Into The Woods Completes Successful Run

On February 21, Southwest Playhouse performed its last production of Into the Woods, one of Stephen Sondheim's more musically challenging works. The cast of twenty brought numerous fairy tales to life on a beautifully constructed set, made possible by Christy Russell, Dean McSpadden, Scott Campbell, and Gerald Kelley, with costuming by Director Julie Barnett, all complimented by the stunning lighting design by Dean McSpadden, and our light board operator Ashley Roever. Emma Brown ran 10 mics, two of which are brand new thanks to our fundraising efforts, as well as all of the sound cues for Into the Woods. This tech heavy show challenged our players and crew in ways that have never been realized at Southwest Playhouse before, and the Board of Directors is excited about this step into different kinds of theatre.

Southwest Playhouse saw nearly 900 patrons enter our doors to enter the Woods. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the release of our next season, and we hope to see you in April for our production of All My Sons! 

Into the Woods Company begins Work on Major Musical

Rehearsals have begun for the major musical at Southwest Playhouse Inc.! Into the Woods is cast and the players are working very hard on the music and will soon begin work on blocking the show. As told by the Narrator, the show is a twist on many of your childhood fairytale favorites. This is the story of the "ever after" after "happily ever after."  

As in real life, the story line by James Lapine conveys how we all live with our own choices and their consequences. It is filled with fun and frivolity, at times poignant precious moments and fantastic phenomenal musical numbers!  The voices in the show are exceptional and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics will forever resound in your memory. Makeup designs are already being applied, the set is in process of being built and costumes are being considered. Director Julie Barnett can hardly contain herself at the prospects of such a wonderful show! This production will prove to be one of the most ambitious productions that SWPH has taken on. The company is up for the challenge and will be sure to delight audience members! 

Company members include:


  • Narrator/Mysterious Man - Dean McSpadden; 
  • Cinderella - Charissa Berrong
  • Jack - Josh McSpadden 
  • Jack's Mother - Melissa McSpadden
  • Baker - Sean Williams 
  • Baker's Wife - Julie Williams 
  • Cinderella's Stepmother - Christy Russell
  • Florinda - Lily Dowdy 
  • Lucinda - Ashlin Murray 
  • Little Red Ridinghood - Karlee Liner 
  • Witch- Blair Barnett
  • Cinderella's Mother - Cara McKay 
  • Wolf - Zach Perry 
  • Granny - Kristin Blakeburn 
  • Rapunzel - Ashley Underwood 
  • Rapunzel's Prince - Connor Simmons 
  • Cinderella's Prince - Michael Berrong
  • Steward - Connor Williams 
  • Giant - Emma Brown 
  • Snow White - Hannah Detweiler
  • Sleeping Beauty - Addi Duerksen


  • Director/Costume Designer/Set Designer - Julie K. Barnett
  • Music Director - Melissa Mcspadden
  • Stage Manager/Sound Designer/Costume Crew - Emma Brown
  • Costume Crew/Sound Crew - Cara McKay
  • LightingDesigner - Dean McSpadden
  • Light Board Operator - Ashley Roever
  • Makeup/Hair Designer - Jill Powell 
  • Makeup/Hair Crew - Kirsten Bangeman and Ella Barnett 
  • Properties Designer - Ashley Underwood 
  • Set Artist - Christy Russell
  • Set Construction - Scott Campbell
  • Box Office - Sharon Hull 
  • Usher Coordinator - Tracye Kelly

Be sure and put February 12th through the 14th and the 18th through the 21st on your calendars to see this unforgettable, beautiful production at Southwest Playhouse where we strive to bring you the absolute best in live theatrical entertainment.

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane at Southwest Playhouse was a complete success! We had at least 160 people in our audience, and we could not have asked for a more responsive, supportive crowd. Southwest Playhouse was full of laughter, and at times we all cried together as we remembered past performances at our beloved community theatre. 

Our cast was complete with 31 people, including Terry and Linda Brooks, who were very involved in the 80s at SWPH; Keith Taggart, a last minute surprise cast member who was involved in the 70s; and of course, Kitty King Fisher, one of our founding members. Terry brought me to tears with his rendition of “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Keith and Kitty reprised a scene from The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Keith told me after dress rehearsal that he never expected to have this opportunity with Kitty again. Looking at her, she had the same depth of character and spark in her eyes that she had in 1977, the year Molly Brown hit our stage. 

Down Memory Lane raised $2,821.00! We also received a grant from the MT and Helen Gholston Charitable Trust to match what we raised up to $2,500.00. So in total, we raised $5,321.00! All of this money will go toward updating our sound system, lighting system, 

and any other technical areas that need to be improved in the theatre. We sold numerous SWPH 50th anniversary t-shirts, two beautiful 50th anniversary cakes, and our audience was so very generous. We at SWPH are humbled by the support shown for this event. Community theatre would not exist without the community. 

Don’t forget that season tickets are still available! They can cut the cost of attending a show in half, and you are also able to reserve your tickets a day earlier than our general audiences! Wizard of Oz opens in September, and I hope to see you there to support the asset to our community that is Southwest Playhouse.