Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 08:31

We're so pleased with the cast for this year's Shakespeare in the Park.  Please mark your calendars!  Two locations spread over three weekends:
August 12-13, 19-20 (Preston Park)
August 26-27 (Zelienople Park Ampitheatre)

Duke Orsino: Daniel Williams
Captain, Priest, Officer: Thom Hilliard
Viola: Jud Stewart
Feste: John Henry Steelman
Olivia: Phil Ball
Malvolio: Stefan Lingenfelter
Sir Andrew Aguecheek: Justin Anderson
Sir Toby Belch: Bob Meals
Maria: Louis Hutmire
Sebastian: Elijah Errington
Antonio: Justin Macurdy

Stage Manager: Isabel Johnson
Producer: Elizabeth Smith
Director: Kenny Smith
Costumes: BJ and Brianna Herr, Kenny Smith

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 07:53

hobnob theatre co. is pleased to announce our cast for our spring show at the Art Center!

ART by Yazmina Reza

Serge - Greg Crawford
Marc - Tom Smithyman
Yvan - Jud Michael Stewart

Director: Casey Bowser
Stage Manager: Shannon Green
Producers: Ken and Elizabeth Smith


Show dates are March 31, April 1, 2, 7 & 8 in the main art gallery inside the Art Center in Butler on Main Street.  Stay tuned to social media for ticket sale information.  

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 06:45


Congratulations to the cast of the 5th annual production of hobnob theatre's A Christmas Carol, on the Succop Theater stage at BC3 on December 16, 17, and 18. Tickets will be on sale around Thanksgiving. Stay posted to our Facebook page ( or our web site for ticket information.


Ebenezer Scrooge - Bob Meals
Jacob Marley - John Henry Steelman
Ghost of Christmas Past - Sarah Altomari
Ghost of Christmas Present - Sarah McAllister
Ghost of Christmas Future - Henry Marquiss
Bob Cratchit - Aaron Zimmerman
Mrs. Cratchit - Lorraine Martin
Martha Cratchit - Madelyn Kelly
Peter Cratchit - DJ Higby
Belinda Cratchit - Natalie Marquiss
Boy Cratchit - Simon Bianchin
Girl Cratchit - Julia Bianchin
Tiny Tim - TBA
Fan (Scrooge's Sister) - Rachel Wayne
Boy Scrooge - Owen Boring
Fred - Kevin Lukacs
Mrs. Fred - Kara Whitmire
Charitable 1 - Elijah Errington
Charitable 2 - Samuel Kelly
Jane - Carolee Kamensky
Ellen- Kelsey Walls
Anne - Camille Bupp
Mr. Fezziwig - Brian Barnhart
Mrs. Fezziwig - Amy Cannard
Belle Fezziwig - Bella Johnson
Young Scrooge - Elijah Errington
Dick Wilkins - Samuel Kelly
Topper - Samuel Kelly
Ellen - Kelsey Walls
Charwoman - Kelly Hanson
Laundress - Allison Torres
Old Joe - John Henry Steelman
Caroline - Jackie Higby
Young Husband - Samuel Kelly
Intelligent, Fine Lad - Liliana Kish
Lamplighter/Narrator - Steve Fogle

Kimberly Bingham
Shakara Wiles
Angela Higby
Jackie Higby

Young Carolers
Dyllan Cole
Adam Smith
Charlotte Boring
Conner Kelly
Abigail Kelly
Sarah Bupp
Konner Burek
Piper Lindsay
David Tomko
Julane Tomko
Tyler Higby
Isaac Hanson
Sophie Hanson
Ava Gerber
Bria Gerber

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 17:57

Why would any 21st century woman want to portray the role of Kate, if the play is about a man “beating a woman into submission?”  Because this play isn’t about that. What is really a love story between two intelligent and strong characters frequently gets misinterpreted by too many productions, missing the point entirely. And it’s easy to misinterpret through the eyes of 21st-century artists.

Most of Shakespeare’s works were inspired by stories and other plays of the day.  Another play performed in Shakespeare’s day was The Taming of A Shrew (author unknown) where a wife is literally tortured and brainwashed into thinking her neck will be wrung if she doesn’t obey and submit to her husband’s wishes. Shakespeare’s story of Kate and Petruchio offered his audience a radical view of mutual love and submission between men and women. In a time when women were kept silent and looked upon as property, and were married off for financial gain, Shakespeare gives his Kate the loudest and strongest voice (and longest speech of the play).

