October 20 – November 7
By Larry Shue
Produced with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Place: Betty Meeks’ Fishing Lodge Resort in Tilghman
Time: Recent Past
"The Foreigner in without a doubt the funniest play I have ever seen. The scene, the story itself and the acting are superb. It just doesn't get any better than that. This definitely deserves a standing ovation." Fondly, Charlotte
Set in a resort-style fishing lodge in rural Georgia, the comedy revolves around two of its guests, Charlie Baker and Englishman Staff Sergeant Froggy LeSueur. Charlie is so pathologically shy that he is unable to speak. As way of explanation, Froggy claims his companion is the native of an exotic country who does not understand a word of English. Before long, Charlie finds himself privy to assorted secrets and scandals freely discussed in front of him by the other visitors.
These include spoiled but introspective heiress and Southern belle Catherine Simms and the man to whom she is somewhat reluctantly engaged, the Reverend David Lee, a seemingly humble preacher with a dark underside. Her younger brother, Ellard, a chubby and somewhat “slow” boy is a simpleton who tries to teach Charlie how to speak English. Owen Musser, the racist county property inspector, plans to oust property owner Betty Meeks and convert the lodge into a meeting place for the Ku Klux Klan.
Scene 1: Evening Scene
2: The Following Morning
Scene 1: Afternoon, Two Days Later
Scene 2: That Evening
Cast: (In Order of Appearance)
S/Sgt. “Froggy” LeSuer……………………………………………….Jeremy Littlejohn
Charlie Baker….…………….........................................Luke Bridges
Betty Meeks……………………………………………………...........Susan Murphy
Rev. David Marshall Lee……………………………………………….Jeremy Springer
Catherine Simms ………………….…………………………………....Alexa Jordan Owen Musser……………………………………….............………………….Nick Madson Ellard Simms…………….....................................................David Jacobs
and Production Staff:
Executive Producer- Richard Pletcher
Managing Director- Laurie Schotz
Director: David Craven
Production Stage Manager- Philip B. Richard II
Stage Manager- Corey McIntyre
Assistant Stage Manager- Alyson Sundal
Costume Designer- Laurie Schotz
Lighting Designer- Philip B. Richard II
Master Electrician- Corey McIntyre
Set Designer- Richard Pletcher
Master Carpenter- Alvin Yoder
Sound Designer- Corey McIntyre
Box Office Manager- Jennifer Scheffer
House Manager- Philip B. Richard II
Most of what we are taught is that we have to see a goal to reach it. But sometimes if you let go of your expectations you can become more than you ever thought possible. Larry Shue loved to write about shy neurotic people who achieved great things. He also loved to watch people enter the theatre weary from the world and leave laughing and connected. Tonight we hope to free you up to laugh and value how much true friendship can make you better than you ever dreamed you could be. Thank you to Richard Pletcher for continuing to support the arts with his financing, designs, vision and enthusiasm. Thank you to Laurie Schotz for assembling a great team of actors, stage managers and technicians and for her help overseeing the project and making us remember our first goal is to entertain.
Luke Bridges (Charlie Baker) is pleased to be returning to the Round Barn Theater after appearing in last season’s Pirates of Penzance and CATS. A native Arkansan, Luke is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. Past professional credits include Les Miserables, Motel in Fiddler On The Roof, Professor in South Pacific, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Love and thanks to my family.
David Jacobs (Ellard Simms) Is a recent graduate of Rockford College where he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. Some of his favorite roles have included Francesco in The Glorious Ones, Rum Tum Tugger in CATS, Jack Slaton in Parade, and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.Thank you to everyone who has helped me get here today!
Alexa Jordan (Catherine Simms) is so excited to call the Round Barn Theatre her home for the 2010 season! You may have seen Alexa as Cheryl in The Taffetas and Katie in this year's production of Plain and Fancy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she earned a BM in musical theatre performance, and hails originally from Newton, NC. She is so thankful for the love and support of her family and friends! Love to JAR.
Jeremy Littlejohn (S/Sgt. “Froggy LeSueur) is a native Hoosier who has been performing his whole life and getting paid for it for the past thirteen years. There isn’t much Jeremy hasn’t done at Amish Acres having now worked here in three different decades both on the Joseph Stein Stage and in the Historic Area. He is probably remembered for his performance credits but is most proud of introducing non-musicals to the Round Barn patrons by way of the Second Stage Series, which has resulted in the production you are about to see. He has logged over 700 performances of Plain and Fancy playing all of the male roles and directed the show four times including the 20th Anniversary season. Some of his other notable RBT accomplishments include directing Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which is the most attended production in the theatre’s history, starring in Seven Brides for Seven Brothersand Fiddler on the Roof which are in the top five on that list and bringing the Adam Guettel masterpiece Floyd Collins to the area. In his spare time he is a private acting coach and Simpsons Super Freak! Visit www.jeremylittlejohn.com for more details.
