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December 2001
Germantown Thespian
Alumni Banquet

Magical Moments and Memories

The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Poplar Pike Playhouse was an experience to remember. The kick off event was a Friday night opening reception at the Germantown Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. On Saturday night, the PPP 25th Anniversary Celebration Banquet was held at the Peabody Hotel Continental Ballroom. On Sunday, a reception, tours, and a 6-hour Live Telethon on GHS-TV all happened on the Germantown High campus. Over 340 alumni, parents, and friends of the Playhouse returned to celebrate the occasion.

25th Anniversary Celebration:

  • Friday Night Reception
    The PPP 25th Year Celebration began with an informal gathering at the Germantown Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, where alumni got reacquainted.

  • The Banquet
    The gala PPP 25th Anniversary Alumni Banquet at the Peabody Hotel was the largest and best ever. Alumni Banquet Chair Kimberly Heimert and Dan McCleary hosted an incredible night filled with magical moments and memories.
  • The Skit
    A special presentation entitled 25 Years: The Command Performance written by Ted Horrell and Dan McCleary was the highlight of the night. With numerous "guest" stars such as Chris Parnell, Missi Pyle, Wes Day, Jim Barrett, Tyler Warfield, and Scott Genkinger and special "phantom" appearances by Ernest L. Chism, Edith Taylor, Almeda Zent, and Karen Dean, the skit brought alumni back on the stage.
  • The Telethon
    The PPP 25th Year Celebration continued through Sunday with tours of the PPP facility and GHS-TV studios at Germantown High School. A special tribute in honor of the Poplar Pike Playhouse took place at GHS-TV as the fun-filled, six hour Live telethon drew alumni to the set with interviews and clips from PPP's most memorable shows.


  • The Commemorative Album
    Created by the students, teachers, and alumni of the GHS Fine Arts Department, a Commemorative Album chronicling the many magical years of the PPP was presented at the banquet. The 52 page color booklet highlights the great Playhouse moments of the last 25 years.

  • Moments in Time, a Poplar Pike Playhouse Documentary
    Alumnus David Hershey produced, directed, and edited this unique documentary which reviews the last 25 years of the Playhouse through the eyes of its alumni and teachers.

    The video album, the commemorative booklet, the alumni newsletter, and a current alumni directory are available for purchase. Please mail a check for $45.00 ($40.00 + $5.00 shipping and handling) to:

Poplar Pike Playhouse
7653 Old Poplar Pike
Germantown, TN 38138

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