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Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Hank Williams Lost HighwayJuly 17 – August 26
The Music and Legend of Hank Williams
By Randal Myler and Mark Harelik

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Lost Highway is the spectacular musical biography of the legendary singer-songwriter frequently mentioned alongside Louis Armstrong, Robert Johnson, Duke Ellington, Elvis and Bob Dylan as one of the great innovators of American popular music. The play follows Williams' rise from his beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his eventual self-destruction at twenty-nine. Along the way, we are treated to his indelible songs which are given fresh and profound resonance set in the context of Williams' life.


Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
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A Note from the Director

I am a Rock, I am an Island…

One of the amazing things about theater is the opportunity it occasionally gives us to explore the intricate lives of those who have inspired us in the music, film and political industries. I will admit to knowing the name Hank Williams and a few of his “famous” songs prior to delving deeply into his life’s story, but that’s about it. What I discovered on my trip down the Lost Highway was a man filled with complexities. His tale is both inspiring and sad, and while the music speaks for itself, it pales in comparison to what it cost him to rise to that level of “iconic” status. It's not always easy (or pleasant) to see these people who influence us so greatly with the curtain pulled back, but I believe that is the only way to truly understand the nature of why they inspire us. John Lennon, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and many of the most influential artists over the past 100 years were plagued with personal suffering, which translated into their music, which in turn inspired us and helped us to face our own emotional baggage with renewed fervor for our existence. Anyone who claims music isn’t important and doesn’t shape the very fabric of our lives is simply mistaken. I have done my best to treat this story with as much respect and dignity as befits a National Treasure like Hank Williams. It is raw, it is true, and it will offer a new perspective on what is actually important in this life. My thanks to an excellent cast and crew, and to you, our audience, for continuing to support the arts. Cheers!

Jeremy Littlejohn


A Note from the Music Director

Hank Williams was, simply put, a very tortured soul, and much of his music is a representation of that. From grand success to irreparable sadness, you can feel and hear the ebb and flow of his life through lyrics and style.  Not only was rock and roll and gospel directly influenced by African-American music, but Hank's story shows us how country music was as well.  It also went on to inspire many musicians including the likes of Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash; two performers the Round Barn has showcased in the past two years. So it only seems appropriate that we now pay tribute to their inspiration and one of the legendary fathers of country music: Hank Williams.  Enjoy the show

Travis Smith


Lost Highway Cast

Hank Williams


Timothy Leonard



Jamal Crowelle

The Waitress


Sarah Philabaum

Mama Lilly


Rita Kurtz



Perry Orfanella

Jimmy "Burrhead"


Dan Frioli

Leon "Loudmouth"


Travis Smith

Fred Rose (Pap)


Benjamin Lee Jackson

Audrey Williams


Olivia Corbello


Lost Highway Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer


George Bush

Artistic Director


Jeremy Littlejohn

Music Director


Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props


Monica Gauer

Technical Director


Ted Lantz



Catherine Menkel-Lawrence

ASM/Sound Designer


Spencer Holdeman

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Lighting Designer


Jeremy Littlejohn

Box Office Manager


Jennifer Scheffer

Archive Videographer


Steve Jones



Time & Place
Hank Williams: born 1923 - died 1953; From the hills of rural southern Alabama to the stage of the Louisana Hay Ride and Grand Ole Opry.



Musical Numbers

Act I

This is the Way I Do



Message to My Mother



Thank God


Hank & Mama

WPA Blues



Long Gone Lonesome Blues


Tee-Tot & Hank

Settin' the Woods on Fire


Hank & The Drifting Cowboys

Honky Tonk Blues


Hank & The Drifting Cowboys

I'm Tellin' You


Audrey & The Drifting Cowboys

I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)


Hank & The Drifting Cowboys

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry



Jambalaya (on the Bayou)


Hank & The Drifting Cowboys

Move it on Over


Hank & The Drifting Cowboys

Mind Your Own Business


Hank & The Drifting Cowboys

Lovesick Blues


Hank & The Drifting Cowboys

Act II

The Blood Done Sign My Name



Happy Rovin' Cowboy


Hank & the Drifting Cowboys

I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing


Hank, Audrey & the Drifting Cowboys

Long Gone Lonesome Blues (Reprise)


Hank, Tee-Tot & the Drifting Cowboys

Way Downtown


The Drifting Cowboys

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Reprise)



I'm a Run to the City of Refuge/A House of Gold (Medley)


Tee-Tot & Hank

Hey, Good Lookin'


Hank & The Drifting Cowboys

I Saw the Light


Hank & Hoss

Lost Highway


Hank & Tee-Tot

Your Cheatin' Heart



I Saw The Light (Reprise)





Lost Highway Cast Bios

Olivia Corbello (Audrey) is a recent graduate from the Musical Theatre program at Texas State University where she received her BFA under the direction of Kaitlin Hopkins. She hopes to always bring the many things she has learned to her professional work, with The Round Barn Theatre being her first. Olivia’s last college production at TSU was Hair, in which she played Ronny and grew so much as a performer and person. 

“Love to my sweet, sweet family back home in Texas, Mom, Dad & Sven.”


Jamal Crowelle (Tee-Tot) hails from Centreville, Virginia and is extremely thrilled to be at The Round Barn Theatre! Bitten by the acting bug at the age of 13, Jamal graduated from Emory and Henry College with a B.A. in Acting and has been traveling and entertaining audiences all over the country. Much love and thanks to God, his family (whose love drives him nuts), his friends (whose love keeps him sane), the cast, crew and everyone at The Round Barn who help make the “magic” happen. 

