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I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

April 12 – May 21
Music by Jimmy Roberts
Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro

Produced by special arrangement with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatre Library.
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Everything You Have Ever Secretly Thought About Dating, Romance, and Marriage, But Were Afraid To Admit!

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. With 5,000 performances, it is the second-longest running Off Broadway musical. It is presented in the form of a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships. This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as "the relationship". This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?"


Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Press Release


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A Note from the Director…

I have a very fond place in my heart for this show.  I remember the first time I listened to it with my best friend Mike in his car.  Fast-forward six months to us belting it as we drove down Highway 75 South on our way to rehearsal.  Mike has been instrumental in introducing me to many many shows.  From “Wicked”, to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” he was the pioneer and was merely the follower. 

Ten years ago I had the immense blessing to perform this beautiful show, and that experience cultivated and created great friendships and some crazy memories.  That cast and crew was a huge part of my success in that show, and the footprints of their performances are here tonight.  The discoveries made and moments found are hard to forget.  In particular I remember laughing so hard I couldn’t speak, and terrible debacles in costume changes.

In addition, this show was the first professional show that my father saw me in.  He drove to Michigan from Omaha for a family reunion and took a side trip to see my play.  He hadn’t seen a lot of my performances, and had not seen my professional work at all.  This play will always have a special place in my heart because of that.

These are my stories of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”.  I hope that when you leave our little theatre tonight that you have at least one of your own.  We hope we can share a laugh, let you tap your toes, and share a moment of kinship.  Enjoy the show!

Amber Burgess


I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Cast

 

Rory Dunn

 

Josey Miller

 

Lauren Morgan

 

Ryan Schisler

 

Piano

Paul Rigano

Violin

Amber Burgess

 

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

Amber Burgess

Director / Choreographer

Amber Burgess

Music Director

Paul Rigano

Production Stage Manager

Garth Moritz

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Ashley Alverth

Audio Engineer/Sound Designer

Shayna Graverson

Prop Master

Ryan Schisler

Wardrobe/Costume Assistant

Lauren Morgan

Company Manager

Josey Miller

Box Office Manager

Tania Kuhn

Legal Representation

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

Ryan Schisler



Musical Numbers

Act I

 

Scene 1: Prologue

 

Prologue

 

Cantata for a First Date

 

Scene 2: Not Tonight, I'm Busy, Busy, Busy

 

We Had it All

 

Scene 3: A Stud and a Babe

 

A Stud and a Babe

 

Scene 4: Men Who Talk and the Women Who Pretend They're Listening

 

Single Man Drought

 

Why? Cause I'm a Guy

 

Scene 5: Tear Jerk

 

Tear Jerk

 

Scene 6: The Lasagna Incident

 

I Will Be Loved Tonight

 

Scene 7: And Now the Parents

 

Hey There, Single Gal/Guy

 

Scene 8: I'll Call You Soon (Yeah, Right)

 

He Called Me

 

Scene 10: Scared Straight

 

Scene 11: Weddings

 

Cantata Reprise #1

 

Wedding Vows

 

 

Act II

 

Scene 1: Honeymoons

 

Cantata Reprise #2

 

Always a Bridesmaid

 

Scene 2: Whatever Happened to Baby's Parents?

 

The Baby Song

 

Scene 3: Sex and the Married Couple

 

Marriage Tango

 

Scene 4: The Family that Drives Together...

 

On the Highway of Love

 

Scene 5: Waiting

 

Waiting Trio

 

Scene 6: Breakfast

 

Shouldn't I Be Less In Love With You?

 

Scene 7: The Very First Dating Video of Rose Ritz

 

Scene 8: Funerals are for Dating

 

I Can Live With That

 

Scene 9: Epilogue

 

Epilogue

 

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

 


Cast Bios

Rory DunnRory Dunn is happy to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre for another wonderful season. Some of his favorite roles on this stage include Adam Pontipee in "7 Brides for 7 Brothers," Ebeneezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" and The Old Man in last year's "A Christmas Story". Rory would like to thank his family for their support and especially his wife Emily for always being there when he needs her. 







Josey Miller Originally hailing from Southwestern Pennsylvania, Josey is excited to call Nappanee "home" again for another brief stint of time. Round Barn audiences may remember her from her role as Mother in 2016's final show, A Christmas Story. In recent years, Josey has been living the typical gypsy lifestyle of an actor. She seldom spends more than 3 months in one place and thinks getting to do what she loves while seeing the country is the best job a girl could ask for! Thanks for supporting live theater and enjoy the show! www.joseymariemiller.com 

 

 

 

Lauren Morgan is a NYC based actor, singer, dancer and all around tiny beast. Post college she spent a year living and performing in Chicago before heading back home to New York. Favorite roles include Zinnia (Nutcracker! The Musical), Peter (Peter Pan) and Jo March (Little Women). Lauren has been a featured vocalist and ensemble member in shows wtih Joe Iconis and Family and The Rigano Songbook at Feinstein's 54 Below, Don't Tell Mama and The Metropolitan Room. Keep supporting the arts and each other, folks! @less_is_morgan, www.laurenmorgan.net

 

 

Ryan Schisler is an actor/singer/director from Owensboro, KY and is thrilled to be back at the Round Barn Theatre for his 3rd year! A graduate from Murray State University, Ryan studied Television Production and there discovered his love and passion for the Theatre. Ryan has worked at numerous theatre's around the US, his most recent one being Nebraska Theatre Caravan where he toured the East Coast performing as the Ghost Of Christmas Present in a Christmas Carol. Previously, you may have seen Ryan as Mr. Banks in Marry Poppins or Reverend Oglethorpe in Smoke On The Mountain - among many other shows. Ryan would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support, “I couldn’t do it without all of you!” 

 

Staff Biographies

Ashley Alverth (Costume Designer) 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. 

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 31 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 Moutain, 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. 

Shayna Graverson (Audio Engineer) is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in Audio Engineering. Shayna was born and raised near RBT in Bremen, where she found her passion for music. She was in both choir and band, and also ran the sound for Bremen's musical productions. Graverson is thrilled to be working for RBT with the tech team. In Shayna's spare time she enjoys playing and watching soccer, viewing movies, listening/playing/recording/mixing music and being out in nature. Graverson's favorite part of audio is the mixing process and aspires to mix audios for movies in the future. 

Garth Moritz (Production Stage Manager) Garth Moritz (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Arkansas, but has been living and working in Chicago for the past three years. Chicago Credits include "Singin' In The Rain" and "How to Succeed..." at The Marriott Theater, "Sweeny Todd" with Porchlight Music Theatre," and "Les Miserables" with Different Stages Theatre in Huntington, IN, as well as many others.

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.

Paul Rigano (Music Director/Pianist) is thrilled to be making his RBT debut with I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.  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  youtube.com/RiganoSongbook. 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. 



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Theme Dinner: April 28

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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