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Hello, Dolly!

June 7-July 17
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder
Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion-Five, Inc.

Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library, Inc.

“And what do you do for a living, Miss Levy?” ask Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of this most delightful of musical comedies.  “Some people paint, some sew, . . . I meddle,” replies Dolly.  HELLO DOLLY! Is full of memorable songs including Put on Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passed By, Elegance, Hello Dolly!  It Only Takes a Moment and So Long Dearie. And we are off on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the century, as we follow the adventures of America’s most beloved matchmaker!


Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners

Amish Acres



Hello, Dolly!
Archive Photographs


A Note from the Director…

Daniel Gaouette At the mention of Hello Dolly many people first think of Barbara Streisand and Walter Matthau playing opposite one another in the the 1969 film.  However, it was the legendary Carol Channing in 1964 who originated the role of Dolly Levi on Broadway.  Since that time Hello Dolly has become a staple of the musical theatre genre and it's leading lady Dolly Levi has inspired legions of fans with her kindness, can-do attitude, and ability to make her own luck.  At a moment in history when self-help books are best-sellers, the evening news is nothing but bad and the Monday blues stretch all the way to Friday it's easy to feel pessimistic.  Might I suggest borrowing a page from the book of Dolly Levi? Roll up your sleeves and get to work.  The timeless appeal of Hello Dolly lies in the fact that Dolly Levi and her friends demonstrate persistence, conviction, and hard work in their everyday lives.  Hello Dolly was last seen on stage at the Round Barn Theatre in 1999.  Allow me to be the first to say, "Dolly, it's so nice to have you back where you belong."

Daniel Gaouette


travis smith It was over 15 years ago that I had the opportunity and pleasure to witness Carol Channing as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, OH.  She was slightly feeble and could barely sustain some of her notes at times, but it didn't matter, the audience still gave her several standing ovations before the show even finished.  Here was a woman who not only made a name for herself, but also immortalized the show in which she was performing.  She took the catchy tunes of Jerry Herman and made them her own.  While his music is often the same thing repeated over and over again (notice how many times Put On Your Sunday Clothes repeats itself), it never seems to get old.  Perhaps that can be contributed to the fantastic orchestrations or even the simple key change.  Regardless, the music in Hello, Dolly! is some of the most memorable ever written for a Broadway stage allowing Carol Channing, and whoever happens to play the role, a chance to shine.  After seeing the show 15 years ago, Ms. Channing was courteous enough to do a talk back session with my school group and I wanted so bad to tell her how much I loved her in the 1985 mini series of Alice in Wonderland where she played the White Queen.  Remember that one?  But alas, for fear of ridicule, I refrained.  I suppose I still have a chance though, at 90 years old she is still glowing, she's still crowin', she's still going strong!  So please enjoy our production of Hello, Dolly! here at the Round Barn Theatre.  Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did 15 years ago and "Dolly" will never go away again for you either.

Travis Smith


Hello, Dolly! Cast


Dolly Levi

Emily Baer

Horace Vandergelder

Michael Vaughn

Cornelius Hackl

Olin Davidson

Barnaby Tucker

John Cardenas


Allison Jean Jones

Ambrose Kemper

Samuel Ruhloff

Irene Molloy

Megan Steigerwald

Minnie Fay

Hannah Church


John Detty

Ernestina Money

Kate Salsbury

Mrs. Rose

Sarah Philabaum


Ian Conner

John Detty

Diego Diaz

Caitlin Evans

Andy Frank

Sarah McGowan

Sarah Philabaum

Kate Salsbury

Erin Whitcomb


Hello, Dolly! Staff


Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Managing Artistic Director

Laurie Schotz

Director / Choreographer

Daniel Gaouette

Music Director

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

Phillip B. Richard II

Technical Director

Alvin Yoder


Mark Duggar


Katelyn Presnell

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Laurie Schotz

Lighting Designer

Phillip B. Richard II

Properties Masterr

Jeremy Springer

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer


Scenes & Musical Numbers

Act I

Scene 1: A Street in New York City; Late 1890's


Opening Act One


I Put My Hand In


Scene 2: Vandergelder's Feed Store


It Takes a Woman

Horace, Cornelius & Barnaby

It Takes a Woman (Reprise)

Dolly & Horace

Put on Your Sunday Clothes

Dolly & Company

Put on Your Sunday Clothes (Encore)


Scene 3: Mrs. Molloy's Hat Shop and New York Street


Ribbon Down My Back

Mrs. Molloy

Riboon Down Bqack (Reprise)

Mrs. Molloy

Motherhood March

Dolly, Mrs. Molloy & Minnie


Dolly, Mrs. Molloy, Cornelius & Barnaby

Before the Parade Passes By


Finale Act One


Act II

Scene 1: Outside the Hoffman House Hotel



Cornelius, Barnaby, Mrs. Molloy & Minnie Fay

Scene 2: Harmonia Gardens Restaurant


Hello, Dolly!

