save the Princess from the evil-hearted Duke, but unexpected characters and lively songs make it a truly charming tale to be told. 

The show's directors are looking forward to working with actors of all ages, exploring the words of James Thurber and staging another Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild production. Jef and Kathy Dinsmore can be reached at 814.938.0378 for inquiries or via the Guild's Facebook page.    









It had been a long while since PTAG has just done theatre for the kids! As a way of introducing theatre to the younger crowd and maybe getting a few to join us on stage the Guild has prepared to fun stories to appeal to them. We hope that parents and grandparents will bring out the youngsters for an evening or matinee of animals & pirates with the two shows we stage for our first production of 2019. 

Act I is The Fabulous Fable Factory - This delightful story of an inquisitive youngster who discovers an old factory operated by Mrs. Aesop and an assembly line of seven fablemakers. Some of Aesop's best-known fables including The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare and others are enacted as the young girl surprises everyone, including herself, with his moral-making ability. This charming play is a director's delight as it presents ensemble performing at its best. The cast is as follows: Margo - Harmony Wilbur; Mrs. Aesop - Lisa Doty; Fable Makers - Tim Cooper, Deb Dinsmore, Jef Dinsmore, Kathy Dinsmore, Katelyn Dotts, Krystol Elkin & Kelly Wilbur. 

The audience gets a lighthearted look at some of the ancient Greek fables complete with their simple moral lesson intact - it wouldn't be a Fable without them. The Fable Makers don all sorts of costumes and various odd props to bring the characters to life for great fun for all. 

Act II is Treasure Island - The magic of this play comes from the way the entire audience creates the storm at sea, a mosquito-infested jungle and a treasure cave filled with eerie ghosts. Five children become members of Long John's treacherous pirate gang while others join Captain Smollet's crew. The children team up with the fearsome Ben Bulba to help defeat Red the Pirate Queen and save Long John. The audience must decide whether to hang Long John or let him sail away forever to inhabit children's dreams. The cast is as follows: Jamie - Emily Wisnesky; Captain Smollet - Tim Cooper; Long John Silver - Jef Dinsmore; Red - Krystol Elkin; Crossbun - Kelly Wilbur; Ben Bulba - Deb Dinsmore.

Yes, it is the literary classic but it is simplified as a kid's romp through the adventurous & exciting world of pirates! The cast constantly interacts with the audience to help tell the tale of hunting for buried treasure & life aboard ship. 

The show, produced with arrangements with Dramatic Publishing, is staged Friday & Saturday March 1 and 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 3 at 2:00pm. Tickets at the door or use Patron tickets. So, bring the children, sit down real close and be swept up in the fun of fables and pirates when PTAG presents The Fabulous Fable Factory and Treasure Island.

BINGO Spells Murder 


S.S.C.D. Home and School Association 

Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild Inc. 


presents 


BINGO SPELLS MURDER 

An Interactive Dinner Theatre Mystery 

produced by special arrangement with ELDRIDGE PUBLISHING COMPANY


January 26, 2019

Doors Open at 6:00pm

$25.00 per ticket 

includes dinner, drinks, bingo games & show


SSCD School Auditorium

205 Chestnut St, Punxsutawney


All proceeds benefit SSCD School


PTAG is happy to be able to fit in this dinner theatre experience into its schedule while still being able to begin production on its first show of the Guild season. Interact with a cast of characters in a murder mystery while enjoying a nice meal at Wienker Hall (auditorium) at SSCD. 




Winter/Spring 2019
These two one-act plays will be combined for a Children's Theatre performance event.
"The Fabulous Fable Factory"
by Joseph Robinette
This delightful story of an inquisitive youngster who discovers and old factory operated by a Mr. (or Mrs.) Aesop and an assembly line of seven (or more) fable makers are now available in a non-musical version. Some of Aesop's best-known fables including The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare and others are enacted as the young boy (or girl) surprises everyone, including himself, with his moral-making ability. This charming play is a director's delight as it presents ensemble performing at its best.
"Treasure Island"
by Steve and Kathy Hotchner and based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel
The magic of this play comes from the way the entire audience creates the storm at sea, a mosquito-infested jungle and a treasure cave filled with eerie ghosts. Five children become members of Long John's treacherous pirate gang while others join Captain Smollet's crew. The children team up with the fearsome Ben Bulba to help defeat Red the Pirate Queen and save Long John. The audience must decide whether to hang Long John or let him sail away forever to inhabit children's dreams.
Director - Kathy S. Dinsmore
Roles are available for 9 to 15 actors of any gender from ages 12 to senior citizens.

