Offstage Noises - March 2021

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Spring 2021

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We don't just entertain...we change lives!

What the Summer Holds

Work is already under way to bring back our outdoor courtyard theatre again this summer for some classes and plays. We invested over $30,000 last summer to get a portable stage and artificial grass for the back lot. This year, we are investing in a stage covering to help us when rain is forecast so we don’t have to take everything down or cover our lights in trash bags to try to keep things dry. Each project is a learning opportunity and we learned a lot last year about putting on shows outdoors! Hopefully, this summer will be even better. We are also in negotiations with the city to bring back Shakespeare in the Park at the Noble Park Amphitheatre. We are waiting on permits and permission from the city, but this year we are looking to open up the cast for both adults and youth in the roles. While our indoor audiences are still limited, our outdoor opportunities this summer will allow us to have more people involved and I'm really looking forward to that. The Next Stage

A word from our Director...Michael Cochran

By the time you read this, Rounding Third will have finished its run. It was a great performance by Al Knudsen and Steve Schwetman, along with the work by crew members Chris Burnett and Caleb Buford. We are opening Steel Magnolias April 8 and are in rehearsals for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, our June musical. It feels like things are beginning to return to some normalcy with the show schedule even though we are still at significantly reduced capacity. In this newsletter, the summer camps and classes are all presented and that too is another sign of some return to regular programming. We don’t know what else the world will throw at us, but it feels like a step forward. In a normal year we would have already announced our season of plays for next year. However, we are taking a little bit longer to look at some original scripts for the next season. Market House Theatre was selected as one of six theaters across the country to produce a winner from the AACT NEW PLAY FEST competition. In conjunction with five other theaters, we read the 12 finalist plays and selected our top three choices. We will announce which play we will produce as soon as the AACT organization gives us the go ahead. This year we also opened up a playwriting competition among Kentucky writers to present work in either a fully-staged production or a staged reading of the work. We’ve had some great plays submitted through that competition, as well. Many of the plays that we select each year are unknown to audiences, but all of them are based on really great writing; that will also hold true for our next season. We anticipate that the fall of 2021 will still have some restrictions on capacity for shows and classes so we are again looking at smaller cast sizes for the fall and, hopefully, by spring of 2022 we can move back to some larger cast shows.

Our Next Stage Project continues to slowly move along. We are currently waiting for engineering drawings and approvals to put a roof back over the section of the building that was removed. That will be the next step in our drive to create a new space for dance and music recitals next to the dance and music classroom spaces. Board of Directors Nominations

As we end our 57th season we have several board members who will be retiring from the board service. MHT board members are term limited for two, three-year terms and then must take at least three years off before they can be re-appointed. Our current board members have been an amazing group as we have faced the challenges presented over the past year. Each spring, we conduct meetings with new, prospective board members to give them information about what board service entails. This is always an exciting time for me as we bring in new people and new ideas to our board each year. Our nomination process is open to people in the community to put forward names for the board nomination committee to meet with. We generally select about 5 - 6 new board members each year to serve on our board of about 18 20 people. To put forward an individual’s name, please email me at and I will pass the name on to our nomination committee.

Volunteer Spotlight

An interview withCaleb Buford

How long have you been volunteering for Market House Theatre? My first day walking in the stage door as a volunteer was May 26th, 2018. I was the tech crew for Sister Act, The Musical. I have been volunteering every year since. As of completing Rounding Third, I will have over 1,000 volunteer hours since my first show. What are all the volunteer positions you’ ve held at MHT? Do you have a favorite?

For the 11 shows I have been a part of, I’ve been a tech crew member, sound operator, stage manager, and scene extra. I’ve also had the opportunity to photograph a few shows like The Rainbow Fish, Making God Laugh, and Rounding Third. Oh, and I did an Instagram takeover for Charlotte’s Web! With every show I get to meet some incredible people, learn some lifeapplicable skills, and grow as an individual. If I had to label a favorite, it would have to be stage managing Disney's Frozen Jr. The kids were so kind, professional, and worked so hard to make that show happen. Alison Shafer and Savannah Fallis also taught me a lot about what it takes to stage productions.

What made you begin volunteering with us?

