Theatre Reservations

    Package Reservations

Make Lodging Reservations


9 to 5 the musical

9 to 5July 30 - September 1
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture; originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009

Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

With Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 the musical was originally produced on Broadway in 2009.  This hysterical adaptation of the hit film was nominated for four Tony Awards and 15 Drama Desk Awards, the most received by a production in a single year.  With an excellent Book by Patricia Resnick to accompany Parton’s toe-tapping score, 9 to 5 the musical combines all the charm and nostalgia from the film into a lively stage production that will have Round Barn audiences humming the tunes all the way home.

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
9 to 5 the musical Press Release
Read a Recent Review of 9 to 5 the musical in The Papers

Amish Acres

Amish Acres


9 to 5 the musical
Archive Photographs


A Note from the Director…

What a way to make a living…

A recession grips the country. Gas prices are at an all-time high, the US unemployment rate is in the double digits, and the shift in gender politics and controversy over the role of women in the workplace are sources of cultural conflict. Of course, I’m talking about the situation in the US in 1980… though it does sound familiar, doesn’t it?
In the ‘80s, the shift in the workforce created a boom in films about office life. Films like “The Secret of My Success”, “Tootsie”, and “Working Girl” found inspiration in the day-to-day struggles of our new white collar working class. “9 to 5” was among the best comedies of this new genre. Women were joining the workforce in greater numbers in the 1970s and 1980s. Many refer to this movement as “The Quiet Revolution”.  More women were going to college and entering fields like medicine, law, and business than ever before. Women were not always welcome in their new roles, and many men in those fields didn’t have respect or empathy for our quiet revolutionaries. “9 to 5” (and other office comedies of the time) helped to sway those opinions and turned a mirror on a culture of masculine dominance. They made us think, but did it by folding the commentary and potentially-controversial issues in with comedy. Fast-forward 35 years and you’d think that we’d have it all figured out, but the themes and struggles of this clever little show still resonate with many of us today. Today’s working woman is still dealing with the wage gap, the glass ceiling, and unequal treatment on the job. Even if you’re not a woman, we’ve all dealt with a terrible boss, a power-hungry co-worker, or a loose-lipped supervisor. We’ve all wished that we could give an unfair and unfeeling boss a taste of his own medicine, but there is no better therapy for our workplace woes (or any woes) than laughter. Thanks for coming and enjoy the show!

Amber Burgess

A Note from the Music Director…

Amish AcresWelcome to 9 to 5!!  What an exciting show to be a part of here at Amish Acres.  It's a fun show with fun characters and fun music. So I guess I would simply describe this show as "fun"!  I saw the tour a few years ago and remember instantly being energized the second that driving "9 to 5" beat started at the top of the show.  It's a great song and certainly one of Dolly's best.  But the rest of the music is all of Dolly's too!  I am very proud of all the people involved with the production and it’s great to be working with Amber Burgess again.  Thank you for supporting live theatre and enjoy the show!

Travis Smith


9 to 5 the musical Cast


Violet Newstead


Emily Dunn

Josh Newstead


Andrew Harth

Doralee Rhodes


Sarah Philabaum

Dwayne Rhodes


Rory Dunn

Judy Bernly


Angie Fisher



Abby Murray Vachon



Carrie Rivera

Roz Keith


Jackie Parrilli



Sarah McGowan

Franklin Hart Jr.


