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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of OzNovember 15 - December 31
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg; Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Book adaptation by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay

Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library, Inc.

Based upon Baum’s novel and the classic film starring Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz follows little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreaming of what lies over the rainbow. 

One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away to another world.  Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto on their trip down the Yellow Brick Road, traveling through the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.  Originally produced on the Joseph Stein Stage in 2003, the Round Barn’s immensely successful production was directed and choreographed by Broadway great and RBT favorite, Dirk Lumbard. Free tickets to The Wizard of Oz are available as a bonus for 2014 season subscriptions. Call the box office (800) 800-4942 for details and subscriptions.

The Wizard of Oz Links
Scenes

Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
The Wizard of Oz Press Release
Read a recent story about The Wizard of Oz in the South Bend Tribune
Read a recent review of The Wizard of Oz in The Papers

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Amish Acres Promotional Event:
Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Halftime
November 26, 2013

 

 

The Wizard of Oz Archive Photographs

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Follow the Yellow Brick Road…

Jeremy LittlejohnI adore The Wizard of Oz!  If we ever took the time to sit down and figure out exactly how many lives L. Frank Baum’s tale has touched, I believe the results would be staggering.  Growing up, it was a yearly tradition in my family to watch the film on the day it was broadcast.  I would sit as close to the television as possible so as not to miss a moment. I remember the terror I felt when Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” made her first appearance.  Come to think of it…I was scared pretty much every time she showed up in the film.  The elation I felt when Dorothy met her three unique friends, knowing that she wouldn’t have to accomplish this journey alone; and, of course, the sorrow when they had to say good-bye in order for Dorothy to go home.  When a group of friends are forced to overcome extreme odds on both a literal and figurative journey, it creates (perhaps) one of the most powerful bonds one can witness. This concept resonates in some of the greatest literary works of all time, from Tolkien to Rowling.  I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this show; ten years ago, under the tutelage of Dirk Lumbard, who provided us with an extremely unique insight into building the perfect Wizard of Oz. He also provided us with the Madison Square Garden staging, which I’ve attempted to recreate here.  I would like to dedicate this show to my “three friends” Dana, Joe & Marty, who have never been far from my thoughts during this process. I would also like to extend my thanks to all of our patrons for making 2013 such an outstanding theatrical year in Nappanee.  There’s no place like home!  Now please, sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the greatest stories that have ever been told.  Happy Holidays!

Jeremy Littlejohn

A Note from the Music Director…

Travis SmithThe Wizard of Oz is not only one of the greatest stories ever told, but the musical also gives us one of the best scores ever written.  I'm not referring to just the songs either.  The actual underscoring and incidental music is full of lush orchestrations.  Listen for the extremely fast chromatics of the strings and woodwinds during “The Cyclone” or the great brass fanfares during “Munchkinland”. Also, listen for the "Over the Rainbow" motif which occurs several times throughout the show in the underscoring.  Miss Gultch's infamous theme is also another score regular.  It not only pops up when Miss Gultch enters on her bike, but it becomes The Witch's parallel theme in Oz.  One last thing to note is that the score isn't entirely original and contains re-orchestrated classical music. That upbeat music you hear at the top of the show when Dorothy runs on was actually written for piano by Schumann in 1848.  But the songs are certainly all original and “Over the Rainbow” is considered by many to be the greatest song ever written. As a matter of fact, in 2004 AFI voted it the number one film song of all time. So enjoy the show and be sure and pay attention to some of the finer details in the music!

Travis Smith

 

The Wizard of Oz Cast

 

Dorothy Gale

Elizabeth Wyld

Aunt Em/Glinda, Good Witch of the North

Caitlin Borek

Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard

Shelby Tyler Nichols

Zeke/Cowardly Lion

Rory Dunn

Hickory/Tin Man

Travis Smith

Hunk/Scarecrow

Ramaad Morris

Miss Almira Gultch/Wicked Witch of the West

Amber Burgess

Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz

Timothy Leonard

Toto

Izzy Wysong

Munchkins

Kaitlyn Bell

 

Cora Callander

 

Logan Curtis

 

Benji Fattorusso

 

Dougie Rassi

 

Joelle Rassi

Ensemble*

Angie Fisher

 

Allison Jean Jones

 

Trent Loggins

 

Erick Perafan

 

Sarah Philabaum

*Members of the Ensemble play all citizens of the Land of Oz, including Crows, Trees, Poppies, Citizens of the Emerald City, Flying Monkeys, Jitterbugs & Winkies.