I’ll close with my favorite quote about these characters from Meryl Streep, who played Kate opposite Raul Julia’s Petruchio in New York in 1974:

“We accept a mother laying down her life for her children.  Why can’t we lay down our lives for our husbands? Love is absolute selflessness. Why is it so hard for today’s audience to hear a woman say, ‘This is my life, my food, my happiness, my Lord, my everything.’”

I hope that amid the fun slap-stick, the wacky costumes, and the mistaken identities you’ll witness in this play, you’ll also see a modern-day love story.

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 06:58

We are pleased to announce our cast for Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan.  Production dates are April 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9 at the Butler Art Center.  

Mrs. Erlynne - Heidi Nicholls
Lady Windermere - Megan Flannery
Lord Windermere - Casey Bowser
Lord Darlington - Justin Anderson
Lord Augustus - Greg Crawford
Duchess of Berwick - Katy Wayne
Cecil Graham - Phil Ball
Lady Agatha - Holly Furman
Lady Plymdale - Erin Mossman Colkitt
Lady Jedburgh - Michelle Hayden
Parker - Thom Hilliard
Mr. Hopper - Jake Kyriazis

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 05:49

We're excited to announce our cast for our 4th Annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol!  Our production runs on December 18, 19 and 20 at the Succop Theatre at Butler County Community College. Tickets will go on sale after Thanksgiving.

Ebenezer Scrooge - Greg Crawford
Jacob Marley - Bob Meals
Ghost of Christmas Past - Shannon Donovan
Ghost of Christmas Present - Kara Whitmire
Ghost of Christmas Future - Henry Marquiss
Bob Cratchit - Aaron Zimmerman
Mrs. Cratchit - Katy Wayne
Martha Cratchit - Chesna Tomko
Peter Cratchit - Anthony Tomko
Belinda Cratchit - Jackie Higby
Boy Cratchit - Tyler Higby
Girl Cratchit - Natalie Marquiss
Tiny Tim - Owen Boring
Fan (Scrooge's Sister) - Madelyn Kelly
Boy Scrooge - Joshua Kison
Fred - Ryan Stephen
Mrs. Fred - Sarah McAllister
Gentlelady 1 - Mea Hunter
Gentlelady 2 - Karen Blackburn
Jane - Michelle Hayden
Mary - Angela Higby
Emma - Victoria Witouski
Mr. Fezziwig - Thom Hilliard
Mrs. Fezziwig - Tricia Eichler
Belle Fezziwig - Isabel Johnson
Young Scrooge - Jake Kyriazis
Dick Wilkins - Noah Logan
Topper - Josh Donovan
Ellen - Isabelle Davison
Charwoman - Shannon Donovan
Laundress - Kelly Hanson
Old Joe - Bob Meals
Caroline - Carolee Kamensky
Poor Husband - Noah Logan
Intelligent, fine lad - Wyatt Yates
Lamplighter - Kenny Smith

Young Carolers
Ava Soley
Dyllan Cole
Liam McGee
Sophie Hanson
Isaac Hanson
Charlotte Boring
Sarah Bupp
Julane Tomko
David Tomko
Abigail Kelly
Connor Kelly
Rachel Wayne
Rowan Smith
Sawyer Smith
Adam Smith
Julia Bianchin
Simon Bianchin

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 18:45


We are excited to announce the cast for this summer's Shakespeare in the Park production As You Like It, to be performed at Preston Park, July 24, 25, 26, 31, August 1, 2

Directed by Phillip Ball
Stage Managers: Shannon Green and Brynne Hambley
Produced by Ken and Liz Smith
Costumes by B.J. Herr



Rosalind: Megan Flannery
Orlando: Andrew Hutmire
Celia: Carly McCann
Oliver: Justin Anderson
Touchstone: Daniel Williams
Audrey: Rachel Lambert
Jaques: Louis Hutmire
Silvius: Kevin Lukacs
Phebe: Holly Furman
Duke Frederick / Duke Senior:   Stephen Fogle
Corin: Amy Cannard
Le Beau: Lorraine Martin
William: Jake Kyriazis
Sir Oliver Martext: Bob Meals
Charles the Wrestler: Elijah Errington



  This production is sponsored by Diehl Toyota of Butler




Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 15:05


It's my favorite question - in pretty much all applications, but especially when talking about theatre and the arts. 