Benjamin Lee Jackson



Lindley Key

Bob Enright


Trent Loggins



Steven Freitas



Timothy Leonard



Trent Loggins

Candy Striper


Lindley Key



Don Hart

New Employee


Carrie Rivera


9 to 5 the musical Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer


George Bush

Artistic Director


Jeremy Littlejohn



Amber Burgess

Music Director


Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props


Monica Gauer

Company Manager


Timothy Leonard



Christopher Lidl



Andrew Harth

Costume Designer


Ramaad Morris

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Lighting Designer


Jeremy Littlejohn

Dance Captain


Sarah Philabaum

Master Carpenter


Gary Balogh

Box Office Manager


Jennifer Scheffer

Archive Videographer


Steve Jones


Scenes & Musical Numbers

Act I

Scene 1 1979


9 to 5


Scene 2 the Office Bullpen


Around Here

Violet, Company

Scene 3 Hart's Office


Here For You

Hart, Men

Scene 4 the Filing Room


Scene 5 the Xerox Room


I Just Might

Judy, Doralee, Violet, Company

Scene 6 the Bullpen


Backwoods Barbie


Scene 7 Hart's Office


Heart to Hart

Roz, Company

Scene 8 the Elevator


Scene 9 Violet's Living Room


Dance of Death

Judy, Hart

Cowgirl's Revenge

Doralee, Company

Potion Notion

Violet, Company

Scene 10 Consolidated Coffee Area


Scene 11 Ladies Room


Scene 12 Elevator


Scene 13 Hospital


Scene 14 Hart's Office


Shine Like the Sun

Violet, Doralee, Judy, Company

Act II

Scene 1 Hart's Office



One of the Boys


Violet, Men

Scene 2 Roz's Desk



5 to 9



Scene 3 the Bullpen



Change It


Doralee, Company

Scene 4 Atrium


Let Love Grow


Joe, Violet

Scene 5 Hart's House



Get Out and Stay Out



Scene 6 Hart's Office



Scene 7 the Bullpen







9 to 5 the musical Cast Bios

Emily Dunn (Violet) is looking forward to being a part of the season for her seventh year. Some of her favorite memories at the Round Barn include a sword taking her wig off unexpectedly in The Pirates of Penzance, finishing Plain and Fancy at the audiences request while in the hallway due to a tornado warning in 2006, and having her best friend propose during the 2012 New Years Eve Cabaret. She is thrilled to be back and performing with her wonderful hubby. 

.Rory Dunn (Dwayne) is happy to be back at the Round Barn Theatre for his 3rd year.   This year he is able to finally fulfill a life-long dream by showing the world he isn't afraid to play the Cowardly Lion! Recently Rory wed the love of his life, you knew her as Emily Baer, and can't wait to do it again in every performance of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. 

Angie Fisher (Judy) is a recent graduate of the BFA Music Theatre program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  She appeared in many productions there including Judy in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Joanne in Rent, Irene in Crazy for You and April in Company.  Professional credits include Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone and Judy in A Chorus Line at McLeod Summer Playhouse.  She would like to thank her family and friends for the six and a half hour drive it takes to be here to see her!

Steven Freitas (Joe) is excited to be back on stage at The Round Barn Theatre for the 2013 season! You may have seen him as Felix Unger in Neil Simon's, The Odd Couple back in 2011. Since then Steven relocated to the California coast performing for the past year and a half in such places as The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville and a newly opened theatre, The SPOT.  A native of New England and graduate of the University of New Hampshire's theatre program with a degree in both acting and musical theatre, Steven has performed throughout the US, working in both theatre and television. Past credits include The Man Who Came to Dinner with the late James Whitmore, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead as CB, Sunday in the Park with George asJules, The Laramie Project as Jedadiah Schultz, A Little Night Music as Henrik Egerman, and A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit, among others. Steven also performed with the sketch comedy troupe, American Candy, at NYC's acclaimed Gotham Comedy Club and can be seen as a recurring character on PBS’ reboot of The Electric Company. 

“A special thank you to my family, friends, and Crystal for all of your constant love and support.”

Don Hart (Tinsworthy) is pleased to be back at the Round Barn Theatre!  Other RBT roles include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Henry in The Fantasticks, Eddie in Pump Boys and Dinettes and Isaac in Plain and Fancy.  Don has also performed as John Denver in Almost Heaven at Pines Dinner Theatre in Allentown, PA, Johnny Cash in Ring of Fire at Derby Dinner Theatre in Clarksville, IN, and Gerald Drimmond in There Goes The Bride at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, CA.

Love ya, Crystal!



Andrew Harth (Josh / Wardrobe) is delighted to be at The Round Barn Theatre and thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful show with great company. Most recently, Andrew has performed the roles of Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls, Mr. Wadhurst in Noel Coward’s Hands Across the Sea, and the simple minded Goat in The Robber Bridegroom. When not spending his time onstage, Andrew enjoys his position as Assistant Technical Director of the Performing Arts at Rockford University. He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their love and support and also a special thanks to Ramaad for EVERYTHING.

Enjoy the Show!

Amish AcresBenjamin Lee Jackson (Franklin Hart Jr.) is very excited to be returning to the stage at the Round Barn Theatre this season.  You may recognize him from last year’s productions of Plain and Fancy, State Fair and Hank Williams: Lost Highway.  Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ben is currently writing a brand new show entitled Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy along with composer, Travis Smith.




