‘The Pink Panther Strikes Again’ this week at PCPH

Monday, July 8, 2024
Taking part in a chase that will lead all over Europe this week and next at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre are (from left) Dr. Fassbender (Sam Draper), Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Dan Hankee) and Margot Fassbender (Ruby Sullivan). The Putnam County Playhouse will present “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” a total of seven different evenings — July 11-13 and 17-20.

The 63rd season at Putnam County Playhouse continues with director Shelly McFadden’s production of “The Pink Panther Strikes Again.”

The comedy will be onstage July 11-13 and 17-20 at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre. All tickets are $15, and all performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 653-5880 between 5-7 p.m. daily Monday through Saturday. There are no online sales.

The show is being sponsored by Greene Realty.

In a plot that follows the same-named movie closely, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Dan Hankee) is being stalked by his nemesis former Inspector Dreyfuss (Brad Sandy).

Oblivious to his former boss’s hatred, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Dan Hankee) throws an arm around Inspector Dreyfuss onstage at Hazel Day Longden Theatre as the Putnam County Playhouse presents “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” this week and next.

When inventor of the Doomsday Machine Dr. Fassbender (Sam Draper) and his daughter Margot (Ruby Sullivan) are kidnapped, Clouseau is assigned to the case — and the chase is on all over Europe. He is joined by the sultry Olga (Fawn McFadden Helmer), whose loyalty comes into question.

Major supporting roles are taken by Bart Jones, Joshua Saul Bain, Brian Cox, Alan Zerkel, William Dory, Ric McFadden and Cameron Wunderlich.

The large cast has many performers who play multiple roles including Kathy Arnold, Tara Smith, Jack Randall Earles, Anna Harris and Brandon Wunderlich. Also appearing are Kathryn Dory and Jennifer Wunderlich.

The Pink Panthers are Joey Draper, Joe Fields, and cast members Kathryn Dory, Harris, Sullivan and all three Wunderlichs.

One of the actual “Pink Panthers” who will serve as the crew for the Putnam County Playhouse Production of “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” Joey Draper shares a moment onstage with Dan Hankee, who plays the leading role of Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

Harris is also the assistant director. Light and sound design is by Dustin Bond. Set design is by McFadden Helmer. The light board operator is Emma (McFadden) Bousman, and the sound board operator is Ally (McFadden) Taylor. Stage Manager is Brandon Wunderlich and the stage crew are The Pink Panthers.

Costumes are by Harris and Shelly McFadden.

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