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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven BrothersSeptember 10 - October 20
Book by Lawrence Kasha & David S. Landay
Music by Gene De Paul, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
New Songs by Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn
Based on the MGM Film and The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet

Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Based on the short story “The Sobbin’ Women” by Stephen Vincent Benet and the hit MGM film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is all boisterous fun, romance and bursting with the rambunctious energy of the movie.  Featuring a Book by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay, Music by Gene de Paul, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer and New Songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opened on Broadway in 1982, following a U.S. Tour.  A successful London production followed, and revised versions met with success on in U.S. regional theatres’ and in amateur productions on both sides of the Atlantic.  The 2002 production remains one of the Round Barn Theatre's most popular shows. 


Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Press Release
Read a Recent Review of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in The Papers

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Archive Photographs

 

A Note from the Director…

Some of my fondest “theatrical” memories come from our 2002 production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  It was my first “lead” role at this theatre, the men in the cast had been together the entire year; so the chemistry of the brothers was phenomenal, it is set in Oregon; one of my favorite places, and it enjoys the distinction of being one of our best sellers.  I must admit the first time I read it eleven years ago; I didn’t think much of it.  Many of the themes of the script we received were challenging to sell to an audience because of its “misogynistic” nature.  It was nearly impossible to root for Adam to be happy “in the end” because he was basically a pig.  I enjoyed the film immensely, and couldn’t figure out why the stage adaptation had strayed so far from the path.  Thank God for Papermill Playhouse!  Thanks to their 2007 production (ironically spearheaded by Scott Schwartz); we now have a much more enjoyable piece that seems to have been directly influenced by the film.  It is now possible for the audience to sit back and enjoy this show for what it is…pure fun!  My thanks to the cast and crew for all of their hard work, and a special shout out to Sarah Philabaum for helping to make this show look fantastic!  Cheers!          
           
Jeremy Littlejohn

A Note from the Music Director…

Amish AcresWelcome to Seven Brides For Seven Brothers!  It's hard to believe that this is my first time being involved with such a popular and iconic musical.  This production of Seven Brides may be a little different from any version you may have seen in the past, including the version last done here at the Round Barn.  Within the last few years the musical version underwent many rewrites to improve upon what once was. This included script alterations, different orchestrations, and even new music. For instance, both Milly and Adam have new solos in the show. But regardless of all the changes, the heart of the show and the music remains intact.  It's a beautiful show with very funny moments intertwined with genuine heart and of course a heckuva lotta dancin'! So enjoy the show and thank you so much for supporting live theatre!

Travis Smith

 

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Cast

 

Adam Pontipee

Rory Dunn

Milly Bradon

Emily Dunn

The Pontipee Brothers

 

Benjamin

J.D. Simper

Caleb

John Lampe

Daniel

Trent Loggins

Ephraim

Steven Freitas

Frank

Timothy Leonard

Gideon

Andy Frank

The Brides

 

Dorcas

Allison Jean Jones

Ruth

Sarah McGowan

Liza

Caitlin Borek

Martha

Angie Fisher

Sarah

Sarah Philabaum

Alice

Monique Abry

The Townspeople

 

Jeb (Carpenter)

Anthony Christopher Milfelt

Nathan (Lawyer)

Brandon Czosnowski

Luke (General Store)

Daniel Grey

Joel (Blacksmith)

Ramaad Morris

Matt (Blacksmith)

Daniel Fattorusso

Zeke (Carpenter)

Barry Kramer

Mr. Hoallum

Don Hart

Mrs. Hoallum

Pam Gunterman

Preacher

Travis Smith

 

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

George Bush

Artistic Director

Jeremy Littlejohn

Choreographer

Sarah Philabaum

Music Director

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props

Monica Gauer

Company Manager

Timothy Leonard

ASM/Sound

Christopher Lidl

Costume Designer

Amber Burgess

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Lighting Designer

Jeremy Littlejohn

Dance Captain

Sarah McGowan

Master Carpenter

Gary Balogh

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

Archive Videographer

Steve Jones

 

The Locale: A heavily wooded area in the Cascade mountain range in Oregon (think Mt. Hood).  The “town” is newly settled.

