John Putch Returns to Totem Pole Playhouse, Directs 45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY

Totem Pole Playhouse is proud to welcome back to The Playhouse, John Putch, to direct the hilarious Neil Simon comedy, 45 Seconds From Broadway, opening in June 2010. John Putch began his professional career at the age of five, performing in the Totem Pole Playhouse production of Showboat in 1966. He is the son of the former Playhouse Artistic Director, the late William H. Putch, and actress Jean Stapleton. For well over 20 years, John has enjoyed a successful career in television and film, both as an actor and director. His television directing credits include: "Scrubs," "Cougar Town," "My Name Is Earl," "Ugly Betty," "Grounded For Life," "Son Of The Beach" and multiple television movies and mini-series. Notable film directing credits include: Valerie Flake, Bachelorman, Mojave Phone Booth, American Pie: The Book of Love, and Route 30. The sequel to Route 30, Route 30, TOO!, begins production in Franklin and Adams County in the Fall of 2010.

"some of the best theater I've ever experienced has been at the Totem Pole Playhouse. I look forward to stepping into the director's chair and doing my best not to screw it up. They do have chairs for the director....right?"
-John Putch

We'll find a chair for you, John. If anything, we will just give you Ray's!


Throughout our 60 years of professional theatre, many great performers and directors have graced the great stage at Totem Pole Playhouse. This Summer, many of our favorites are coming back to the forest to share their talents and help us celebrate our anniversary. We are honored to have the following members of the Totem Pole Galaxy of Stars back to Caledonia for our 2010 Season.

Wil Love: Here Lies Jeremy Troy (1971) 45 Seconds from Broadway & Unnecessary Farce (2010)

Ed Gotwalt "Mister Ed" January Thaw (1975) 45 Seconds from Broadway (2010)

Carl Schurr: January Thaw (1975) Director, Sisters of Swing (2010)

Jack Rowles: The Corn is Green (1982) Sisters of Swing (2010)

Jan Puffer: Move Over Mrs. Markham (1987) Choreography, Sisters of Swing (2010)

Shirelyann Kaladjian: Voice of the Turtle (1987) Unnecessary Farce (2010)

Katrina Yaukey: A Christmas Carol (1989) Carnival (1988) Sisters of Swing (2010)

Molly Lahr: A Christmas Carol (1989) Pirates of Penzance (2000) Sisters of Swing (2010)

Alex Webb: Charley's Aunt (1990) The Coward and The Glory (2010)

Catherine Blaine: Dracula (1993) 45 Seconds from Broadway (2010)

David Hemsley Caldwell: Smoke on the Mountain Actor & Director (1997) Choreographer, Ruthless! The Musical (2010)

Tess Hartman: Smoke on the Mountain (1997) 45 Seconds from Broadway (2010)

Darren Server: Musical Director, Tintypes (2004) Musical Director, Sisters of Swing (2010)

Ray Ficca: Funny Money (2005) The Complete History of America (abridged) & Unnecessary Farce (2010)

Paris Peet: Funny Money (2005) The Coward and The Glory (2010)

Dustin Loomis: Write Me A Murder (2007) The Coward and The Glory (2010)

Larry Dahlke: Cotton Patch Gospel (2009) The Coward and The Glory & Unnecessary Farce (2010)

Jennifer Timberlake: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! (2009) Ruthless! The Musical (2010)

Jenna Sokolowski: I Hate Hamlet (2009) The Coward and The Glory, Unnecessary Farce, & Ruthless! The Musical (2010)


Caledonia for our 2010 Season.
For information on the 2010 Season call 888-805-7056 or visit

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