Nick Madson (Owen Musser) Originally from Colorado, this is Nick’s first time to Indiana. Favorite roles include: Forever Plaid (Frankie), Godspell (Lamal), The Fantasticks (Matt), Full Monty (Jerry), The Producers (Franz), Beauty & the Beast(Lumiere), Singin in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Evita (Che), and Grease (Kenickie). Nick has performed on cruise ships and has the honor of performing with names such as Donald O’Conner, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Kristen Chenowith. Nick is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University. Love to Shannon.
Susan Murphy (Betty Meeks) is from Cleveland, Ohio. She is lucky to live right on the shore of beautiful Lake Erie. She has worked at many regional theatres across the country. Some of her favorites include Louise in Always…Patsy Cline, Emma Goldman in Tintypes,Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man, and Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman
Jeremy Springer (Rev. David Marshall Lee) is happy to be returning to the Round Barn stage after previously playing for Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Jeremy now hails from Boston, but he grew up just a few hours down the road in Findlay, OH. He graduated last year with a degree in Theatre Performance, and has been playing the upright bass since he was 9.
Artistic and Production Staff:
Corey McIntyre (Sound Designer/Stage Manager) has been involved with theater technology since age 12 and has been lucky enough to build a career steadily in the field of sound. I’ve worked everywhere from churches to amusement parks with exposure to everything from bluegrass to rock and roll. I would like to thank my family and friends for all the love and support they give.
Philip B. Richard II (Production Stage Manager / Lighting Designer) is excited to be joining The Round Barn Theatre family for his first season. Philip grew up in Dallastown, PA and was an Entertainment Coordinator for 5 years at the Walt Disney World Resort and has previously worked for Austin Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Festival 56 in Princeton, IL, and recently Honolulu Theatre for Youth. His regional credits include the National Post Broadway premiere of Souvenir with Orlando Theatre Project and World Premiers of If You Give A Moose A Muffin, Stripes & Stars, and Wittenberg. Philip’s regional lighting credits include productions of The Pillowman, Stripes and Stars, Nosferatu, Rocky Horror Show, Footloose, Scrooge, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Philip is a member of the Equity Membership Candidate program and the Stage Manager Association. He would like to thank Kevin for his continued encourgment and you the audience for supporting the arts, without you theatre would not be possible. Enjoy the show!
Laurie Schotz (Managing Director/Costumes) is thrilled to be returning for a second season at Amish Acres. Before joining the Amish Acres staff in 2009 she was the Artistic Director for 10 years at Bearcreek Farms Resort in Bryant, IN. Prior to her time there, you could have seen her fall off a building at Old Tucson Studios, aboard a cruise as a production singer/dancer, or running her own entertainment company in Chicago, IL for 13 years. She would like to thank her brother Michael for teaching and guiding her through a difficult time but always keeping her laughing. He has taught her a goal is a dream with a deadline. Laurie hopes you enjoy your whole experience at Amish Acres and remember to“Embrace the Pace!”
Alyson Sundal (Assistant Stage Manager) Alyson joins the crew here at RBT after a stint in Louisville at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she misses the ocean but is enjoying seeing more of the country. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in Theatre Arts in May. Having worked in technical theatre for 10 years now, she is excited to put her skills to good use here at Amish Acres.
Richard L. Pletcher (Producer) Dick, with his father LaVern, founded Amish Acres 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 in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to the Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 22 consecutive years having surpassed 3,500 performances before audiences of over 350,000 people. 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 Mr. Stein’s urging Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced seventy two different main stage Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Eight of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, and Carmelina, plus a Second Stage Production of Enter Laughing. As you might expect, he has said that The Round Barn Theatre is his favorite regional theatre with which he has been associated.
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’ twenty year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008.
The Foreigner Theme Dinner and Wine Bar
Each Round Barn theatre Musical production calls for a Theme Dinner and Wine Bar, a joyous celebration with menus written with tongue-in-cheek show references and double entendres, often obscure and ridiculous. the responsibility for such frivolity rest soley with Richard Pletcher. The ensuing menus are lovingly prepared by chef Ruth Miller whose sense of humor make it into it kettle and skillet.
October 22, 2010
Gone Fishin' in Georgia
- Fish Stew
- Hush Puppies
- Georgia Peanut Salad
- Pumpernickel Bread
- Whipped Honey Butter
- Fishing Lodge Fish
- Suggested wine: Round Barn Pino Gris
- Stuffed Pork Chops
- Suggested wine: Ironstone Merlot
- Bow Tie Pasta with Vegetables
- Suggested wine: Starlight Red
- Southern Greens
- Vidalia Georgia Onions
- Georgia Peaches and Cream
- Larry Shue Fly Pie
- Ku Klux Klan Kake
- Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'
- Suggested wine: Round Barn Cranberry
- Iced Tea
- Beer (extra charge)
- Wine (extra charge)