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PTAG is now underway with the final show of the 2017 season. It is "It's A Wonderful Life - Radio Play" by Joe Landry. Instead of staging a full-scale version of the famed story complete with multiple sets, the troupe is telling the full story of George Bailey as a radio broadcast. 

A cast of eleven will be personifying all 42 characters in the work. The script is almost an exact wording of the acclaimed Frank Capra movie. Assisting in the telling will be an on-stage crew offering the sound effects as would have happened during a live radio broadcast from 1946.    

The voice actors are Tim Cooper as George Bailey, Shannon Krise as Mary Hatch Bailey and Terry A. Fye as Clarence, Jef Dinsmore, Mollie Smith, Luke Poole, Tim Simmons, Tom Troutman, Laura Deet, Tony Simmons and Sue Ann Smith. The show is under the direction of Kathy S. Dinsmore. 

As the story has become a Holiday favorite the Guild will be performing it later in the year than usual. It will be staged at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School auditorium Nov. 30, Dec 01, Dec. 02 at 7:30pm and at a Sunday matinee, Dec. 03 at 2:00pm. 


  Upcoming Auditions For PTAG's

 Fall Production of 


It's A Wonderful Life  

A Life Radio Play

by Joe Landry 

Dates: Monday, September 18 & Tuesday, September 19

 Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

(Where: Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church corner of Union & Findley Streets (ramp entrance

Plot: This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve

Cast Requirements: Anywhere from 5 to 10 performers are required to voice the entire cast of this classic story. Additional performers are needed for the onstage sound effect artists. We are auditioning those interested from age 16 and up

Audition Process: Each potential performer will be expected to read from a number of selected pieces. This process will establish vocal capabilities and strength. The director may call on auditioners to try different voices in order to find the best cast to bring the show to life.

 Contact: Via or call Kathy Dinsmore at 814.938.0378

 You might not have ever played the game, but you have at least heard that the [suspect] did it in the [room] with the [weapon], right?  You know those suspects as Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Professor Plum and Colonel Mustard, right? Well, you will get to know them a bit better soon when Clue: The Musical takes the stage. Even if you have played the classic Parker Brothers board game you never really knew the hidden motives of why these six suspects would want to bump off Mr. Boddy. All of that will soon be revealed. But first some background.  
   The board game was created in 1944 in a thatched-roof house overlooking a cliff in England by Anthony Pratt and his wife to occupy themselves during World War II. It was a little parlor game until it could be mass produced starting in 1949. It came to America in that year as well and has since sold over 50 million copies. The game has even seen official tournaments sponsored by the U. S. distributor Parker Brothers. That is where the musical’s creators, Peter DePietro, Tom Chiodo, Galen Blum, Wayne Barker & Vinnie Matucci, go the idea to pursue rights in 1991 and the musical was born. 
  What is unique about this musical, as you will soon see, it that it is not a dramatization of a traditional murder mystery, but told from the perspective of the actual game pieces of the board game. Mr. Boddy himself will host the evening. He will open up the Clue box and the game pieces will once again play out the game, with the audience’s participation, as the pieces have done many times before. However, this time there is a twist! A detective enters the game and is determined to solve the crime as any true-blood detective would. The detective’s presence now alters the way the game is played and throws the game pieces for a loop. How it all resolves remains a mystery, until you attend that is. So don’t miss out of playing Clue like you never played it before. 
  Awaiting you at the stage is the return of veterans Chris Snyder as Mr. Boddy, Kathy S. Dinsmore as Mrs. Peacock,  Mollie Smith as Mrs. White, Tim Cooper as Colonel Mustard and Jef Dinsmore as Mr. Green. Joining them are newcomers to the stage, SueAnn Smith as Miss Scarlet, Marcy Sallack as Detective and Tom Troutman as Professor Plum. Together they will travel from room to room of Boddy Manor, to establish motive, manipulate weapons, commit the crime and solve it.  
   That means six suspects, six rooms and six weapons leaving 216 possible conclusions to who done it in which room with which weapon! And the fun part is the audience gets to play along!  You can aid the unexpected Detective, via various clues, to deduce the right combination.  
  All of this, including the diligent production staff of  Matt Dinsmore, Debra Dinsmore and Nancy Pearce under the direction of Jef & Kathy Dinsmore will make this the right combination of music, drama and set to make for a fun-filled evening. So come out and take in the show and play Clue at the same time. See  You At the Show!      

The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild is on the lookout for suspects!  But, not just any suspects as it holds auditions for “Clue: The Musical” on Monday, April 17 & Tuesday, April 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church.

The musical, licensed through Samuel French, Inc., brings the iconic Parker Bros. board game to life with all the suspects at hand including Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlett. The cast calls for singers aged 18 and up to fill eight roles of 4 to 5 males and 3 to 4 female parts. Each potential performer will be expected to sing with piano accompaniment to a song of their choice and read from a number of selected pieces. This process will establish singing ability & range, vocal strength and physical type to best choose the cast. All who audition can enter the church, on the corner of Union & Findley Streets via the ramp entrance.