It was my senior year of high school and I had just finished stage managing for McCracken County High School’s production of Hello, Dolly! My drama teacher, Mrs. Mary Bowden, was asking students if they were interested in working tech for Sister Act. I had never done theatre outside of high school - I had always loved coming to MHT on student night to see shows, but I never thought about being a part of the “magic.” I showed up for my first tech rehearsal and I have never looked back. The cast and crew feel like a big family. I still stay in contact with people from that production.


I always like to say that you have to do theatre at least once. I don’t think people recognize the time, drive, and creativity it takes to make a production happen until you’re behind the curtain. For actors, it’s the perfect escape from the real world and allows you to be aware of your body and emotions. For technical members of a production, it’s a great opportunity to learn in a collaborative environment like no other. Experience theatre from the stage, not just the audience. It’s an experience you’ll cherish forever.

What has been your favorite show/event at MHT so far?

My favorite event that I did not work was Shakespeare in the Park’s As You Like It in July of 2019. I have always loved the idea of outdoor and location-based theatre. Shakespeare in the Park opened the door for Paducah to see the possibilities of theatre outside of four walls - you’re not bound to a box in front of organized seating, so the possibilities are endless. As You Like It used every corner of visible space. I would love to see/do another location-based show like it, especially in our COVID world.

Do you have a favorite MHT memory?

Something Dark will stay with me forever. Something Dark (now named Cries in the Night) was a world premiere show MHT produced to open their 56th season. I can’t describe to you how ecstatic I was when I was asked to work “Magic Crew” for Something Dark. The first night I went to rehearsals I got to watch the show. where the scenic team had built the set in the shop and the cast was rehearsing on the built set. They were running some tricks and I remember when the basement door slammed on it’s own, I verbally expressed, “ Whoa.” Kathy Pingle, the director, looked over and said, “Cool, right?” Nothing but a few walls, windows, and some incredible magic - and I was floored. Seeing all of our work come to fruition on opening night was incredible. We got to shape the show, meet the playwright, and create a mystery magic show like no other. Now we have magic secrets and we'll take them to the grave.

What would you tell someone who is considering volunteering?

There are so many opportunities available! Every production needs a cast, tech crew, set, props, costumes, lighting, sound, etc. and every department needs help. Don’t be afraid to call the box office and say; “Hey, I really enjoy (fill in your interest), where can I help?” or “Hey, I want to learn more about (fill in topic), where can I volunteer to learn more?” If you don’t think you have the skills, there are people who can teach you! There is and will always be a place for you. The staff at Market House Theatre will embrace you and help you find your fit.

Tell us about you!


In 2020, I completed my Associates of Arts degree from WKCTC and I am now pursuing my Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Management from Northern Kentucky University. I also plan to earn my masters in Business Administration. I earned my Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America in 2018 and I continue to invest in the program by coordinating an annual Merit Badge College at WKCTC.

I have two years of technical theatre experience as the Assistant Production Manager at the Clemens Fine Arts Center, which is where I learned a lot of the skills I continue to use and practice at Market House Theatre. I love to teach others what I know! In the next 10 years - I would love to stage manage, company manage, or direct a regional production of a show. Theatre is where I want to be and to be a part of a regional production would be incredible, though one day, Broadway is the dream.



A word from our Costume Director...Angela Hoerner If you Google 1980s fashion, most often the images will be of neon, bold prints, massive shoulder pads, and loud color combinations. For 1984, and beyond, that is accurate, but Steel Magnolias is set in 1981/82. The early 80's is actually much more of a carry-over from the cleaner, more classic and much more natural silhouette of the late 70's.

The Cast:

Trenisha Jones, Annelle Audra Turner, Truvy Kim Yocum, M'Lynn Emily Yocum Black, Shelby Victoria Kitchen, Clairee April Cochran, Ouiser

The Crew:

I remember 1981 very well, but I was 13 years old and lived in a small Pennsylvania town, so my point of reference was fairly narrow. To broaden my horizons and refresh my fashion memory I watched the original Steel Magnolias film (released in 1989), the 2012 Lifetime version to get a vibe on an African-American Annelle, 9 To 5 (released in ’81), Designing Women (for the southern point of view), and The Cosby Show (for the AfricanAmerican point of view). I also spent hours combing through Google images searching for the right looks for each of these women. When I finally pinned down each characters’ style, it was then time to find the clothing in reality. Working within a costume budget regularly requires that I find the wardrobe in second hand stores. I enjoy the challenge, but sometimes the hunt can be more challenging than others. When I can’t find the vintage clothing I need, in the appropriate sizes, I then have to find suitable alternatives in contemporary clothing. Fortunately, it seems highwaisted ‘mom’ jeans are back in style and available at Target!

