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Shrek The Musical

Shrek CastNovember 14 - December 31
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Based on the 1990 book, “Shrek!” and the 2001 DreamWorks film of the same name, Shrek The Musical tells the story of everyone’s favorite Ogre, who reluctantly befriends a talkative donkey.  Together they set out on a journey, which takes them through many of the most recognizable fairy tales.   Shrek opened on Broadway in 2008 and ran for 441 performances receiving 8 Tony nominations and winning for best Costume Design.  Shrek The Musical promises to be the perfect holiday treat for children both young and old.


Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
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Shrek The Musical
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A Note from the Director…

What makes us special makes us strong…

amish acresMy first connection to this story is of seeing the movie with my mother back in 2001.  I related to it immediately (I’ve always related to green girls), and its joy, and unwavering spunk have made me love this story since that day.  For years, Shrek was my feel-good movie.  It could always lift me out of a funk. When I was asked to direct this project I approached it with absolute glee.  The challenges are thrilling, the characters are unique, and the story has such a good message that I can’t imagine a better lesson for the younger generation. A few people to thank:  To the cast – your work on and off stage has made this a process a joy.  Thank you all for your extra work on this monster of a show (literally), your graceful and joyful giving of your time was an invaluable gift to this show.  To Jeremy – Thank you for this opportunity, and thank you for bringing all of your gifts to this show.  I couldn’t ask for a better Shrek.  To Dick – Thank you for your support and endless contributions to the great work of creating this story.  I always value our collaborations, and hope we make you proud. So, we bring you this anti-fairytale.  A story of an ogre, a donkey, and a princess.  A story of finding happiness by embracing your true self.  A reminder that often true love is found in the most unlikely places.

Amber Burgess


A Note from the Music Director…

amish acresI remember seeing the film "Shrek" when it was first released back in 2001. Being a fan of fairy tales, I really enjoyed how the movie brought together all the different characters from all of those old, fanciful stories.  I also enjoyed its ultimate message: "beautiful ain't always pretty." The music you will hear tonight was written by Jeanine Tesori, one of my favorite contemporary composers.  There is a variety of music styles throughout the show.  Perhaps that is most prominent in "Ballad Of Farquaad" where the style literally (and drastically) goes from a Western feel to a Gilbert and Sullivan bounce.  There are also several hidden references to popular musicals (and even pop songs) hidden throughout many of the numbers.  Listen for homages to A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and Gypsy.  But my personal favorite moments in the music are the endearing ones in such songs as "Who I'd Be" and "When Words Fail".  The melodies aren't just engaging but the lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire have a weight and message to them that anybody can connect with whether you are young or young-at-heart.  This isn't just a story for kids. It's a story for everyone.  Enjoy!

Travis Smith


Shrek Cast




Jeremy Littlejohn

Princess Fiona


Olivia Corbello



Brandon Martin

Lord Farquaad


Travis Smith

Mama Ogre


Joyana Loraine Feller

Papa Ogre


Travis Bird

Captain of the Guard


Don Hart



Justin Williams

Big Bad Wolf


Travis Cox

Three Pigs


Travis Bird



Anthony Christopher Milfelt



Shelby Tyler Nichols

Fairy Godmother


Angie Fisher

Ugly Duckling


Errión Haywood

Sugar Plum Fairy


Joelle Rassi

Wicked Witch


Sara Drinkwine

Mama Bear


Joyana Loraine Feller

Papa Bear


Ryan A. Schisler

Baby Bear


Cora Callander

Peter Pan


Joseph Michael Alvey



Joelle Rassi

Young Fiona


Cora Callander

Teen Fiona


Joelle Rassi



Joyana Loraine Feller



Angie Fisher

Pied Piper


Travis Cox



Anthony Christopher Milfelt

3 Blind Mice


Sara Drinkwine



Angie Fisher



Errión Haywood



Shelby Tyler Nichols



Ryan A. Schisler

Shrek U/S


Travis Bird


Shrek Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director


Jeremy Littlejohn



Amber Burgess



Sarah Philabaum

Music Director


Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager


Timothy James

Company Manager


Shelby Tyler Nichols

Technical Director


Tom Slavey

ASM / Sound


Erin Clossen

ASM / Deck Captain


Robert Windsor

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer


Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer


Jeremy Littlejohn

Properties Master


Timothy James

Scenic Artist


Matthew C. Scott

Ogre Prosthetics


Allen Letson Enterprises, Inc.

Dance Captain


Anthony Christopher Milfelt

Box Office Manager


Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation


Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer


Steve Jones


Shrek the Musical


Scenes and Musical Numbers


Act I
Scene 1 Prologue




Big Bright Beautiful World

Mama Ogre, Papa Ogre & Shrek

Scene 2 Swamp


Story of My Life

Fairytale Creatures

The Goodbye Song

Fairytale Creatures

Scene 3 Forest


Don't Let Me Go


Scene 4 Farquaad's Torture Chamber


Regiment #1


Regiment (Reprise)


Scene 5 Gates of Duloc


What's Up Duloc?

