Tatum Boswell & Cast in Clue: Onstage

Actress Tatum Boswell won the 2022 Upstage Award and was presented the trophy at the Putnam County Playhouse Annual meeting on Sunday, October 16. The event was held in the Michael McClaine Rehearsal Center of the Hazel Day Longden Theatre, home of the group.

President Shelly McFadden & winner Tatum Boswell – who is dreaming about where to put her award…..

Members and officers of the Board of Directors welcomed guests.

L-R: Ric McFadden, Ashlee Anne Vitz, Bryan Schroeder

Annual reports were given by the chairpersons of each committee.

Sitting L-R: Ellen, Renee, and Nicollette Blackledge talk with Ric McFadden

The meeting was conducted by President Shelly McFadden while Secretary Kathryn Dory took the minutes.

L-R: Kathryn Dory & Shelly McFadden
Board members Cameron Wunderlich & Sandi Rossok wait for the meeting to start.
L-R: Lanny Horn, Caroline Good, Brad Sandy, Vitz, Linda Gjesvold, and Schroeder

Refreshments were served before and after the meeting and much discussion of the 2022 season was shared by all in attendance.

Arriving just in time L-R: Good, Boswell, Greg Head & Sharon Cartwright
L-R: Lanny Horn, Vitz, Sandy, Schroeder, Lita Sandy, Wunderlich

Board members were competitive in making motions and seconds to all the reports and laughter was abundant as the afternoon progressed.

Board Member Josh Bain tries the Rice Krispies treats.
L-R: Michael McClaine, Sandi Rossok, Jay Prewitt
Jim & Kathi Elliott were welcomed guests!

The other nominees for the 2022 Upstage Award were Ashlee Anne Vitz for Oliver!, Dale Grove for Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Sarah Ryan for The Miracle Worker.

L-R: Jack Randall Earles & President McFadden
L-R: Dustin Bond, Anna Harris, Wunderlich
Treasurer Mark Hammer & President McFadden

Thanks to everyone who helped make our 61st season so successful. Thanks for your continued support. We hope to see you at the barn for our 62nd season in 2023! Watch your mailbox for your Fall Fund Drive Letter!


The most anticipated event in Putnam County will happen on Sunday, October 16, at 2 p.m. Well…..maybe not the MOST anticipated….except by at least four performers from last season’s productions at Putnam County Playhouse.

Details below:

Competition is fierce……one of these four will be the winner:

Director Caroline Good says: “I chose Ashlee because of her utter commitment to the role, her comedic creativity, and, as the Hammy criteria requires, she played a smaller role and she made the very most of every moment on stage.”

Ashlee Anne Vitz as Mrs. Sowerberry in ‘Oliver!’

Director Shelly McFadden says: “Tatum had very few lines onstage, but as a corpse, she stole the show. Whether she was falling out of a refrigerator, being dropped onto the floor from the couch, or being handled as a prop in a party scene, Tatum is the essence of the ‘Hammy’ creed.”

Tatum Boswell as The Cook in “Clue: Onstage”

Director Jack Randall Earles says: “The cast of ‘Joseph’ handed me an embarrassment of riches in choices for the Hammy Award. I chose Dale because of the immediate and overwhelming audience response to his performance. I think they were as stunned as I was.”

Dale Grove as Pharaoh in “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Director Ric McFadden says: “From the start of rehearsals to the performance, Sarah kept adding to her character as Viney, always taking direction when necessary, and always displaying a great attitude at rehearsals.”

Sarah Ryan as Viney in “The Miracle Worker”.