Summer 2019

Two one acts - 1 straight play, 1 musical
"Many Moons"
Dramatized by Charlotte B. Chorpenning and based on the James Thurber short story.
Princess Lenore has fallen mortally ill. Her pulse grows weak and she won't even touch her beloved raspberry tarts. It is determined that she is suffering from some mysterious, un-nameable longing and so, when she finally asks for the moon, her distraught father tells her she can have it. The King frantically turns to his Wise Men, but none of them have any idea of even how large the moon is, let alone how to get it. Finally it is the Court Jester who acquires the "moon" for the Princess and imparts a lovely bit of philosophy.
"The Thirteen Clocks"
by Fred Sadoff and Marc Bucci based on the James Thurber short story
When an evil Duke captures a beautiful Princess, her beloved Prince must find one thousand jewels and unfreeze thirteen clocks that the Duke has stopped. If he fails, the Prince will be devoured by the invisible Todal. With the help of a fumbling sprite named Golux and an old woman whose tears turn to gems, the Prince frees the Princess, leaving the evil Duke to the terrible Todal. A masterpiece of make-believe, The Thirteen Clocks is a charming, whimsical work in the tradition of Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum.
Director: Jef Dinsmore
Roles Available for 5 to 10 men, 5 to 7 women

Autumn 2019

The Harmony Baptist Church Ladies Auxiliary CHRISTMAS JUBILEE
by Laura King
Pastor Bobby has come to Harmony just in time for the 25th Annual Harmony Baptist Church Christmas Jubilee. As the town readies for the celebration, things start to fall apart. No one can decide who will play the angel in the pageant, the start on the Christmas tree won’t light up, the fruitcake bake-off is a disaster, and, worst of all, the baby Jesus is missing. Stir in some life-long friends who have been hiding secrets and simmering resentments about each other... add a young couple in a hurry to be married... blend with two teenagers smarter than the adults, and you have what Theatre Review calls “sheer holiday entertainment”.
Director - Terry A. Fye


AUDITIONS
Auditions for the first show of 2019 will be held January 7 and 9. Two one-act plays will be combined for a Children's Theatre performance scheduled for March 1, 2, and 3, 2019.

"Treasure Island"
by Steve and Kathy Hotchner and based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel
Roles Available:
Long John Silver (a pirate) - Adult male

Captain Smollet ( a sea captain) - Adult male
Jamie (an adventurous tomboy) - teenage female
Red (a pirate queen) - Adult female
Cross Bun (a female pirate) - Adult female
Ben Bulba (a fearsome old pirate queen) - Adult female

The magic of this play comes from the way the entire audience creates the storm at sea, a mosquito-infested jungle and a treasure cave filled with eerie ghosts. Five children become members of Long John's treacherous pirate gang while others join Captain Smollet's crew. The children team up with the fearsome Ben Bulba to help defeat Red the Pirate Queen and save Long John. The audience must decide whether to hang Long John or let him sail away forever to inhabit children's dreams
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"The Fabulous Fable Factory"
by Joseph Robinette

Roles Available:
Monroe/Margo - boy or girl aged 12 to mid teens

Mr. Aesop/Mrs.Aesop - Adult male or female
7 actors of any age or sex to portray the Fable Makers who out the fables. Roles can be of varying sizes for those who wish to gain experience but don't want large parts.

This delightful story of an inquisitive youngster who discovers an old factory operated by a Mr. (or Mrs.) Aesop and an assembly line of seven (or more) fablemakers. Some of Aesop's best-known fables including The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare and others are enacted as the young boy (or girl) surprises everyone, including himself, with his moral-making ability. This charming play is a director's delight as it presents ensemble performing at its best.

