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The Diary of Anne Frank

anne franOctober 22 - November 9
A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based upon Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Newly Adapted By Wendy Kesselman

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Adapted from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, this Pulitzer Prize winning Drama tells the story the Franks, a Jewish family who spent two years in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.  The diary was retrieved by Miep Gies, who gave it to Anne’s father, Otto Frank, the only known survivor of the family.  The diary has now been published in over 60 languages.  The play opened on Broadway in 1955 receiving the Tony Award for Best Play and a nomination for its star, Susan Strasberg.  The show revived in 1997, in an adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, starring Natalie Portman as Anne, and Broadway juggernaut George Hearn, and received two nominations for 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.





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Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
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A Note from the Director…

Charles BurrI read “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” about the time my parents were planning on taking the family to Europe. It made such an impression on me, I lobbied hard to include the Anne Frank hideout as part of the itinerary. As my Mother was an even bigger fan of the book, I needn’t have worried. I was 13 as I walked through the Annex—the same age as Anne. The space was bare of almost any furniture, but it was still a tight and cramped space. How could eight people have lived here? We only have to look to Anne for the answer. Otto Frank was the only survivor of the eight. He published an edited version of Anne’s diary in 1947 and an English language version in 1952. A few years later, it was turned into a hit Broadway play. It ran for close to two years—a very long run at the time—and won the Pulitzer Prize. An Academy Award winning film followed in 1959. The complete diary was finally published in 1989. In 1997, Wendy Kesselman was asked to revise the play, given that we now knew more about Anne. We are indeed lucky to be bringing you the new adaptation here at the Round Barn. I will let Anne have the last word:  “When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that's a big question, will I ever be able to write something great...” I think we know the answer to her question...

Charles Burr


The Diary of Anne Frank Cast


Anne Frank

Joelle Rassi

Otto Frank

Matthew C. Scott

Edith Frank

Amber Burgess

Margot Frank

Nicole Tompkins

Miep Gies

Olivia Corbello

Peter Van Daan

Justin Williams

Mr. Kraler

Ryan A. Schisler

Mrs. Van Daan

Sarah Jean Hohne

Mr. Van Daan

Shelby Tyler Nichols

Mr. Dussel

Robert Windsor


The Diary of Anne Frank Staff


Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

Jeremy Littlejohn


Charles Burr

Production Stage Manager

Timothy James

Company Manager

Shelby Tyler Nichols

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

Legal Representation

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

Steve Jones




Setting: The play takes place in the top floors of the annex to an office building in Amsterdam, Holland, during the years of World War II.


The Diary of Anne Frank Cast Bios

Amber BurgessAmber Burgess (Edith Frank / Costume Designer) is pleased to be returning to The Round Barn stage 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, 9 to 5, Little Women, 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.
I would like to thank Oxford, and my family for the inspiration, love, and support that made my dreams a possibility. Visit


Olivia CorbelloOlivia Corbello (Miep Gies) is a Texas State BFA grad from '12. She is so very pleased to be returning to Amish Acres where she played her favorite role to date, Patty Andrews in Sisters of Swing. She is currently living in NYC pursuing her love of the arts and song writing.
Love to Mom and Dad!






Sarah Jean HohneSarah Jean Hohne (Mrs. Van Daan) is thrilled to be working with The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres for the first time this season! She recently graduated from Missouri State University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Acting and is currently living and acting in Chicago. Some of her favorite roles from previous productions include Shelby in Steel Magnolias at Tent Theatre, Elizabeth in Laundry and Bourbon, The Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, an ensemble member of Giving Voice: Theatre for the Oppressed, and Willie in This Property is Condemned at Missouri State University. Sarah Jean is honored to be a part of telling the story of The Diary of Anne Frank and would like to give a special thanks to Jack Armstrong, Sam Disney, and her entire family who always support and motivate her to do what she loves.

Shelby NicholsShelby Tyler Nichols (Mr. Van Daan / Company Mgr.) 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!


Joelle RassiJoelle Rassi (Anne Frank) discovered she liked acting during workshops led by Academy of Arts from South Carolina.  She was Little Lottie Moon in Bound By Love.  This propelled her toward finding the Joseph Stein Young Actors Studio at The Round Barn Theatre where she has enjoyed the last four summers.  She has been singing, dancing and acting in many area youth productions, but her most cherished role was playing Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street at RBT.  She has enjoyed ten years with LeeAnne Stewart Dance Schook, homeschooling, attending Milford Middle School for 7th grade last year, and getting to play her violin in their orchestra.
When I saw my first play, I wanted to try it.  It’s just my personality to try everything.  Whenever I saw a sport, I had to try it.  When I did my first play, I decided I really liked acting.  Acting is my favorite thing of all.



Ryan A. SchislerRyan A. Schisler (Mr. Kraler) 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.




matt scottMatthew C. Scott (Otto Frank) is from Orbisonia, PA and has been a professional Actor / Director for eighteen years! No stranger to The Round Barn Theatre, Matthew has recently directed Miracle on 34th Street, Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping and Arsenic and Old Lace for the Main Stage, as well as the recent Second Stage Production of Steeple People. You may have also seen him pinching pennies as Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors craving the spotlight as the Reverend Mother in Nunsense A-Men or wearing multiple hats in the Second Stage production of Greater Tuna. Some other highlights of his acting career include John Dickinson in 1776, George in She Loves Me, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks and the Baker in Into the Woods.


Nicole TompkinsNicole Tompkins (Margot Frank) 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.



Justin WilliamsJustin Williams (Peter Van Daan)  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!



Robert WindsorRobert Windsor (Mr. Dussel) grew up around Middlebury and Elkhart, Indiana. He graduated from Northridge High School and has been involved with Community Theatre since 2012, where his favorite role was Sir Robin in Spamalot with Elkhart Civic Theatre.  He has previously been seen on the Joseph Stein Stage in Footloose and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.





The Diary of Anne Frank Staff Biographies

Charles Burr (Director) is the Artistic Director of the Tibbits Summer Theatre in his native Michigan, which performs in the historic Tibbits Opera House (  He has been involved with the theatre for over 30 years as an actor, director, playwright and designer.  He has also worked at many regional theatres including The BoarsHead, True Grist Dinner Theatre, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Thunder Bay Theatre, Granbury Opera House and The Red Barn.  He was pleased to work with the Rodgers and Hammerstein Library, where they let him reconstruct the Rodgers and Hart musical, A Connecticut Yankee.

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, Lost in Yonkers, The Wizard of Oz, Kiss Me Kate, Joseph…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 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.


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Theme Dinner: October 24

A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.

Reservations Required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.
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The Diary of Anne Frank

Dutch Split Pea Soup with Rye Krisps and Bacon

Gouda Cheese and Grapes
Smoked Salmon

Cucumber Salad Mixd Greens and Amish Acres Dressings

Dark Jewish Rye Bread Cracked Wheat Bread

Flank Steak
Pan Fried Chicken Creamy Fish Chowder

Penne and Vegetables

Stuffed Yellow Peppers with Black Beans and Rice

Waffle Waffers with Caramel filling
Pale Green Dutch Apple Pie
Chocolate Pudding Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

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