The musical is projected to be staged for three weekends in late June and into July in both Punxsutawney and Cook Forest. For further details visit the Guild’s website at or call show directors Jef & Kathy Dinsmore at 814.938.0378. The internationally popular game is now a fun filled musical which brings the world's best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. “Clue: The Musical” lyrics are by Tom Chiodo, book by Peter DePietro & music by Wayne Barker, Galen Blum, Vinnie Martucci.

   We know, we know! The word "funeral" doesn't sound like this a comedy, but it is; after all, the first three letters of the word are F-U-N. Besides, has the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild ever let audiences down when it promises to deliver comedy? Below are the particulars as this show nears its opening night.

   The writing team that just goes by Osborne & Eppler, describes the show in the following way:  Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces -- that is if they don't kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she's also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey's snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people and the Fryes are no exception. A big-hearted comedy about family -- Southern-style.

The cast is a troupe of eleven players. They have spent a long rehearsal process to get all the nuances and wording of each character just right under the direction of veteran Guilder Terry A. Fye.  Kathy S. Dinsmore is the widow Dorothy Frye and Morgan Barrett, Ilona Fye and Luke Deet are her three children Sammy Jo, Harlene and Dewey Jr., respectively. Joining them are Tony Simmons as Dub, the deceased?s brother; Doug Fye as family lawyer Atticus; Tim Cooper as Beecham, Sammy Jo?s husband; Laura Deets and Krystol Elkin as  Dorothy?s friends Martha Ann & Fairy June;  S. Thomas Curry as Benny, the deceased?s best friend and Sandy Gearhart as Ozella, representative of the funeral committee.

   Not to be neglected are the usual able crew of Matt Dinsmore, Debra Dinsmore and Charlotte Fye, as well as, newcomers Joe Estes and Meredith Evans, they have all assisted the director in bringing the Frye?s family dilemma to the stage.

    Now, all it needs is an audience to take it in, to enjoy and laugh. Southern Fried       Funeral runs a total of five performances. The dates are Friday, March 03 & Saturday, March 04 followed by Friday, March 10 & Saturday, March 11 beginning at 7:30pm. The show concludes on Sunday, March 12 with a 2:00pm matinee. 

  Start PTAG?s new season right with a good dose of laughter courtesy of the Frye family. See you at the show!









The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild is now proud to announce its 2017 season. Once again the merry troupe of players will present three very different shows to delight theatre-goers in the Guild's 42nd season. Here is a description of each:

Southern Fried Funeral 
by Osborne & Eppler 

Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces -- that is if they don't kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she's also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey's snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the bes
t, and the funniest in people and the Fryes are no exception. A big-hearted comedy about family -- Southern-style.

This Winter 2017 show has confirmed show dates of March 3, 04 & March 10, 11, & 12. That final performance is a matinee. 

Clue: The Musical (pending licensing)
Book by Peter DePietro; Music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci
Lyrics by Tom Chiodo; Based on the Parker Brothers' Board Game 

Who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon? The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun filled evening. Three audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms; there are 
216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem.

This Summer 2017 production will not only appear on our home stage but also at the Sawmill Theater, Cook Forest.

It's A Wonderful Life - a live radio play (pending licensing)
by Joe Landry

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940's radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he contemplates ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. 

This is the Fall 2017 production.

Join us for an exciting season! 

Even though the busy members of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild (PTAG)  have just led their audiences on a spooky visit to "Sleepy Hollow" and the mysterious "House of Usher," the local performers are busy with plans for their next production.  "Southern Fried Funeral" by Osborne and Eppler, a rollicking two-act comedy, will take to the stage later this winter.
In order to bring the play to life, the first step is enlisting the talents of a cast of six women and five men to portray the Frye family and their relatives and friends.  Veteran Guild director, Terry A. Fye, will hold open auditions from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. November 9 and 10 at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.  The easy process involves the completion of a brief questionnaire and then reading a scene or two aloud with the director.  The results of the casting will be announced the following week.

Commenting on the upcoming production, Fye said, "'Southern Fried Funeral' is one of those rare plays that made me laugh out-loud from the moment I first started reading it. The zany characters, the dynamics of the fractured family's relationships, and the surprising developments in the plot make the show an ideal fit for our local theater-goers. I'm excited about casting the show and beginning rehearsals after the holiday season."

He concluded, "The roles for the adult cast (mid-20s through seniors) are designed to make certain each character has his or her moment to be the center of at last one scene.  I am hopeful that a large number of candidates try out so we can have the very best line-up of performers that we can.  Since this is a fun-filled play, both to rehearse and to perform, PTAG invites newcomers to the auditions, too. No prior stage experience is required.  For more details, phone 814.938.6928."