Dolly & Waiters

Hello, Dolly! (Encore)


Scene 3: Courtroom


It Only Takes a Moment


It Only Takes a Moment (Part 2)

Cornelius & Mrs. Molloy

So Long, Dearie


Scene 4: Vandergelder's Feed Store


Finale: Ultimo



Hello, Dolly! Cast Bios

Amish AcresEmily Baer (Dolly Levi) is pleased to be returning to the Round Barn Stage for her fifth season.  You may have seen her in shows such as The Taffetas, Annie Get Your Gun, Plain and Fancy, Cats, Barefoot in the Park.  She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University.  She would like to thank her family for their love and support!




Amish AcresJohn Cardenas (Barnaby Tucker) a resident New Yorker, originally hails from San Diego, California, and holds a B.A. in theatre performance and minor in dance from Wagner College in New York City. John is ecstatic to be making his Round Barn debut after just appearing as Frankincense in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the La Comedia Theatre in Ohio with onstage brothers Olin and Diego! This past summer John spent his time playing ‘Ito’ in MAME along with various other characters in 8 different productions at The Mac-Haydn Theatre. Credits Include: The Best of Lerner and Loewe and Stephen Sondheim’s 80th B-Day Celebration (Singer) at Carnegie Hall, a Swing in Intermezzo with the New York City Opera and the Fiddler in AIM Management’s tour of Fiddler on the Roof. Additional Credits include Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy Keeler), The Music Man (Marcellus), The Mikado (Pish-Tush) and West Side Story (Swing), along with various live events, readings, and workshops throughout NYC. Thanks and Love to Mom and Dad!


Amish AcresHannah Church (Minnie Faye) is a Senior Musical Theater Major at Rockford College in Illinois. She has just returned from studying in London this past fall. She feels very blessed to have been given this opportunity at the Round Barn Theatre. Some favorite past shows have been "The Diary of Anne Frank" (Anne Frank), "Gypsy" (Dainty June), "The Glorious Ones" (Armanda Ragusa), "Into the Woods" (Rapunzel), and "Loose Knit" (Margie). Hannah was also on the SyFy Channel as Sakura in "Street Fighter!" She would like to thank her family, and every director and teacher who have helped guide her to today. It will be a wonderful show; so sit back, relax, and enjoy the performance!"


Amish AcresIan Connor Brumbaugh (Paper Hanger / Judge) is excited to spend his summer doing what he loves in the very theatre that first introduced him to the magical world of theatre.  Ian’s very first audition was for the Round Barn’s production of Peter Pan in 2000.   At seven years old and after getting cut from the second round of callbacks, Ian chose to not give up but to instead to believe in himself and become dedicated to his sudden passion.  Through the years he was repeatedly overlooked, being told that he should take his lack of directorial interest as a hint to find a new love.  Not being one to give up, Ian is now proud to say that “dreams really do come true.”  With over 30 different productions under his belt and only a senior at Wawasee High School, Ian plans to pursue theatre in college and as a career.  “I would like to thank Laurie Schotz for giving me the opportunities she has given me to work here for the past couple of years.  Whether it was intentional or not, Laurie has given me much more than just a few jobs, she has given me reassurance and confidence I need to keep pursuing my dreams.” 


Amish AcresJohn Detty (2nd Waiter) is thrilled to be making his Round Barn Theatre debut! Originally from Dayton, Ohio, he is a recent graduate from Ball State University with his BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of John's favorite past credits include Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Captain Hammer); Plaid Tidings (Sparky); Seussical (The Cat in the Hat); West Side Story (A-Rab); Picnic; Company; Hair; and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. John would like to thank the cast and crew of Dolly and all the wonderful people in his life that keep him on his feet (you know who you are). Phil. 1:3-4


Amish AcresCaitlin Evans (Ensemble) is thrilled to perform at the Round Barn Theatre! She is a recent graduate of Ball State University, where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in dance. Recent shows include Company (Amy), Macbeth (Witch), Picnic (Rosemary), Hair (Tribe), and The Full Monty (Ensemble). She’d like to thank her family for their love and support.




Amish AcresAndy Frank (1st Waiter / Stanley / Policeman) is thrilled to be performing in Hello, Dolly! this summer.  He is from St. Louis, Missouri and just finished his sophomore year pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University in Decatur, IL where he has performed in Kiss Me, Kate, Urinetown, The Drowsy Chaperone, and the collegiate premiere of Golden Gate a new musical by Kooman and Dimond.  This fall he will be studying in London at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Thanks to my family for their constant love and support, everyone at Amish Acres/The Round Barn Theater for this opportunity, and all those who inspire me daily.


Amish AcresSarah McGowan (Ensemble) is a proud native of Houston, Texas and is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Missouri State University. Professional credits include Tent Theatre’s production of Guys and Dolls as a Hot Box Girl. At Missouri State, she has been seen in White Christmas as Waitress/Passenger 4/Ensemble, The Cradle Will Rock as Reporter 1/Ensemble/Dance Captain, Miss Julie as Ensemble/Dance Captain, and will be Katharine in Love’s Labour’s Lost in the fall. She is excited to be making her Amish Acres/The Round Barn Theatre debut!



