Shawnee At 53

"I just fell in love with the place, the spirit and the energy!" producing artistic director, Kevin Guthridge

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The theatre on the left of Highway 231 just south of Bloomfield.

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Shawnee Theatre

June 14-July 29, 2012

The Shawnee Theatre’s 2012 season offers a musical mystery, a couple of comedies, two scary pieces—one for real and one for laughs—a real thriller, and performances by their Children and Teen Theatre Workshop.

 Veteran Takes The Reins

Kevin Guthridge takes the reins at Shawnee as the producing artistic director. It’s his first year in that role, but he’s a veteran at the theatre in Bloomfield. “I first came down just to act, compose and direct seven years ago,” says Guthridge. “I was actually a little hesitant, but I just fell in love with the place, the spirit and the energy of the theatre.”

 The Audience Takes A Chance

Shawnee opens with Clue: The Musical on June 14.Yes, it is based on the board game,” says Guthridge. “Members of the audience get to make some choices at each show before we start.  There are more than two hundred possible plot lines.”

 Comedy Tonight

The comedy Moon over Buffalo is a summer theatre staple by Ken Ludwig and the Shawnee audience may remember his Lend Me a Tenor from past years. Rounding Third is a summer baseball piece that Guthridge heard about from a friend. “As I read it, I was really surprised that I’d never heard of it before,” he says. “It has just two characters, opposing little league coaches and they talk to the audience as if the audience members are on their teams. It’s a play whose warmth will sneak up on you.”

 Scary Stuff

Shawnee wouldn’t be Shawnee without some scary stuff and this year is no exception.  The Haunting of Hill House is based on a Shirley Jackson novel. “It’s a good scary piece, a kind of thing that we can do well,” says Guthridge. And then, there’s Zombies in Greene County. “Yes,” says Guthridge. It’s our chance to let our hair down to take ourselves a little less seriously. We’ll even be renting out tomatoes for the audience to toss at the actors.”

 

Wrapping up the season will be Dial M for Murder. “The play was the source for Alfred Hitchcock’s great movie,” says Guthridge. It’s a terrific script and will really end our season very strongly.”

 Kids Too

But, that’s not the end of the season. “No,” says Guthridge. “The expanded, two week Shawnee Children and Teen Theatre Workshop actually began during the week of the run up to Dial M… and they’ll have one more week with some of our actors and technical crew followed by four performances.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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