‘Our biggest, most ambitious season yet’: Shawnee ready for 60th consecutive season

After bringing thousands of people from around the country to Greene County last summer, the 60th straight Shawnee season kicks off in less than two weeks.

“When planning shows for this season, we went to our audience first to find out what they wanted to see,” Bri Lindsey, producing artistic director, said. “The result is our biggest, most ambitious season yet.”

New for 2019  | Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign and the support of generous donors such as you, new and more comfortable seats are at the theatre.   Photo by Danielle O’Connor

New for 2019 | Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign and the support of generous donors such as you, new and more comfortable seats are at the theatre.

Photo by Danielle O’Connor

Highlights of the season include the classic comedy The Odd Couple, a fun show for all ages with Miss Nelson Is Missing and the world’s most-loved musical, Grease.

Audiences will enjoy an improved experience at the theatre this summer with new and more comfortable seating and upgrades to the theatre’s air conditioning system.

Dates for all of Shawnee’s shows this season are:

Flex Passes, which give holders six general admissions for the price of five, are on sale until June 15.

For more information about the season or for tickets, call 812-384-3559.

An evening you won't want to miss: Lloyd Wood visits Shawnee April 26

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Renowned singer-songwriter Lloyd Wood joins us at 7 p.m., April 26, at the Shawnee Theatre.

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You're invited to the Shawnee Picnic on Saturday, April 13


Join us for the 2019 Shawnee Rock n' Roll Picnic with local craft beer, live music and great food.

Bands playing include Little Connie, Sister Bluebird, Mad Hatters, Hungarian Slacks, Dan Kirk Band and Richard Owens.

Tickets are on sale now for this all-ages event — $10 ahead of the picnic or $15 at the door.

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You're invited! Join us for our Breakfast with Santa

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Come eat Chris Cakes’s delicious pancakes and sausage at our Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 17.

(Wondering what the heck Chris Cakes is? We’ll let them explain.)

The cost is only $7 (however, donations are always accepted!) and proceeds go toward our seat fund!

8-10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at Bloomfield High School’s cafeteria
501 W Spring Road
Bloomfield, IN 47424

New show "If You See Me Forgetting You" opening this week

A new Neverland tale is coming to the Shawnee Summer Theatre as the new play If You See Me Forgetting You opens June 28.

“It means so much to me to be able to bring this show to Shawnee. I've always loved the Peter Pan story, and how it explores time and memory and imagination in such a fun way,” Jonathan Golembiecki, playwright, said. “Who doesn't love flying and pirates and all the other things Neverland has to offer?”

Wendy (Kate Braun) is missing, and the only clue her grandchildren have is a note mentioning Neverland. When Wendy is locked away on the Jolly Roger, Amos (Jackson Janowicz) and Maggie (Amanda Rooksbury) — her grandchildren — must lead an unruly band of Lost Boys, battle pirates and they even encounter a Peter Pan (Darl Horning) who wants to trade places with Captain Hook (Adam Lewis). Along the way, they learn there is no better map than the human heart and no better story than the one you're currently living.

Bring your children and your imaginations and leave with a night of theatre you'll never forget. If You See Me Forgetting You is another exciting chapter in the timeless adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland.

“If you don't leave the theatre wondering if there's still some fairy dust in a pocket somewhere, or an old sword in the closet, then we haven't done our job,” he said.

Comedy "Steel Magnolias" coming to Shawnee this week

On the heels of a successful 59th opening weekend, the comedy-drama Steel Magnolias coming next weekend, June 21 to 24.  

“The cast is incredible” Danielle O’Connor, director, said. “I’m really excited to share this great story about women and their relationships with one another.”

The action is set in Truvy's (Andrea Swift-Hanlon) beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are anybody come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (Madison Mattfield), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser (Kate Braun).

Meanwhile an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee (Courtney Slough), who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn (Bri Lindsey), whose daughter, Shelby (Kristen Phaneuf), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby risks pregnancy and forfeits her life.

The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength — and love — which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

"Always...Patsy Cline" to open 59th Shawnee Summer Theatre season

The musical Always...Patsy Cline will open the 59th Shawnee Summer Theatre season June 14, with music performed by The Flyovers, a Greene County band.

“We are extremely excited to open our 2018 season with such a heart-warming show,” said Producing Artistic Director Bri Lindsey, who costars in Always...Patsy Cline. “To be able to bring in a local band to perform the music live makes this a must-see show this season.”

“It’ll be a boot-stomping good time.”

The two actress show follows the improbable, yet real-life, friendship between Patsy Cline (Holli Burnfield) and Houston housewife Louise Seger (Bri Lindsey). Their friendship started by sheer coincidence and lasted until Cline’s untimely death.

The show opens the theatre’s 59th consecutive season, which makes it the state’s oldest continuously-running summer stock theatre. The show opens 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 with shows Friday (6/15) and Saturday (6/16) nights, before ending with a 2 p.m. Sunday (6/17) show.