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26th Anniversary Production of Plain and Fancy

May 15 – October 20
Book by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman
Music by Albert Hague
Lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Plain and FancyA New Yorker and his sophisticated girlfriend drive down to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, to sell a piece of property. Here they interact with the Amish community, whose convoluted English speech, clothes and habits have remained the same for centuries. 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.

Amish Acres has become the national home of this 1955 Broadway hit. This 2012 production marks the 26th consecutive year that The Round Barn Theatre has produced Plain and Fancy.
The Story of Plain and Fancy at The Round Barn Theatre

Scenes
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
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Plain and Fancy Press Release

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Welcome to the 26th year of Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.  The Round Barn Theatre production of Plain and Fancy is always exciting to me because each new season brings a fresh energy with the new cast. The 2012 production is special to me because it will open with four actors returning to the show from various productions.  Jeremy Littlejohn has provided a wonderful opening cast and is bringing in equally wonderful replacements throughout the season. 

If you are seeing Plain and Fancy for the first time, you will enjoy Joseph Stein’s wonderful book where we watch battles of virtue and discoveries of love.  Stein wrote this play ten years before he wrote Fiddler on the Roof, where he continues to explore similar subjects.  If you are returning to see the show, please enjoy the freshness each performer, director and technical staff bring. Plain and Fancy opened on Broadway in 1955.  The pre-show music and intermission music will feature songs from that period. 

Thanks to Richard Pletcher for allowing us to bring you this wonderful show.  And as always we try to honor the Amish in our portrayal of their wonderful faith and devotion to God. 

David Craven

 

A Note from the Music Director…

Welcome to the 26th year of Plain and Fancy! Having music directed the show several times over the last 2 years, I consider it quite an honor to be asked to come back and do it again! For this years installment I just want to point out some of my favorite musical highlights from the show. The first one would be in "You Can't Miss It" where the boy at the gas station sings the solo starting with "There's a shortcut no one knows about...". The notes at this point are so arbitrary and it's always fun to hear the singer figure them out in rehearsals. Another moment is during "Plenty of Pennsylvania" when the children play the vegetable A-Z game. I'm still wondering where I can find Unions and Xplant. One last highlight of the show for me is the entire number "I'll Show Him". It's always been my favorite piece in the show. While it may not be as melodic as some other songs, the different orchestrations and musical elements contribute to the quirkiness of the character and it becomes a soliloquy of sorts and is certainly the climactic moment for Hilda. I often recommend the song to aspiring female performers for auditions and cabaret acts. So there are a few of my favorite highlights, there are certainly more but this directors note can only be so long! So enjoy the show and whether it's your tenth time seeing it or your first I am sure you will leave with some highlights of your own.

Travis Smith

 

Plain and Fancy Cast

   

Dan King

 

Evan Jackson

Ruth Winters

 

Emily Baer

Katie Yoder

 

Caitlin Borek

Papa Yoder

 

Rory Dunn

Isaac Miller

 

Timothy Leonard

Emma Miller

 

Sarah Philabaum

Hilda Miller

 

Olivia Corbello

Ezra Reber

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Peter Reber

 

Dominic Go

 

Plain and Fancy Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

 

George Bush

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Director/Choreographer

 

David Craven

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props

 

Monica Gauer

Technical Director

 

Ted Lantz

ASM/Sound Designer

 

Spencer Holdeman

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

David Craven

Lighting Designer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

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  

Peter

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

Ruth

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?

Company

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

Hilda

Scene 5 The Reber Yard

 

Young and Foolish (Reprise)

Katie

Scene 6 The Yoder Yard

 

Plenty of Pennsylvania (Reprise)

Company

 

Cast Biographies

Emily Baer (Ruth) is happy to be back for a sixth season on the Round Barn Stage. You may remember her as Dolly in Hello Dolly, Grizabella in Cats, Kaye in The Taffetas, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance or any number of roles in Plain and Fancy. Growing up in the area it was always a treat to get to see shows at Amish Acres. She never expected someday this stage would be like a second home. When Emily is not performing she enjoys her time as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay. She is excited to be working on earning her first free car this year! www.marykay.com/emilybaer

 

 

Caitlin Borek (Katie) was born in Chicago and raised in Aurora, Illinois.  She completed her BFA in Music Theater from Illinois Wesleyan University in May 2012.  She has passionately studied dance, voice and acting almost her whole life.  Her first role was a Prairie Girl (one out of 150) in a park district production of Oklahoma at age 6.  Caitlin would like to say thank you to her parents, and dedicate this show to you, for your support of live theater.

 

 

Olivia Corbello (Hilda) is a recent graduate from the Musical Theatre program at Texas State University where she received her BFA under the direction of Kaitlin Hopkins. She hopes to always bring the many things she has learned to her professional work, with The Round Barn Theatre being her first. Olivia’s last college production at TSU was Hair, in which she played Ronny and grew so much as a performer and person. 


“Love to my sweet, sweet family back home in Texas, Mom, Dad & Sven.”

 

Rory Dunn (Papa) is 30 years old like most men of his age. He has performed in various theatres all over the country and even starred in a short film internationally. Some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the title role in Sweeney Todd, Jeff in [Title of Show], and Judd in Oklahoma. This year he is most excited about getting to portray Danny Kaye in Sisters of Swing as Kaye was one of Rory's childhood idols. Rory also loves getting to perform in the Theater for Young Audiences shows that The Round Barn Theatre puts on throughout the year and is very glad that Miss Nelson was found. Rory would like to thank his family and friends for their unending support.

