The property is located on Round Barn Road or 10th Street in Greencastle, Indiana. The main building is a barn that was built in 1918. There is also a smaller barn on the property.
The larger barn is now an intimate 195-seat theatre. It is named the Hazel Day Longden Theatre in honor of the late Mrs. Longden who donated the property to the Putnam County Playhouse.
The interior of the barn is in keeping with the barn atmosphere. There is a lobby that also houses a box office/concession area that is in operation during productions. The lobby also features a display case that contains items of interest for the current production. Photos of past seasons are on the wall in the lobby area. To the right of the lobby are the restrooms.
Access to the technical loft is also from the lobby area by a staircase. A catwalk to facilitate light instrument setting is reached by permanent ladder from the technical loft. The technical loft contains the light operation board and the sound center including a mixing board. Some prop and flat storage also is included in this loft area.
ALL ELECTRICAL, TECHNICAL, AND OTHER EQUIPMENT IS REMOVED AT THE END OF THE SEASON AND STORED OFF SITE.
(This rehearsal photo from Guys and Dolls 1995 shows the theatre interior looking toward the south wall.)
The theatre itself is entered from the lobby on ground level to the right and by a series of steps on the left. A thrust stage is surrounded by new padded-seating purchased in 2001. The pit area is located on the Stage Right side of the auditorium. Four rows of chairs on step-gradated risers are numbered from 1-195. All seats are assigned by ticket number for each performance. An exit door to the outside is located on the south wall and a door to the backstage area is near the pit on the west wall. Two speakers facing the stage are used for amplification of music and three other speakers located around the auditorium help the audience hear what is being said during productions. Speakers are also located backstage to help performers hear cues. The auditorium is cooled by two large air cooling units located on the east side of the building. These units usually cool the interior by about 15 degrees depending upon the temperature outdoors.
The stage extends under the proscenium to the back wall on the west side. Included are three fly bars and a black draw curtain and a brown cyclorama curtain. Operation of the black curtain and the fly bars is from the Stage Left side of the stage. Also located on the lower Stage Left side is the cast restroom. A sliding barn door is located at the rear of the stage on the west wall that leads to a deck area outdoors.
A ramp on the Stage Right side leads down into the shop area that was part of the 1991 renovation. This area includes the tools and storage area for major set pieces for all productions. A costume storage area is located above the shop area and is reached by a staircase on the west wall. A sliding barn door on the east wall offers access to the outdoors and is used for unloading and loading of furniture and other larger set pieces and properties.
The small barn is used as storage space. It includes two dressing rooms for actors and actresses and the makeup area including lighted makeup mirrors.
On the north side of the small barn is a concrete area used for rehearsal. Parking is on the grassy area east of the barn theatre. New siding and insulation was added to the barn in 2000.
In 2007, construction was completed on a new Rehearsal Center Complex on the North Side of the theatre.
This new area includes a rehearsal space, green room, and dressing rooms. Now each cast can be assured of a dry comfortable rehearsal space regardless of outside conditions. And the casts of shows don't have to worry about walking in inclement weather between the barns during a production.
Another addition during the 2007 season was a gazebo on the front lawn, partially funded by the James Elrod Memorial Fund. It is available to patrons before the show and during intermission and sets on the front lawn between the portico and the driveway.
The new rehearsal center was operational for all four shows during the 2008 season. We also built a new pit area. Personnel for our musicals now sit above the audience on the stage right side of the house.
The second floor of the new rehearsal center is our Costume Loft/Storage area. All of our costumes are now in a locked secure place. Directors can choose from costumes from many eras, and with the help of the Costume Committee, many shows can be costumed directly from the loft.
Our blacktop driveway has been sealed. A locked gate was added for security during down times and the off season making it more difficult for trespassers to find their way onto the property.
The gazebo was enjoyed by patrons before the shows and during intermissions.
Thanks to community support and the support of our volunteers, PCPH continues to grow.