But, funny enough, it's the one thing not included on the poster or other advertising. In the advertising you get "The What" (in our case, Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30) - "The Where" (Butler Art Center) - "The Who" (hobnob theatre company) and "The When" (8PM, I know what its called, but would you rather wrap at 10 or 10:30?). 

Why no why? I think it has something to do with people having to take a deeper look at themselves. And that is one of the main reasons why I wanted to direct Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30. 

Noel Coward's wit and observations as to how people interact with each other I find fascinating. He does such a great job at creating situations that bring out the best and the worst in people. I like Coward best when he focuses on the every day instead of the large scale incidence - the genuine moments instead of the manufactured. Tonight at 8:30 has several offerings that spotlight real moments. 

Why Still Life, Family Album and Hands Across the Sea?  I wanted the evening to be fun but have substance, to tell good stories but do so in a timely manner. I find that fun is inversely proportionate to the amount of time one has to sit quietly in a chair.  

Still Life gave me my substance. And despite five scenes spanning a year it clocked in around 47 minutes. I found my First Act. It also provided me with many moments. In this play, moments became a much indicator of time than the calendar. Where the characters were in their relationships with each other said way more than the date scribbled quickly on a chalkboard in the dark.

Family Album I picked solely on time. It was quirky sure but more importantly it was going to clock in around 25 minutes leaving us plenty of time for a third show. BUT...THEN...something happened. The show began to sparkle. It began to shine. As a group we found layers and subtext and character and honesty and a bunch of quirk but MOST importantly a heart. So in 25 minutes - that's layers, subtext, character, honesty, quirk and heart. Quite a lot in 25 minutes. 

Hands Across the Sea being the last show of our evening gave us our drinking, frivolity and hypocrisy that many may associate with Noel Coward. Its a show that makes your head spin and probably left some audience members with a feeling of "I don't know what just happened but, wow, that was fun!" I, myself, have left many a parties feeling the exact same way.  

As for the group as a whole, in which I include myself, I had but two goals. One, present a top notch evening of theatre with the precision and attention to detail that the plays deserve. Two, have the group grow as a team and individually so that the next time we all work together we are that much better. 

Opening night I sent everyone the message below because I thought it summed up our goals nicely - its a quote from Noel Coward -

     “Work hard, do the best you can, don't ever lose faith in yourself and take no notice of what other people say about you.” 

And if that didn't speak to them - I included another Coward quote -

      "Just say the lines and don't trip over the furniture."

Much like Tonight at 8:30  - a balance between substance and frivolity - that's why.

Casey Bowser

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 15:32

We are pleased to announce the cast for our spring production, Tonight at 8:30: Still Life, Family Album, and Hands Across the Sea by Noel Coward.  Congratulations to the cast members, and thank you to everyone who came out to audition!

Director: Casey Bowser
Stage Manager: Shannon Green
Cast Members:

  Phil Ball
  Greg Crawford
  Holly Furman
  Karen Justi
  Kevin Lukacs
  Sarah McAllister
  Heidi Nicholls
  Elizabeth Smith
  Tom Smithyman
  Austin Uram

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 06:30

For the third year, hobnob coached several students for the Pittsburgh Public Theater's annual Shakespeare Monologue and Scene contest.  Over 1000 students perform bits of the Bard's plays during the two week contest.  

In yesterday's 4:00 time slot, the group performed along with students from Central Catholic, Winchester Thurston, and the Indiana Players.
Elijah Errington, Madison Burtner, and Kara Whitmire performed a funny and physical scene from The Comedy of Errors, Act 2 Scene 1.  Kara performed a monologue as Portia from The Merchant of Venice.  And Madison performed Paulina from The Winter's Tale.
Chesna Tomko, Anthony Tomko, Coral Sweetapple, and Rowan and Sawyer Smith performed the wrestling scene from As You Like It.  Chesna performed Helena from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Noelle Ledford performed "the quality of mercy" monologue from The Merchant of Venice.