Executive Director Note

Playhouse in the Park's Executive Director Lisa Cope welcomes everyone to Murray's community theatre and says if you'd like more information about auditions or ways to help, send her an email any time.

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Volunteer at Playhouse

Volunteers are our favorite people! It's absolutely true - without volunteers, there is no community theatre. And we think our volunteers are the very best anywhere! 

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2017 PIP Award Winners

Here are the big winners from this weekend's PIP Awards. Congrats to all the volunteers who work their magic!

LEAD ACTOR – COMEDY or DRAMA: Brad Brauser as Paul Miller in Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

LEAD ACTRESS – COMEDY or DRAMA: Corrie Johnson as Annelle in Steel Magnolias

LEAD ACTOR – MUSICAL: Logan English as Jesus in Godspell

LEAD ACTRESS – MUSICAL: Tessa Northcutt as Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress

SUPPORTING ACTOR – COMEDY or DRAMA: Tim Vaughan in The Dining Room

SUPPORTING ACTRESS – COMEDY or DRAMA: Sabry Poor Milford as Shelby in Steel Magnolias

SUPPORTING ACTOR – MUSICAL: Josh Ray Brower as John/Judas in Godspell

SUPPORTING ACTRESS – MUSICAL: Vicki Nix Morton as Marilla Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables

DIRECTOR – COMEDY or DRAMA: Lissa Graham-Schneider for The Dining Room

DIRECTOR – MUSICAL: Donald Fleming for Once Upon a Mattress

STAGE MANAGER: Kevin Swartz for Anne of Green Gables

SET DESIGN: Jeff Miller for Anne of Green Gables

PROPS: Erica Benedict for Once Upon a Mattress

LIGHTING DESIGN: Donald Fleming and Jordan Lax for Godspell

SOUND DESIGN: Hannah Derby for Godspell

COSTUME DESIGN: Jaleelah Renfroe, Bonnie Snellen, Nancy Dycus, Vicki Nix Morton, Marci Jo Gardner-Edmonds, Pat DeVaney, Lis Jones, Karlee Riley, Mary Jo Snellen, and Lindsey Harlan for Once Upon a Mattress

CHOREOGRAPHY: Savannah Poor and Josh Ray Brower for Once Upon a Mattress

MUSICAL DIRECTION: Mark Dycus for Godspell

MAKEUP: Kelsey Booth for Godspell

SET DECORATION: Lis Jones, Marisa Smith, Valera Brooks, Madelyn Witte, Pam Rockwell, and Bridget Poor for Steel Magnolias

SHOW OF THE YEAR: Anne of Green Gables


PIP ICON: Rusty Jones


Upcoming Events at PIP

- Coming up next:  AUDITIONS for 1776 July 9 - 10

11 Males, 2 Females + Ensemble

See audition link for more information. 

-NEW YORK CITY, June 2018 – We’re going to NYC next June!  If you would like some info, message Lisa with your mailing address and she will send a brochure to you, DEADLINE is MAY 10.

-BOX OF FROGS present: Legally Blonde,Jr., The Musical  June 1-3

Join our terrific Box of Frogs for their high energy spring musical! Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by glittery pink storm in this upbeat adaptation of the hit film and award-winning Broadway musical. Legally Blonde the Musical, Jr. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show's instantly recognizable songs are filed with humor, wit and sass - leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink.

-Old Duffers & Powder Puffers present: "An Evening of Fun"

June 9 at 6pm, June 10 at 2pm


In 2010, Playhouse in the Park partnered with Murray-Calloway Senior Citizens Center for the creation of a senior citizens theatre troupe, Old Duffers & Powder Puffers. This group continues to thrive. The troupe works as a reader’s theatre, meaning that memorization is not an issue. They initially worked with old radio scripts, but now include many other types of material. Twice a year, the Duffers & Puffers offer an “Evening of Fun” where they perform radio scripts, original material, one-act plays, and humorous skits. Join us for lots of belly laughs and heartwarming moments!


2018 Audience Survey

Thank you for taking a few minutes to take the 2018 Playhouse in the Park Audience Survey:

Take the Survey Here >

Opening Soon

June 21-30, 2018--7pm

Directed by: Laverne Waldrop

Musical Director Tanner Jones

Show Sponsor by: WKMS

Season Sponsor by: The Murray Bank

Next to Normal is an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for sixteen years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart. This deeply moving piece of theatre is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Show is sponsored by WKMS

Playhouse After Dark was conceived 4 years ago as an opportunity to focus on contemporary shows that portray a variety of adult themes that encourage thought provoking conversations. These productions are for mature audiences. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.