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The National Home of Plain and Fancy

Plain and FancyMay 24 – October 14
Book by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman
Music by Albert Hague
Lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Amish Acres


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 2017 production marks the 31st anniversary year that The Round Barn Theatre has produced Plain and Fancy making it one of the longest running shows of all time. 

 


Scenes & Musical Numbers

Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Plain and Fancy Press Release
Read a Recent Review of Plain and Fancy by Frank Ramirez
Read a History of Plain and Fancy

Amish Acres


Plain and Fancy (2016)
Archive Photographs

   

 

 

A Note from the Director…

 

Amber BurgessWelcome to The Round Barn Theatre’s flagship production, Plain and Fancy. This year marks the 31st subsequent year that we have produced this beautiful story, and we hope that you enjoy it as much as we enjoy presenting it to you.

The show you are seeing today is the result of the creative endeavors of three decades of artists, actors, designers, writers, directors, choreographers, and musicians. Over 250 actors have performed in this production, many of whom moved on to commercials, film, and Broadway. In our 31 years of Plain and Fancy we have fostered the gifts of future teachers, writers, agents, designers, choreographers, web designers, philanthropists, critics, business owners, aerial acrobats, and America’s Got Talent Finalists… and that’s just the people I know.

Our journey with Plain and Fancy (and Amish Acres’ foray into Theatre) began with 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 3000 times here at Amish Acres.

I am not aware of another production like this one. There are shows Off-Broadway and in London on the West End that have run for decades, but nothing like our Plain and Fancy. Our 31 years are unprecedented in the American Regional Theatre circuit, and we couldn’t be prouder to be the National Home of Plain and Fancy. Thank you for joining us on our journey to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, and thank you for being a part of our history.

Amber Burgess



Plain and Fancy Cast

   

Dan King

 

Ryan Schisler

Ruth Winters

 

Miakaela Brielle

Katie Yoder

 

Kristin Brintnall

Papa Yoder

 

David Goins

Isaac Miller

 

Don Hart

Emma Miller

 

Katherine Barnes

Hilda Miller

 

Lauren Morgan

Ezra Reber

 

Ian Connor

Peter Reber

 

Martin Flowers

Sarah Miller

 

Amelia Lowry

 

Plain and Fancy Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Amber Burgess

Assistant Director

 

Josey Miller

Production Stage Manager

 

Garth Moritz

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Ashley Alverth

Sound Designer

 

Shayna Graverson

Costume Assistant / Wardrobe

 

Mikaela Brielle

Box Office Manager

 

Tania Kuhn

Legal Representation

 

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer/Props Master

 

Ryan Schisler

 

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  

Peter

Scene 5 The Yoder Parlor

 

Why Not Katie?

Ezra & Isaac

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

Ruth

This is All Very New to Me

Hilda

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?

Company

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

Hilda

Scene 5 The Reber Yard

 

Young and Foolish (Reprise)

Katie

Scene 6 The Yoder Yard

 

Finale (Plenty of Pennsylvania: Reprise)

Company

 

Cast Biographies

Katherine Barnes (Emma Miller)  holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University. Originally from Missouri, she now resides in Chicago. Katherine is ecstatic to return to the Round Barn Theatre as a core company member for the 2017 season. She was last seen on the Joseph Stein Stage in A Christmas Story the Musical (Mrs. Schwartz/Chief Elf/Nurse.) Other credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Yente), Nuncrackers (Sister Mary Hubert), The Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon), 110 in the Shade (Mrs. Jenkins/Ensemble), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), Jack and the Beanstalk (Narrator/Lucia), and Paradigm (Cecilia/Erica). 



Mikaela Brielle (Ruth Winters) is from the Atlanta area and recently graduated from Valdosta State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She loves singing, playing guitar, creating art of all kinds, and exploring everything that the world has to offer. Meeting new people is her favorite, so come say hello! She is incredibly grateful for the love and unending support of her friends and family.

 

 

 

 

Kristin Brintnall (Katie Yoder)  is thrilled to be returning to the Round Barn stage this season! Her previous Round Barn credits include Fiddler on the Roof and A Christmas Story. Other regional credits include Big Fish at Big Noise Theatre, Next Thing You Know at Steel Beam Theatre and The Music Man at North Central College. A proud 2016 graduate of Millikin University, her collegiate credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The Addams Family (Alice Beineke), An Evening With Andrew Lippa, Machinal, and Cinderella. For more information, please visit kristinbrintnall.com. She would like to thank the Round Barn Theatre staff, cast and production team for their wonderful work, and her supportive family and friends. Thank you and enjoy the show! 