Farquaad & Company

What's Up Duloc? (Reprise)

Farquaad & Company

Scene 6 Fiona's Tower


I Know It's Today

Young Fiona, Teen Fiona & Fiona

Scene 7 Sunflower Field


Travel Song

Donkey & Shrek


Scene 8 Dragon's Keep



Donkey, Dragon & Knights

Scene 9 Fiona's Tower


This Is How a Dream Comes True


Scene 10 Cliff's Edge


Who I'd Be

Shrek, Donkey & Fiona


Act II


Scene 1 The Bluff


Morning Person

Fiona & Bluebird

I Think I Got You Beat

Fiona & Shrek

Scene 2 Torture Chamber


Ballad of Farquaad

Farquaad & Guards

Scene 3 Old Barn


Make a Move

Donkey & 3 Blind Mice

Scene 4 Inside / Outside the Abandoned Barn


When Words Fail


Scene 5 Forest


Morning Person (Reprise)


Build a Wall


Freak Flag

Fairytale Creatures

Scene 6 Shrek's Swamp


Scene 7 Cathedral


Big Bright Beautiful World (Reprise)



Shrek, Fiona, Donkey & Company

I'm a Believer



Cast Biographies

Joseph AlveyJoseph Michael Alvey (Peter Pan) recently graduated from Youngstown State University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. This is his second time doing Shrek The Musical, having performed in it before at Mercury Summer Stock where he was also seen in such shows as CatsOnce Upon a MattressAll Shook Up, and Peter Pan. Joseph is from Cleveland, Ohio, which is where he caught the acting bug. He has performed in theatres such as The Cassidy Theatre, Royalton Players, Heights Youth Theatre, Mid-Ohio Valley Players, and Oakland Center. Some of his other favorite performance credits include Rent, Spelling Bee, and The 1940s Radio Hour. He would like to thank everyone who has made his dreams come true. 



Travis BirdTravis Bird (Papa Ogre / Shrek understudy) 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. He would like to take this opportunity to thank all of his family, friends and colleagues who have supported him throughout his journey!

Cora CallanderCora Callander (Young Fiona) is a happy energetic 8 year old who enjoys playing soccer, reading, swimming, music, playing the piano, singing, dancing, and acting.  Cora is currently in second grade at Bremen Elementary School, and is excited to be back at Round Barn for her second production.  Other credits include: Shrek The Musical at Bremen High School, Hairspray with Premier Arts and The Wizard of Oz here at the Round Barn Theatre.





Olivia CorbelloOlivia Corbello (Fiona) 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!






Travis CoxTravis Cox (Big Bad Wolf) is originally from Elkhart, Indiana and graduated from ORU with a B.A. in Theatre and Music.  He has performed in Oklahoma, Wyoming, Illinois and Indiana in various Musical and Shakespeare productions.  He was recently heard as the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, and seen in the Ensemble of Footloose.




Sara DrinkwineSara Drinkwine (Wicked Witch) is thrilled to be making her debut at The Round Barn Theatre!  Sara currently resides in Middlebury, IN where she was born and raised.  Sara attended Indiana University, where she earned her B.A. in Theatre and Drama.  Favorite past performances include Grease (Sandy), Les Misérables (Lovely Lady / Ensemble) and Medea (Nurse).  Sara would like to thank Jeremy for giving her this opportunity!
Thank you to all of those who have inspired and encouraged me while I pursue my dreams!



Joyana FellerJoyana Loraine Feller (Dragon) is elated to join the company for the holidays. Originally from Louisiana, she now hails from NYC calling it home for over 4 years. When she isn't working she enjoys playing music, going to brunch, and frolicking throughout the city. Her favorite credits include Percy in The Spitfire Gill, Ado Annie in Oklahoma, and Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes.
Many thanks to Jeremy Littlejohn for this wonderful opportunity, to my family and friends for their support, and endless love to my partner, Jason. Let your freak flags fllyyyy!


Angie FisherAngie Fisher (Fairy Godmother) is thrilled to be back at The Round Barn Theatre for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Shrek The Musical. Angie was seen on the Joseph Stein Stage in 2013 as Judy Bernly in 9 to 5 the musical, Katie Yoder in Plain and Fancy, Elaine in Arsenic and Old Lace, Martha in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and in the ensemble of The Wizard of Oz. Angie recently spent her summer in Eugene, Oregon playing Dorothy Shaw in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with The Shedd Institute.
I would like to thank my family for the many trips up here to show their constant support!



Errion HaywoodErrión Haywood (Ugly Duckling) an Atlanta, Georgia native is very excited to be portraying the part of the Ugly Duckling/Blind Mouse in this production of Shrek The Musical! Errión’s theatre experience includes the role of Li’l Inez in Hairspray, Ronnette in Little Shop Of Horrors, Belle in A Christmas Carol and small roles in Miss Nelson is Missing, Black Nativity, and School House Rock. When she’s not acting, Errión enjoys watching comedy movies, HGTV, having her own concerts, sitting out in nature and getting in class to work on her craft of singing, dancing, and writing. Errión thanks her family for their encouragement and continued support!