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers

Act I

Scene 1 on the Road

 

Opening Act I Sequence: (Adam Introduction)

Adam

Gallant and Correct

the Townspeople

Bless Your Beautiful Hide

Adam

Scene 2 the Resaurant

 

Bless Your Beautiful Hide (Reprise)

Adam

Wonderful, Wonderful Day

Milly, Women

Scene 3 the Pontipee House

 

I Married Seven Brothers

Milly, Townspeople

Scene 4 the Pontipee House; later that evening

 

Scene 5 the Pontipee House; the next morning

 

Goin' Courtin'

Milly and the Brothers

Scene 6 the Harvest Social; Dusk

 

Social Dance

Company

Scene 7 the Pontipee House; later the same evening

 

Love Never Goes Away

Adam, Gideon, and Milly

Scene 8 the Pontipee House; Winter

 

Scene 9 the Pontipee Barn

 

Sobbin' Women

Adam and the Brothers

Act II

Entr'acte/The Kidnapping

Orchestra

Scene 1 the Town; night

 

Scene 2 Echo Pass

 

Scene 3 the Pontipee Yard

 

Where Were You?

Adam

Scene 4 the Pontipee Barn; Winter

 

We Gotta Make it Through the Winter

the Brothers

We Gotta Make it (Reprise)/Lonesome Polecat

Milly, Brides and Brothers

Scene 5 the Pontipee Yard

 

Spring Dance

Brides and Brothers

Scene 6 the Trapping Cabin; Winter

 

Am I Stubborn?

Adam

Scene 7 the Pontipee House

 

Glad That You Were Born

Milly, Brides and Brothers

Love Never Goes Away (Reprise)

Milly and Adam

Scene 8 the Pontipee Yard

 

Scene 9 the Pontipee Yard

 

Wonderful, Wonderful Day (Reprise)

Milly and Adam

Wedding Dance/Finale Act II

Company

 

Bios (The Round Barn Theatre Core Company)

Bios (Additional Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Cast)

Monique Abry (Alice) is so excited to be performing with the Round Barn Theatre!  Monique is from New Orleans, LA and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University.  Some of her most recent credits include Legally Blonde (Serena), Into the Woods (Cinderella), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and Bye Bye, Birdie (Rosie).  She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant support and love!

 

 

 

Caitlin Borek (Liza) This is Caitlin’s second season at Amish Acres.  You may remember her from Plain and Fancy, State Fair and Miracle on 34th Street in 2012.  Caitlin spent her spring with Blue Gate Musicals in The Confession and her summer with Maples Repertory Theatre as Hunyak in Chicago, Antoinette in A Flea in Her Ear and Nellie in South Pacific.  Caitlin recently graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, and would like to thank her family for their unyielding support.

 

 

Brandon Czosnowski (Nathan) is a native of South Bend, Indiana, who is returning to the stage after a three year hiatus.  Currently, Brandon is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice in the hopes of one day becoming a Forensic Anthropologist.  In the meantime, he enjoys writing music with his guitar.

 

 

 

 

Daniel Fattorusso (Matt) was born in Rhinebeck, New York and resides in Nappanee.  He enjoys camping, rock climbing, traveling, and is thrilled to be one of five brothers to perform on the Joseph Stein Stage.  RBT credits include Winthrop in the 2008 production of The Music Man, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, A Wonderful Life and The Will Rogers Follies.  He is also active in the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow.  He hopes one day to join the military to pursue his interest in the Special Forces.

 

 

Andy Frank (Gideon) is a recent graduate of Millikin University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance.  Previous credits include Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anything Goes, The Will Rogers Follies, Spamalot, Dora the Explorer and Snow White at Little Theatre on the Square; 9 to 5 and 42nd Street at Tent Theatre, and Hello, Dolly! here at the Round Barn Theatre.

Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Kathy and Karen.

 

 

 

Daniel Grey (Luke) is a recent Bethel College graduate who appeared last summer in State Fair as Harry.  At Bethel, Daniel enjoyed such roles as Gandalf in The Hobbit, Arnold in The Boys Next Door and Scott in When Scott Comes Home.

 

 

 

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Pam Gunterman (Mrs. Hoallum) is happy to be back on the Round Barn Theatre stage after being seen as Emma Miller in Plain and Fancy earlier this season.  Some of her other RBT productions include Camelot, The Music Man, Steel Magnolias, Lost in Yonkers and Our Town.  Pam resides just down the road in Bremen, Indiana and would like to thank her husband Tony for his continued love and support; and God, for life and its endless opportunities.

