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Indiana Players, Inc. Newsletter - January 2024

We hope your 2024 is off to a great start! The Indiana Players have many exciting announcements to share and events in store for 2024!



The Seven Year Itch

Written by George Axelrod

Directed by Heather Knarr


February 2, 3, 4, and 9, 10, 11

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sunday Matinees at 2:30pm


Standard: $15

Seniors (65+): $12

Students: $12

Indiana Players Members: $10

Tickets will go on sale online at in early January and will also be available for purchase in-person at the Box Office. House and Box Office open 30 minutes before each performance. Seating for this performance is General Admission. Online ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.If you have any questions, please email

About the Show:

“Richard Sherman roams restlessly around his empty apartment, bemoaning the fact that his wife of seven years, and their son, have just walked out on him. Then, without warning, a gigantic flower pot tumbles down from an overhead balcony, nearly putting him permanently out of his misery. The jarring event has a strange effect on Richard. He now sees his marriage as wasted time and feels it necessary to exercise his libido as quickly as possible. Suddenly reborn, he invites the young woman who lives on the floor above down for an evening of temptation. The night doesn't quite go the way he thought it would, as morality and guilt sneak into his head. In his conscience—literally following him about the apartment—a soul-struggle of heroic and hilarious proportions ensues.” (Concord Theatricals)



It’s that time of year! The Indiana Players’ 13th Annual One-Acts Festival is fast approaching. Audition for a role in one or more of this year’s six original pieces! The One-Acts Festival is a great opportunity for new performers to get on-stage for the first time or busy theatre-lovers to return to the stage with a short, manageable schedule. Find more information on this year’s one-act shows below! We are offering two opportunities to audition for The 13th Annual One-Acts Festival! Auditions are open to ages 18+. No experience necessary.

OPEN AUDITIONS: February 5th and 6th | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Stop by the Philadelphia Street Playhouse any time during our open auditions. Directors of the one-act plays will provide you with scenes to read from. No preparation is required!

VIRTUAL AUDITIONS: Submissions accepted through February 9th

Fill out our online audition form and upload a video recording of a monologue of your choice!

One-Act Shows:

"Sunrise Over Kittanning"

Written & Directed by Mary Jo Bowes

Genre: Comedy

Description: Two Kittanning friends discuss relationships

Roles: 2 Males

"Welcome To The Club"

Written by Harry Decker

Directed by Eric Witmer

Genre: Drama/Horror

Description: An intelligent student is recruited to join an old, secret club whose continual mission is to save the world from itself

Roles: 4 Males, 4 Females

"Breakfast At The Pioneer Cafe"

Written By Harry Decker

Directed by Eric Witmer

Genre: Romance

Description: A traveler stops to eat at a cafe and makes a connection with another guest

Roles: 1 Male, 2 Females

"And So It Goes..."

Written & Directed by Kathleen Kerns

and Michael Schwartz

Genre: Romance

Description: Missed connections and bad timing plague a would-be couple

Roles: 1 Male, 1 Female

"Average Funeral"

Written & Directed by Eric Witmer

Genre: Comedy

Description: An attendee at a coworker's funeral is requested to deliver an exciting eulogy for their coworker's unexciting life

Roles: 3 Any (Male or Female)

"The Entertainer"

Written by Dave Tabish & Sam Sherburne

Directed by Sam Sherburne

Genre: Drama

Description: A man reflects back on childhood memories from the Pittsburgh area.

Roles: No roles available



Late last year, the Indiana Players’ Board of Directors were informed that we could no longer get the rights to produce Kimberly Akimbo as originally planned for the 2023-2024 season. We are very happy to announce that we will be replacing the empty spot in the season with a fun new take on an old classic:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Meghan N. Cronin

Assistant Directed by Bill Herring

Performances: April 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21

About the Show:

The Roaring 20’s! Victorian and Edwardian strictures are forced to give way to youthful rebellion. Young lovers run away, lured by this glitz and glam-filled underworld, seeking the freedom they don’t have at court. They are pursued by two of their peers, one trying to stop the pair and one following in hopes that she will win back her lost love. Meanwhile, a rag-tag group of blue-collar workers attempt to prepare a classic play for the Duke’s wedding. All find themselves caught in the magical crossfire of a marital spat gone awry.

Stay tuned for more information on auditions!



We were saddened to learn of the loss of a beloved member of our theatre family, Patricia Gaines-Holmes. Through her many years with the Players, as a dedicated volunteer, a steadfast audience member, and as a talented performer in her own right, Miss Patti touched so many lives. She was a strong maternal role model, a wise mentor, a fierce advocate, and a treasured friend.  We feel her loss keenly, yet we know that her beautiful presence will continue to inspire us all. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family at this difficult time.

A visitation will be held here in Indiana, PA for friends, family, and all the many people in our community whose hearts and lives have been forever touched by Miss Patricia Gaines-Holmes. For more information on the service, to send flowers, or to plant a tree in memory of Miss Patti, please visit:


Thursday, February 1, 2024

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lefdahl Funeral Home

898 Old Rte 119 N.

Indiana, PA 15701


We survive and thrive through the support of our community and volunteers like you!

There are many opportunities to get involved onstage and off. No previous experience required!*




Stage Management

Set Design and Construction

Set Decoration and Prop Design

Lighting and Sound Design

Crew (Backstage and Tech Booth)

Costume Design and Construction

Hair and Make-Up

Music (Vocal/Instrumental) and Dance

Theater Upkeep and Maintenance

Box Office/Tickets/Ushers

*Anyone interested in directing a mainstage production must have previous directing or stage management experience with the Indiana Players. Previous experience includes Mainstage and/or One-Act Festival productions. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis with approval from the Board of Directors.




Our January Volunteer of the Month is MIKE SHAFFER. Mike regularly volunteers his time as a member of the Indiana Player’s box office staff and has become a dependable leader to other volunteers both inside and outside of the box office. He lends his time and an extra hand whenever and wherever he can. Thank you, Mike, for all that you do!



You can support live, local community theater by becoming a member! Membership provides you with discounted admission at all mainstage productions and allows you to run for and elect the Board of Directors at our annual meeting each May. Fill out a membership form on our website. 

New membership tools and benefits coming soon!

Stay tuned for more information!

Annual Membership Plans:

Family Membership: $60.00

Individual Membership: $25.00

Student Membership: $20.00

Senior Membership (Ages 65+): $20.00



We need your help to allow us to grow and continue to serve the community through our art. It is only through your donations, volunteerism, and patronage that we can survive and thrive as a member of this community. We accept and appreciate any donations you are able to make to our organization. Members of our donor society receive recognition* in the season’s programs, and are categorized as follows:

Producer ($1,000+)

Director ($750 - $999)

Playwright ($500 - $749)

Actor ($250 - $499)

Stage Manager ($100 - $249)

Understudy ($50 - $99)

Donations can be made on our website,, using the yellow “Donate” button in the top left corner. You can choose to utilize a Debit/Credit Card, Bank Transfer, or a PayPal account. Physical checks can also be mailed to: Indiana Players, Inc., P.O. Box 333, Indiana, PA 15701

*if you would like your contribution to be recognized anonymously, please send an email to



Have a general question for the Indiana Players? Or maybe you have a specific question about tickets or volunteering. We have a dedicated contact to help with all your questions and concerns!


General Information - 

Show Submissions - 

Volunteer Coordinator - 



Katrina Kayden, President

Bill Herring, Vice President/Artistic Director

Sharon Herring, Secretary

Kathy Kerns, Treasurer

Richard Smith, Theater Manager

Vanessa Arvidson, Publicity Director

Eric Witmer, Fundraising Manager



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