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Guys and Dolls

Guys and DollsJuly 25 – August 27
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows

Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre, International


Music Theatre, International prohibits any changes to Guys and Dolls script or songs; therefore, this show is rated PG-13 for mature content. Call (800) 800-4942 or email for further information.

Guys and Dolls is a musical based on short stories by Damon Runyon. The band members of the Save-a-Soul Mission, led by the pious and beautiful Sergeant Sarah Brown, call for sinners to "Follow the Fold" and repent. Petty gambler Nathan Detroit, runs an illegal floating crap game. Detroit enters into a bet with Sky Masterson in the hopes of continuing his game “under” the law. “A Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” are all-time musical theatre standards that are always hard to get out of your head.







Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Read a preview of Guys and Dolls by Frank Ramirez

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A Note from the Director…

David CravenGuys and Dolls is a play about illicit love. Illicit? But that sounds so bad! But yes, the main relationship that grows between Sarah and Sky is forbidden by both of their life rules. For her, a staunch missionary; he is a gambler, a low live, dedicated to making a living off other people’s losses. For him, a devout gambler; she is a distraction and he even says to Nathan, “we got to remember that as pleasant as a doll’s company may be, she must always take second place to aces back to back.” Guys and Dolls lives in the world of Musical Comedies of Manners. These musicals, like the plays they resemble written by Sheridan, Goldsmith, Wilde, and later Wilder, concentrate on atmosphere, dialogue, and satire. The authors make fun of characters who cannot achieve a societal norm. The lead characters ridicule society and sentimentalism with intelligence and wit. In the end, no amount of smarts can ever beat a hand loaded with love. Based on a short story by Damon Runyon, The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown, Guys and Dolls is set in a lush 1932 prohibition era New York City landscape full of gamblers, missionaries, police, and showgirls. In Runyon’s story, Sarah wins Sky’s devotion to the mission in a crap game. At the end of the story, the reader finds out that Sky knew she was playing with loaded dice, and knew she would win. The musical fills out the atmosphere with an abundance of high and low life characters, who only increase the fun of sitting back for a few hours. If you miss a laugh line, don’t worry, another one is coming! Either way, in the words of Damon Runyon’s Sky, quoting the Gideon Bible, “Better is it, that thou shouldest not vow, than thou shouldest vow and not pay.” Tonight we hope you will smile and that your roll with be loaded with laughs.

David Craven

Guys and Dolls Cast


Nathan Detroit


Trent Loggins

Nicely-Nicely Johnson


Travis Bird

Benny Southstreet


Martin Flowers

Rusty Charlie


Pierre Cooks

Big Jule


Ryan Schisler

Harry the Horse


Pierre Cooks

Sky Masterson


William Charles Pendergast

Miss Adelaide


Randa Mierhenry

Sarah Brown


Maggie Youngblood

Arvide Abernathy


Don Hart

Lt. Brannigan


Justin Williams

General Cartwright


Katherine Barnes

Angie the Ox


Jacob Clanton

The Hot Box Dancers


Mikaela Brielle



Kristin Brintnall



Akira Watanabe

The Mission Band


Jacob Clanton



Kristin Brintnall



Akira Watanabe


Guys and Dolls Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director


Amber Burgess

Director / Choreographer


David Craven

Production Stage Manager


Garth Moritz

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer


Ashley Alverth

Sound Designer


Shayna Graverson

Lighting Designer


Riley Woods

Costume Assistant / Wardrobe


Mikaela Brielle

Properties Master


Ryan Schisler

Box Office Manager


Tania Kuhn

Legal Representation


Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer


Ryan Schisler


Musical Numbers

Act I






Fugue for Tinhorns

Nicely, Benny & Rusty Charlie

Follow the Fold

Sarah & The Mission Band

The Oldest Established

Nathan, Nicely, Benny & Men

I'll Know

Sarah & Sky

A Bushel and a Peck

Miss Adelaide & The Hot Box Dancers

Adelaide's Lament

Miss Adelaide

Guys and Dolls

Nicely & Benny



If I Were a Bell


My Time of Day / I've Never Been in Love Before

Sky & Sarah



Act II


Take Back Your Mink

Miss Adelaide & The Hot Box Dancers

Adelaide's Second Lament

Miss Adelaide

More I Cannot Wish You


Crapshooter's Ballet


Luck Be a Lady

Sky & Men

Sue Me

Nathan & Miss Adelaide

Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat

Nicely & Company

Marry the Man Today

Miss Adelaide & Sarah

Guys and Dolls (Reprise)



Cast Biographies

Amish AcresKatherine Barnes (General Cartwright)  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). 

