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Putnam County Playhouse, Inc. Endowment
Purpose of Fund
The primary purpose of the fund shall be to provide a source of financial support for the programs and maintenance of properties held by the Putnam County Playhouse, Inc.
Under the leadership of then president James Poor, PCPH accepted the gift of a parcel of property from Mrs. Hazel Day Longden. The land contained two barn buildings. For the seasons of 1981 and 1982, plays and musicals were presented on an outdoor stage with bleacher seating. By 1983, the funds had been raised to convert the larger structure, a barn built in 1918, into an intimate 220-seat theatre. The Hazel Day Longden Barn Theatre had its grand opening on June 4, 1983. Past performers presented a program of scenes and songs that had been produced by PCPH in its early years.
The Putnam County Playhouse is active from June thru September each year. It presents two musicals and two plays during those sixteen weeks. Every other year, a children's workshop play is also produced. In 1993, extensive work was done on the property. A fly area was added and a new workshop and costume loft were constructed. The following year, a moderate cooling system was added and posts in the auditorium were removed. In April 2000, aluminum siding was added to the barn. Most recently, the seating system was completely replaced and the theater now seats 198 people.
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