Lindley Key (Missy) makes her professional debut in 9 to 5: the Musical. A senior musical theatre major at Anderson University, she is a Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Award semi-finalist and a South Carolina State Dance champion in musical theatre. Her past credits include High School Musical (Sharpay Evans), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Barnum (Emporium Girl), and Tuck Everlasting (Winnie Foster). Lindley has also served as a co-music director and songwriter for Mother Courage and Her Children. She would like to thank God for His many blessings, and her family and friends for their continued love and support.



Timothy Leonard (Dick / Company Mgr.) attended Florida School of the Arts for Musical Theatre before moving on to the National Tour of A Christmas Carol in 2008.  Since then he has performed in such shows as Oklahoma!, Smoke on the Mountain, and various children’s theatre projects.  In 2011, Timothy began performing here at the Round Barn Theatre where he has enjoyed playing a diverse assortment of roles including Judge Heppenstall in State Fair, Vinnie in The Odd Couple and Hank in Hank Williams: Lost Highway among others.  When asked about his continued work here at Amish Acres, he said: “We’re a family – the audience and community feel that way to me.  I recognize many faces each season, and do my utmost to give them an enjoyable experience every time they visit.”


Trent Loggins (Bob Enright) hails from Morris, AL.  Trent recently graduated with a BFA from the University of Montevallo.  He loves good food and good times with friends.  Regional favorites: Ralph Malph in Happy Days in Ohio, Rev. Shermerhorn in Unto These Hills in NC, and most recently Pa Lincoln in Young Abe Lincoln in Alabama.

Thanks to Mom, Dad, Mason and Lindley for their endless love and support.  Roll Tide!



Sarah McGowan (Margaret) is a proud Texan who currently lives in New York City.  She was last seen on the Round Barn stage in the Ensemble of Hello, Dolly!  Other favorite credits include 42nd Street, 9 to 5, Guys and Dolls and Love’s Labour’s Lost.  Sarah has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University.

Jackie Parrilli (Roz) is so thrilled to be joining the cast of 9 to 5 in her first Round Barn Theatre production! A recent graduate of Millikin University, Jackie has moved to the City of Chicago and has been performing her one-woman cabaret Just Jackie! at Davenport’s Piano Bar.  Jackie is so happy to be joining this awesome company and cast and is extremely grateful to have been given this amazing opportunity!

“I want to thank my mom and my dad for always supporting me in everything I do. Without them, who knows where I would be today!”

Sarah Philabaum (Doralee) is so happy to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre for her third season in a row!  You may remember her from last year’s productions of State Fair, Hank Williams: Lost Highway and Plain and Fancy.  Sarah earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and for the past few years has been traveling around the country performing for audiences both young and old.  She has really enjoyed touring with the National Theatre for Children as well as the National Tour of A Christmas Carol.  Sarah loves coming back to the Round Barn each year and would like to thank the many patrons who continually support live theatre.

Enjoy the show!

Carrie Rivera (Maria) received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Music from Goshen College in 2010 and Master of Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from Ball State University in 2012.  Carrie has performed the roles of Gianetta in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers at Goshen College in 2009, Sister Genevieve in Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica in 2010 and Belinda in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Ball State University in 2011.



Abby Murray Vachon (Kathy) is thrilled to be making her debut at the Round Barn Theatre.  She is currently a junior in Wright State University’s BFA Musical Theatre program.  This past year at Wright State, she played Betty in David Ive’s All in The Timing.  Her previous summers have been spent at Interlochen Fine Arts Academy, MPulse University of Michigan, and Hubbard Street Dance Company working on her craft.  Her favorite roles include Fantine in Les Miserables and Alice in You Can’t Take It With You.  She would also love to thank her family for always supporting her dream.



9 to 5 the musical Staff Biographies

Gary Balogh (Master Carpenter) was born in Ohio, and raised in Indiana north of Fort Wayne.  He studied Architectural Design, Civil Engineering and Surveying at Purdue University and Ivy Tech.  Prior to joining the Amish Acres team in 2012, Gary worked in the Construction field as a Heavy Equipment Operator.  He also has built sets for his church’s Bible School plays for several years.  He likes to build and fix “whatever”.

