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Tickets On Sale Now For ‘1776’ At Putnam Playhouse In Greencastle


Joe Buser and Caroline Good as John and Abigail Adams in “1776.” (Courtesy Photo) Joe Buser and Caroline Good as John and Abigail Adams in “1776.” (Courtesy Photo) The musical “1776” continues its second week at Putnam County Playhouse with performances August 17-20. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 765-653- 5880 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Saturday.

First National Bank is corporate sponsor for the production.

Director is Shelly Mc- Fadden. Vocal direction is by Kathryn Dory. Pit conductor and pianist is Marilyn Burdsall Rush. Also in the pit are Dedee Schwomeyer, percussion; Marcia Boswell, woodwinds; and Morgan Asher, keyboard.

Linda Gjesvold designed the set and choreography is by Deb Grammel. Assistant director is Katie Wallace. Costumer and wig designer is Diana Van Middlesworth.

The cast is led by Joe Buser as John Adams, Ric McFadden as Ben Franklin, and Lee Reberger as Thomas Jefferson. They are joined by Josh Bain as conservative John Dickenson, Chris Wurster as Col. Thomas McKean, and Michael McClaine as President of the Continental Congress, John Hancock.

“1776” relates the story of the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. The founding fathers are seen as real men and not the one-dimensional characters usually found in history books.

The distaff side is represented by Caroline Good as Abigail Adams and Sarah Bond as Martha Jefferson.

The large cast also includes Gary Van Middlesworth as Richard Henry Lee, Dustin Bond as Edward Rutledge, Don Wilson as Stephen Hopkins.

Other members of the Congress are played by Matt Schneider, Clarence Long, Jacob Riggen, Andrew Ranck, Michael Nowling, Jim Rambo, Lance Clodfelter, Jacob Glidden, Brian Howard, Bill Cole, and Jack Randall Earles.

Appearing in supporting roles are Scott Armitage, Joe Lippard, Alex Asbell, and Donovan Asbell.

Also working on the technical side are Jessica Masner, stage manager; Samantha Flannelly, sound board operator; Melissa Green, light board operator; and Cameron Wunderlich and Sarah Nowling as spotlight operators.

The musical originally opened on Broadway and was nominated for five Tony Awards. It won three including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Featured Actor (Ron Holgate, who played Richard Henry Lee). Music and lyrics are by Sherman Edwards and the book is by Peter Stone.

Learn more about Putnam County Playhouse by visiting www.putnamcountyplayhouse.com.

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