Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

July 26-Sept 4
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Conceived by William Meade
Orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby
Ring of Fire was originally produced on Broadway by William Meade, CTM Productions, Bob Cuillo, GFour Productions, and James B. Freydberg
Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Inc.

 

Ring of Fire is a tribute to the legendary Man in Black.  Ring of Fire re-creates 38 hit songs of one of the most recognized voices in all country music.  An onstage country band adds humor and talent to songs such as Country Boy, Folsom Prison Blues, Jackson, I Walk the Line and Ring of Fire.


Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Press Release
Read a recent review of Ring of Fire in The Papers
Read a recent article about Ring of Fire in the Goshen News
Theme Dinners

 

 

Ring of Fire
Archive Photographs

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Amish Acres
Kris Kristofferson once wrote about Johnny Cash, "He's a walking contradiction; partly truth and partly fiction". There are very few people in this country that can claim to never have heard of Johnny Cash. Or who can say they aren't familiar with songs like "A Boy Named Sue" or "Folsom Prison Blues" or "Ring Of Fire". This can be attributed to the mass appeal of the Man In Black and his enduring affect on our culture, music and America itself. He was a patriot who supported troops but hated war and fought for the rights of Native Americans. He refused to be called a country musician saying once "I make music. I don't care what you call it. But don't categorize me. I sing what I wanna sing, and that's it.", yet he is probably one of the first artists people think of when they think of country music. He was a devout Christian who started his career wanting to record strictly gospel music, yet he struggled with inner demons and addiction throughout his life. He wrote countless songs about prison, yet never actually served any hard time (a popular misconception). His life was an archetype for the American Dream: a meager beginning as the son of sharecroppers in Dyess, Arkansas, a tour overseas in the Air force, struggling to make ends meet with a wife and a baby and....well, nothing but a booming bass-baritone voice and a new style of music that would change music forever. Ring Of Fire may not make you a life-long Johnny Cash fanatic like me, but what I hope it will bring you is a better understanding of a gentle, giving, amazing man; hope for your own futures even in the roughest of times; and most of all, a heel-stompin', hand-clappin' good time! Enjoy!

Scott Moreau

 

A Note from the Music Director…

Amish AcresThis will be my fourth production of Ring of Fire and what a pleasure it is to be doing it again with this group of people. The first time I was involved with a production of Ring of Fire I was barely familiar with Johnny Cash. Growing up listening to Weird Al and various recordings of Les Miserables, there wasn't much room in my tape deck for a recording of Johnny Cash. My parents, being fans of country music, didn't deprive me of the country sound, but I needed a refresher course. So I gradually familiarized myself and eventually came to not only appreciate Cash's music, but respect it and realize its impact. His music has been described as everything from country to rock and roll. He influenced the gospel and folk sound and even helped pave the way for contemporary rock and pop music. He wrote hundreds of songs and tonight you will be hearing over 30 of his most popular. And yes, Johnny did once sing Orange Blossom Special (believe it or not, there are words). So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little Johnny Cash!

Travis Smith


 

Ring of Fire Cast

 

Brian Brager

 

Cassandra Henwood

 

Timothy Leonard

 

Daniel Stargel

 

Rachel Stargel

 

Erin Whitcomb

 

   

Ring of Fire Band

 

Travis Smith (Keyboard)

 

Forrest Mitchell (Drums)

 

Jeremy Springer (Bass)

 

David Goins (Lead Guitar)

 

Jessica Jernigan (Fiddle)

 

 

Ring of Fire Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Managing Artistic Director

Laurie Schotz

Director

Scott Moreau

Music Director

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

Phillip B. Richard II

Company Manager

Olin Davidson

Technical Director

Ted Lantz

ASM/Sound

Spencer Holdeman

ASM/Wardrobe

Katelyn Presnell

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Laurie Schotz

Lighting Designer

Phillip B. Richard II

Properties Masterr

Richard Vollmer

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer

 

Musical Numbers

Act I

Opening

Company

Country Boy

Timothy & Company

Flesh and Blood

Cassie, Erin, Bryan & Timothy

While I've Got It on My Mind

Daniel & Rachel

Five Feet High and Rising

Company

Big River

Timothy

Waiting on the Far Side Banks of Jordan

Rachel & Bryan

Daddy Sang Bass

Company

I Still Miss Someone

Cassie & Bryan

Get Rhythm

Company

Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart

Rachel

Egg Suckin' Dog

Travis, David & Jeremy

Oh Come, Angel Band

Company

If I Were a Carpenter

Erin & Tim

Ring of Fire

Rachel & Bryan

Jackson

Cassie, Daniel & Company

Act II

Entr'acte

Band

Hey Porter

Company

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Cassie, Erin & Rachel

Going to Memphis

Company

Delia's Gone

Daniel

Cocaine Blues

Bryan

Orleans Parish Prison

Company

Folsom Prison Blues

Bryan

Man in Black

Timothy

Why Me, Lord?

Daniel & Company

Concert Transition

Band

A Boy Named Sue

Timothy

Tennessee Flattop Box

Bryan & Rachel

Cry, Cry, Cry

Daniel & Erin

Walk the Line

Company

Ragged Old Flag

Daniel & Company

I've Been Everywhere

Company

 

Ring of Fire Cast Bios

Amish AcresBryan Brager (Vocalist) hails from New Haven, Indiana. After performing in several shows in high school, he attended Southwestern Community College to study Jazz, only to return to his home town to join the country band Shilo. Within a year, Shilo was signed to Clear Diamond Records, Nashville, and enjoyed success in radio airplay with 2 singles going to #1 on several charts. After taking 2 years to find a direction for his music, and life in general, Bryan now plays with the country band Jericho, and acoustic trio Finding Foster. A life long fan of Johnny Cash, it was only fitting to return to the stage for the Round Barn Theater's production of Ring Of Fire.