 

 

 

Allison Jean Jones (Dorcas) is happy to return to the Round Barn stage for her eighth season.  Favorite shows from previous seasons include Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly!, 42nd Street, The Music Man and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Allison spent this spring and summer touring Minnesota as Aunt Polly in a Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of Tom Sawyer.

Thanks to all my friends and family for their support throughout the years.  See more at www.allisonjeanjones.weebly.com.

 

 

Barry Kramer (Zeke) was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida and is so excited to be making his debut at the Round Barn Theatre.  Other Regional credits include 42nd Street, Swing, Oklahoma and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  He has also appeared in various shows at Cedar Point and Busch Gardens.

 

 

 

 

John Lampe (Caleb) could not think of a better place to spend the fall than in beautiful Nappanee.  Originally from St. Louis, MO, John has since worked with the Riverside Shakespeare Festival (MO), the Macklanburg Playhouse, TRYPS Children’s Theatre and the Okoboji Summer Theatre among others. 

Infinite thanks to the cast, crew and staff of the Round Barn Theatre and to our wonderful patrons for supporting local theatre!

 

 

Amish AcresSarah McGowan (Ruth) is a proud Texan who currently lives in New York City.  She was last seen on the Round Barn stage in the Ensemble of Hello, Dolly!  Other favorite credits include 42nd Street, 9 to 5, Guys and Dolls and Love’s Labour’s Lost.  Sarah has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University.

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Christopher Milfelt (Jeb) is originally from Pevely, Missouri. Recently Anthony has performed in Legally Blonde, The Sound of Music, Spamalot, Chicago, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Bigfork Summer Playhouse.  Other credits include Anything Goes at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and Spring Awakening at Stray Dog Theatre. He is a Pisces and loves Kraft Mac & Cheese! He also would love to send a HUGE thank you to his fellow cast mate and long time best friend Sarah McGowan for introducing him to The Round Barn at Amish Acres! 

 

 

Ramaad Morris (Joel) is so excited to be returning for a full season with the Round Barn Theatre! Some of his credits include: It’s a Wonderful Life (the Follie artist), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), No No Nanette (Billy Early), Book Of Days (Boyd Middleton), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan), Parade (Jim Conley), Frankie Lymon (Original Piece, one man show). He would first like to thank Amish Acres for bringing him back to such a magical place, and making him feel at home, his grandma Martha, for always pushing him to go the distance; and lastly, to his partner in crime, Andrew: You are always at the starting line and somehow manage to greet me at the finish. You’re a wizard and I love you for that.

Enjoy the show!

J.D. Simper (Benjamin) "As country as a chicken coop" are words that come to mind when describing JD Simper, who hails from the quintessential Indiana small town of Osceola. A native-born Hoosier, Simper honed his stage chops at his Alma Mater, Bethel College, where he joined a number of productions, including The Scarlet Pimpernel, Fiddler On The Roof, and his personal favorite, Man of La Mancha. Simper is also a veteran of a number of past shows right here at the Round Barn Theatre, including the memorable night of October 18, 2007, when he and his fellow actors completed a performance of The Will Roger's Follies as a powerful tornado swept through town. After all, the show must go on, right? His favorite role on the Joseph Stein Stage was as Gangster #2 in Kiss Me Kate. When not indulging in stagecraft, Simper enjoys wearing sleeveless shirts and listening to country music, professing his undying love for the Chicago White Sox, and saving countless residential lawns from destruction as his alter ego, the famous Dr. Turf. He finances this lavish lifestyle by administrating the rental division of Hardware Plus, which is possibly the best hardware retailer in the known solar system.

Travis Smith (Preacher / Music Director) is excited to be back at Amish Acres again this year after being active here as both an actor and music director since 2009.  Previous productions at Amish Acres include State Fair, Sisters of Swing, Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming and Miracle on 34th Street.  He is also a composer and arranger currently working on a new production titled Steeple People about a southern gospel quartet.  Please visit his website www.travis-smith.com for more information.

Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!