“Goodnight and God bless!” 


Dan Frioli (Jimmy) is originally from Hawthorne, New Jersey, but has lived in Columbia City, Indiana since the age of nine. He became interested in acting in high school, and has since been involved in more than forty area productions, both onstage and off. Credits include Lloyd in Noises Off, Adam in The Complete History of America (abridged), and Jess and Adam in separate productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). In addition to acting, he enjoys photography, cooking, and playing guitar.  Attempts to combine the three have so far only resulted in chaos and broken dishes.


Benjamin Lee Jackson (Fred Rose) is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.  Benjamin’s theatrical credits include Run For Your Wife, Forever Plaid, Escanaba in da Moonlight and many more.  Ben is very excited to be collaborating with Music Director Travis Smith on a brand new comedy about a male quartet entitled Steeple People Gospel.

“I hope you enjoy the show!”




Rita Kurtz (Mama Lilly) is delighted to return to The Round Barn Theatre. She previously performed in Steel Magnolias as Ouiser and Lost in Yonkers as Grandma, on the second stage, and as Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town on the main stage. She has found it a privilege to play all these strong and dedicated women. Rita would like to thank Jeremy and Pam for their encouragement and support. Also, she would like to THANK GOD for her husband, Doug, and her kids for their unconditional love!




Timothy Leonard (Hank Williams) is from Memphis, Tennessee and currently resides here in Indiana. Professionally, he has performed in various productions such as of The Odd Couple, Smoke on the Mountain, and various regional performances of, A Christmas Carol, Ring of Fire and Oklahoma! A guitar player for 8 years, Tim has actually never played an electric guitar. When asked why this was the case, Tim simply shrugged, picked up an instrument, and began playing various James Taylor hits of the 70's. As of this writing, he has not answered.

"I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to." - Elvis Presley


Perry Orfanella (Hoss) was born in the Bronx but presently resides in Orlando, FL. Perry has shared the stage with some of the brightest stars of Broadway. Most recently that list includes Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Tommy Tune, and many others. Though usually relegated to the non-speaking string bass chair, Perry is excited to have this opportunity to express himself vocally and to prove to his children (two of whom are professional actors, and far more talented) that Dad doesn't have to embarrass them every time he opens his mouth.



Sarah Philabaum (Waitress) is thrilled to return to The Round Barn Theatre for her second season in a row! She was absolutely delighted to play Katie Yoder last year for a brief time in the 25th Anniversary production of Plain and Fancy. Sarah holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory, and is so grateful to have performed in so many different kinds of shows all across the country. Favorite roles include: Mrs. Fezziwig in the National Tour of A Christmas Carol, Woman 2 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Hold Me, Touch Me in The Producers

“Many thanks to those who always believed in me and inspired me to pursue my dreams.”


Travis Smith (Leon/Music Director) is returning to Amish Acres after spending the last few seasons performing and Music Directing various productions.  Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he has worked with several theatres across the Midwest.  Travis is also an accomplished Composer and Arranger, currently working on a new production entitled Steeple People Gospel about a male gospel quartet.

“Enjoy the show and please visit!”




Lost Highway Staff Biographies

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) was born and raised in nearby Laporte, Indiana.  She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a B.A. in Theater Arts, after which she married her high school sweetheart.  When she was younger, Monica remembered coming to the Round Barn Theatre and now she is excited to work here behind the scenes.  She hopes you enjoy the show!

Spencer Holdeman (Sound Designer) is 22 years old and was born and raised here, in Nappanee.  He attended ITT Tech and is thrilled to be spending his second season designing Sound here at the Round Barn Theatre.

Ted Lantz (Technical Director) is in his second season at the Round Barn Theatre after retiring from 34 years in Education.  He is at home on a stage, having been involved in Show Choir and Drama at Bremen High School.  A native of the Nappanee area, Ted resides with his wife, Chris, in nearby Wakarusa.  He enjoys frequent trips to his Alma Mater, Manchester College where his daughter, Kelsey, is a senior.  He especially enjoys visiting Maine, where his son, Jordan, is a student at Bowdoin College.

Catherine Menkel-Lawrence (Wardrobe) is happy to be working in her premier season with The Round Barn Theatre. A native of Newport, Oregon she is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Recent credits include Northwest Opera In Schools Etc's Hansel and Gretl, Costumer, Weathervane 2011 season, Stitcher, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Costume Intern.

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) is a native Hoosier who has been performing his entire life and getting paid for it for the past fifteen 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 straight plays to the Round Barn patrons by way of the Second Stage.  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 theater’s history, starring in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Fiddler on the Roof, which are in the top five on that list, and his Masterwork, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.  In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher. 

“This Act ain’t much, but through it, I’ve met Kings and Queens and I got to meet you.”   – From The Will Rogers Follies; Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green

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.


Hank Williams: Lost Highway
Theme Dinner Dates: August 17- 24

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.

Diner's Delight

Menu Includes:

Cold, ColdStrawberry Soup

Coconut Chicke Wings
Black Bean Salsa and Chips
Cheesy Stars

Patriotic Potatoe Salad
Ceasar Salad

Dinner Rolls
Rye Bread

Salisbury Steak

Pasta with Sausage

Diner Style Hash Browns
Blue Plate Special Onions

Mississippi Mud Pie
Old Fashioned Cream Pie
Cherry Cobler
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

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

2012 Theme Dinner Menu