The plot of "Southern Fried Funeral" begins shortly after Dewey Frye has passed and his family is left to pick up the pieces---that is, if they don't kill each other first.  Not only does his wife Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she is also faced with church committee women and friends who want to stick their noses into the family's business.  Dewey's snake-in-the-grass brother is making a grab for Dewey's house.  Dorothy's two grown daughters have come home, only to relive their childhood rivalry. 

Funerals can bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people, and the Fryes are no exception.  This is a big-hearted comedy about family---Southern style.  

 When Guild director Jef Dinsmore learned he would have to man the duties for the Fall production this year  he thought it made logical sense to build a Halloween themed show. PTAG hadn't had one before and Irving?s title The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was the perfect choice. Since he could only find a manageable version as a One-Act he know that the Irving tale would be the headlining show and what he would accompany it with would come later. Joining him as director was Debra Dinsmore, his sister, and together they tackled the classic tale of schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the people of Tarry Town and the Headless Horseman that awaits through the church bridge.

 Making it come to life proved challenging, but with theatrical wizardry and & an able cast the story took shape. Tim Cooper appears as Crane with Debra as Katrina Van Tassel and Seth Evans as Brom Bones. Both men are suitors for the affection of Katrina, but Brom as a few tricks up his sleeve to make sure he wins her heart. To help tell the story is Sierra Dinger, Karen Duffell, Lynn Duncan, Terry Fye, Marilyn Lotito, Jean Muth, Jessica Schidlmeier & Mollie Smith.

 It seemed evident that if you were doing classic literary horror than Edgar Allan Poe had to be offered and sure enough a One-Act version of The Fall of The House Usher made perfect sense. The famed tale of psychological horror takes a cast of four to manifest the story. Doug Fye plays Usher with Tony Simmons playing his friend. He arrives at the house to learn something eerie is afoot. Also present is the maid, played by Laura Deet & sickly Madelaine by Ilona Fye. What awaits in the shadows for those at the Usher House? Come and see.

 With detailed sets & costumes both shows take you right into each story, both of which have scripts lifted straight from their original source material. Add some chilling effects & imagery and a night of terror awaits. See You at the Show! 

The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild is once again selling those delectable seasonal treats people ask for all year long. that's right, KOEZE Nut products are now on sale. 

There is a whole assortment of tasty snacks of various styles containers and prices. Of course, the long standing cashews (colossal ones, not bits & pieces) and mixed nuts are at the top of the list. Also, there are pistachios, almonds, peanuts and pecans. Other nutty concoctions include peanut butter (smooth & crunchy) and cashew brittle. All great treats. So are the turtles, which are cashews or pecans covered in either milk or dark chocolate.

Then there are items to choose from like Caramel Crunch (popcorn & mixed nuts drizzled in caramel) with or without dried cherries. Speaking of the fruit you can also get jars of chocolate dipped cherries, blackberries/raspberries, blueberries and raisins too.

To top it all off, if you want to give any of these items as Holiday gifts they come in a variety of packaging. There are all sorts of combinations of gift boxes, baskets, glass decanters and jars, canisters and foiled bags. Each package is festively designed with the wonderful goodies inside.

To get a look at what is offered contact PTAG, via this website, call the Dinsmores at 814.938.0378 or contact any Guild member. We would be glad to sell you Holiday sweet & salty treats for you and yours. The proceeds help ensure that the Theatre Guild is around for another season of theatrical entertainment.

Contact us soon as the deadline is November 1.   

The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild announces auditions for its final show of the 2016 season. They are Monday, August 15  & Tuesday, August 16 in the Punxsutawney Memorial Library from 5:00pm -  7:00pm. The exact location within the facility will be well marked. The Guild will audition those interested, veterans and newcomers alike, from the ages of 16 and up.    

PTAG is looking to brew up some Halloween classics as the troupe prepares to stage two One-Acts to make a full evening of horror. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving and dramatized by Kathyrn Schultz Miller will offer a telling of the fright that awaited Ichabod Crane one autumn night. That's right the Headless Horseman will be seen in Punxsutawney! Also a part of the theatrical run will be Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House Of Usher." That adaptation comes from Robert Lanier and explores all the evils awaiting in the Usher home. Both plays will be presented in arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company. 

Performance dates are still pending, but the troupe hopes to present this fall production in late October just before Halloween. Those chosen for roles will be under the direction of Debra Dinsmore and Jef Dinsmore for PTAG. There are multiple characters available between the two titles utilizing period costumes and, of course, all the special effects that go into bringing them to life. Says the directors, "We decided to tap into two underused themes to accomplish the final production of the season. We are creating Halloween hi-jinks and the One-Act format. Both shows, though each only an hour long will make for a great theatrical evening, if we can just get it cast." 

For further inquiry about the upcoming production and its audition process please contact Debra Dinsmore at 938.5386, Jef Dinsmore at 938.0378 or via the website