This year’s annual two-week-long “Shakespeared!” Workshop at the Putnam County Playhouse centers around Macbeth, with the middle school group performing a more traditional version and the high school group presenting their off-beat comedic version, complete with a lively soundtrack, chase, and pop-culture references.  Both versions embody Shakespeare’s original text, but in short condensed adaptations.

Both groups meet in the afternoons daily during the two weeks, playing theatre games, learning voice,  stage movement, and acting techniques, and, of course, rehearsing the play.  The middle school (entering grades 6th-8th) group meets Monday-Friday 12:30-2:30pm, and the high school (entering 9th+) workshop meets Monday-Friday 3:00-5:30pm with performances Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at 7:00pm, when each group presents their own very different versions of the play: the middle school group performing on Friday and the high school group performing on Saturday.

We plan to adhere to guidance provided by the CDC for Covid-19 at the time of the workshop. Last year, we were able to relax a little, but participants still had the option to wear masks during sessions, we created physical distanced staging, and we kept air flowing throughout the playhouse, or worked outside.  The kids did have the option to perform without masks, as well.  We’re hoping for the best, but are prepared to implement whatever protocols seem appropriate at the time.

The scripts will be available soon on the playhouse at the Youth Theatre Workshop page using the drop down menu. So, feel free to read it before our first day. We will read through the play on day one, and the players will have a chance to note their role preferences. The roles will be cast that evening, and rehearsals will begin on day two!

THERE ARE PARTS FOR EVERYONE! “Shakespeared!” is tailored to provide young players with an opportunity to engage with Shakespeare’s text in a fun way and to see the potential interpretations that lie within the text.

The registration link for the 2022 workshop will be available on February 1st! PLEASE DON’T USE THE 2021 FORM!!!


During the plague, Shakespeare and his actors went out on the road to perform in the countryside. In that spirit during our own similar situation, a troupe of actors from the Putnam County Playhouse venture to the park to perform his work as a way of providing continuity in our mission to community theatre in this “goode yeare” of 2020.
To that end, our Shakespearean guru Caroline Good and dogsbody Shelly Green McFadden will endeavor to present a production of the rollicking comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the band shell in Robe-Ann Park.  It will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26.
Putnam County Playhouse Park Project: SHAKESPEARE al fresco is being sponsored by:
Read about our sponsor HERE.
Read about our sponsor HERE.

Audition Call for A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream is on Wednesday, August 19th at 7-9 p.m. at the Putnam County Playhouse, Hazel Day Longden Theatre.

All current COVID-19 Precautions will be observed during auditions & rehearsals.
Wear a mask! We will be asking everyone to physical distance during the auditions (and rehearsals) as well as providing a lot of air circulation.
To read the script click HERE.
Since the world situation is constantly changing, all activities are dependent upon CURRENT CONDITIONS, and may change at any time:
“And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays….”

Additional  support provided by:


Back in the Bard’s day, the Globe Theater produced his plays in an outdoor setting.  Following that example, in this time of pandemic,  the Putnam County Playhouse Youth Theatre Workshop productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet will take place in the Bandshell at Robe-Ann Park instead of at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre.  The Globe Theater comes alive again in Greencastle.

The Globe Theater in London, England, as it looks today.

Participants and instructors followed state mandated rules for social distancing and other precautions during the two weeks of the workshop.  Smaller groups were involved in the rehearsals and cleaning and mask protocols were observed throughout the process.

 The middle school version of the play, Hamlet In Halves, will feature two casts. It will be presented Friday evening, July 17, at 7 p.m.  The high school version, Spamlet, will be presented at the park on Saturday, July 18, beginning at 7 p.m. Audiences are asked to observe social distancing  and to bring their own seating – lawn chairs or blankets for the grassy area in front of the stage. The rain date for both productions is Sunday, July 19, at 7 p.m.

Both events are free.  

SHAKESPEARED! is sponsored this year by First National Bank. 

Click HERE to read about them.

On Friday evening, up first is Hamlet in Halves I.  Directed by Beth Bax who is also the Narrator, it features Leo Brown in the title role and Charlotte Brown as Ophelia. Featured performers include Evie Green, Susanna Akinwole, and Olivia Stierwalt.  Others taking roles include Grayson Linneweber, Josie Cox, Madilyn Hiatt, and Katie Funk.  PCPH veteran thespian Eleanor Howard is making a guest appearance as Polonius.

The cast for Hamlet in Halves 2 is directed by Craig Robinson.  Taking the title role in this cast is Gunner Roach with Maggie Cooper as Ophelia and the Narrator.  Audiences will also see Evie Brown, Lily Green, Ella Tischer, and Molly Boswell.  Featured parts are played by Rowan O’Bannon, Clara Everett, and Penny Cummings.

Spamlet directed by Caroline Good will be presented on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m.  It features Craig Robinson in the title role with Devin Huff as Claudius, Isabella Brown as Gertrude, Jessica Geiger as Polonius, and Ellen Henry as Ophelia.  Featured performers are Isabelle Cafouras, Kiara Boyd, Samuel Gray, Ruthie Mann, Mya Weddle, and Charlie Good.  Other actors trodding the boards are Alice Howard, Bella Green, Rebecca Hebb, Avery Stockwell.  Also in the cast are Courtney Huff, Madison Bayles, Korbyn Taylor, and Samantha Funk.

Special thanks are extended to the Putnam County Foundation, Arts-Illiana, Discover Putnam County, and the Greencastle Parks & Recreation Department.

Technical support for both evenings provided by Castle Sound.

Click HERE to read about them.