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Plain and Fancy (25th Anniversary Production)

May 28-Oct 22
Book by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman
Music by Albert Hague
Lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

A New Yorker and his sophisticated girlfriend drive down around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to sell a piece of property. Here they meet the Amish folk, whose convoluted English speech, clothes and habits haven’t changed for centuries. The clash of cultures educates and entertains at the same time in this quaint musical comedy. It was the first Broadway show for both composer Albert Hague and author Joseph Stein who each went on to win Tony awards for Redhead and Fiddler On The Roof, respectively.


Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Silver Anniversary Press Release
25th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion
Plain and Fancy Quilt Givaway
Read a Recent Review of Plain and Fancy in The Papers

Plain and Fancy (25th Anniversary)
Archive Photographs



A Note from the Director…

Amish AcresPlain and Fancy opened on Broadway in January of 1955 and it ran a little over a year.  Here at Amish Acres, Plain and Fancy is opening for its 25th year.  On Broadway that year, other openings included Damn Yankees, Pipe Dream, Inherit the Wind, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Matchmaker, the play Hello Dolly is based on.  Revivials that year included Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Finian’s Rainbow and six Gilbert and Sullivan productions.  Movie musicals were released of Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls and Kismet. Popular music included hits like Love and Marriage, Only You and Unchained Melody.  In homage to this rich period, the preshow music and intermission music will feature songs from 1955. For me, it is a pleasure to be directing this show for my second year.  I thoroughly love the music, the story and watching the actors bring the characters to life.  In each performance we watch battles of virtues and discoveries of love.  We try to honor the Amish in our portrayal of their wonderful faith and devotion to God.  My thanks to Dick Pletcher, Laurie Schotz, Travis Smith, Alvin Yoder, Kathy Miller and Philip Richard for making this journey even more delightful.

David Craven


Plain and Fancy Cast


Dan King


Rory Dunn

Ruth Winters


Erin Whitcomb

Katie Yoder


Marilee Greene

Papa Yoder


David Goins

Isaac Miller


Paul Gregory Nelson

Emma Miller


Emma Traubert

Hilda Miller


Emily Baer

Ezra Reber


John Detty

Peter Reber


David Coleman


Plain and Fancy Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Managing Artistic Director


Laurie Schotz



David Craven

Music Director


Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager


Philip B. Richard II

Technical Director


Alvin Yoder

Company Manager


Olin Davidson

ASM / Sound


Spencer Holdeman

ASM / Wardrobe


Richard Vollmer

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer


David Craven

Lighting Designer


Philip B. Richard II

Properties Master


Jeremy Springer

Box Office Manager


Jennifer Scheffer

Scenes and Musical Numbers

Act I


Scene 1 A Shell Station Outside of Lancaster


You Can't Miss It

Dan, Ruth, Company

Scene 2 The Road to Bird-in-Hand


It Wonders Me

Katie, Company

Scene 3 A Rest Stop Outside of Bird-in-Hand


Scene 4 The Yoder Yard


Plenty of Pennsylvania

Emma, Company

Young and Foolish  


Scene 5 The Yoder Parlor


Why Not Katie?

Ezra, Isaac

Scene 6 The Yoder Yard


Young and Foolish (Reprise)

Katie, Peter

Scene 7 The Little Room Under the Stairs


It's A Helluva Way to Run a Love Affair


This is All Very New to Me

Hilda, Emma, Katie

Scene 8 The Yoder Yard


Plain We Live

Papa, Company

Scene 9 The Yoder Yard


The Shunning

Papa, Katie, Company

Act II


Scene 1 The River Farm


How Do You Raise a Barn?


Follow Your Heart

Peter, Katie, Hilda

Scene 2 The Yoder Kitchen


City Mouse, Country Mouse

Emma, Hilda, Katie

Scene 3 The Yoder Parlor


Scene 4 The Little Room Under the Stairs


I'll Show Him


Scene 5 The Reber Yard


Young and Foolish (Reprise)


Scene 6 The Yoder Yard


Plenty of Pennsylvania (Reprise)



Cast Biographies

Emily Baer (Hilda) is thrilled to be back on the Round Barn stage for a fifth season. You may have seen her as Dolly in Hello Dolly, Grizabella in Cats, Kaye in The Taffetas or any number of roles in Plain and Fancy. After this production, she will be heading out on tour with A Christmas Carol playing Mrs. Cratchit. Emily graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Musical Theatre. When she is not performing, she enjoys her time as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay. Thank you to my family for their constant support and encouragement.



Amish AcresDavid Coleman (Peter) is excited to make his debut at The Round Barn Theatre. He is originally from South Bend, IN and a recent graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington where he pursued a B.A. in Theatre & Drama as well as Spanish. His most recent credits include Clown in The Winter's Tale, Male Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive, Snowboy in West Side Story and Mark Boyd in the regional premiere production of VOTE! Thanks to my family and friends for their constant love and support no matter where I am or what I’m doing.