 

 

 

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Staff Biographies

Gary Balogh (Master Carpenter) was born in Ohio, and raised in Indiana north of Fort Wayne.  He studied Architectural Design, Civil Engineering and Surveying at Purdue University and Ivy Tech.  Prior to joining the Amish Acres team in 2012, Gary worked in the Construction field as a Heavy Equipment Operator.  He also has built sets for his church’s Bible School plays for several years.  He likes to build and fix “whatever”.

Amber Burgess (Costume Designer) is pleased to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre to design Seven Brides for Seven Brothers after directing Sisters of Swing in 2012 and this season’s 9 to 5 the musical.  She has been involved in theatre (acting, costuming, and directing) since 1988. Amber studied musical theatre at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and also has a BA in Social Sciences (with an emphasis in theatre) from Ashford University. She is a member of the board of directors and a violist with the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.  Directing/Technical Theatre credits include Anton in Showbusiness (Lighted Match Theater, Chicago), The Wizard of Oz (Provision Theatre Co, Chicago), Oklahoma (Joseph Jefferson Playmakers, ND), Show Boat, The Miracle Worker, and The Learned Ladies (Little Theatre, Jamestown, ND), and 45 Minutes from Broadway (Frontier Follies, Jamestown, ND). When not at the theatre she enjoys quilting, running, writing, or reading. Amber is originally from Jamestown, ND and now lives in Chicago with her dog Oxford. 

George Bush (Associate Producer) is a Nappanee native and proud graduate of Northwood High School! George began his work at Amish Acres as a trash collector at age 14 and spent much of his educational career (both high school and college) with Amish Acres as an intern, clerk in the hotel, Art Festival food runner and in retail.  George started a family in Muncie where he attended Ball State University and worked in the property development world for ten years. He returned to Nappanee in 2011, where he was named Chief Operating Officer for Amish Acres and Associate Producer for the Round Barn Theatre. He is extremely happy to have his family relocated back home and is looking forward to a wonderful 2013 season.

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) had so much fun stage managing last year; she decided to stick around for another year! Monica grew up in Laporte, Indiana (surrounded by friends and family), then graduated from the University of Southern Indiana (where she made new friends), after which she got married (turning her best friend into her family), and now she is helping to build a bigger Round Barn family (and she hopes you will become part of it).  When she isn’t busy around the Acres she loves to read, watch cartoons and listen to stories…and storytelling is what theater is all about!  So relax and enjoy a story that Monica and her Round Barn family are about to tell you.

Christopher Lidl (Sound) is a Show Production Specialist from Pawling, NY. He won an award for Excellence in Theatre at Trinity Pawling School in 2008. He attended Full Sail University down in Orlando where he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Show Production.  When he is not in the theater, he enjoys bike riding, hiking and socializing.

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) is a native Hoosier who is thrilled to be celebrating his fifth season as Artistic Director for the RBT.  Jeremy has worked at Amish Acres in three different decades both on the Joseph Stein Stage and in the Historic Area.  He is probably remembered for his performance credits, but is most proud of introducing straight plays to the Round Barn audience by way of the Second Stage.  He has logged nearly 800 performances of Plain and Fancy playing all of the male roles, and directed the show five times; including the 20th Anniversary season.  Some of his other directing projects include Nunsense, The Glass Menagerie, Bye Bye, Birdie, Miss Nelson is Missing, Driving Miss Daisy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lost in Yonkers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls (with Bethel College), and his Masterwork, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.  In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher.

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”  - G.K. Chesterton

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father LaVern 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 26 consecutive years having surpassed 3,700 performances before audiences of over 355,000 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 Joseph 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 nearly one hundred Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven 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 a second stage production of Enter Laughing.  

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’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletcher’s 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 for children.

 

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Theme Dinner: September 27 and October 18

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.

Mind Your Manners

Menu Includes:
Soup

Gold Diggers Gold Chowder

Appetizers
Golden Chicken Nuggets
Sun Dried Tomato Spread and Crackers

Salad
Seven Layer Salad

Bread
Seven Grain Bread

Entrees
Buffalo Rib Roast
Hone Loin of Pork

Pasta
Great Plains Pasta

Vegetables
Baked Apples and Raisins
Seven Vegetable Medley

Desserts
Seven Layer Wedding Cake
Chocolate Mousee
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages
7-up Punch
Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffees
Beer and Wine available for purchase