Kathy Pingel, Director Denise Bristol, Stage Manager Angela Hoerner, Costume Designer Another aspect of costume design is wigs. Steel Magnolias revolves around the Tom Hansen, Scenic & Lighting Designer relationships forged whilst the ladies get their hair done. Throughout the show, Emily Griff in/Michelle Hequembourg, Props the ladies have their hair washed, set, styled and cut, by actors who aren’ t actually cosmetologists, on a stage, in front of one hundred people, all while remembering to Steel Magnolias runs April 8 - 25 get their lines and blocking straight. We achieve this through creative use of water for Thurs. - Sat: 7 PM washing so that, hopefully, M’Lynn’s hair will be damp enough to set, but dry enough to Second Sat. & Sun. matinees: 2:30 PM be styled for the next scene, and using wigs for the fancy updo and short haircuts. Adults: $22, Students: $14 To purchase tickets, call the MHT Box Off ice at 270.444.6828 Usher s Needed!

There’s a little placard that I’ve seen in a salon that says “I’m a cosmetologist, not a magician.” Well, my placard should read “I’m a costumer, therefore I AM a magician!”

Story on Stage: The One and Only Dylan St. Claire

Dylan St. Claire was born for the stage! And this year his class is putting on a play that is out of this world. No really, it’s all about the solar system and Dylan wants to be the star. The literal star! But things don’t quite go as planned when Dylan finds out there won’t be auditions and his teacher has already assigned roles. Spoiler alert, he’s not the star. oin us to tell this hilarious and heartwarming story on stage. Instructor: Emily Griffin Grades 1 - 3 May 31 - June 4, 9:00 - 10:30 AM Performance: June 4th at 10 AM Fee: $50 In this sports-themed mystery, eight-year-old twins Zach A Science and Drama Camp and Zoe go on a school field trip to a pop-up museum, put Musical theatre meets the science lab in this creative camp! on by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. On their tour, they Students will work on the wacky musical comedy Vacation on discover one of the display items is missing from its case, and Mars while exploring scientific principles related to the show via with the help of their classmates, they work together to figure experiments guided by science teacher Tim Franklin! Held at the out what happened. Join us to bring this mystery alive on Innovation Hub - students will have an out of this world experience stage. Instructor: Emily Griffin using Virtual Reality, travel to another dimension via the technology Grades 4 - 6 of 3D printers and Launch to new heights as they engineer May 31 - June 4, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM their own rocket design - all while rehearsing a show about an Performance: June 4th at 2 PM interstellar family trip gone massively awry! Instructors: Tim Franklin Fee: $50 and April Cochran Grades 4 - 8 June 21 - 25, 9 AM - Noon Performance: June 25th at 11:45 am Our popular vocal & choreography camp is back! Sing and dance Fee: $95. Must register by phone: 270.444.6828 your way through some of the latest Broadway hits and classics in

Vacation On Mars

Story on Stage: A Zach and Zoe Mystery

Broadway Bootcamp

(Paducah City school students may request a fee waiver) Classes and performance held at the Innovation Hub. Actors may be masked for performance.

Peter Pan, JR.

Musical Performance Camp

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Play a part in this musical adventure tackling the professional challenge of putting on a show in a brief timeline. This performance workshop class has a cap of 20 students and will unmask for performances. Instructors: Emily Griffin, Emi Hensel, & Emily Yocum Black Grades 4 - 12 June 14 - 18 & June 21 - 25, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Auditions: May 31. Performances: June 25 at 7 PM and June 26 & 27 at 2:30 PM Fee: $195

this music revue intensive! There will be a showcase on the final day for families and friends. Instructors: Emily Yocum Black & Emi Hensel Ages 13 - 18 June 7 - 11, 9 AM - Noon Performance: June 11th at 5:30 PM Fee: $80

Broadway Bootcamp, Jr.

