The Foreigner

logoOct. 20 - Nov. 7
by Larry Shue

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists' Play Service, Inc.

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.

"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

Scenes
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Read a Preview of The Foreigner in the South Bend Tribune

Amish Acres

 


The Foreigner
Archive Photographs

 

 

A Note from the Director…

David CravenMost 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.

David Craven

 

The Foreigner Cast

 

S/Sgt. Froggy Le Suer

Jeremy Littlejohn

Charlie Baker

Luke Bridges

Betty Meeks

Susan Murphy

Rev. David Marshall Lee

Jeremy Springer

Catherine Simms

Alexa Jordan

Ellard Simms

David Jacobs

Owen Musser

Nick Madson

 

The Foreigner Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Managing Artistic Director

Laurie Schotz

Director

David Craven

Production Stage Manager

Phillip B. Richard II

Technical Director

Alvin Yoder

ASM/Sound

Corey McIntyre

ASM/Wardrobe

Alyson Sundal

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Laurie Schotz

Lighting Designer

Phillip B. Richard II

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

 

Place: Betty Meeks’ Fishing Lodge Resort in Tilghman County, Georgia
Time: Recent Past

 

Scenes

Act I

Scene 1 Evening

 

Scene 2 The Following Morning

 

Act II

Scene 1 Afternoon, Two Days Later

 

Scene 2 That Evening

 

 

The Foreigner Cast Bios

Luke BridgesLuke Bridges (Charlie) 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 JacobsDavid Jacobs (Ellard) 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 JordanAlexa Jordan (Catherine) is so excited to call The Round Barn Theatre her home for the 2010 season! You may have recently seen Alexa as Cheryl in The Taffetas and Katie in this season’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.
I am so thankful for the love and support of her family and friends! Love to JAR. 

 

 

 

The ForeignerJeremy 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 MurphySusan 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 SpringerJeremy 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.

 

 

 


The Foreigner Staff Bios

David Craven (Director) has a BS in Architecture Design from Georgia Tech and a MFA in Directing Theater from Minnesota State University, Mankato. David’s favorite directing jobs include Barefoot in the Park, Forever Plaid (2 productions), Anything Goes, Into The Woods, Reckless, Oleanna and The Rink.  David owns Atlanta’s largest caroling company, Like the Dickens. Visit Like the Dickens online at www.LiketheDickens.com .

Corey McIntyre (Sound Designer) has been involved with theater technology since age 12 and has been lucky enough to build a career steadily in the field of sound. He’s worked everywhere from churches to amusement parks with exposure to everything from bluegrass to rock and roll.
Thank to my family and friends for all the love and support they give.

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer), 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 25 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. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets to kids.

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.
I 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 Artistic 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.
I hope 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. 

 

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.

Menu

October 22, 2010
Gone Fishin' in Georgia

Soup

  • Fish Stew

Appetizers

  • Hush Puppies

Salad

  • Georgia Peanut Salad

Bread

  • Pumpernickel Bread
  • Whipped Honey Butter

Entrees

  • Fishing Lodge Fish
  • Suggested wine: Round Barn Pino Gris
  • Stuffed Pork Chops
  • Suggested wine: Ironstone Merlot

Pasta

  • Bow Tie Pasta with Vegetables
  • Suggested wine: Starlight Red

Vegetables

  • Southern Greens
  • Vidalia Georgia Onions

Desserts

  • Georgia Peaches and Cream
  • Larry Shue Fly Pie
  • Ku Klux Klan Kake
  • Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'
  • Suggested wine: Round Barn Cranberry

Beverages

  • Iced Tea
  • Lemonade
  • Coffees
  • Beer (extra charge)
  • Wine (extra charge)