Amish AcresSarah Philabaum (Ms. Rose) is thrilled to be directing/ choreographing/ performing/ churning butter at The Round Barn Theatre this season. Sarah earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and has since been traveling around the country performing in shows. Favorite roles include: Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Mrs. in Sunday in the Park with George, Woman #2 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, and Hold Me, Touch Me in The Producers. I would like to thank Mom, Dad, Michael, Olin and God for always believing in me. I am very blessed and grateful to be doing what I love every day :)


Amish AcresErin Whitcomb (Ensemble) is proud to be performing on the Round Barn Theatre Stage this season!  Pursuing her love of theatre, she moved from her home in Mechanicsburg, PA to achieve a BA at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.  She as appeared in roles such as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Eponine in Les Miserables, Kate in The Pirates of Penzance, and in many other memorable musicals.  She has also dabbled in Shakespeare in the notorious Romeo and Juliet.  Additionally, she has performed in several Cedar Point Amusement Park shows where she got to sing like a diva star, be a backwoods bounty hunter, and rock an audience like an 80’s hair band.  Most recently, she was in a few shows at Dollywood in Tennessee. While there, she had the privilege of singing with Miss Dolly Parton on numerous occasions including her Nashville Flood Relief Effort.  Erin feels blessed that every day she gets to do what she loves as her job!

Hello, Dolly! Staff Bios

Mark Duggar (Assistant Stage Manager / Sound Design) is a graduate of the University of West Florida and has been studying theatre extensively for the past five years. Mark became interested in sound and electrics when he arrived at UWF, but lacking a specific instructor in sound has had to teach himself guided by a few select individuals who possessed limited knowledge in the area.

Daniel J. Gaouette (Director/Choreographer) is so pleased to be here at the Round Barn Theatre working with the talented cast of Hello Dolly!.   Regionally he had directed productions of Sylvia, Last Of The Red Hot Lovers, and It's A Wonderful Life as well as numerous cabaret and benefit performances. A huge thanks to Laurie and everyone behind the scenes at the RBT for making this an incredible experience! Enjoy the show and don't miss the fudge shop!

Ted Lantz (Technical Director) joined Amish Acres for the second time, having first worked in the summer of 1973, helping with building restoration. A graduate of Bremen High School, Ted was involved with drama, performing in the musicals Sound of Music and Oklahoma. He is a retired school teacher, residing with his wife Chris, in Wakarusa. His son, Jordan, and his daughter, Kelsey, are both college students,

Richard Pletcher (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 returning to The Round Barn Theatre family for his second season. Philip grew up in Dallastown, PA.  He has worked in theatres across the US including Florida, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, and Hawaii. Philip 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 Honolulu Theatre for Youth. His regional stage management credits include the National Post Broadway premiere of Souvenir with Orlando Theatre Project and the World Premiers of If You Give A Moose A Muffin, Stripes & Stars, and Wittenberg. 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 his family for all their support and you the audience for supporting the arts, without you, theatre would not be possible. Enjoy the show!

Laurie Schotz (Managing and Artistic Director / Costumes) is thrilled to be returning for a third 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. This season is in memory of my most loyal, loving and sincere companion Brody Will Fall the 1st.  She couldn't of asked for more from him.  Laurie hopes your whole Amish Acres experience equals your expectation and remember to EMBRACE THE PACE

Travis Smith (Musical Director) is excited to be back at Amish Acres for the season.  He has music directed several shows here and has been up on stage in a few productions, including The Taffetas and A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.  He has worked as both a performer and musical director for the past several years. Companies he has worked for include Allenberry Playhouse, Bearcreek Resort, Circa 21, Old Creamery Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Cornwell’s Dinner theatre, Grand Geneva Resort, and the University of Findlay.  Originally from Columbus, Ohio, 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.  For the second year, the Old Creamery theatre has commissioned him to write two children’s musicals with them including their yearly children’s tour that is produced in the Spring.  He is a proud graduate of Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio where he earned his degrees in theatre and music.  Enjoy the show and for more information please visit  

Jeremy Springer (Assistant Stage Manager / Props) now hails from Boston, but grew up just a few hours down the road in Findlay, OH.  He graduated last year with a degree in Theater Performance, and has been playing the upright bass since he was nine


Hello, Dolly!

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 solely with Richard Pletcher. The ensuing menus are lovingly prepared by chef Ruth Miller whose sense of humor make it into it kettle and skillet.

Theme Dinner reservations required.
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.

Harmonia Gardens Restaurant

Menu Includes:

New England Clam Chowder

Minnie Faye’s Fresh Fruit Compote

Waldorf Salad

Jewish Rye Bread

Delmonico Steak from Manhattan’s Oldest Restaurant, founded in 1825, described as not merely an ingestion, but an observance.

Shrimp and Garlic Pasta

American Fried Potatoes
Harvard Beets

Dolly Levi’s Turn Your Life Upside Down Cake
New York Style Cheese Cake
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffees
Beer and Wine available for purchase

Amish Acres2011 Theme Dinner Menus