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The National Home of Plain and Fancy

May 28 - October 18
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 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. Plain and Fancy 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.

The Round Barn Theatre has become the national home of this 1955 Broadway hit. This 2014 production marks the 28th consecutive year that The Round Barn Theatre has produced Plain and Fancy making it one of the longest running shows anywhere.  Simply “Incredible.”

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Plain and Fancy Press Release
Read a History of Plain and Fancy
Read a Recent Story about Plain and Fancy in the Sound Bend Tribune
Read a Recent Review about Plain and Fancy in The Papers

 

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Amish Acres

 

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Has it been 28 years already? Ironically, when I turned 28, I had just directed this show for the first time. It was my first “musical” directing effort, which made it more comfortable, as I already had about 300 performances under my belt by that time. It is amazing to think of the evolution I have gone through as a human during 28 years; and then to compare that to what a quaint musical can accomplish in the same amount of time is quite interesting. This beautiful Broadway musical boasts an alumnus cast of nearly 500 with over 3,000 performances logged for about 300,000 patrons. It has literally been running long enough for patrons to see it as children and then take their own children to it after they are grown. I have often felt that Plain and Fancy and I sort of grew up together. Just in my time with the show, I had the great fortune to witness countless interpretations of these characters, and developed many life long friendships with cast and staff members… and that’s before even getting into what the text and score have taught me about directing musical theatre. As I prepared to direct the show for the sixth time, it has been extremely important for me to reflect upon what this show has meant to me artistically and emotionally. For better or worse, Plain and Fancy has changed my life, and I am looking forward to what the next 28 years will bring for both of us.

“Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? I do believe I have been changed for the better. Because I knew you, I have been changed for good. – Stephen Schwartz

Jeremy Littlejohn

A Note from the Music Director…

Thank you for coming!  What a pleasure it is to be given the opportunity to music direct the 28th anniversary of Plain and Fancy here at the Round Barn Theatre.  Much can be said about the delightful music within the show written by Albert Hague over 50 years ago.  Albert Hague, perhaps most famous for composing the tunes from "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", was also an actor having been seen in such films as “Fame” and “Space Jam” and many TV shows including the TV series of “Fame” and “Amazing Stories.”  His music for Plain and Fancy is mostly traditional and seemingly inspired by his German heritage, yet on occasion it is somewhat experimental for the time.  Listen carefully to "You Can't Miss It" and how its various melodies compliment the lyrics in a way that makes it seem almost conversational, the notes reflecting speech patterns in a way that Sondheim and other current composers have mastered with their music today.  Hague even jazzes up the score a little with such numbers as “Helluva Way.”  It is an honor to be able to teach his music and after 28 years of Plain and Fancy here at Amish Acres it would be a shame not to give the original composer the credit he is due.  So please enjoy the show and the music and thank you again for coming...and listening.   

Travis Smith


Plain and Fancy Cast

   

Dan King

 

Joe Ford

Ruth Winters

 

Samantha Disney

Katie Yoder

 

Nicole Tompkins

Papa Yoder

 

Travis Bird

Isaac Miller

 

Shelby Tyler Nichols

Emma Miller

 

Carissa McCurdy

Hilda Miller

 

Marian van Noppen

Ezra Reber

 

Ryan A. Schisler

Peter Reber

 

Justin Williams

 

Plain and Fancy Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

 

George Bush

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

 

Timothy James

Company Manager

 

Joe Ford

Technical Director

 

Tom Slavey

ASM/Sound

 

Erin Clossen

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Properties Master

 

Timothy James

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Web Design

 

Brian Bell

Legal Representation

 

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

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

Scene 8 The Yoder Yard

 

Plain We Live

Papa, Company

Scene 9 The Yoder Yard

 

The Shunning (Plain We Live: Reprise)

Papa, Katie, Company

Act II

 

Scene 1 The Yoder Yard

 

How Do You Raise a Barn?