Amber Burgess (Director) is pleased to be returning to the director's chair here at RBT after a great experience directing Sisters of Swing in 2012.  She has been involved in theatre (acting, costuming, and directing) since 1988.  Amber studied musical theatre at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and also has a BA in Social Sciences (with an emphasis in theatre) from Ashford University.  She is a member of the board of directors and a violist with the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.  Directing/Technical Theatre credits include Anton in Showbusiness (Lighted Match Theater, Chicago), The Wizard of Oz (Provision Theatre Co, Chicago), Oklahoma (Joseph Jefferson Playmakers, ND), Show Boat, The Miracle Worker, and The Learned Ladies (Little Theatre, Jamestown, ND), and 45 Minutes from Broadway (Frontier Follies, Jamestown, ND).  When not at the theatre she enjoys quilting, running, writing, or reading.  Amber is originally from Jamestown, ND and now lives in Chicago with her dog Oxford. 

George Bush (Associate Producer) is a Nappanee native and proud graduate of Northwood High School! George began his work at Amish Acres as a trash collector at age 14 and spent much of his educational career (both high school and college) with Amish Acres as an intern, clerk in the hotel, Art Festival food runner and in retail.  George started a family in Muncie where he attended Ball State University and worked in the property development world for ten years. He returned to Nappanee in 2011, where he was named Chief Operating Officer for Amish Acres and Associate Producer for the Round Barn Theatre. He is extremely happy to have his family relocated back home and is looking forward to a wonderful 2013 season.

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) had so much fun stage managing last year; she decided to stick around for another year! Monica grew up in Laporte, Indiana (surrounded by friends and family), then graduated from the University of Southern Indiana (where she made new friends), after which she got married (turning her best friend into her family), and now she is helping to build a bigger Round Barn family (and she hopes you will become part of it).  When she isn’t busy around the Acres she loves to read, watch cartoons and listen to stories…and storytelling is what theater is all about!  So relax and enjoy a story that Monica and her Round Barn family are about to tell you.

Christopher Lidl (Sound) is a Show Production Specialist from Pawling, NY. He won an award for Excellence in Theatre at Trinity Pawling School in 2008. He attended Full Sail University down in Orlando where he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Show Production.  When he is not in the theater, he enjoys bike riding, hiking and socializing.

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) is a native Hoosier who is thrilled to be celebrating his fifth season as Artistic Director for the RBT.  Jeremy has worked at Amish Acres 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 audience by way of the Second Stage.  He has logged nearly 800 performances of Plain and Fancy playing all of the male roles, and directed the show five times; including the 20th Anniversary season.  Some of his other directing projects include Nunsense, The Glass Menagerie, Bye Bye, Birdie, Miss Nelson is Missing, Driving Miss Daisy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lost in Yonkers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls (with Bethel College), 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.

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”  - G.K. Chesterton

Ramaad Morris (Costume Designer) is so excited to be returning for a full season with the Round Barn Theatre! Some of his credits include: It’s a Wonderful Life (the Follie artist), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), No No Nanette(Billy Early), Book Of Days (Boyd Middleton), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan), Parade (Jim Conley), Frankie Lymon (Original Piece, one man show). He would first like to thank Amish Acres for bringing him back to such a magical place, and making him feel at home.  His grandma Martha, for always pushing him to go the distance. Lastly, to his partner in crime, Andrew. You are always at the starting line and somehow manage to greet me at the finish. You’re a wizard and I love you for that. Enjoy the show!

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father LaVern 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 26 consecutive years having surpassed 3,700 performances before audiences of over 355,000 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 Joseph 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 nearly one hundred Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven 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 a second stage production of Enter Laughing.  

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’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletcher’s 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 for children.

Travis Smith (Music Director) is excited to be back at The Round Barn Theatre this year after being active here as both an actor and music director since 2009. Previous productions here include State Fair, Sisters of Swing, Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming and Miracle on 34th Street. He is also a composer and arranger currently working on a new production titled Steeple People about a southern gospel quartet.  Please visit his website for more information.

Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!


9 to 5 the musical
Theme Dinner: August 16 and 23

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.

Dolly's Delight

Menu Includes:

Manhattan Clam Chowder

Chopped Liver Plate
Egg Salad and Toast Points

Bibb-Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese, Pears and Walnuts

Jewis Rye Bread
French Bagettes

Broadway Flapper Fish
Mock New York Strip Steak

Fresh Fettuccini with Pine Nuts

Brussel Sprouts in Olive Oil
Franklin's Baked Potato

New York Style Cheesecake
Big Apple Chocolate Torte
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

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