 

The Wizard of Oz Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

George Bush

Director/Choreographer

Jeremy Littlejohn

Music Director

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props

Monica Gauer

Company Manager

Timothy Leonard

ASM/Sound

Christopher Lidl

ASM/Wardrobe

Olivia Ciupak

Costume Designer

Amber Burgess

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Lighting Designer

Jeremy Littlejohn

Dance Captain

Sarah Philabaum

Master Carpenter

Gary Balogh

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

Web Design

Brian Bell

Legal Representation

Dumler & Giroux, New York City

Archive Videographer

Steve Jones

Scenes & Musical Numbers

Act I

Scene 1 the Kansas Prairie, Gale Farm

 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Dorothy

Scene 2 Gypsy Caravan

 

Scene 3 the Kansas Prairie, Gale Farm

 

Scene 4 Munchkinland

 

Munchkin Musical Sequence

Glinda, Dorothy & Munchkins

Yellow Brick Road

Munchkins

Scene 5 the Corn Field

 

If I Only Had a Brain

Scarecrow & Crows

We're Off to See the Wizard

Dorothy & Scarecrow

Scene 6 the Enchanted Forest

 

If I Only Had a Heart

Tin Man & Trees

We're Off to See the Wizard (Reprise)

Dorothy, Scarecrow & Tin Man

Scene 7 the Wild Forest

 

If I Only Had the Nerve

Lion, Dorothy, Scarecrow & Tin Man

We're Off to See the Wizard (Reprise)

Lion, Dorothy, Scarecrow & Tin Man

Scene 8 Poppies

 

You're Out of the Woods

Glinda & Poppies

We're Off to See the Wizard (Reprise)

Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man & Lion

Act II

Scene 1 the Gates of the Emerald City

 

Scene 2 the Town Square, Emerald City

 

Merry Old Land of Oz

Emerald City Guard & Company

King of the Forest

Lion, Dorothy, Scarecrow & Tin Man

Scene 3 the Wizard's Chamber

 

Scene 4 the Gates of the Emerald City

 

Scene 5 the Witch's Castle

 

Scene 6 the Haunted Forest

 

Jitterbug

Company

Scene 7 the Witch's Chamber

 

Scene 8 the Gate of the Witch's Castle

 

Scene 9 the Witch's Chamber

 

Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead

Winkies

Scene 10 the Wizard's Chamber

 

Scene 11 the Town Square, Emerald City

 

Scene 12 the Kansas Prairie, Gale Farm

 

 

The Wizard of Oz Cast Bios

Kaitlyn BellKaitlyn Bell (Munchkin) is from Nappanee, Indiana and is making her first appearance in The Round Barn Theatre. She is a first grader in Wa-Nee Schools. Kaitlyn loves music and dancing. She has always enjoyed watching the shows at Amish Acres and is excited to participate in The Wizard of Oz!

 

 

 

Caitlin BorekCaitlin Borek (Glinda) is thrilled to return to The Round Barn Theatre for a second season.  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 is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, and would like to thank her family for their unyielding support.

 

Amber BurgessAmber Burgess (Wicked Witch / Costume Designer) is pleased to be returning to the Round Barn stage after a five year hiatus.  She has been involved at RBT as the director of last season’s Sisters of Swing and this season’s 9 to 5.  Memorable roles include June in Smoke on the Mountain, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lilli / Kate in Kiss Me Kate and Carrie in Carousel.  Amber is also a board member of the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, a finisher in the 2013 Chicago Half Marathon, and is a member of the Salt Creek Quilters Guild.  She would like to thank Kevin for all the extra time, energy and Magnum Bars that he dedicated to this project.

