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Little Women the broadway musical

Little WomenJuly 29 - August 31
Book by Allan Knee
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Music by Jason Howland
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women focuses on the four March sisters – brassy, tomboy and aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind hearted Beth and, of course, their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union chaplain during the Civil War. The 2005 Broadway production garnered its star, Sutton Foster, a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a musical.

 

 

 

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Little Women Press Release
Read a Preview of Little Women by Frank Ramirez
Read a Recent Review of Little Women in The Papers

Amish Acres

 

 

Little Women
Archive Photographs

 

Little Women Fund Raiser

amish acresBuy Out The House, For Art's Sake!

The Round Barn Theatre has partnered with the Midwest Museum of American Art. For every $50 Dinner & Theatre Package purchased for the August 24th matinee of Little Women the broadway musical, the Museum earns $15.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:00PM

Click Here To Buy Out The House, or call the Box Office for Reservations at (800) 800-4942

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Amber BurgessIt is difficult to distill this beautiful work and the gratification of this process into a short note. As you sit in this theater tonight you are surrounded by performers and technicians with a passion for this project, and I am eternally grateful to them. We feel an immense privilege and a sense of duty bringing this classic work to you in a new and exciting interpretation. What makes a classic work retain its audience? It's a particular magic that Little Women mastered from the day of its publishing to this one. It is a simple story, but is surprisingly profound. It encapsulates joy, loss, longing, stasis, inspiration and love. Each character has a change of heart that is necessary to become who they will be, and all embrace hard work, charity, temperance and self-reflection than we experience when I observe the differences. When I look at the March sisters, I see more compassion, hard work, charity, temperance and self-reflection than we experience in the modern age. There is a great value in the attempt to espouse these virtues and to learn from these characters from the past. Little Women helped us develop the image of the All-American girl. Each of the sisters embody a particular tenacity and virtue that we value. Meg's nurturance and hard-working spirit, Amy's panache and poise, Beth's kind heart and frailty, and (of course) Jo's pioneering sould and creative spark are all inseparable aspects of our ideal.

In closing, some thanks: To Travis Smith, our vastly-talented music director, it has always been a joy to work with you and I look forward to each of our collaborations. This project has been a joy, and your boundless patience, creativity and tenacious vision enrich every second of this show. To Jeremy Littlejohn, Thank you for your endless support and heart for this project (and all projects under this beautiful roof). Your friendship is a jewel in my life. To Richard Pletcher, Thank you for the opportunity to tell this story. I hope it enriches the lives of those who see it, and is something you can take pride in. And lastly, to my mother, Lynn Christopherson, Your support through my life is impossible to relate in words. Every new spark of inspiration has been supported and embraced by you from the day I was born until today (even if you didn't completely understand my particular brand of crazy). I could never have gotten here and would not be who I am without you. Thank you and I love you. Enjoy Little Women! We have worked hard, laughed much and have looked forward to you being here.

"Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault." - Louisa May Alcott

Amber Burgess

 

A Note from the Music Director…

Welcome to Little Women! It's been fun rehearsing such a beautiful show! As a music director, it is always refreshing to explore different styles of music that exist in the world of "show tunes." Little Shop of Horrors, for example, represented a more traditional style of musical theatre, focusing on the style of the 50's "doo-wop" intertwined with some 70's funk and soul. Footloose, on the other hand, was primarily the sound of the 80's. Now with Little Women, we get a lush score with a bit of a contemporary edge. Yet, even with such a full sound, there are still so many intimate moments. I hope everyone appreciates the variety of music in the musical theatre world. I certainly do! Enjoy the show!

 

Travis Smith



Little Women Cast

   

Jo March

 

Nicole Tompkins

Professor Bhaer

 

Joe Ford

Amy March / Troll

 

Katie Kuehner

Meg March / Clarissa

 

Samantha Disney

Beth March / Rodrigo 2

 

Marian van Noppen

Marmee March / Hag

 

Laura Ernst

Mr. Laurence / Knight

 

Shelby Tyler Nichols

Laurie Laurence / Rodrigo

 

Justin Williams

Aunt March / Mrs. Kirk

 

Carissa McCurdy

Mr. John Brooke / Braxton

 

Ryan A. Schisler

 

Little Women Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Director / Choreographer

 

Amber Burgess

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 Mrs. Kirk's NYC Boarding House, January, 1865

 

Overture

Orchestra

An Operatic Tragedy

Jo, Clarissa, Braxton & Rodrigo

Better

Jo

Our Finest Dreams

Jo, Meg, Beth & Amy

Here Alone

Marmee

Scene 2 Aunt March's Stately House, January, 1864

 

Could You?