Don HartDon Hart (Captain of the Guard) returns for his 16th production!  Favorite past roles include Henry in The Fantasticks, Eddie in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy and Herb, the Sound Man in Miracle on 34th Street.  Don stretched himself this year by house painting, repairing and landscaping.
Love ya, Crystal!





Jeremy LittlejohnJeremy Littlejohn (Shrek / Artistic Director) acknowledges that it’s not easy being green!  As the Artistic Director of the Round Barn Theatre, Jeremy has overseen nearly sixty productions in six seasons.  Some of his recent favorites include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair, Driving Miss Daisy, Nunsense A-Men, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors and Joseph.  He has directed Plain and Fancy six times; and performed in the show nearly eight hundred, playing all of the male roles.  He created the Second Stage Series in 2004, and is so happy to see it turn ten years old this season.  He also enjoys working on the Theater for Young Audience series having directed Miss Nelson is Missing and Twain’s Tale of Tom and Huck multiple times.  He loves his lady, his family, his kitty and he is so happy to (once again) be spending the holidays in Nappanee.
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Brandon MartinBrandon Martin (Donkey) attended Shenandoah Conservatory where he studied acting and musical theater. He has been working professionally all over the East Coast, and is about to hit the Midwest….His credits include Donkey in Shrek, Purlie in Purlie, Andre in Ain’t Misbehavin, Margaret Mead in HAIR, Mitch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Henry in South Pacific, and he took part in a New York City, Equity reading of a new musical Madame, where he played the role of a transgendered woman, Clover, who was next in line to become Madame of a backwoods Louisiana brothel. More recently he has been added as temporary staff at Patrick Henry Community College, where he acts as Artistic Advisor on theatrical matters, Assistant Musical Director, and Master Set Painter. Brandon is super excited to join the cast of Shrek at The Round Barn Theatre. He sends special thanks to the Round Barn for welcoming him into a great company.


Anthony MilfeltAnthony Christopher Milfelt (Thelonius / Dance Captain) is from Pevely, MO.  This is his second appearance with The Round Barn Theatre having previously been seen as Jeb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  Recently, he’s been seen at The Bigfork Summer Playhouse in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tarzan and The Full Monty.  He has also been seen at Midtown Arts Center in The Cat in the Hat and White Christmas.  He wishes you a happy holiday season!




amish acresShelby Tyler Nichols (Bishop / 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 (Gingy) 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 School, homeschooling, attending Milford Middle School for 7th grade last year, and getting to play her violin in their orchestra.

amish acresRyan A. Schisler (Papa Bear) 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.




Travis SmithTravis Smith (Farquaad / 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, was recently presented on the Second Stage this past fall. Please check out for more information about Travis and Steeple People
Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!



amish acresJustin Williams (Pinocchio)  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. Amber has been involved at RBT as the director of Sisters of Swing, 9 to 5, this season's Little Women, and she 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

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.  

Sarah Philabaum (Choreographer) is thrilled to return for her fourth season here at The Round Barn Theatre. You may remember her last season as Doralee in 9 to 5, Mavis in Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping, Ruth in Plain and Fancy or this season’s Little Shop of Horrors and Joseph...Sarah spent her summer in Grand Lake, Colorado with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre where she was featured in Les Misérables, Shrek and the Regional Premiere of Hands on a Hardbody.  Sarah can be seen once again touring the East Coast with Nebraska Theatre Caravan this holiday season in her fifth tour of A Christmas Carol.
Special thanks to Jeremy Littlejohn for all that you do. You're wonderful and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you!

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.

Matthew C. Scott (Scenic Artist) is from Orbisonia, PA and has been a professional Actor / Director for eighteen years! No stranger to The Round Barn Theatre, Matthew has 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. In addition to being an Actor / Director, Matthew has also provided scenic artistry for over a dozen RBT productions.

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.

Robert Windsor (Deck Captain) 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, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Diary of Anne Frank.


amish acresShrek The Musical
Theme Dinners: November 21 & December 12

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.
Amish Acres

Dainty and Delicious

Shrek Soup: Chunky, lots of Green and a little sweet and spicy

Guacamole with Black Beans and Blue Corn Chips
Toadstool Stacks

Pot Bellied Apple Slices Salad Mixed Greens and Amish Acres Dressings

Pumkin and Crumb Bread
Rolly Polly Rolls

Spice Rubbed Pork Loin with Horse Radish-Chive Sauce
ArtiChoked Chicken

Far, Far Away Fettuccini
Twice Baked Potatoes with Melted Chedder Cheese

Sherk-O-licious Succotash
Happily Ever After Onion Cake

Donkey Ears with Powdered Sugar
Mud Pie Gingerbread Men
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Shrek's Swamp Juice Iced Tea
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge) Round Barn Wines (extra charge)