The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres
Bringing you the Best of Broadway's Golden Age of Musical Theatre, The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres is created from a 1911 round barn that was dismantled and resurrected at the historic farmstead to become a professional repertory theater company.
Over one hundred Broadway musicals have been produced over the last two decades. The professional acting company is assembled from auditions across the country and is housed on the farm. The Round Barn Theatre is a full performing arts venue with its own scene shop and rehearsal space. It employs a full time technical staff including artistic director, stage manager, sound and wardrobe designers.
The National Home of Plain and Fancy
An Amish Acres tradition, Plain and Fancy, fills the proscenium Joseph Stein Stage each April through October. This gentle but spirited musical comedy brought the first national attention to the quaint customs, stern morals and picturesque dress of the Amish. Over 3,000 shows have been performed, and over 300,000 patrons have marveled at Amish Acres nationally recruited cast, English Strand theatre lighting, full-scale, authentic sets and costumes over the last decade.
September 8 - October 18, 2015
Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of the Sanders family and their Saturday Night Gospel concert at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. More...
May 27 - October 17, 2015
A New Yorker and his sophisticated girlfriend drive down around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to sell a piece of property. Here they meet the Amish folk. More...
"Without a doubt, Amish Acres Round
Barn Theatre is becoming the best regional theatre in the Midwest. As
a matter of fact, I've enjoyed some of
your past performances better than some Broadway shows that I've seen." ~Season Subscriber
The 2015 "Circle of Life" Season
A New Yorker and his sophisticated girlfriend drive down around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to sell a piece of property. Here they meet the 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 to win Tony awards for Redhead and Fiddler On The Roof, respectively. More...
Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of the Sanders family and their Saturday Night Gospel concert at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in 1938. It features over two dozen rousing southern gospel and bluegrass songs sung and played by the Sanders family, a traveling group making their return to performing after a five year hiatus. Though they try to appear perfect to the congregation, a sequence of “witnessing” from the each family member reveals their true…and hilariously imperfect nature. Originally produced on the Joseph Stein Stage in 2000, Smoke on the Mountain was so popular with our audience, that we gave it a revival in 2005, one of the earliest instances of repeating a show at the Round Barn Theatre. More...
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Originally produced on Broadway in 1944, this Pulitzer Prize winner ran for 1,775 performances and was adapted into a classic film starring Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull. A revival of the show starring Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” fame opened in 2012 and ran for the duration of the summer. More...
Based on the similarly titled series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins delighted audiences for over 2,500 performances on Broadway and received nine Olivier nominations and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with timeless classics such as “Feed the Birds,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time,” and the Academy Award winning “Chim-Chim Cher-ee,” this show can only be described as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” More...
Second Stage Productions
The brain child of Artistic Director Jeremy Littlejohn, the Second Stage first opened its doors in 2004. The Second Stage is located in the Locke Township Meeting House down the hall from The Round Barn Theatre. The vision of the Second Stage is to bring theatrical works to the Round Barn audience in an intimate environment, stripped down to the essentials, in order to focus on the acting and writing of each author's work. Stay tuned for details about our 2015 Second Stage Productions of the Pulitzer Prize winning parable, Doubt; and for the first time since our inaugural repertory season, Stephen Schwartz's Godspell will make its return to Amish Acres around Labor Day.
August 31, 2015 - 7:00pm
September 1 - 7:00pm
September 6 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
September 7 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Book by John Michael Tebelak
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived & Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak
Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Produced by Special Arrangement with Music Theatre International.
A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus's life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus's messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life. Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children Of Eden); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day By Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs including "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side." More...