Auditions are scheduled for January 7 and 9, 2019 from 6 - 8 PM at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Union and Findley Sts. Signs will be posted for the entrance on Union Street. Actors can choose to be in one play or both and roles are of varying sizes. This a perfect opportunity for someone interested in getting their theatrical feet wet. Persons involved in the dinner theater scheduled for Jan 26 are also encouraged to audition as the rehearsal schedules will only briefly overlap.

For more information contact director Kathy Dinsmore at 938-0378.

Auditions for the fall production Gravy Anxiety will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 4 and 5, at the Baptist Church. Roles are available for 7 women (ages 18 through 60) and 4 men (ages 18 through 60.)

Thanksgiving with the family…what could be nicer? Except that this celebration in Mary Reilly’s tiny apartment looks nothing like the Norman Rockwell picture. Marital discord, bizarre funeral arrangements, vegan issues, the hangover of an acrimonious divorce, and a turkey that catches fire all come into play. And the arrival of annoyingly “nice” visitors from out of town who may or may not make an offer on a house doesn’t help at all. Then, just when several members of the gathering are about to give up and take off for parts unknown, an environmental accident traps everyone inside.

Performances are scheduled for the first weekend in November. More details soon. 

Questions? Call show director Terry Fye at 938-6928 or via this website.

Ready for a theatrical adventure? The Punxsutawney Theatre Art Guild announces auditions for its upcoming summer production of “Around the World In 80 Days.” Auditions will be held Monday and Wednesday, April 9th and 11th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm each night. They will be held at the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church. Take the ramp entrance to the building and get ready for a chance to participate in a madcap theatre experience.

In order to meet the requirements, PTAG will be auditioning for five or six actors, aged 16 & up, both male and female to bring the Jules Verne classic to life in a farcical take of the race around the world originally written by Jules Verne. “Around the World In 80 Days”, adapted by Mark Brown for Dramatic Publishing, is described thus: Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as a handful of actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

It is ambitious, crazy and a whole lot of fun getting the show to the stage. The production is expected to be performed in Punxsutawney and at the Sawmill Theater, Cooksburg the last two weekends in June and the first weekend of July 2018. For further information check out PTAG’s website (punxsytheatre.org) or call show director Jef Dinsmore t 814.938.0378.     


All this week (03.19 - 03.24) is the huge philanthropic event benefiting non-profits in Punxsutawney and other regions. PTAG is a participant meaning you can, via this event, donate dollars to the Guild's cause. 

If you are not clear about what is happening visit the Punxsutawney Memorial Library on March 20th for a kickoff gathering. Learn about the program from knowledgeable people from Bridge Builders & the local non-profits from 8am -10am and/or 5pm - 7pm. You can also find information at bbcf.org. 

Here is what the recent Curtain Call stated about "giving."

The counties-wide Bridge Builders Community Foundation is gearing up for a big week. The Week of Giving is March 19-23. It is an attempt to infuse local communities with financial contributions to help organizations to reach their goals. Bridge Builders will provide an effective way of serving donors and communities by creating and growing endowments that serve the needs in our area.
The Foundation will be in Punxsutawney on February 20 to talk about the unique needs of our town and how you can donate. Find them in the Memorial Library that day.  
 
    Stressing the point of giving is important to organizations like ours. The Theatre Guild does not try to hound people for donations, but we do need them. Possibly it is to our loss that we don’t because the more aggressive groups might get more money than us. But, as a true nonprofit we work with what we are given and turn it right back into production value.  

   We thank everyone for their contributions. Just by receiving this Curtain Call means you have already placed a donation this year. But PTAG wants to do bigger a better. Any money that comes our way through Patrons, or during the Week of Giving, or via other means, won’t get squandered. We won’t blow it on big cast parties, but instead turn it into bigger and better production value. Maybe we could present bigger and better shows, upgrade equipment or compensate special people within the ranks.  
 
   We want to be bigger & better. Raising production value hopefully means increased audiences, which will incite more actors, musicians and crew involvement and those big productions in turn lead to a better quality of life for the town. Whether it turns into a theater space of our own seems like a dream still, but who knows. 
 
   So simply, if you can continue to give, or give more we all will be amply rewarded. Thank You!