Amish AcresDavid Goins (Lead Guitar) Originally from Ohio, David is happy to be back on the Joseph Stein stage for Ring of Fire. You may have seen David as Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy, The Major General in Pirates of Penzance, or Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park. David would like to thank his family and friends for thier never ending love and support but only if they come to see the show.

 

 

 

 

Amish AcresCassandra Henwood (Vocalist) is thrilled to be making her debut at the Round Barn theatre! Cassandra is a recent graduate of Rockford College and she just earned her BFA in musical theatre performance. Her favorite credits include: 'Trouble in Tahiti' (Dinah), 'Uncommon Women and Others' (Rita) 'Midsummer Nights' Dream (Helena), 'Parade' (Mrs. Phagan) and 'The Hot Mikado' (Pitti Sing). Last summer Cassandra earned her first regional theatre credit performing at the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre in Ferrum VA performing in 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Jack Tales', and 'The Wizard of Oz.' She would like to thank her family (especially her wonderful sisters Sam and Bri!), her friends, and her boyfriend for all of their love and support. Enjoy the show!

Amish AcresJessica Jernigan (Vocalist) South Bend native, Jessica has been performing for over 25 years. She graduated from Riley High School and has since studied at Bethel College, IUSB, and Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has had the privilege of sharing the stage with icons such as Charlie Daniels, Ben Vareen, Hank III, Randy Sabien and more. She can be seen sitting in with various symphonies in Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois as well as rocking with her bands Jericho and Finding Foster.

Amish AcresTim Leonard (Vocalist) is delighted to be making his debut performance at the Round Barn Theatre. An avid bluegrass fan, Tim has been playing guitar for 7 years and considers Johnny Cash one of his musical inspirations. You may have seen Tim perform in "Ring of Fire" last season at Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, or in the National Tour of "A Christmas Carol", with NTC Productions for the past 3 years. Tim is an avid and terrible chess player. Tim also used to work in the telemarketing field, so it is highly likely that you hung up on Tim at some point in your life. When asked about his favorite Johnny Cash song, Tim said, "I love the song 'Clyde'. Oh wait... isn't that Waylon Jennings?" (For more information about Tim, visit Timleo.com)

Amish AcresForrest Mitchell (Drums) was born in Merritt Island, Florida has just earned his AA degree last semester and will begin school at Le Cordon Bleu to receive a degree in Culinary Arts. He has a musical family that has inspired him to learn many different instruments including the viola, handbells, didgeridoo and percussion. Forrest has been playing the drums for eight years and has played in local musicals such as Jekyll and Hyde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Who’s Tommy, and Hair. He has played in several different bands with genres ranging from jazz to classic rock and progressive rock. Forrest is excited to be playing at the Round Barn Theater; this is the furthest he has traveled to play for any show, over fifteen hundred miles!

Amish AcresTravis Smith (Musical Director / Keyboard) 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 www.travis-smith.com

Amish AcresJeremy Springer (Bass) 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.

 

 

 

Amish AcresErin Whitcomb (Vocalist) 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 has 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! Special thanks to my Mom and brother for always encouraging me to persevere and follow my dreams.


Ring of Fire Staff Bios

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,

Scott Moreau (Director) is from Litchfield, ME and received a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU). He is pleased to make his directorial debut here at the Round Barn Theatre with a show and a performer who is very close to his heart. Though his main career is as a performer, he has always had a passion for directing, and is SO excited to be able to take on a new challenge. Some directing credits include The Moonshot Tape at IWU, Assistant Director for The Jungle Book, High School Musical 2, Alice In Wonderland, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Oklahoma! all for The Florida Repertory Theatre's Camp Florida Rep, as well as being the co-author, Music Director and Assistant Director for Broadway Or Bust, also at the Rep. Acting credits include Man 2 in Ring Of Fire at all three Prather Entertainment Group theatres, Johnny in Johnny Guitar the Musical at The Theatre Barn and Cortland Repertory Theatres, and most recently Johnny Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Dutch Apple and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatres. He dedicates his work to his supportive and loving parents Leonard and Donna, and sends his love to Rachael. Please visit www.scottmoreau.com for more information. Enjoy the show!

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.

Katelyn Presnell (Assistant Stage Manager) is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University studying management and technical theatre. Her major interests lie in production and stage managing but she has also done scene and light designing. Though she has been a part of many productions, this is her first time working with the Round Barn Theatre. Other interests include kite flying and side walk chalk artistry.

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 and 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 dedicate this show to Miles and thank all of you 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

 

Ring of Fire Theme Dinner
Theme Dinner Dates: August 19 and 26, 2011

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.

A Tribute to Johnny Cash

Menu Includes:
Soup

Cashew Chicken Soup

Appetizers
Beet Eggs
Taco Tarts
Spicy Chicken Wings

Salad
Arugula, Watercress, and Pear Salad with Balsamic dressing
Lettuce Salad with Poppy Seed, French dressings

Bread
Prosciutto Bread

Entrees
Pineapple Glazed Ham
Salmon and White Corn Relish
Red Pepper Pasta
Apple Walnut BBQ Beans
Macaroni and Cheese

Pasta
Red Pepper Pasta

Vegetables
Apple Walnut BBQ Beans
Broccoli and Cauliflower

Desserts
Cherry Red Cobbler
Chocolate Silk Pie
Creme Brule

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

2011 Theme Dinner Menus