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Theatre Production History

More than 200 productions have entertained and enlightened our campus and community since Margaret Corbet first directed Polished Pebbles in 1925. Here is a brief history of Centralia College’s theatre productions:


4000 Miles, The Female Odd Couple, Fiddler on the Roof; Players Club Productions - The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery, Seven Ways to Say I Love you


*Who Am I This Time? and Other Conundrums of Love; Eurydice; Once On This Island
*Centralia College’s 200th production


The Last Five Years; A Girl’s Guide to Coffee; Speech & Debate;
The Real Inspector Hound; The Giver


UP; Almost, Maine; Quilters


On the Verge; The Play’s the Thing; Check, Please!; Just Plain Jane


Shipwrecked; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Great Cross Country Race


Dracula: the Untold Story The Heart Has Its Season, Pt. II; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Twelfth Night


Third, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, The Heart Has Its Season, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Rabbit Hole, The Great Cross Country Race


Picasso at the Lapin Agile, You Can't Take It With You, Biloxi Blues, A Midsummer Night's Dream


Barrymore, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, In the Sawtooths, Nunsensations!, Weekend Live


Mere Mortals, Peter Pan, The Two Gentlemen of Verona


Fuddy Meers, Northwest Passage, Pippin, The Great Cross Country Race


Talking With, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Much Ado About Nothing


"ART," Fortinbras, The Little Shop of Horrors, A Midsummer Night's Dream


Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Ordinary People, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Importance of Being Earnest


The Taming of the Shrew, A Few Good Men, West Side Story, Bang, Bang You're Dead, Love or Baseball


The Comedy of Errors, The Diviners, The Pirates of Penzance


As Bees In Honey Drown, Forever Plaid, Private Eyes, Psychopathis Sexualis


Woofer, the Psychic Dog, Children of Eden, The Curate Shakespeare, As You Like It


The Yellow Boat, A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine, The House of Yes


Twelve Angry Jurors, The Compleat Shkspr Abridged, True West, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


All in the Timing, As Is, Dancing at Lughnasa, Into the Woods


Lost in Yonkers, Our Town, Scapino!, Damn Yankees, Parallel Lives, The Kathy and Mo Show


The Boys Next Door, The Grapes of Wrath, The Heidi Chronicles, Godspell, Lend Me a Tenor


Steel Magnolias, Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown


The Nerd, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Grease


The following shows were produced and/or directed by Phillip Wickstrom, 1962-1991; they are not in chronological order:
Outward Bound, The Typist and the Tiger, Noah, The Importance of Being Earnest, Antigone, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Village Wooing, Passion, Poison and Petrification, Box and Cox, The Bald Soprano, The Lesson, No Exit, Let's Get a Divorce, Mother Courage and Her Children, Hello Out There, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Endgame, The 12 Pound Look, LUV, Charley's Aunt, Admirable Chrichton, The Public Eye, The Private Ear, John Brown's Body, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Jewish Wife, Dial "M" For Murder, Trial by Jury, Picnic on the Battlefield

Corbet Hall opened in 1972, and the following productions were staged there:
The Pirates of Penzance, The Hostage, A Flea in Her Ear, Born Yesterday, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, I Am a Camera, Company of Wayward Saints, Finnigan's Rainbow, Playboy of the Western World, Riders to the Sea, Time of Your Life, Oklahoma, The Homecoming, Mame, Crimes of the Heart, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon-Marigolds, The Potting Shed, The Adding Machine, R.U.R., Hot L Baltimore, Of Mice and Men, Tartuffe, The Lady's Not For Burning, Awake and Sing, All My Sons, The Taste of Honey, Up the Hill Apiece, The Norman Conquest, Ubu Roy, The Physician In Spite of Himself, Night Must Fall, The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch, Arms and the Man, Black Comedy, Thurber Carnival, Nurse Jane Goes To Hawaii, The Tavern, Twelfth Night, Play Without Words, The Firebugs, Noises Off, The Elephant Man, Deathtrap, Blood Wedding, The Water Engine and Mr. Happiness, Picnic, The Real Inspector Hound, You Can't Take It With You, La Rond, Krapp's Last Tape


A number of different directors produced the following 15 plays:
1963: The White Sheep of the Family; Director: Ed Eaton
1962: The Curious Savage; Director: Ed Eaton
1961: Outward Bound; Director: Ed Eaton
1960: Blithe Spirit; Director: Frank Rosa
1959: Dial "M" For Murder; Director: Frank Rosa
1958: You Can't Take It With You; Director: Frank Rosa
1957: The Rainmaker; Director: Ruth Stauffer
1956: My Three Angels; Director: Richard Lindner
1955: Harvey; Director: Norma Leigh Rudinsky
1954: The Brat; Director: Norma Leigh
1953: The Late Christopher Bean; The Blazer Blackouts; Director: Norma Leigh
1952: Sod, Sparkin'; After the Tempest; Director: Lucille Johnson
1951: The Man Who Came to Dinner; Director: Donald Houghton


The first 11 productions produced at Centralia College were directed by Margaret Corbet:
1950: Wings of the Morning
1949: Strange Boarders (rehearsed but not performed due to the 1949 earthquake)
1948: Ladies of the Jury
1947: Captain Applejack
1943: The Miser
No other plays performed during the WWII years (1940-46)
1930: You Never Can Tell
1928: Captain Applejack
1926-1927: Polish Pebbles; Wisdom Teeth; Stop Thief

Corbet Theatre

Contact Drama Department

Emmy Kreilkamp
Assistant Professor