Company

Follow Your Heart

Peter, Katie, Hilda

Scene 2 The Yoder Kitchen

 

City Mouse, Country Mouse

Emma, Isaac

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

 

Finale (Plenty of Pennsylvania: Reprise)

Company

 

Cast Biographies

Travis Bird (Papa Yoder) is blessed and excited to be joining the Round Barn Theatre’s 2014 season. Travis lives in Decatur, IN with his father and earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice performance at Ball Sate University. In college, he was a member of the BSU Chamber Choir and secretary of Down the Line Theater Company. He studied voice with Dr. Karri York and Dr. Kathleen Maurer. He was fortunate to be cast in Ball State Opera Theater’s Productions as Federico in L’amico Fritz and Bill in A Hand of Bridge under the direction of Mr. Joseph Levitt. One of his favorite roles was Don Octave in The Stoned Guest directed by the Round Barn Theater alum Julie Lyn Barber. His Wells Community Theater credits include Jesus in Godspell and the Artful Dodger in Oliver! directed by Kim Mann. He would like to take this opportunity to thank all of his family, friends and colleagues who have supported him throughout his journey!

Samantha Disney (Ruth) is thrilled to be at The Round Barn Theatre for her first season. Previous roles include: Swing in It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple and Orange Girl in SHOUT! The Mod Musical! Sam is also part of the work/ study program at Steps on Broadway, and has performed in several cabarets in NYC. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from  Missouri State University.
Much love to friends and family for their love and support. 

 

 

 

Joe Ford (Dan / Company Mgr) was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, then received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.  The majority of years since then have been spent in the theatres of Portland, OR and Chicago, IL.  Favorite productions around the country include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Dr. Craven in The Secret Garden, Cinderella’s Prince / Wolf in Into the Woods, Joseph in Joseph…and the U.S. Premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera.  Joe thinks his parents are awesome, and that his cat, Monkey, is the best cat in the world.

 

 

Carissa McCurdy (Emma) is thrilled to be back at The Round Barn Theatre after playing Karin in Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping last season. She holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Bowling Green State University. She is originally from Sherwood, OH, but currently resides in New York City. Favorite roles include Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown and The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods. She'd like to thank family, friends, and JB for their love and support.
As always---for Mom.


Shelby Tyler Nichols (Isaac) is from Southeastern Georgia and a graduate of Valdosta State University. You may remember him as the Emerald City Guard in last year's The Wizard of Oz. He spends much of his time performing for children, whether it be all over the U.S. or overseas. Shelby is so very thankful to rejoin his family at The Round Barn and hopes you enjoy the season this year. He thanks everyone who has supported him along the way, especially his Mama, who is always there, no matter what.
Enjoy and God bless!

 

Ryan A. Schisler (Ezra) is a 2012 Murray State graduate from Owensboro, Kentucky. He was recently seen at Theatre West Virginia where he played the villainous Jim Vance in Hatfields and McCoys. Other favorite credits include Moonface Martin in Anything Goes and directing The Drowsy Chaperone.
I would like to thank my family for all their love and support.

 

 

 

Nicole Tompkins (Katie) is thrilled to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre stage where her most recent credit was State Fair. A graduate of Wright State University with a BFA in Acting, she has performed most recently in Dayton, OH and Clinton, IA.  Favorite credits include Maria in The Sound of Music, Illona in She Loves Me, and Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Much love and gratitude to my family and friends for their unwavering support while I pursue my dreams.

 

 

Marian van Noppen (Hilda) is thrilled to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut!  Born and raised in North Carolina, Marian is a “Carolina Girl” and loves her Southern roots.  She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Randolph College and is currently based in New York City.  Some of her favorite roles include Ariel in Footloose, Lorraine in All Shook Up and Wendla in Spring Awakening.  When she’s not on stage, Marian loves costuming, tumbling, laughing and embarking on new adventures.  Marian is grateful to Amish Acres for this exciting experience!

 

 

Justin Williams (Peter) is thrilled to be making his debut at The Round Barn Theatre! Justin is a Granger, IN native, but attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, NY. Some of his favorite roles include: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin in Pippin, Marius in Les Misérables and Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Justin would like to thank Jeremy for this incredible opportunity!
Love and gratitude to Hannah and his family for their undying support and love!