Aunt March & Jo

Scene 3 the March Parlor, February 14, 1864

 

Delighted

Marmee, Meg, Jo & Beth

Take A Chance On Me

Laurie

Take A Chance (Transitions)

Laurie

Better (Reprise)

Jo

Scene 4 the March Parlor

 

Off To Massachusetts

Beth & Mr. Laurence

Five Forever

Jo, Laurie, Amy, Meg & Beth

Scene 5 / 6 the Sun Porch outside the March House; Spring, 1865

 

More Than I Am

Mr. Brooke & Meg

Scene 7 the Attic; May, 1865

 

Take A Chance (Reprise)

Laurie

Astonishing

Jo

Act II

 

Scene 1 the Parlor of Mrs. Kirk's Boarding House; June, 1865

 

Entr'acte

Orchestra

The Weekly Volcano Press

Company

Scene 2 the March Parlor, Summer, 1865

 

Off To Massachusetts (Reprise)

Mr. Laurence, Beth, Marmee, Meg & Mr. Brooke

How I Am

Professor Bhaer

Scene 3 a Beach in Falmouth on Cape Cod; September, 1865

 

Some Things Are Meant To Be

Jo & Beth

Days of Plenty

Marmee

The Fire Within Me

Jo

Scene 5 Outside the March House; Spring; 1866

 

Small Umbrella In The Rain

Professor Bhaer & Jo

Volcano (Reprise)

Jo

 

Cast Biographies

Samantha Disney (Meg) This is Sam's first season with the Round Barn Theatre. 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. BFA Musical Theatre- Missouri State University.
Much love to friends and family for their love and support. 

 

 

 

Laura Ernst (Marmee) delightedly makes her Round Barn debut in Little Women! Laura hails from St. Louis, MO, where she earned her BA in Acting (and Biology!) from Washington University.  Earlier this year she played Sybil in Private Lives at The Old Creamery Theatre in Iowa, and Flora in Sleeping Beauty with her hometown company STAGES St. Louis.  She has also appeared nearby in Marshall, Michigan as Laurie in Oklahoma! and Diane in Married Alive at the Cornwell’s Turkeyville Dinner Theatre. She thanks her husband and family for their constant support… and for driving up to see the show!  Enjoy!

 

Joe Ford (Professor Bhaer / 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.

 

 

Katie Kuehner (Amy) is honored to be performing at The Round Barn Theatre for the second time. She was last seen at Amish Acres as Katie Yoder in Plain and Fancy and Margy Frake in State Fair. Katie recently graduated from Rockford University in Illinois with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.
I would like to thank my friends and family for all their love and support.

 

 

 

Carissa McCurdy (Aunt March) 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 (Mr. Laurence) is from Southeastern Georgia, a graduate of Valdosta State University, and 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 (John Brooke) 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 (Jo) 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 (Beth) 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 (Laurie)  is thrilled to 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! He would also like to thank Hannah and his family for their undying support and love!

 

 

 

Staff Biographies

Amber Burgess (Director / Costume Designer) is pleased to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre after showing her true colors as the Wicked Witch in last season's The Wizard of Oz.  She has been involved at RBT as the director of Sisters of Swing and last season's 9 to 5, and is the resident costume designer for the 2014 season.  Memorable RBT 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, Oxford, and her family for the inspiration, love, and support that made her dreams a possibility. Visit www.amber-burgess.com.

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) 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 Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, The Glass Menagerie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Driving Miss Daisy, Lost in Yonkers, Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz, 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 27 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!

 

Little Women
Theme Dinners:August 15 and August 7

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.

Home Cookin'

Soup
New England Clam Chowder Black Pepper Oyster Crackers

Appetizers

Deviled eggs
Cheesy Rye Squares

Salad
Wild Berry Salad
Baby spinach, goat cheese, toasted almonds

Breads
Parker House Rolls with Honey Butter Country Bread and Currant Jelly

Entrees
Day Boat Haddock Berkshire Pork Chop

Pasta
Pasta with Roasted Zucchini And Summer Squash

Vegetables
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Sweet Potatoes
Anna with Prunes

Desserts
Plum Cake
Cranberry-Molasses Pudding with Vanilla Hard Sauce
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages
Iced Tea with Mint Lemonade
Coffees
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge) Round Barn Wines (extra charge)