Travis BirdTravis Bird (Nicely-Nicely) is delighted to be joining the 2017 Round Barn Theatre season! Some of his favorite theatre credits include Jesus in Godspell and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family Wells Community Theatre, Jaxson in the World Premiere of Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy, Shrek (U/S) in Shrek The Musical and Roger in Grease, all with The Round Barn Theatre. He also recently returned from a nine-month tour directing and playing Smee in Peter and Wendy with the Missoula Children's Theatre. He had a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ball State University. In his spare time, Travis loves collecting Coca-Cola merchandise, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Amish AcresMikaela Brielle (Hot Box Dancer) 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.



Amish AcresKristin Brintnall (Hot Box Dancer)  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 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! 

Jacob ClantonJacob Clanton (Angie the Ox) is from Conway, AR, and is currently studying Musical Theatre at the University of Memphis. Last summer he was seen at the Ohio Light Opera in Annie Get Your Gun, La Vie Parisienne, Kiss Me Kate and several others. Other roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Gabe in next to normal, Albert in The Secret Garden, Marius in Les Misérables and Jack in Into the Woods. He would like to thank his family and friends, as well as the amazing cast and crew. God is good!

Pierre CooksPierre Cooks
(Harry the Horse) is thrilled to be making his Round Barn Theatre debut! Long term resident of South Bend and no stranger to the stage, Pierre has appeared in many South Bend Civic Theatre productions including Mary Poppins (Bert), The Color Purple (Adam), Legally Blonde (Kyle), The Wiz (Tinman) and many more. A lover of dance, Pierre was a featured dancer in the "Presenting" Series at Notre Dame with Uzima Afro-Contemporary Dance Company. He would like to thank God, his family and friends for their support, and The Round Barn Theatre for this amazing opportunity.

Martin FlowersMartin Flowers (Benny)  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. 

Amish AcresDon Hart (Arvide) 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! 

Trent LogginsTrent Loggins
(Nathan Detroit) was last seen on The Round Barn stage during the 2013 season, and is thrilled to be back for this production of Guys and Dolls! He graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2012 with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and has spent the last five years performing and teaching Musical Theatre, Children's Theatre and Improv Comedy all over the country. Some favorite Regional credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at The Round Barn Theatre, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged and Radio Ridiculous at The REP Theatre, and Young Abe Lincoln at BCT. When not on stage, Trent enjoys video games, writing sketch comedy, and playing / composing music. He would like to thank Amber for this wonderful opportunity, and his family and friends for their continued love and support.

Randa MierhenryRanda Mierhenry (Miss Adelaide) Far from her home in Lincoln, Nebraska, Randa is thrilled to be in Indiana for the first time ever! Though she misses the corn and Husker football, 2017 has given her some amazing opportunities away from home. In March, she worked in Abilene, KS with Great Plains Theatre on their Live Literature program, and a few months later, she moved over to Kansas City, MO to join the Musical Theatre Heritage as Sally in their production of The Who's Tommy. When she isn't working on theatre, Randa enjoys strumming her ukelele, snapchatting her little sister, and playing Scrabble with anyone who's willing to challenge her. She would like to thank her entire family for their endless support, especially her beautiful mother, without whom she would be lost.

William PendergastWilliam Pendergast (Sky Masterson) This is William's first time performing at The Round Barn Theatre, and his first time performing out of his home state of Missouri! Recently graduated from Lindenwood University with a BA in Philosophy and a Minor in Theatre.

Amish AcresRyan Schisler (Big Jule) 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!” 