 

 

Staff Biographies

Amber Burgess (Costume Designer) is pleased to be back at the Round Barn Theater for the incredible 2014 season.  She has been involved in theater (acting, costuming, and directing) since 1988.  Amber studied musical theater at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and also has a BA in Social Sciences (with an emphasis in theater) from Ashford University.  Amber has formerly worked as a costume designer with the Cincinnati Costume Company, Top Hat Productions (Marshall, MI), Cincinnati Landmark Productions, The Little Theater (Jamestown, ND), Millikin University (Decatur, IL), LaMoure County Theater (ND), and The Joseph Jefferson Playmakers (Jamestown, ND).  She was taught to sew as a child by her grandmother Jan Christopherson, and was taught dress making by her aunts Betsy Davis and Susan Ely.  When not at work she enjoys quilting, running, writing, and reading. She would like to thank her high school drama teacher, Karen H Crane for giving her first job as a costume designer 20 years ago. Karen, thank you for starting me on this path and inspiring me to become the person I am today. Amber is originally from Jamestown, ND and now lives in Chicago with her dog Oxford.  Visit www.amber-burgess.com.

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 2014 season.

Erin Clossen (Sound) is a stage manager, director, and performer originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked with many professional theatres including BoarsHead Theater, Williamston Theatre, Stormfield Theatre and White Heron Theatre Company as well as with Michigan State University’s Transforming Theatre Ensemble and MSU’s Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center. Favorite past projects include Spinning Into Butter (Sarah Daniels), How I Learned to Drive (Female Greek Chorus), The Most Massive Woman Wins (Director), For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Director), Among Friends (SM), Forbidden Broadway (ASM), All Childish Things (ASM)and The High Rise: A Comedy in Mask (Co-Writer, Featured Ensemble). Erin holds a BA in Theatre from Aquinas College.

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is from Anderson, SC and is pleased to be starting his career here at the Round Barn Theatre.  Timothy attended Anderson University where he received a B.A. in Theater with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. While at Anderson University, he learned that his passion for theater did not simply fall into one category. He have a love for all things in the theater whether it be acting or “behind- the- scenes”. Though his passion for theater is vast his focus still remains on Stage Management. Some of his favorite shows he has stage managed for would be The Misanthrope and A Raisin in the Sun, where he received nominations for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival,a local theater competition. He hopes to be just as successful while here at the Round Barn Theatre.  

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director/Papa Yoder) is so pleased to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre for his sixth season as Artistic Director.  Jeremy grew up right down the road in Elkhart, Indiana and came to work at Amish Acres for the first time in 1997.  He is probably remembered for his performance credits but is most proud of introducing plays the Round Barn patrons by way of the Second Stage.  He was particularly excited to celebrate the ten year anniversary and reopening of the Second Stage with this season’s very successful Greater Tuna.  He has logged nearly 800 performances of Plain and Fancy playing all of the male roles; and directed the show six times, including the 20th Anniversary season.  Some of his other directing credits include Nunsense, Little Shop of Horrors, The Glass Menagerie, Driving Miss Daisy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wizard of Oz, Lost in Yonkers, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, 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.  Visit www.iamjlj.com for more details.

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 over 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.

Tom Slavey (Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana.  Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music.  While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own Construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County.  He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start his own.

Travis Smith (Music Director) is excited to be back at The Round Barn for another great season. Prior roles here include Abel Frake in State Fair, Amnesia in Nunsense A-Men, and the Tin Man in last season’s holiday production, The Wizard of Oz. He has also served as the resident Music Director for the past 4 seasons. In his free time, Travis is a freelance composer and arranger and is excited that one of his projects, Steeple People, will be presented here at Amish Acres in the Fall. Please check out www.travis-smith.com for more information about Travis and Steeple People
Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!

 

Plain and Fancy
Theme Dinner: May 30

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.

Plenty of Pennsylvania

Soup
Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Appetizers
Tortilla Pinwheels
Fruit Kabob
Vegetables and Dip

Salad
Iceburg Lettuce Quarters with Tomatoes, Onions

Bread

Zucchini Bread
Pumpkin Bread

Entrees
Swiss Steak with Mushrooms
Pan Fried Chicken

Pasta
Boiled Red Potatoes, Baked in Olive Oil and Herbs

Vegetables
Asparagus Grilled
Candied Yams
Cooked Dried Corn

Desserts
Old Fashioned Cream Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Shoofly Pie
Ruth's Famous Creme Brule

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