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Forever Plaid

Forever PlaidApril 13-May 22
Written & Originally Directed by Stuart Ross
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Forever Plaid is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory.  Once upon a time, there were four guys who discovered they shared a love for music, and then got together to become their idols – The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts.  Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, they become Forever Plaid.  Originally produced on the Joseph Stein Stage in 2006, Forever Plaid  is a guaranteed smash with its program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950’s, including “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Chain Gang,” “Heart and Soul,” and “Rags to Riches.”

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Forever Plaid Press Release
Read a Recent Review of Forever Plaid by Jeri Seeley...

Amish Acres

Amish Acres



Forever Plaid
Archive Photographs



A Note from the Director…

Joe FordWhen you're a kid growing up in pre-internet Indiana who happens to latch onto musical theatre as a hobby, a cast recording is pretty much your only link to that world. My parents were outstanding about taking me to shows whenever they could, but live theatre can sometimes be awfully expensive for a family. So most of the musicals I "saw" growing up, I saw in my head- as the cast recording played over and over again in my bedroom. My Forever Plaid disc wore out a long time ago. 

Years before Stuart Ross created this show, his parents owned a diner- where he spent quite a bit of his youth. When the jukebox company came to replace the records, they would often give him the records nobody wanted to listen to. Like me, alone with some of the world's most uncool music, the world around him suddenly made a lot more sense and exploded with the excitement of possibilities. The Plaids definitely weren't cool either. They weren't smooth, they weren't popular in school and- though love was their favorite subject to sing about- romance eluded them. That never mattered though...they had each other and they had the music. To a kid or an adult, that can be everything.

My most sincere thanks for joining us tonight! I hope The Plaids give you the same joy they've given me for years. And please find time to take your kids or your grand kids to the theatre. Please show them there is more to this world than cartoons, car insurance commercials and Kardashians (no offense meant to cartoons or car insurance commercials). If the kids aren't into it- trust me- they'll let you know. But if they and music have the power to change lives, to inspire passion or to help a quiet young kid find some sort of comfort zone in this loud, crazy world.  Just ask little Joey Ford. Enjoy the show!

Joe Ford

A Note from the Music Director…

Paul RiganoHelen Hayes once said, “I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre.” I doubt that she was talking about Forever Plaid. In fact, as Ms. Hayes passed away only three years after the original production opened, there is a very small chance that she was in fact talking about Forever Plaid. However, I cannot help but recognize the relevance of that sentiment in our production. We are not here to do Chekov. We are not even here to do Next to Normal. You will not experience a theatrical catharsis that changes your life and makes you view the world through new eyes. However, if we have done our jobs, and I firmly believe we have, we will make you feel safe. You are here to be transported to a bygone world of ice cream sodas and sock hops. So settle in for a performance that aims to be one thing: FUN. And as I’ve seen as I’ve guided the musical decisions of these four brilliant men, I promise you, we’ll deliver.

Paul Rigano

Forever Plaid Cast



Mark Kosten


Carl Glenn


Brett Mutter


Rory Dunn


Forever Plaid Staff


Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

Jeremy Littlejohn

Artistic Director

Amber Burgess

Director / Choreographer

Joe Ford

Music Director

Paul Rigano

Production Stage Manager

Michael Redondo

Technical Director

Ted Lantz

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Amber Burgess

Lighting / Sound / Scenic Artist

Tim Becze

Costume Assistant / Wardrobe

Ashley Alverth

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

Steve Jones

Musical Numbers

Act I


Chant: Deus ex Plaid


Three Coins In The Fountain


Gotta Be This Or That




Moments To Remember


Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby


No Not Much






Sixteen Tons / Chain Gang


The Catering Drill / She Loves You


The Golden Cardigan


Catch A Falling Star


Caribbean Plaid



Act II


Heart And Soul




Lady Of Spain


Scotland The Brave


Shangri-La / Rags To Riches


Love Is A Many Splendored Thing


Cast Bios

Rory DunnRory Dunn (Smudge) has been performing on stage for most of his life. So far he has played dogs, whales, monkeys, bandits, dashing leading men, evil villains and the occasional comic relief. Some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Josiah in Josiah for President and the Bishop in Les Misérables

Carl GlennCarl Glenn
(Sparky) is very excited to be returning to The Round Barn! He was last seen here as an ensemble member in Mary Poppins. Other credits include Tom Sawyer in Big River at Great Plains Theare, Stan Smartley in The Character Quiz Show at Hersheypark, and Pig 2 in Shrek The Musical at Grandstreet Theare.
Web Series: Living the Dream! with Kyle and Carl. Follow Carl @carltkglenn. 