Amish AcresJohn Detty (Ezra) is happy to return to the Joseph Stein stage after last being seen this summer as Rudolph in Hello, Dolly! A native of Dayton, Ohio, John received his BFA in musical theatre from Ball State University, where he also had the opportunity to study/teach in Pretoria, South Africa. Some of his favorite previous credits include Sparky in Plaid Tidings, A-Rab in West Side Story, The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical, US Berger in Hair, and Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Outside of his life on the stage, John is an avid superhero enthusiast, plays an unhealthy amount of online Scrabble, and has recently taken up playing the ukulele and guitar (better at the former). Love and thanks to my friends and family for always keeping me on my feet. Phil. 1:3

Amish AcresRory Dunn (Dan) is ecstatic to be making his Round Barn debut in Plain and Fancy. He just recently finished wowing audiences in Charlotte, NC with his turns as Jeffrey in [title of show] and as both Eddie and Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show.  Before that, some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Jud Fry in Oklahoma, Amos in Chicago, the title role in Sweeney Todd and as many different parts as he could in The 39 Steps. Recently he finished filming a Finnish film titled 30HA, or The Zone, which was shot entirely in Russian. Thank you to my friends and family for all of their constant support. You can find me online at

Amish AcresDavid Goins (Papa) is originally from Ohio and happy to be back on the Joseph Stein stage. You may have seen David recently playing the guitar in Ring of Fire, The Major General in Pirates of Penzance, or Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the ParkThanks to my family and friends for their never ending love and support, but only if they come to see the show.





Amish AcresMarilee Greene (Katie) is thrilled to be making her debut with The Round Barn Theatre! Hailing from Washington D.C., she is excited to join in on the mid-western lifestyle. Favorite credits include Amber in Hairspray, Celeste #2/Elaine in Sunday in the Park with George, and Apostle Woman in Jesus Christ Superstar. Marilee recently received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. Love and thanks to the Lord, her parents and voice teacher, Edrie. Psalm 13:5-6 "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will SING to the LORD, for He has been good to me"


Amish AcresPaul Gregory Nelson (Isaac) Although this is Paul's first time performing at The Round Barn Theatre, he has worked as a professional actor and director throughout the United States for 28 years and recently starred as Julian Marsh in the Broadway-Asia tour of 42nd Street. National Tours include King Marchan in Victor/Victoria, Reverand Shaw Moore in Footloose the Musical, Mickey in The History of American Film; and Sheriff in The Tavern. Regional credits include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Juan Peron in Evita, Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Emile DeBeque in South Pacific, and Union Captain in the regional premiere of The Civil War. Paul is a scholarship graduate from the University of Michigan-Flint and also studied Theatre Arts at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. Thanks to Aunt Danny, Lori and Greg for all their support! Thanks also for supporting live theatre and Go Blue! 

Amish AcresEmma Traubert (Emma) is a SUNY Fredonia graduate with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. This Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, now residing in New York City, has performed with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Prime Stage Theatre Company, Surflight Theatre, TEC Productions, and SUNY Fredonia. Theatre credits include The Sound of Music as Sister Berthe, Edges as Woman 1, Kiss Me, Kate as Hattie, Soft Dude asDoll, Breaking the Chain asJessica, Women of Manhattan as Rhonda Louise, Grease as Jan, The Wiz asDorothy, Fiddler on the Roof asTzeitel, Bridge to Terabithia as Janice Avery, as well as in the vocal pit of both Miss Saigon and Cats. Other work includes the 2010 Commencement Eve POPs Concert as a featured vocalist and the Show Place Ice Cream Parlour as a singing waitress. Thank you to my friends and family for their constant support in all my theatrical endeavors throughout my life.

Amish AcresErin Whitcomb (Ruth) is proud to be performing on The Round Barn Theatre Stage this season! Pursuing her love of theatre, she moved from her home in Mechanicsburg, PA to achieve a BA at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She has appeared in roles such as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Eponine in Les Miserables, Kate in The Pirates of Penzance, and in many other memorable musicals. She has also dabbled in Shakespeare in the notorious Romeo and Juliet. Additionally, she has performed in several Cedar Point Amusement Park shows where she got to sing like a diva star, be a backwoods bounty hunter, and rock an audience like an 80’s hair band. Most recently, she was in a few shows at Dollywood in Tennessee. While there, she had the privilege of singing with Miss Dolly Parton on numerous occasions including her Nashville Flood Relief Effort.  Erin feels blessed that every day she gets to do what she loves as her job!  Special thanks to my Mom and brother for always encouraging me to persevere and follow my dreams. 


Plain and Fancy
Theme Dinner Date: June 3

Theme DinnerEach Round Barn theatre Musical production calls for a Theme Dinner and Wine Bar, a joyous celebration with menus written with tongue-in-cheek show references and double entendres, often obscure and ridiculous. the responsibility for such frivolity rest solely with Richard Pletcher. The ensuing menus are lovingly prepared by chef Ruth Miller whose sense of humor make it into it kettle and skillet.

Theme Dinner reservations required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.

Plenty of Pennsylvania

Menu Includes:

Broccoli Soup

Glazed Grapes
Watermelon Pickles

Dandelion Greens and Escarole with Tomatoes and Unions
Iceberg Lettuce Quarters

Zucchini Bread & Quince Jam

Swiss Steak with Mushrooms
Pan Fried Chicken
Stuffed Squash with Ground Beef

Asparagus, Cauliflower and Peas
Candied Yams
Cooked Dried Corn

Honeydew Melon with Honey
Lemon Meringue Pie
Shoofly Pie
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffees
Beer and Wine available for purchase

Wine Loft2011 Theme Dinner Menus