I would not be where I am today without your support, and unblinking faith.  I love you!

Cora CallanderCora Callander (Munchkin) is a happy, energetic 7 year old from Bremen, Indiana.  Cora loves soccer, watching Chicago Bears football with Mommy on Sundays, swimming, catching froggies, reading, riding her four-wheeler, watching musicals, and she especially loves super heroes.  Cora’s favorite musical is The Wizard of Oz and she is very excited to make her debut with this production.  Cora aspires to be an artist on Broadway when she grows up.  Singing is Cora’s favorite thing to do because she loves to make people smile by singing!

 

 

Logan CurtisLogan Curtis (Munchkin) is a 9 year old from Goshen, Indiana.  He played the Tin Man in the Joseph Stein Young Actors Studio production of The Wizard of Oz this past summer.  Logan’s favorite subject is religion and he likes playing Minecraft and riding his go-cart.

 

 

 

 

Amish AcresRory Dunn (Cowardly Lion) is happy to be back at The Round Barn Theatre for his 3rd year. This year he is able to finally fulfill a life-long dream by showing the world he isn't afraid to play the Cowardly Lion! Recently, Rory wed the love of his life, you knew her as Emily Baer, and loved doing it 37 more times in the recent production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. 

 

 


Benji FattorussoBenji Fattorusso (Munchkin) is a home educated fourth grade Nappanee native.  He loves all sports, tigers, music and acting.  He plays the drums and piano.  He loves Mom and Dad, his four older brothers and God.

 

 

 

 


Amish AcresAngie Fisher (Ensemble) is a recent graduate of the BFA Music Theatre program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She appeared in many productions there including Judy in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Joanne in Rent, Irene in Crazy for You and April in Company. Professional credits include Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone and Judy in A Chorus Line at McLeod Summer Playhouse.

I would like to thank my family and friends for the six and a half hour drive it takes to be here to see me!

 

 

Allison Jean JonesAllison Jean Jones (Ensemble) 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.

 

Gracie KnepperGracie Knepper (Munchkin) is 11 years old and lives in Nappanee, Indiana. She loves singing and performing, and spent four years studying dance.  She is most proud of appearing the Round Barn Theatre’s 2012 production of Miracle on 34th Street.  Gracie loves to sing, and is very thankful to her family and Mrs. Skaggs for all their help with her learning. 

Much love to Grandma and Grandpa for always believing in me!

 

 

 

Amish AcresTimothy Leonard (Oz / Company Mgr) attended Florida School of the Arts for Musical Theatre before moving on to the National Tour of A Christmas Carol in 2008. Since then he has performed in such shows as Oklahoma!, Smoke on the Mountain, and various children’s theatre projects. In 2011, Timothy began performing here at The Round Barn Theatre where he has enjoyed playing a diverse assortment of roles including Judge Heppenstall in State Fair, Vinnie in The Odd Couple and Hank in Hank Williams: Lost Highway among others. When asked about his continued work here at Amish Acres, he said: “We’re a family, the audience and community feel that way to me. I recognize many faces each season, and do my utmost to give them an enjoyable experience every time they visit.”

Amish AcresTrent Loggins (Ensemble) hails from Morris, AL where he recently graduated with a BFA from the University of Montevallo. Trent loves good food and good times with friends. Regional favorites include Ralph Malph in Happy Days in Ohio, Rev. Shermerhorn in Unto These Hills in NC, and most recently, Pa Lincoln in Young Abe Lincoln in Alabama.
Thanks to Mom, Dad, Mason and Lindley for their endless love and support. Roll Tide!



 

Amish AcresRamaad Morris (Scarecrow) 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 as the Follie artist, Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey II, No No Nanette as Billy Early, Book Of Days as Boyd Middleton, Arsenic and Old Lace as Jonathan, Parade asJim 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. 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!

Amish AcresShelby Tyler Nichols (Uncle Henry) is from Southeastern Georgia, a graduate of Valdosta State University, and you may remember him as mean, Mr. Sawyer in last year's Miracle on 34th Street. He has just finished performing overseas for children learning English as a second language. Other credits include: Tom Sawyer in Big River, Carlos in Legally Blonde, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees and Willard in Footloose.
I would like to thank family, friends, and the Big Guy upstairs!