Mark KostenMark Kosten
(Francis) is happy to be making his debut performance at The Round Barn Theatre. Select Chicago theatre credits include: Pinkalicious (Peter) Cinderella (Temperance) Broadway in Chicago,The Christmas Schooner (Karl) Mercury Theatre, All Shook Up (Dean) Chicago regional premier of Rent (Ensemble) Big Noise, original cast of Ryan Scott Oliver’s The Frog Prince Continued (Tad) Emerald City, Peter Pan (Peter) Circle Theatre. Select directing credits:A Doll’s House (Assistant director to Michael Halberstam of Writer’s Theatre) The Little Prince (IHSA Regional Champion) Stage Door (Leyden Theatre) The Sound of Music (Windy City) Two People in Love (Breaking Ground Theatre Company). Select choreography credits: 9 to 5, Peter PanLittle Red’s Big Adventure (Leyden Theatre), Once Upon a Mattress, Grease, Mulan (Hester Jr. High). New to the South Bend area Mark was recently seen in The Music Man (Dance Captain) South Bend Civic Theatre, and Chicago (Billy Flynn) St. Mary’s College. Mark would like to thank Amber for this opportunity! 
All my love to Aaron. I could not be more happy to call you home.

Brett MutterBrett Mutter (Jinx) grew up in Dayton, Ohio, but has recently been living in New York City. Some previous credits include: The World Premiere of Bonfire of the Vanities: The Opera (Moody) with The Process Studio Theatre in NYC; The Addams Family (Fester) with The Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire; and Urinetown (Bobby Strong) at Bowling Green State University, where he graduated in May of 2015. Brett is thrilled to be singing in a quartet again after spending two summers at Cedar Point Amusement Park performing in a barbershop quartet in Lusty Lil's Palace Revue.
Much love to friends, teachers, and family!


Staff Biographies

Ashley Alverth (Costume Assistant/Wardrobe) is an Illinois based artist who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She started her career as the Art director at Carmel Montessori Academy designing the school plays. Ashley has worked in the costume department of the Elgin Opera and as the head seamstress on the film “Ovid and the Art of Love.” She is proud to have the opportunity to work with the crew of The Round Barn Theatre during this upcoming season. 

Tim Becze (Lighting/Sound Designer) has been performing with The Round Barn Theatre for the past 2 years as he finished his BA in Theater from Bethel College. This year Becze is thrilled to be back at RBT working on lighting and scenic art. When not at work he enjoys spending time with friends, playing music, and sleeping. 

Amber Burgess (Artistic Director) studied Musical Theatre at Millikin University (IL), and also has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ashford University (IA).  Originally from North Dakota, Amber began her career on the stage 30 years ago (in the same year Plain and Fancy opened here at RBT).  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas, and last year’s practically perfect Mary Poppins.  Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5

Joe Ford (Director) was born in nearby Elkhart, Indiana and received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. His long association with the Round Barn Theatre began with Fiddler on the Roof in 1996- the first season of repertory theatre here in Nappanee.  Since then, he has been a part of dozens of productions here- directing, appearing onstage, serving as company manager and as casting associate.  His long list of favorite shows here include Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), White Christmas (Bob Wallace), Art (Marc), Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer), Joseph... (Joseph), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), West Side Story (Bernardo), Mary Poppins (Bert), as well as directing Doubt, A Parable in 2015. 
This show is for Margo- the best mom there is.

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 with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 29 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. 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 rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 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 at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina 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 Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 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.

Michael Redondo (Production Stage Manager) An Eagle Scout from Riverside, California, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Theatre Arts from Sterling College. He has stage managed productions with the Great Plains Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Wichita Grand Opera, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. Offstage, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and going to the movies.
"If you want something extraordinary to happen in your life, it will require some extraordinary action on your part."

Paul Rigano (Music Director/Pianist) is thrilled to be making his RBT debut with Forever Plaid.  Born with a natural addiction to musical theatre, Paul has been playing showtunes in his living room since he was about 8 years old, eventually running his own doo-wop group in high school (though they were nowhere near as good as The Plaids!). Since then he has worked on countless shows with wonderful people, including Christina Bianco, Nick Blaemire, and Joe Iconis. He also composes original musicals of his own with his brother and lyricist, David. You can hear their music at Much love to his family and perfect wife, Lauren. Paul would like to dedicate his performance to his late father-in-law, Bill Sohan, who loved doo-wop about as much as any human is allowed to. 


amish acresForever Plaid
Theme Dinner: April 15

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


Smudge's Split-Pea Soup

No Not Much Garden Salad
Three Beans in the Salad

Comeback Celery w/ Peanut Butter
Scotland the Brave Deviled Eggs
Sixteen Tons of Shrimp Dip

Wonder-ful Hearth Bread w/ Butter & Jellies


Moments to Remember Meatloaf
Heart and Sole w/ Spinach & Chives


Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby Baked Potatoes

Undecided Buttered Mixed Vegetables

Cream Cheese Pecan Pie
Angel Food Cake
Ruth's Famous Crème Brûlée

Iced Tea
Bottled Soda ($)
Malt Bar ($)
Round Barn Wine & Craft Beers ($)