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Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th StreetNovember 14 – December 31
Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies; based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street.
Musical Arrangements by Travis Smith

Produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Adapted from the novel by Valentine Davies and the hit MGM film, this musical play tells the classic tale of Kris Kringle, a charming elderly gentleman who stumbles into a job as the department store Santa Claus at Macy’s in New York City.  Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City when he ignores instructions to steer parents to goods that Macy’s sells, and instead refers them to other stores to find exactly what their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing to prove to the world that he is in fact Santa Claus. Especially at stake is one little girl’s, Susan Walker, belief that dreams really do come true if you will open your heart and believe.

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Miracle on 34th Street Press Release
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Miracle on 34th Street
Archive Photographs


A Note from the Director…

I believe…
The Theater is full of dreamers and star gazers. People who allow themselves to dream and to have faith in something they can't see. Miracle on 34th Street fits this description. Even in difficult economic times, we can relate to 8 year old Susan in that we ultimately need someone, something, to believe in; the goodness of people, the belief in community, the unselfish offering of hope and sacrifice.  In the play you will hear the theme that you can't pay the rent with intangibles, but happily, we can't live a life without them. This time of year seems to give us special permission to take the time and reflect on what it was like to have childhood faith. To remember that if we allow ourselves to dream we can recapture that "feeling"...then suddenly... the world seems to be a better place. May you all have a blessed  Christmas season!
Matthew C. Scott


Amish AcresA Note from the Music Director…

Let me start by saying how exciting it is for me to be able to work on another holiday show here at Amish Acres!  When conceptualizing the music arrangements for this production, I tried to remain somewhat faithful to the time period while also capturing the essence of the holiday spirit.  Furthermore, after the huge success of our fall production of Sisters of Swing, of course I had to thrown in an Andrews Sisters styled music number (Jazzy Jingle Bells)!  We truly have had a great year in the Round Barn Theatre, and much of that can be contributed to you, the patron, for being so supportive and generous with your commitment and overwhelming positive reactions to our theatrical productions this year.  Happy Holidays everyone!  Be generous, positive and caring this holiday season and I hope to see you all again in 2013!

Travis Smith


Miracle on 34th Street Cast


Doctor Pierce


Evan Jackson

Kris Kringle


Jeremy Littlejohn



Caitlin Borek

Doris Walker


Emily Baer

Fred Gayley


Rory Dunn

Susan Walker


Joelle Rassi



Benji Fattorusso

Johnny's Mother


Jennifer Myor



Hailey Kendall

Sharon's Father


Don Hart



Gracie Knepper



Burke Fry

Albert Sawyer


Shelby Nichols

Gimbel/Judge Harper


Travis Smith



Don Hart



Jennifer Myor



Ryan Yoder



Allison Jean Jones

Rebecca Mara


Hailey Kendall


Miracle on 34th Street Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer


George Bush

Artistic Director


Jeremy Littlejohn



Matthew C. Scott

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


Scenes & Musical Numbers

Act I




Scene 1 Central Park; Thanksgiving



Up on the Housetop


Street Carolers

Scene 2 Macy's Toy Department, Santa's Dais; the next morning





Macy's Employees

Scene 3 Santa's Dais; the next morning



Scene 4 the Living Room in Doris' apartment; that evening



Here We Com A-Caroling


Street Carolers

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas


Street Carolers & Kris

Scene 5 Santa's Dais; one week later



The Twelve Days of Christmas


Macy's Employees

Scene 6 Employee Meeting Room; that evening



Scene 7 Bellevue Medical Hospital; later that night



Act II

Jazzy Jingle Bells


Street Carolers

Scene 1 Judge's chamber; one week later



Jazzy Jingle Bells (reprise)


Street Carolers

Scene 2 Judge's Chambers



Scene 3 Judge Harper's Courtroom



The Holly and the Ivy


Street Carolers

Scene 4 the Living Room in Doris' apartment; that evening



Scene 5 Courtroom; the following day



Scene 6 Courtroom; later that day



We Wish You a Merry Christmas


Street Carolers

Scene 7 a Suburban Street; the following day



Up on the Housetop




Miracle on 34th Street Cast Bios

Emily Baer (Doris) is happy to be back for a sixth season on the Round Barn stage.  You may remember her as Dolly in Hello, Dolly!, Grizabella in Cats, Kaye in The Taffetas, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, or any number of roles in Plain and Fancy.  Growing up in the area, it was always a treat to see shows at Amish Acres.  She never expected that someday this stage would be like a second home.  When Emily is not performing, she enjoys her time as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay.  She is excited to work on earning her first free car this year! 



Caitlin Borek (Shellhammer) was born in Chicago and raised in Aurora, Illinois.  She completed her BFA in Music Theater from Illinois Wesleyan University in May 2012.  She has passionately studied dance, voice and acting almost her whole life.  Her first role was as a Prairie Girl (one out of 150) in a park district production of Oklahoma! at age 6.  You may remember her from this season’s productions of State Fair and Plain and Fancy.  Caitlin would like to say thank you to her loved ones who have strongly supported her in all her theatrical endeavors.



Rory Dunn (Fred)  has been performing on stage for most of his life.  So far he has played dogs, whales, monkeys, bandits, dashing leading men, evil villains and the occasional comic relief.  Some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Amos in Chicago, and recently Scrooge right here at the Round Barn.  Rory hopes everyone has Happy Holidays and remembers to leave some cookies out for Santa this year.



Benji Fattorusso (Johnny) is a home-educated third grader from Nappanee.  He loves ALL sports, tigers, music and plays the drums and piano.  His best friends are God, Mom, Dad, his four brothers and his dog, Angel.






