Honoring Playhouse Legends

 
Begun in 2011 and leading up to our 100th birthday in 2019, the Playhouse honors Playhouse Legends, whose talent and devotion to our theatre over a long period of time have helped set the high standards of entertainment, professionalism, and quality that our audiences expect today. Legends understand the life-changing power and importance of theatre in our community because they, themselves, have lived it.

2017 Honorees

  • Steve Berry, first show was Jabberwock, 1974
  • Gina Gedler, first show was Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, 1983
  • Linda Juckette, first show was Man of La Mancha, 1979
  • Joe Tish, first show was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1994
  • Shirley Brower, first show was Look Homeward, Angel, 1960
  • Marion Cowper Rae, first show was Anna Christie, 1928
  • Richard Wulf, first show was Born Yesterday, 1950

2016 Honorees

  • Verner Haldene
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Phyllis Love
  • Eddie Rissien

 2013 Honorees

  • Dale Berry, first show was The Clown Who Ran Away, 1966
  • Jo Berry, first show was The Sound of Music, 1973
  • Kathi Fieldsend, first show was Cabaret, 1988
  • Lenny Houts, first show was The Music Man, 1984
  • Henrietta Kagin, first show was Our Town, 1959
  • Phyllis Mumford, first show was The Sound of Music, 1973

2012 Honorees

  • Michael Cornelison, first show was Beauty and the Beast, 1963
  • Pearl Faessler, first show was Auntie Mame, 1963
  • Maxwell Schaeffer, first show was Woman in Mind, 1990
  • Toni Pickard, first show was The Philadelphia Story, 1957
  • Ruthanne Silverstein, first show was Guys & Dolls, 1958
  • Lloyd Von Hagen, first show was The Tender Trap, 1960

2011 Honorees

  • Al Downey, first show was Madwoman of Chaillot, 1960
  • Jeanne Hopson, first show was Damn Yankees, 1960
  • Jack Mishler, first show was Ah, Wilderness!, 1942
  • John Thompson, first show was The Traitor, 1950