Dominic Go (Peter) is thrilled to be performing at The Round Barn Theatre for the first time having been born in nearby South Bend. Dom graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 where he studied Political Science and Music.

“I would like to thank my family and girlfriend for their ongoing support!”

Evan Jackson (Dan) is a native of Lafayette, Indiana, and a graduate of Purdue University. He is returning for his second season at the Round Barn Theatre after having played Speed in The Odd Couple and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol in 2011. Most recently, he was seen as Leaning Tree in the Outdoor Drama Tecumseh! in Chillcothe, Ohio. 

 

 

 

 

Timothy Leonard (Isaac) is from Memphis, Tennessee and currently resides here in Indiana. Professionally, he has performed in various productions such as of The Odd Couple, Smoke on the Mountain, and various regional performances of, A Christmas Carol, Ring of Fire and Oklahoma! A guitar player for 8 years, Tim has actually never played an electric guitar. When asked why this was the case, Tim simply shrugged, picked up an instrument, and began playing various James Taylor hits of the 70's. As of this writing, he has not answered.

"I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to." - Elvis Presley

 

Jeremy Littlejohn (Ezra / Artistic Director) is a native Hoosier who has been performing his entire life and getting paid for it for the past fifteen years! He has worn many hats over the years and has been involved in over 100 productions across the country including four productions of Guys and Dolls and Schoolhouse Rock Live!, three productions of A Christmas Carol, Driving Miss Daisy and Joseph…and he has performed in Plain and Fancy over 700 times. Some of his favorite onstage credits include Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Homer in Floyd Collins, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Yvan in Art, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Arles Struvie (et. al) in Greater Tuna, Caleb in The Spitfire Grill, Froggy in The Foreigner, Bill Sykes in Oliver, Oscar in The Odd Couple and John Adams in 1776. In addition to being an Actor, Jeremy is also an accomplished Director, Lighting Designer and Teacher.

 

Sarah Philabaum (Emma) is thrilled to return to The Round Barn Theatre for her second season in a row! She was absolutely delighted to play Katie Yoder last year for a brief time in the 25th Anniversary production of Plain and Fancy. Sarah holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory, and is so grateful to have performed in so many different kinds of shows all across the country. Favorite roles include: Mrs. Fezziwig in the National Tour of A Christmas Carol, Woman 2 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Hold Me, Touch Me in The Producers

“Many thanks to those who always believed in me and inspired me to pursue my dreams.”

 

Staff Biographies

David Craven (Director) is thrilled to be directing for a fourth year at the Round Barn Theatre.  Previous directed shows include Barefoot in the Park, Plain and Fancy 2010 & 2011, The Foreigner and The Old Rugged Cross.  David has a BS in Architecture Design from Georgia Tech and a MFA in Directing Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  David’s favorite direction jobs include:  Forever Plaid (2 productions), Anything Goes, Into the Woods, Reckless, Oleanna and The Rink  Favorite acting roles include : Smudge in Forever Plaid (5 productions) and Plaid Tidings, Curly in Oklahoma (3 productions), Pharaoh in Joseph, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Jerry in  The Full Monty, Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense Amen!, Billy in Carousel, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, and Jesus in Godspell. David owns Atlanta’s largest caroling company, Like the Dickens.  Visit Like the Dickens online at www.LiketheDickens.com .

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) was born and raised in nearby Laporte, Indiana.  She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a B.A. in Theater Arts, after which she married her high school sweetheart.  When she was younger, Monica remembered coming to the Round Barn Theatre and now she is excited to work here behind the scenes.  She hopes you enjoy the show!

Spencer Holdeman (Sound Designer) is 22 years old and was born and raised here, in Nappanee.  He attended ITT Tech and is thrilled to be spending his second season designing Sound here at the Round Barn Theatre.

Ted Lantz (Technical Director) is in his second season at the Round Barn Theatre after retiring from 34 years in Education.  He is at home on a stage, having been involved in Show Choir and Drama at Bremen High School.  A native of the Nappanee area, Ted resides with his wife, Chris, in nearby Wakarusa.  He enjoys frequent trips to his Alma Mater, Manchester College where his daughter, Kelsey, is a senior.  He especially enjoys visiting Maine, where his son, Jordan, is a student at Bowdoin College.

Richard Pletcher (Producer), with his father LaVern, founded Amish Acres in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to the Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 25 consecutive years having surpassed 3,500 performances before audiences of over 350,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Mr. Stein’s urging Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced seventy two different main stage Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Eight of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, and Carmelina, plus a Second Stage Production of Enter Laughing. As you might expect, he has said that The Round Barn Theatre is his favorite regional theatre with which he has been associated.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ twenty year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets to kids.

Travis Smith (Music Director) is returning to Amish Acres after spending the last few seasons performing and Music Directing various productions.  Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he has worked with several theatres across the Midwest.  Travis is also an accomplished Composer and Arranger, currently working on a new production entitled Steeple People Gospel about a male gospel quartet.

“Enjoy the show and please visit www.travis-smith.com!”

 

Plain and Fancy
Theme Dinner: May 25, 2012

Each 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.

Plain and Fancy
Theme Dinner Menu

Plenty of Pennsylvania

Menu Includes:
Soup

Broccoli Soup

Appetizers
Glazed Grapes
Watermelon Pickles

Salad
Dandelion Greens and Escarole
with Tomatoes, Unions, Iceberg Lettuce Quarters

Bread
Zucchini Bread
Quince Jam

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

Vegetables
Asparagus
Cauliflower and Peas
Candid Yams
Cooked Dried Corn

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

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