 

Ian Connor (Ezra Reber) a Milford native now residing in NYC, is thrilled to make his return to the theatre he says started it all. A former RBT intern (2009-2011), Ian graduated from Wawasee High School before receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Minor in Dance from Rockford University in Illinois. Since last seen on the Joseph Stein Stage, Ian’s worked for the likes of Arizona Broadway Theatre (AZ), Ocean Professional Theatre (NJ), Artist’s Ensemble Theatre (IL), Trumpet in the Land (OH), Interlakes Summer Theatre (NH), Plymouth State Theatre (NH), Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts(IN), and Emmy Award Winning RWS and Associates in NYC. Upon closing Legally Blonde, Ian will fly off to New Hampshire to dance in Interlakes Theatre’s productions of Cats and Gypsy. A lyricist and playwright, Ian and his writing partner Adam Rineer will debut their original Song Cycle “THE NAKED TRUTH” this Fall 2017 in NYC. A teacher, director, and producer, Ian operates ELEVATIONS: Theatrical Marketing & Design and 90SECONDAUDITIONS.COM, offering personalized audition packages for actors and customized promotional materials for arts organizations around the world! “Infinite THANK YOU’s to Judy West, Krista and Zavian Brumbaugh, Scott Hartter, Dannielle Robertson, Timm Adams, and Amber Burgess!” Visit www.Ian-Connor.com and say HELLO! 


Martin FlowersMartin Flowers
(Peter Reber)  is incredibly grateful to return to the Round Barn Theatre for the full 2017 season! Growing up in Nappanee, Martin graduated from NorthWood High School in 2012. He then attended Goshen College, where he studied Theatre and Music. He made his debut on the Joseph Stein Stage in the summer of 2016 as Jimmy in Crazy For You and Mendel in Fiddler On The Roof. Favorite roles include Vince in Tape, Brutus in Julius Caesar, and The Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice. In his free time, Martin enjoys running, playing video games, and playing music with his brother. He would like to thank his family, friends, and girlfriend for their support, as well as his mentors in the area who have helped him get to this point. 


David Goins
(Papa Yoder)  is excited to be back on the Joseph Stein stage for his seventh production here at the Round Barn Theatre. When not on stage David enjoys playing guitar and sleeping. He would like to thank everyone for coming to see the show. It's people like you that keep theatre alive and allow me to do what I love. So I dedicate this show to you. Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

Don Hart (Isaac Miller) is celebrating his 11th year of professional acting which began right here at The Round Barn Theatre in 2007 when he 1st portrayed Isaac Miller in Plain And Fancy and Eddie in Pump Boys And Dinettes. Other highlights include: Henry in The Fantasticks (2008), Samuel in The Pirates Of Penzance (2009), Herb, the radio soundman in Miracle On 34th St. (2012), Papa Yoder in Plain And Fancy (2013), Captain Of The Guard in Shrek The Musical (2014), Mark Twain in Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck, Eli Whitney in Anything Goes (2015), Sherriff Earl in All Shook Up, and the Chinese Waiter and Santa Claus in A Christmas Story (2016). He's excited about the 2nd decade of his acting career, and which roles will become highlights from it. Enjoy the journey: Life is a great ride! 


Amelia Lowry
(Sarah Miller)  is a motivated young female actress from Bremen, who has found her way to the Round Barn Theatre Stage in 2016. At the young age of four, she insisted on taking music lessons! She loved to sing and dance and wanted to surround herself with joyful melodies. Amelia has taken professional lessons the past six years; focusing on voice, guitar, mandolin, and violin. She has also taken numerous acting and drama classes at the Civic, Wagon Wheel, and Round Barn Theaters. She auditioned for and was given the lead role last season in Plain and Fancy at the Round Barn Theatre's Young Actors Camp. She has acted in other productions such as Grease, Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof, The Miracle Worker and A Christmas Story.Amelia says she comes alive when performing on stage and enjoys the audience's energy! She is excited to be a part of the action this season at Round Barn Theatre productions Plain and Fancy and The Little Mermaid. A huge thank you to Amber Burgess for this opportunity! 


Lauren Morgan
(Hilda Miller)  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 with 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
(Dan King) 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 Mary 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. 

Josey Miller (Assistant Director) 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 

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, Sweeney Todd with Porchlight Music Theatre, and Les Misérables 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.

 


 

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

Soup
Vegetable

Salad
Cucumber SaLad
Green Salad

Appetizer
CHow-CHow
Fruit Kabobs
CHeese & Soda CRackeRs

Bread
Buttercrust Bread w/
ChUrch SPread

Entrée

Swiss SteaK
Fried Chicken

Starch
Garlic Cheese Mashed Potatoes
BuTTered Noodles

Vegetable
Corn Casserole

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

Beverages
Iced Tea
LemoNade
CoffEE
Round Barn Wine & Craft Beers ($)