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.
The 2018 season includes Mamma Mia!, The Rat Pack Lounge, Plain and Fancy, Happy Days, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, Lend Me A Tenor, and Annie! More...
The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres is a professional Repertory musical theatre located in Nappanee, Indiana. It produces six major musicals and one play each season over nine months as well as two Second Stage Productions and several Theater for Young Audience performances. ! More...
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Red
The 2018 season includes “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Red!” The season features the recently released to regional theatre’s “Mamma Mia!” Featuring the music of ABBA,the nostalgia of The Rat Pack Lounge where Frank, Dean, and Sammy hold court, the 32nd production of Plain and Fancy, Happy Days with the Fonz, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, Lend Me A Tenor, and, for the first time in twenty two years, the theatre’s first revival of everyone’s favorite red head, Annie! Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres is now the second longest currently running musical in America following Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera.
The season includes 280 performances from April 11 through December 31st. Plain and Fancy will run Tuesday evenings, Wednesday and Saturday matinees. All other shows are performed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings plus matinees on Thursday and Sunday. 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 2018 "Something Red" Season
April 11, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Theme Dinner Menu: April 27
Frank, Dean, and Sammy are up in heaven, but God tells them they left some unfinished business back on Earth. It seems Frank made an unfulfilled promise to Vic, the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. Now he and the boys have one night to make things right. No need for look-alikes or impersonators—just a cast who can charm your audience with hits like “My Way,” “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.” With over 30 hit songs, “The Rat Pack Lounge” will leave you singing and savoring the days of highballs and high rollers. More...
May 23, 2018 – October 13, 2018
Theme Dinner Menu: May 25
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.” More...
June 6, 2018 – July 15, 2018
Theme Dinner Menu: June 8
“Mamma Mia” has recently been released to regional theatres and The Round Barn Theatre is among the first in the nation to bring it to local audiences. The Smash Hit jukebox musical’s name is taken from ABBA’s 1975 chart-topper "Mamma Mia". It includes such hits as "Super Trouper", "Lay All Your Love on Me", "Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "Take a Chance on Me", "Thank You for the Music", "Money, Money, Money", "The Winner Takes It All", "Voulez-Vous", "SOS" and the title track. Over 60 million people have seen the show, which has grossed $2 billion worldwide since its 1999 debut. More...
July 24, 2018 – August 26, 2018
Theme Dinner Menu: July 27
Barry Manilow's unforgettable hit song is brought to life onstage in this entertaining nightclub spectacle. "Her name was Lola. She was a showgirl...." So begins this tale of romance and stardom that has captivated audiences across the globe. With sensational originality, “Barry Manilow's Copacabana” is a show that will leave you breathless. Audiences will delight in “…Copacabana's” splashy production numbers and the slew of brand new Barry Manilow songs. A return to traditional American musical theatre flair, the large cast size boasts numerous chances for performers to shine, while the title alone will incite the interest of subscribers and entire newcomers to the theatre. More...
September 4, 2018 – October 14, 2018
Theme Dinner Menu: September 7 & October 5
Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable "king of cool" Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures television series, “Happy Days-A New Musical” reintroduces one of America's best loved families, the Cunninghams -- yes, Howard, Marion and Joanie are here too -- to a whole new generation of kids and parents. The famed drive-in malt shop and number one hangout, Arnold's, is in danger of demolition. So the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. “Happy Days-A New Musical,” comes from the amazing music from Oscar-winner Paul Williams and a book by the TV series original creator Garry Marshall. Return to the days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin' fun. More...
October 17, 2018 - November 4, 2018
Theme Dinner Menu: October 19
Lend Me a Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. More...
November 9, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Theme Dinner Menu: November 16
Breakfast with Santa: December 8
Meet the Characters Theme Dinner: December 15
Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow." More...
Second Stage Productions
The brain child of 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. More...
The White Buggy
Book and Lyrics by Frank Ramirez
Music and Lyrics by Steve Engle
Conceived by Richard Pletcher
A One Night Only World Premier of the brand new musical by Frank Ramirez and Steve Engle. When the Director and Gal Friday of a small television production company arrive in Nappanee to make a reality show “exposing” the truth about the local Amish community, they discover that despite the struggles facing mainstream newspapers nationwide with regards to declining circulation, printer Martin Zook cannot keep up with the demand for his weekly Amish newspaper, “The Vision.” In the development stage for three years, following a full production in the Union Center Church of the Brethren and a staged reading in The Locke Township Meeting House, the show has been reworked and renamed. Those who have been part of the process may remember it as "Persistence of Vision" and Plain Paper: "Amish News that's Print to Fit." Be part of this exciting vision. Order your tickets now.