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Plain and Fancy (30th Anniversary)

Plain and FancyMay 25-October 15
Book by Joseph Stein & Will Glickman
Music by Albert Hague
Lyrics by Arnold Horwitt

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

A New Yorker and his sophisticated girlfriend drive down around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to sell a piece of property. Here they meet Amish folk, whose convoluted English speech, clothes and habits haven't changed for centuries. The clash of cultures educates and entertains at the same time in this quaint musical comedy. It was the first Broadway show for both composer Albert Hague and author Joseph Stein who each went on, respectively, to win Tony awards for Redhead and Fiddler On The Roof. The Round Barn Theatre has become the national home of this 1955 Broadway hit. This 2016 production marks the 30th anniversary year that The Round Barn Theatre has produced Plain and Fancy making it one of the longest running shows anywhere. 

Scenes & Musical Numbers

Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Plain and Fancy Press Release
Read a History of Plain and Fancy

Amish Acres

Plain and Fancy
Archive Photographs




A Note from the Director…

Amber Burgess

Welcome to The Round Barn Theatre’s flagship production, Plain and Fancy.  This year marks the 30th subsequent year that we have produced this little pearl of a show, and we hope that you enjoy it a much as we enjoy presenting it to you.

The 30th Anniversary in our culture is symbolized by the pearl.  What a perfect metaphor for Plain and Fancy. Pearls take many years to grow inside a mollusk. They form by adding layers over time, growing stronger and more durable.  What gemstone is more pure and simple than a pearl?  It doesn’t sparkle.  It is not ostentatious or vulgar, but don’t be deceived by its simplicity.  It radiates a simple beauty that is appropriate in almost any setting.  It is proper alone, presented simply, or at the center of glittering gems.

The grain of sand that started our journey with Plain and Fancy (and Amish Acres’ foray into Theatre) was a small production presented back in 1986.  It featured a cast of four and was presented for an eight week run in a tiny 110 seat theatre called The Locke Township Meeting House.  From that small idea, this production has blossomed and inspired not only the show you are about to watch, but the venue you are watching it in.  The Round Barn Theatre was built for Plain and Fancy, and we were inspired by our success (and the prompting of Joseph Stein, the author) to start to produce other titles and run what has become Indiana’s Premier Professional Repertory Theatre.  You are now among the over 300,000 people to see this production, which has now been performed over 3,000 times here at Amish Acres.

It is appropriate that this pearl sits at the center of our glittering crown.  It has been surrounded by glitzier shows, by shows that are better known, by louder, grander, more spectacular fare, but still it radiates with simple beauty, creating a center that connects us to our history at The Round Barn Theatre, but also an anchor that focuses us artistically and helps us remember this place and the culture that we venerate.  Thank you for joining us on our journey to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, and thank you for being a part of our celebration.

Amber Burgess

Plain and Fancy Cast


Dan King


Rory Dunn

Ruth Winters


Kayla Ricker

Katie Yoder


Kaitlyn Casanova

Papa Yoder


Nick Wheeler

Isaac Miller


Don Hart

Emma Miller


Jordan Tudor

Hilda Miller


Abby Murray Vachon

Ezra Reber


Alex Glossman

Peter Reber


Alec Brown



Plain and Fancy Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director


Amber Burgess

Music Director


Tim Becze

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


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  


Scene 5 The Yoder Parlor


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


This is All Very New to Me


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?


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


Scene 5 The Reber Yard


Young and Foolish (Reprise)


Scene 6 The Yoder Yard


Finale (Plenty of Pennsylvania: Reprise)



Cast Biographies

Alec BrownAlec Brown (Peter) is a recent graduate from Missouri State Universities Musical Theatre BFA program. He has previously been seen as Brad in Hairspray, and Mendel/Bottle Dancer in Fiddler on the Roof with Tent Theatre. Other roles include Leaf Coneybear in 25th...Bee, Hanschen in Spring Awakening, Woof in Hair, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He would like to thank his family, friends, and MT16 for all of their support and love. 

