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The Taffetas

logoApril 14 - May 23
A Musical Journey Through The Fabulous Fifties
Conceived by Rick Lewis
Additional Material by Arthur Whitelaw
Musical and Vocal Arrangements by Rick Lewis

Produced by special arrangement with Select Entertainment Productions, LLC.

It's 1950-something, and these four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana are making their national television debut on the Dumont Television Network's Spotlight on Music
The Taffetas pays tribute to the sounds of The McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters and The Chordettes.  Opening Off-Broadway almost two years before Forever Plaid, The Taffetas made nostalgia what it is today!  Spend an hour and a half with Kaye, Peggy, Cheryl and Donna and their 3-piece band, and remember what Sunday night television was like on your 12-inch black and white screen!  

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
The Taffetas Press Release

Amish Acres

 


The Taffetas
Archive Photographs

 

 

A Note from the Director…

bryan wlasWelcome to The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres! Thank you so much for joining us for our first show of the 2010 season, The Taffetas. Created by Rick Lewis, an accomplished pianist and vocal director/arranger, The Taffetas introduces us to a 50’s girl group, consisting of four sisters, Kaye, Peggy, Donna and Cheryl. The girls are featured on a national television show, hoping for the chance to make it big on the Ed Sullivan Show! As an audience, we meet and get to know these girls, being treated to some of our favorite hits from the 50s, such as “Little Darlin”, “Sh-Boom”, “Where the Boys Are” and “Johnny Angel”. Having directed and choreographed several shows for The Round Barn’s 2009 season, I was thrilled to return again and have the chance to work on something so different from last year’s shows. There is just something about this music that leaves me feeling great – I challenge anyone to listen to this collection of tunes and not forget your troubles for a bit! Don’t get me wrong – I love a good, dramatic musical just as much as the next person, but there is definitely something to be said for a light-hearted musical revue that keeps your toes tapping and your fingers snapping. I hope you be-bop your way down memory lane, and will leave you with the Taffetas’ motto, to take with you for later: “A smile is a crooked line that makes everything straight”. Enjoy the show!

Bryan Wlas

 

A Note from the Music Director...


travis smithFirst off, let me express how extremely fortunate I was to have four girls who were not only accomplished singers, but could harmonize almost effortlessly as well! Their talent was vast and, for a show like this, it was essential. They make something that is difficult seem so effortless. That is why I was so blessed. I’m hoping that everyone who walks away from this production is saying the same thing I’m thinking: “Those girls sounded great on those harmonies!”. It was a great age for music and I’m happy that we have this opportunity to express it to you with such ease and beauty. For some of you, I hope it takes you back. Welcome to the 50’s!

Travis Smith

 

 

The Taffetas Cast

 

Kaye

Emily Baer

Peggy

Kayla Bennett

Cheryl

Alexa Jordan

Donna

Kathleen Wrinn

Ricky / Piano

Travis Smith

 

The Taffetas Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Managing Artistic Director

Laurie Schotz

Director / Choreographer

Bryan Wlas

Music Director

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

Phillip B. Richard II

Technical Director

Matthew Green

ASM/Sound

Corey McIntyre

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Laurie Schotz

Lighting Designer

Phillip B. Richard II

Master Carpenter

Alvin Yoder

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

 

Place:  The TV Studio of Spot Light on Music

 

Musical Numbers

Act I

Sh-Boom

Kaye & Girls

Love is a Two Way Street

Girls

Mr. Sandman

Girls

The Three Bells

Cheryl & Girls

Tonight, You Belong to Me

Donna & Peggy

Hurt Medley:

 

I'm Sorry

Kaye & Girls

Ricochet

Donna & Girls

I Cried

Cheryl

Cry

Peggy

Smile

Girls

Achoo Cha-Cha

Girls

Mockin' Bird Hill

Cheryl & Kaye

Travel Medley

Girls

Act II

Music, Music, Music!