Our popular vocal & choreography camp is now available to younger students! Instructors: Emily Yocum Black & Emi Hensel Ages 8 - 12 June 7 - 11, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Performance: Friday, June 11th at 5:30 PM Fee: $80

Alice in Wonderland A Progressive Play

In this whimsical retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland, audiences will follow Alice on her adventure through wonderland and back home again. You will work together to create a unique theatrical experience for audiences and performers alike as we travel from setting to setting. In this handson, kid-made camp, you will have a hand in all aspects of this performance from sets to props to costumes and more. Instructor: Emily Griffin Grades 1 - 8 June 28 - July 2, 1 PM - 4 PM Performances: July 2 at 3:20 PM Fee: $80

Moves and Grooves Jr. Hip Hop Camp

Learn a fun hip hop routine in this high energy dance camp! Wear comfortable clothing and bring clean sneakers. Instructor: Emi Hensel Grades K - 2 June 21 - 25, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Fee: $30

Pre-K Creative Movement

Our popular Pre-K dance class is back! Scamper like a mouse, float like a butterfly, and jump like a monkey! In this camp we will explore basic concepts of rhythm and movement. Perfect for boys and girls to discover the joys of dance! Wear comfortable clothing with hair pulled away from the face. Footwear can be ballet shoes or bare feet. Instructor: Emi Hensel Ages 4 - 6 June 28 - July 2, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Fee: $30

Meet the Princesses!

The Hunger Games

Little dancers will meet some of their favorite princesses as we dance our way through a fun filled week! Dancers will learn a song to show family on the last day of class. Leotard, tights, and ballet shoes are recommended. Hair should be up in a bun or pulled away from the face. Wear a princess costume on the last day of class! Instructor: Emi Hensel Ages 3 - 6 July 5 - 9, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Fee: $30

Explore the world of The Hunger Games through a series of engaging courses and activities such as stage combat and designing your own overthe-top costumes. End the week with our own version of the Hunger Games and declare a victor. May the odds be ever in your favor. Instructor: Emily Griffin Grades 5 - 9 July 5 - 9, 1 PM - 4 PM Fee: $80

Ballet Camp

Costumes and Combat

Stories and Stagecraft Fantastical Fun

Everyday we will dive into a fantastical story. Fairies and dragons, monsters and magical creatures will all provide a backdrop for learning about the ins and outs of technical theatre. This class is great for little ones who like to create with their hands. Students will all get a chance to make costumes, props, sets, and sounds. On the final day, families will be invited to a showcase of their work. Instructor: Emily Griffin Grades 1 - 4 July 5 - 9, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Showcase: June 9th at 10:20 am Fee: $50

It’s (fractured) Fairy Tales Live!

Night at the Museum

Hip Hop Camp

Learn a fun hip hop routine in this high energy dance camp! Wear comfortable clothing and bring clean sneakers. Instructor: Emi Hensel Grades 3 - 6 July 19 - 23, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Fee: $30

The Mummy Exhibit

Young archaeologists, curators, and adventurers come together to launch a living museum exhibit featuring artifacts from Ancient Egypt as mysteries and magic unfolds around them. Use your imagination and team work skills to erect the exhibit. Act out the stories of pharaohs and gods. Who knows what you will uncover as we dig up the past. Just don’t disturb the mummy’s slumber. Instructor: Emily Griffin Grades 4 - 8 July 12 - 16, 2 PM - 4 PM Tours of the Museum: June 18th at 3:30 PM Fee: $60

Who doesn’t love a new twist on a classic tale? What if Little Red Riding Hood led a self-defense class for princesses? Or, have you ever wondered what happened after Jack and Jill fell down the hill? Build your performance skills and have a blast acting out classic characters in new situations. Instructor: Emily Griffin Grades 2 - 5 July 26 - 30, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Performances: June 26th at 10 AM Fee: $50

Comedy Club

Moves and Grooves

Willy Wonka, KIDS

Musical Performance Camp

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences. Participants in this camp will have the exhilarating challenge of staging a musical in two weeks! This performance workshop class has a cap of 20 students and will unmask for performances. Instructors: Emily Griffin, Emi Hensel, & Emily Yocum Black Grades 1 - 6 July 12 - 16 & July 19 - 23, 9 AM - Noon Auditions: June 28 Performances: July 23 at 5 PM and July 24 at 2:30 PM Fee: $150