 

 

 

Erick PerafanErick Perafan (Ensemble) was born in Dover, NJ and raised in Orlando, FL.  He has also graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA for short) in NYC.  He has spent the last couple of years working in Theme Parks such as Story Land in NH (RWS and Associates) and at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.

 



Sarah PhilabaumSarah Philabaum (Ensemble / Dance Captain) is so happy to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre for her third season in a row! You may remember her from last year’s productions of State Fair, Hank Williams: Lost Highway and Plain and Fancy. Sarah earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and for the past few years has been traveling around the country performing for audiences both young and old. She has really enjoyed touring with the National Theatre for Children as well as the National Tour of A Christmas Carol. Sarah loves coming back to The Round Barn each year and would like to thank the many patrons who continually support live theatre.

Enjoy the show!

Dougie RassiDougie Rassi (Munchkin) is a nine year old from Milford, Indiana.  He is the youngest of six siblings.  He enjoyed playing a Munchkin in his first performance with the Joseph Stein Young Actors Studio this past summer.  His is an avid ice-hockey enthusiast, playing all over the Midwest for the Komet Squirt A-Team.  He also enjoys boating and wakeboarding on the Syracuse Lake!

 

 

 

 

Joelle RassiJoelle Rassi (Munchkin) is happy to be twelve in the Land of Oz.  She enjoyed playing the Lion this summer here for her third season of the Joseph Stein Young Actors Studio.  She has also played Nellie in an all youth production of South Pacific in July and loved it!  This will be her tenth year of dance at Lee Ann Stewart Dance School.

 

 

 

 

Travis SmithTravis Smith (Tin Man / 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 The Round Barn Theatre 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!

 

 

Elizabeth WyldElizabeth Wyld (Dorothy) is a recent graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre.  A native of Northern Virginia, her credits include Thea in Spring Awakening (Virginia Repertory Theatre) and The Child in Crossing (Signature Theatre).  Most recently she played the lead role of Charlie in the full-length independent feature film Ghosting with the Mont Alto Film Project. 

Thanks to Jeremy for this opportunity and to Mom, Dad, Tim, John & Emily for their support.

 

Izzy WysongIzzy Wysong (Toto) is a four year old Yorkshire Terrier. She was born in Lagrange, Indiana, and has lived in Nappanee since she was twelve weeks old. She weighs 3.8 pounds. Her favorite activities include finding high ground (the top of the sofa), chewing bones, and relaxing. She does not love to go on walks - she would rather be carried! Her role as Toto marks her theatrical debut. Izzy dedicates her performances to Sarah, Sydney and Jack Wysong.

 

 

The Wizard of Oz 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”.

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.

Olivia Ciupak (Wardrobe) hails from Morrow, Ohio and is a graduate of Sinclair Community College. She enjoys combining imagination and real world inspiration into eclectic costume and make-up designs, working backstage, and playing with her family’s five chickens. One day, Olivia would love to own her own costume shop!

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.

 

The Wizard of Oz
Theme Dinner: November 22 and December 6
Meet the Character: December 6

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.

There's No Place Like Homestyle

Menu Includes:
Soup

Scarecrose Saved Vegetable Soup

Appetizers
Flying Monkey Wings
Yellow Brick Cheese and Crackers
Hush Puppies

Salad
Apple Tree Stand
Tin Man Artichoke Heart Salal with Oil Can Dressing

Bread
Poppy Seed Bread
Toto's Dog Biscuits

Entrees
Witches Stew Pasta
Kansas City Tornadoes of Beef
Aunt Em's Chicken and Dumplins

Pasta
Spiral Pasta in Olive Oil

Vegetables
Aunt Em's Corn Casserole
Lion's Share of Potatoes

Desserts
Strawberry Cobbler
Over the Rainbow Sherbet
Yellow Brick Cake
Red Slipper Strawbeery Shortcake
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

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