Kaitlyn CasanovaKaitlyn Casanova (Katie) is a graduate of Central Michigan University's Musical Theatre program. Since graduating, she has performed both regionally and internationally. Her favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Cosette in Les Misérables. Many thanks to her family and friends for their love and support. 

Rory DunnRory Dunn (Dan King) 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

Alex GrossmanAlex Glossman (Ezra) is delighted to be making his Round Barn Theatre debut. A 2014 graduate from the theatre program at Northwestern University, Alex lives, works, and writes in Chicago. Some recent roles include Ken in Red (Shadowland Stages), Robert in Living on Love w/Stephanie Zimbalist (Seven Angels Theatre), Peto in Father Ruffian (City Lit Theatre), Owen Lovejoy in The Bloodhound Law (City Lit), and Jacob in Bard Fiction (Commedia Beauregard). Thanks to Amber, Michael, Tim, Sarah, and Katie. Also Mom, Dad, Buddy, and Bubby.

Don HartDon Hart (Isaac) is excited to be back at Amish Acres!  Previous roles include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Eddie in Pumpboys and Dinettes, Henry in The Fantasticks and Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy
Enjoy the show!




Kayla RickerKayla Ricker (Ruth Winters) Since graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, Kayla has continued her pursuit of musical theatre. She worked in Maine performing in shows such as Shout! The Mod Musical, and as Ulla in The Producers. Since then she's planted roots in Pigeon Forge, TN. There she has worked at theatres including Dollywood and The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show. In 2013 she traveled all the way to North Dakota to be a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical. She would like to thank her boyfriend, Stephen, for his continuous support and encouragement and her two dogs Samson and Chewie for putting up with their mama being away. 

Jordan TudorJordan Tudor (Emma) is a southern girl, having spent most of her life in Nashville, TN. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Chicago College of Performing Arts. Favorite roles include: Maureen in RENT, Calliope in XANADU, Maria in Twelfth Night, and Judy in 9 to 5. She has also performed in several shows at SeaWorld San Diego.
Love to Ian. Enjoy the show! 

Abby Murray VachonAbby Murray Vachon (Hilda) is originally from Mishawaka, Indiana and holds a B.F.A. in Acting (Musical Theatre emphasis) from Wright State University. Some of her favorite professional credits include performing with Leslie Uggams in An Evening with Leslie Uggams, Les Misérables (Fantine), and Barnum at The Old Creamery Theatre. Other favorite credits include Vanishing Point (Agatha Christie) and Sondheim On Sondheim (Erin Mackey Track). So much love and thanks to her Mom, Dad, Nick, Amber, Melissa, Alex, and Lee.
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Nick WheelerNick Wheeler (Papa Yoder) was born in Moorhead, MN, just across the river from the city of Fargo. With a music teacher for a mother and a theatre professor for a father, acting and singing turned out to be an almost inevitable path. Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin: Stevens Point with a BFA in Musical Theatre and has worked in Fargo, Philadelphia, and New York. Amongst his favorite roles and shows have been Max Bialystock in The Producers, Father Flynn in Doubt, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.  Nick loves reading, learning new instruments, and collecting vinyl records. Nick wants to wish everyone reading this all the happiness they can possibly have. 





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 (Music Director) 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

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."



amish acresPlain and Fancy
Theme Dinner: May 27

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

Plenty of Pennsylvania


Cucumber SaLad
Green Salad

Fruit Kabobs
CHeese & Soda CRackeRs

Buttercrust Bread w/
ChUrch SPread


Swiss SteaK
Fried Chicken

Garlic Cheese Mashed Potatoes
BuTTered Noodles

Corn Casserole

Lemon CAke
Date PuDDing
Old-FashiOned Creme Pies
Ruth's Famous CrèMe Brûlée

Iced Tea
Round Barn Wine & Craft Beers ($)