Come together to make ‘em laugh in this two-week Improv intensive. Performers will engage in a wide variety of theatre games and improv structures leading up to a final improvised Comedy Club performance. Instructor: Emily Griffin Grades 7 - 12 July 26 - July 30 & August 2 - 6, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Performance: August 6 at 7 PM Fee: $100

Broadway Beginners

Make your Broadway debut and learn a new show-stopping number each day. On the last day, step under the bright lights to showcase your moves and tunes for an audience of family and friends. Instructor: Emily Griffin Grades K - 3 August 2 - 6, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Performance: August 6 at 10:15 AM Fee: $50

For Ages 4 - 6

Instructor : April Cochran Maximum 10 students Fee: $35/session

Jungle Jamboree!

A “ Picture It ” Imagination PlayShop

Youngsters who like to walk on the “wild side” will enjoy this creative drama class based on picture books all about jungle animals! July 19 - 23, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Studio Classroom

Superhero Squad!

Funny Bones!

A “ Picture It ” Imagination PlayShop

A “ Picture It ” Imagination PlayShop

Youngsters who love to laugh will enjoy this creative drama class based on silly and slightly sassy picture books! June 21 - 25, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Studio Classroom

Boom! Pow! Zap! Learn the rules of being a Superhero while discovering that they are everywhere! Young heroes will be empowered through picture books all about superheroes! July 26 - 30, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Studio Theatre

For Ages 3 & 4 This fun one-time summer class off ers theatre games and stories culminating in acting out the day's story!

The Three Little Pigs, Mini PlayShop - June 22

Instructor : April Cochran 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Maximum 10 students Fee: $10/session *Take all four and get one free!

The Little Red Hen, Mini PlayShop - July 20 Chicken Little, Mini PlayShop - July 27 The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Mini PlayShop - August 3

COVID-19 Precautions: - All students and teachers will remain masked during classes. Masks will also be worn for performances unless noted in the course description.

Click Here to Register! All registrations must be paid in full. Payment plans are accepted on the Musical Performance Camps and Comedy Club camp only. Vacation on Mars must call to register.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Contact the Box Office for more information MHT Box Off ice: 132 Market House Sq., Paducah, KY 42001 270.444.6828 | |

- Class sizes will be limited to 15 students unless otherwise noted in the course description. - All materials and spaces will be sanitized between uses. Any class requiring use of crafting materials will be bundled in a kit for individual student use throughout the week. - Classes will be planned for social distancing most of the time. In the event of performances, some distances may be reduced from 6’.

market house theatre

thank you to our 2020 - 2021 season & education sponsors! The Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency, provides operational support funding for Market House Theatre with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts



grants Drs. Rheanel & Blair Tolar



AAA Stow-A-Way Storage, LLC • Atlas Door of Paducah • Barbara & Jimmy Allen • Atmos Energy • Eyewear Express • FNB Bank • Henneberger & Flynn Insurance Agency, Inc. • Peel & Holland Insurance • Rotary Club of Paducah • Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub

CREATIVITY Jean L. Truitt & Family Arts-in-Education Initiatives





Jean L. Truitt & Family Arts-in-Education Initiatives

AAA Stow-A-Way Storage, LLC • Atlas Door of Paducah • Barbara & Jimmy Allen • Atmos Energy • Eyewear Express • FNB Bank • Henneberger & Flynn Insurance Agency, Inc. • Peel & Holland Insurance • Rotary Club of Paducah • Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub


Drs. Rheanel & Blair Tolar


grants The Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency, provides operational support funding for Market House Theatre with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts



market house theatre thank you to our 2020 - 2021 season & education sponsors!

Youth education has been an important part of Market House Theatre since former Education Director April Cochran led the first Footlights classes in the mid-80s. Footlights and Story Theatre were the anchors of youth education programming which has led to a ton of fantastic educational offerings ranging from theatre and dance classes, in-school programming, summer camps and youth productions. In fact, it may surprise you, that the majority of programming offered by MHT is in fact, youth education. Our classes, camps, and in-school programming charge nominal fees so that kids who want to participate, can, regardless of financial means. The reason we’re able to do this is because of community support. One key part of this community effort is sponsorship support. We’re grateful for each and every sponsor. Here’s a look at a couple of our education sponsors!