Akira WatanabeAkira Watanabe (Hot Box Dancer) just graduated from University of Nebraska Kearney this May, 2017. She is originally from Japan, and has a bachelor of Music with Musical Theatre comprehensive major. She has appeared as a dancer and choreographer for UNK dance concerts, and played Maxine in the UNK main stage musical production, How I Became a Pirate. Last summer, she joined the company of Crane River Theater for productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Wizard of Oz. She has also served as choreographer for She Loves Me at Kearney Community Theatre. Akira has been chosen to participate as a performer at regional conferences of ACDA and KCACTF. She is really thrilled to be on the stage of the Round Barn Theatre. She wishes all audience to have a great time! 

Justin WilliamsJustin Williams (Carlos/Ensemble) is from Granger, IN and is thrilled to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre. Some of his favorite roles here at the Round Barn include Pinnochio in Shrek, Laurie Laurence in Little Women, and Peter Reber in Plain and Fancy. Justin would like to thank his family for their never ending support. 

Maggie YoungbloodMaggie Youngblood (Sarah Brown) is thrilled to be returning to the RBT stage! A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Vocal Performance and Theatre and Drama, she first appeared in 2005's production of Fame and Plain and Fancy, and later in 2008's A Wonderful Life. Since then, she has pursued a career in Music Education, receiving her Masters of Music Education from Anderson University, and currently teaches at Northpoint Elementary School in Granger. Favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story, Guinevere in Camelot and Tuptim in The King and I. She would like to thank her Mom and her husband, Seth for being her biggest fans and giving her endless love and support! Philippians 4:13





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. 

David Craven (Director / Choreographer) David is thrilled to be directing his 8th show at the Round Barn Theatre. Previous directed shows include Church Basement Ladies, Barefoot in the Park, Plain and Fancy 2010 - 2012, The Foreigner and The Old Rugged Cross. David has a BS in Architecture Design from Georgia Tech and a MFA in Directing Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato. David’s favorite direction jobs include: Showboat, Church Basement Ladies (3 productions), Forever Plaid (2 productions), Anything Goes (2 productions), Into the Woods, Reckless (2 productions), Oleanna, Plain and Fancy (4 productions), and The Rink. David is a proud member of Actors Equity and his favorite acting roles include : Fred / Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, Sam in Mamma Mia, Gallahad in Spamalot, Smudge in Forever Plaid (5 productions) and Plaid Tidings, Curly in Oklahoma (3 productions), Pharaoh in Joseph..., El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Jerry in The Full Monty, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense Amen!, Billy in Carousel, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, and Jesus in Godspell. David owns Atlanta’s largest caroling company, Like the Dickens. Visit Like the Dickens online at . 

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. 

Tania Kuhn (Box Office Manager) is originally from a little all over. She was born in Brazil, South America to parents that were missionaries from Rochester, Indiana. Her mother became a minister, just after her father passed away, when Tania was just a freshman in high school, moving them to various parts of Indiana. Tania enjoyed writing and performing small puppet skits, performing as a clown, and composing 1 woman acts for small groups and her small church. Tania has loved entertaining people in many different ways. When Tania was asked what she wanted to do when she grew up she would reply a stand-up comedian. She is very much looking forward to when she “grows up” doing just that for a living. She finds the family working environment of Amish Acres to be refreshing and reminiscent of her childhood growing up working in a family business and for small family businesses. Tania strives to continue to grow in her ability to serve the public in multiple ways.

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.

Riley Woods (Lighting Designer) Riley Woods is a recent graduate from Goshen College, with a degree in Theater, concentration in design and tech.  His main focus is in lighting design, but he is also interested in stage management.  He has been lighting designer at Goshen College for all four years, with six mainstage designs, in addition to numerous one-acts and senior theater recitals.  Favorites include Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Godspell (2012 Revised Version) by Stephen Schwartz, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, and Tape by Stephen Belber.  He has also completed his own senior theater recital.  Although Woods is from the small town of North Manchester, IN, he hopes to move to a big city, and end up freelance lighting design and stage management.  This show at Round Barn Theatre will be a great addition to his resume.



amish acresGuys & Dolls

Theme Dinner: July 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

New York Strip
with Sarah Brown Gravy
Pork Got the Chops
Spaghetti Western
Damon Runyon's Onions
Sister Sarah Spinich
Spill the Beans
Luck Be a Lady Fingers
Jelly Rollem'
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'
Iced Tea With Mint
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge)
Round Barn Wines (extra charge)

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