Girls

Sincerely

Kaye & Girls

Boy's Medley

Girls

I'll Think of You

Girls

Little Darlin'

Kaye & Girls

 

 

The Taffetas Cast Bios

emily baerEmily Baer (Kaye) is originally from Goshen, In. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University. Emily was seen last season at The Round Barn Theatre as Grizabella in Cats and Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance. Other favorite roles include Marian in The Music Man and Mrs. Mullin in Carousel.

 

 

 

 

 

kayla bennettKayla Bennett (Peggy) is thrilled to be making her debut at The Round Barn Theatre. She is originally from Linden, IN and received a degree in Theatre from Millikin University this past May. Some of her past roles include Zaneeta in The Music Man, Hortense in The Baker’s Wife, The Rose in The Little Prince, and Kim in Bye Bye Birdie.

 

 

 

 

 

alexa jordanAlexa Jordan (Cheryl) is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in Musical Theatre, and hails originally from Newton, N.C. Favorite roles include Petra in A Little Night Music and Catherine in The Foreigner. She is so thankful for her amazing family and friends. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

travis smithTravis Smith (Ricky / Music Director) is excited to be back at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres after performing in last year’s production of Barefoot in the Park. He has been seen as both a performer and music director for the past several years. Companies he has worked for include Allenberry Playhouse, Bearcreek Resort, Circ 21, Old Creamery Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Cornwells Dinner Theatre, Grand Geneva Resort, and the University of Findlay. He was also the activities director at Bearcreek Resort where he emceed and opened for such stars as Joann Castle, Boots Randolph, Glenn Miller Orchestra, and many more. Originally from Columbus, OH, he has worked in NYC performing with Victory Theatricals and had the honor of performing with the National AIDs fund and the Equity Fights AIDS/Broadway Cares charities. Travis also runs his own business producing background tracks for various theatres. He enjoys composition as well and currently has a children’s production touring with the Old Creamery Theatre. He is a proud graduate of Otterbein College in Westerville, OH where he earned his degree in theatre and music. Enjoy the show and for more information please visit www.travis-smith.com.

 

kathleen wrinnKathleen Wrinn (Donna) is happy to be making her debut at The Round Barn Theatre. A 2009 graduate of Syracuse University’s BFA Musical Theatre program, her recent roles include Henriette Henriot in Syracuse stage’s one-woman show, Woman in the Blue Dress, and Woman 1 in A Christmas Survival Guide with Rarely Done Productions. Kathleen’s favorite roles at SU Drama were Woman 3 in The World Goes ‘Round, Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Jane, the Quene, the-one-woman show which Kathleen wrote and performed for her senior thesis last March. Kathleen wishes her fellow Taffetas the best of luck and hopes you all out there in the audience have a swell time!

 

 


The Taffetas Staff Bios

Matthew Green (Technical Director) is excited to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre for The Taffetas. Matt graduated from Ball State University in May of 2007 with a degree in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in sound and lights. Before joining The Round Barn Theatre staff in 2009 he was the Technical Director for the Goodtimes Theatre at Bearcreek Farms. Some of his favorite shows include Fuddy Meers, Antigone, and The Colored Museum.

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) 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!”

Bryan J. Wlas (Director / Choreographer) is delighted to return to The Round Barn Theatre for The Taffetas! A native of Woodridge, IL and a graduate of Millikin University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Dance minor, Bryan is currently the Resident Choreographer and Adjunct Dance Instructor for the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN where he has performed, choreographed and directed many productions including A Chorus Line as  Bobby/choreographer, Little Shop of Horrors as Seymour, A Grand Night for Singing as Martin/choreographer, Cats as Mistoffelees/choreographer and, most recently, Smokey Joes Café as the choreographer. Bryan’s choreography has also been seen at Bearcreek Farms Resort, Tweetsie Railroad, and Lees-McRae Summer Theatre. Later this summer, he will serve as choreographer for Sugar Babies and All Shook Up at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Montana. As a performer, Bryan has traveled all over the country and Western Europe, performing in theme parks, on a cruise ship, and at various regional theatres. Thank you all for supporting the arts!