Burke Fry (Macy) received a full Vocal Scholarship to SIU C’Dale, Illinois.  He spent a season with Muny Opera in St. Louis, and traveled throughout the country performing for 2 ½ years.  Upon retirement from serving as Vice President for two “steel” related companies, he resumed performing in the Chicago area, where he lives with his wife, Murna.  He has been seen at the Round Barn Theatre as Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy and Baptiste in Kiss Me Kate.  He was also seen as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol with the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Indiana.  Last June, Burke had the opportunity to sing in Hastings, England and he plans to appear in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in Oregon next year.


Don Hart (Finley) is ecstatic about returning to the Round Barn Theatre, where he was last seen steering the ship as Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, and fixing phones as the Telephone Man in Barefoot in the Park in 2009.  Since then, Don has performed as Scott in Ring of Fire in Clarksville, IN, Alex in Almost Heaven: the Songs of John Denver in Allentown, PA, and most recently as Gerald in There Goes the Bride in Sonora, CA.  Other favorite RBT roles include Henry in The Fantasticks (2008), and Eddie in Pump Boys and Dinettes (2007). 

“Love ya, Crystal!  You’re the best!”



Evan Jackson (Dr. Pierce) is a native of Lafayette, and a graduate of Purdue University.  He is returning for his second season at the Round Barn Theatre after playing Speed in The Odd Couple and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol in 2011.  Most recently he was seen as Leaning Tree in the Outdoor Drama Tecumseh! in Chillicothe, Ohio.





Allison Jean Jones (Duncan) is excited to return to the Joseph Stein Stage!  She has appeared in numerous productions since 2006, most recently as Ermengarde in last season’s Hello Dolly! A recent graduate of Ball State University, Allison is eager to begin the next stage in her life, both on and off-stage.

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“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde


Hailey Kendall (Rebecca) is 10 years old and in the fifth grade. Her role models are Selena Gomez and her mom. She loves dancing, singing, acting, horses and pandas, and has 7 pets of her own! She thinks practice is the first key to a good show, so if are ever fortunate enough to get into a play, highlight your lines and have a family member practice with you by saying another character’s lines while you practice yours!





Gracie Knepper (Megan) is 10 years old and lives near Wakarusa, Indiana. She loves singing and performing, and spent three years studying with the Debby Werbrouck School of Dance, one year with the Leann Stewart Dance School, and is a member of the 2012 Younger Generation Singing Group. Gracie also performed roles in the Wakarusa Elementary School Spring / Christmas programs under the direction of Shawn Skaggs and was chosen for the Solo competition in the Wakarusa Talent Show from 2009-12. In her spare time she enjoys exploring places and new restaurants. 

Much love to my family!


Jeremy Littlejohn (Kris / 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 onstage credits include Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Homer in Floyd Collins, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, Yvan in Art, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Arles Struvie (et. al) in Greater Tuna, Caleb in The Spitfire Grill, Froggy in The Foreigner, Bill Sykes in Oliver, Oscar in The Odd Couple and John Adams in 1776.  In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher.

Jennifer Myor (Mara) is thrilled to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre for her third production. Round Barn Theatre patrons may remember her in last season’s productions of The Odd Couple as Gwendolyn Pigeon and A Christmas Carol as Mrs. Cratchit. Jen has also worked for Mercury Summerstock, Bearcreek Farms and Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.




Shelby Nichols (Sawyer) hails from Southern Georgia and is a ’07 graduate of Valdosta State University where he earned a B.F.A. in Theatre.  He has previously performed at The Great American Melodrama, Peach State Summer Theatre and with The National Theatre for Children.  Shelby thanks his family for their love and support, and he dedicates all performances to them.




Joelle Rassi (Susan) is from Milford, Indiana.  She is eleven years old and attends Blueridge Christian School where Bible is her favorite class.  She loved being in Peter Pan, Grease, Seussical and Lottie Moon in Bound By Love this year.  This is her ninth year at Lee Ann Stewart Dance School and third with Fusion.




Travis Smith (Judge / 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. 

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Ryan Yoder (Halloran) is a 2009 graduate of Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN.  He was last seen on the Joseph Stein Stage in 2008 when he performed in Carousel, Plain and Fancy and Our Town.  Since then, he has performed at the Blue Gate Theater in his hometown of Shipshewana, IN.





Miracle on 34th Street 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.

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.

Matthew C. Scott (Director) is from Orbisonia, PA and has been a professional Actor / Director for 17 years.  Matthew first worked at the Round Barn in 1997, and has worked here periodically ever since.  Some of his directing credits include Run for Your Wife at Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre, Forever Plaid at the Grace Theatre, 1776 with Trolley Car Theater Company, and Pump Boys and Dinettes and Plain and Fancy here at the Round Barn.  Onstage, he has been seen as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (2006), Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2007), Hucklebee in The Fantasticks (2008) and most recently as Pastor Gunderson in Church Basement Ladies this season.


Miracle on 34th Street
Theme Dinner Dates: November 30 and December 14

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.


Menu Includes:

Chestnut Soup with Crisp Prosciutto

Spinich Cheese Ball and Crackers
Smoky Salmon Spread

Waldorf Salad
Green Salad with Tomato Dressing

Christmas Cranberry Bread
Whipped Honey

Roasted Chicken with Cranberry Chutney
Delmonico Steak

Penne with Red and Green Peppers

Scalloped Potatoes
Asparagus Spears Roasted

Red Velvet Cake
Christmas Cookies
Tea Room Treats
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Holiday Egg Nog and Grog,
Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffees
Beer and Wine available for purchase

2012 Theme Dinner Menu