Independence Bank first partnered with Market House Theatre in 2016, coming on board as an Imagination Level Sponsor and increasing to an “Imagination PLUS” sponsor. McCracken County President Kevin Kauffeld says, “Independence Bank is proud to support Market House Theatre because we know their education programs are enhancing and changing the lives of thousands of children and families each year!” We are very grateful for their partnership and their enthusiasm to bring youth education programs to area schools and on MHT’s campus. Independence Bank has branches throughout western Kentucky, including Paducah, Mayfield, and Murray.

MHT’s Youth Scholarship Program Ronda Gibson, Development Director In study after study, it’s proven that performing arts classes enhance the lives of children in multitudes of ways including increasing reading comprehension, improving verbal and non-verbal communication, promoting teamwork, and boosting self-esteem. MHT’s youth education program gives kids of all ages a new, fun way to learn new things whether on the stage, in a classroom, at a camp, or on a dance studio floor at a reasonable price thanks to grant funding, sponsorships, and community support. But sometimes, even a “reasonable” price might be out of reach for some families, especially in light of the economic impact of the current pandemic. That’s why Market House Theatre is proud to offer fulland partial-scholarships to families with financial need. These scholarships can be used for any of our classes like Footlights or DanceMHT classes, or they can even be used for summer camps. Funding for scholarships has come from entities like the Rotary Club of Paducah and from private donations like those we get from our “Giving Tuesday” campaigns. We would also welcome your donations, especially with a whole passel of wonderful summer camps and classes like you’ve read about in this newsletter.

Education Sponsor Spotlight Wacker Chemical Company in Calvert City also recognizes the value of providing arts programming for youth. Wacker, also an Imagination Level Sponsor, has been a steadfast supporter since 2011. “One of Wacker’s core values is to participate as an active community member in the areas that we have operations,” says Vice President local Site Manager Thomas Koehler. “As such we believe that the work that Market House Theater is doing to support the education of our young generation is extremely valuable for our culture and the region. We are proud to be able to support Market House Theater with their mission.”

If you’d like to give, you can drop off or send a check to Market House Theatre; 132 Market House Square; Paducah, KY 42001 and note “scholarships” in the memo, or you give online at and note “Scholarships” in the dedication information near the bottom of the page. And it’s hard to believe, but we already gearing up for our 58th Season! If your company would like more information on becoming a sponsor or would like to support the theatre in other ways, contact Development Director Ronda Gibson at 270.444.6828 x 103.

a word from the Box Office...

We are always looking for outgoing, friendly volunteers to usher for our shows. This is a great way to help out your favorite community theatre plus you can stay and watch the performance for free! It only takes an hour of your time but it is a really important part of the theatrical experience for our patrons. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Box Office Manager, Lisa Humphrey, at 270.444.6828, ext. 1, or info@

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a word from the board...

Phillip Chesnut

The Market House Theatre has been a part of our life since my oldest son, Carson, was in preschool. We started him in Footlights classes as soon as he was old enough as he had always had an affinity for performing and singing. The Footlights program created a lifelong passion for the stage and performing. He has always bragged that whenever he has a bad day and he is feeling down, taking the stage and being able to be somewhere else and play another character in that moment allows him to shed the stress of his day away.

March 22: Registration opens for summer camps! April 5 - 9: Mystery in a Box! April 8 - 25: Steel Magnolias May 31 - June 14: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This love of the stage was passed into our other children as well. My youngest son and daughter are regulars at Footlights, also since preschool, and our daughter takes classes with DanceMHT as well. Market House Theatre has been one of the most beneficial parts of our children’s lives since they were born, and it has provided them with countless educational and social benefits as they have grown. As a parent, and board member, I can say that Market House Theatre truly changes lives.

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Coming up at MHT!

Carson asked me to take the stage with him two seasons ago in the play Ramona Quimby. The thrill of the stage hit me also and I have been in two additional family series plays with him since, James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte's Web. I was also asked to be a member of the MHT Board of Directors. I jumped at the chance to play a larger part of this wonderful theatre and help to ensure its success for years to come.

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