In The Spotlight


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!     



   Pop the cork and come celebrate the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild’s 43rd season with a trio of shows sure to delight. It all kicks off with a poignant comedy by playwright Bruce Graham. It offers both a dose of comedy alongside a serving of heartfelt drama in a story you won’t soon forget.

    The official description states - It's a very special day at the racetrack, where "Champagne" Charlie, a race-track regular, has had a race named in his honor. A dreamer and teller of tall tales, Charlie is accompanied by his wife of fifty-three years, Mary Lee, an incurable romantic, who still finds Charlie very attractive. They are accompanied by Jackie, a family friend and race track bookie, and their daughter, Mary, a divorced high-school drama teacher, and the realist in the family who has nervously invited along her long-time boyfriend, Paul, to finally meet her parents. Since this is such a special day, Charlie conspires with Jackie to place the bet of his life—his entire meager savings ("the whole she-bang")—on a long-shot hunch.

 And their off! You will see that the set takes you off to the horse races on Memorial Day 1990. Overlooking the track is a nice picnic area that Charlie & family have settled onto complete with a cooler of beverages for the day. Hmm, can you guess the beverage of choice? They spend the day betting the horses waiting for the sixth race. That’s the race named in Charlie’s honor and there is a lot riding on their chosen horse. The question is should Charlie have bet "the whole she-bang?" How much does he stand to lose? How much might he win? Therein lies the story.

   Though Mary is warm over the memories of her parents bringing her to the racetrack all her life she is a bit concerned that her parents shouldn’t be squandering their money and that they have more important uses for it in their older years, like taking care of their health. A few heated discussions with her Mom, makes that clear. But Mary Lee won’t hear of it.

And Charlie is oblivious. He is just living the high life because everyone loves him down at the tracks. He is placing bets with Jackie right and left and showing racing novice Paul all the ins & outs.  

   Making sure this story gets told right is Guild director Kathy S. Dinsmore. She has assembled a cast that will offer detailed characters that will draw on every emotion to give an enjoyable show. Bob Starzenski returns to the Guild stage as the man of the hour - witty “Champagne Charlie.”  His wife, Mary Lee has Kathy in the role and their daughter is played by Debra Dinsmore.  These three easily show the love of this family and all the fun they have, even when they are sweating out the big bet. Also appearing his Tony Simmons with a splash of wise-ass humor as Jackie, a shady but fun guy. And  Tim Cooper personifies Paul, a character who brings his own issues to the forefront. Will he fit into the family? 

   You won’t know if they will see a big payday unless you come see  The Champagne Charlie Stakes.  Performance dates will be March 2, 3, 9, & 10 at 7:30pm and March 11 at 2:00pm. 

 


Here is a brief description of the three shows being presented in 2018 (rights pending). Hope you like the choices. 


Winter/Spring 2018

The Champagne Charlie Stakes

by Bruce Graham
Director: Kathy S. Dinsmore
Cast: 3 men, 2 women
It's a special day at the racetrack as "Champagne" Charlie, a racetrack regular, has had a race named in his honor. A dreamer and teller of tall tales, Charlie and his wife, Mary Lee, hold court for the occasion. They are accompanied by family friend and bookie Jackie, and their daughter Mary, a divorced teacher and the family realist who has nervously invited along her boyfriend, Paul, to meet her parents. On this special day, Charlie conspires with Jackie to place the bet of his life- his entire meager savings- on a long-shot hunch, all for his family. Can Charlie make one big score, or will he lose it all? The Champagne Charlie Stakes is a funny, heartwarming look at family, friendship, and the lengths people will go to for the ones they love.
This poignant comedy mixes family, love and an oversized bet at the race track to illustrate the power of loyalty, integrity and growing older gracefully?however defined. "The play has a good bit of pathos along with Graham's irrepressible comedic touch." ?Press Focus. "A gentle comedy with its roots in recognizably human behavior?It's a lovely piece of work." ?The Philadelphia Inquirer..

Summer 2018

Around The World in Eighty Days

Adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne
Director: Jef Dinsmore
Cast: flexible, minimum of 4 men, 1 woman
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 five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

Fall 2018

Gravy Anxiety

by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
Director: Terry A. Fye
Cast: 5 men, 6 women
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.
 



  Upcoming Auditions For PTAG's

 Spring Production of 

 

The Champagne Charlie Stakes   


by Bruce Graham 


Dates: Tuesday, January 9 & Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Plot: It's a very special day at the racetrack, where "Champagne" Charlie, a race-track regular, has had a race named in his honor. A dreamer and teller of tall tales, Charlie is accompanied by his wife of fifty-three years, Mary Lee, an incurable romantic, who still finds Charlie very attractive. They are accompanied by Jackie, a family friend and racetrack bookie, and their daughter, Mary, a divorced high-school drama teacher, and the realist in the family who has nervously invited along her long-time boyfriend, Paul, to finally meet her parents. Since this is such a special day, Charlie conspires with Jackie to place the bet of his life-his entire meager savings ("the whole shebang")-on a long-shot hunch. Mary strenuously objects until Mary Lee tells her that Charlie is ill, and this will be his last season at the track, and she wants this day to be the most wonderful day of his life. Mary relents, the race is run and Charlie loses everything. Jackie, guilt-ridden, tries to return the money, but Mary Lee will not hear of it. If Charlie wants to tell the tale of the "whole shebang," he can't keep the money, so Mary disposes of it in her own way. Charlie, disappointed, apologizes to Mary Lee; just once in his life he wanted to give and do something grand for her. She assures Charlie that, for fifty-three years, he's done just fine

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Cast Requirements: Roles are for 3 men and 2 women, actors to play characters who range in age from 40 to early 70's, younger actors are encouraged to audition - All roles are of good size. 


Audition Process: Each potential performer will be expected to read from a number of selected pieces. This process will establish vocal capabilities and strength.  


 Contact: Via punxsytheatre.org or call Kathy Dinsmore at 814.938.0378