2014: The Round Barn Theatre Season
2014: The Round Barn Theatre Season
The Round Barn Theatre is northern Indiana's only professional repertory musical theatre company. Actors audition from across the country live on Amish Acres farm and perform eight shows per week. You'll experience the difference between The Round Barn Theatre and touring companies, community, church, civic, summer stock, college and school productions.
The Round Barn Theatre has announced its next year's season three months earlier than ever before. "We have aggressively surveyed our subscribers and patronssince the beginning ofthe year to determine their choices for shows throughout the nine month season," said Executive Producer Richard Pletcher, "We have dubbed the resulting season "Incredible" to describe the diversity of choices that make up the 2014 season."
Taking its cue from the perennial Plain and Fancy, the theatre's signature Cultural musical about Amish life and love that will celebrate its 28th year at Amish Acres, each show represents a time honored theatrical tradition. The season kicks off with the Farcical Little Shop of Horrors, followed by the Excitable Footloose the musical, the Classical Little Women The Broadway Musical, the Biblical Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat, the Inspirational Diary of Anne Frank, and the Comical Shrek The Musical. Footloose and Joseph... were last produced by the theatre in 2004 and 2002 respectively.
The season which runs from April 9th through December 31st will include nearly 400 performances in typical six week runs making it the busiest stage in Indiana. The popular Second Stage productions will return with Greater Tuna plus a musical to be announced. To the "Incredible" season, Theatre for Young Audienceproductions and summer acting camps, all part of the Joseph Stein Young Actors Studio, round out the 2014 season.
The professional resident acting company is assembled through auditions across the Midwest. The company is housed on Amish Acres Historic Farm in three houses. The farm's Cow Shed houses the costume shop, scenic shop and rehearsal stage. "Few people realize the extent of the theatre's operations behind the stage," said Pletcher, "It is a year round effort to bring our shows to life."
The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres is located at 1600 W. Market Street in Nappanee, Indiana. A complete performance schedule is available online at www.amishacres.com or by contacting the box office at 800-800-4942 opt. 2.
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The Joseph Stein Stage
The Round Barn Theatre's stage is dedicated to Joseph Stein, who co-wrote the book for Plain and Fancy, his first work for the musical theatre. This light hearted look at the differences between the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a young couple from New York City, was the first new musical to hit Broadway in 1955. It ran for 462 performances. Now after twenty-four years, Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre's perennial production has surpassed 3,600 performances and played before over a 355,000 patrons. This stage has become the national home of Plain and Fancy.
April 9, 2014 - May 25, 2014
Theme Dinners: Aprill 11, 2014 and May 2, 2014
Little Shop of Horrors tells the tale of a nerdish florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. Based on the low-budget 1960 film, directed by Roger Corman, Little Shop of Horrors was adapted to the stage by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. This rock musical features several well-known tunes, including “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly Seymour.” In addition to the original long-running 1982 Off-Broadway and subsequent Broadway productions, the musical has been performed all over the world. Round Barn audiences will most likely associate the musical with the 1986 film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin which was directed by Frank Oz. More...
May 28 - October 18, 2014
Theme Dinner: May 30, 2014
A New Yorker and his sophisticated girlfriend drive down around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to sell a piece of property. Here they meet the Amish folk, whose convoluted English speech, clothes and habits haven’t changed for centuries. The clash of cultures educates and entertains at the same time in this quaint musical comedy. It was the first Broadway show for both composer Albert Hague and author Joseph Stein who each went on to win Tony awards for Redhead and Fiddler On The Roof, respectively. More...
June 10 - July 20, 2014
Theme Dinners: June 13 & July 18, 2014
Based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose the Musical tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of a local minister’s efforts have banned rock music and dancing. Footloose originally opened on Broadway in 1998 and ran for 709 performances and was nominated for four Tony Awards. A remake of the film opened in movie theaters in 2011. Originally produced on the Joseph Stein Stage in 2004, Footloose remains one of our most popular summer shows. More...
July 29, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Theme Dinners: August 15 & 22, 2014
Based on Louis May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women focuses on the four March sisters – brassy, tomboy and aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind hearted Beth and, of course, their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union chaplain during the Civil War. The 2005 Broadway production garnered its star, Sutton Foster, a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a musical. More...
September 9, 2014 - October 19, 2014
Theme Dinners: September 12, 2014 & October 17, 2014
Based on the story of Joseph and his coat of “many colors” from the Bible’s book of Genesis, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s tale marked the first time the prolific composer teamed up with his mainstay writing partner Tim Rice. The pair has since collaborated on Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. The 2014 production will mark the fourth production in the Round Barn Theatre’s history and the first since 2002. Previous RBT productions have featured David Millbern, James Ryan Caldwell and Joe Ford in the title role with Joanna Armington, Julie Barber, Andrea Digregorio and Cheryl Szuscits serving as the Narrator. More...
October 22, 2014 - November 9, 2014
Theme Dinner: October 24, 2014
Adapted from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, this Pulitzer Prize winning Drama tells the story the Franks, a Jewish family who spent two years in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The diary was retrieved by Miep Gies, who gave it to Anne’s father, Otto Frank, the only known survivor of the family. The diary has now been published in over 60 languages. The play opened on Broadway in 1955 receiving the Tony Award for Best Play and a nomination for its star, Susan Strasberg. The show revived in 1997, in an adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, starring Natalie Portman as Anne, and Broadway juggernaut George Hearn, and received two nominations for 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. More...
November 14 - December 31, 2014
Theme Dinners: November 21, 2014 & December 12, 2014
Meet the Characters Theme Dinner: December 19, 2014
Breakfast with Santa: December 13, 2014
Based on the 1990 book, “Shrek!” and the 2001 DreamWorks film of the same name, Shrek The Musical tells the story of everyone’s favorite Ogre, who reluctantly befriends a talkative donkey. Together they set out on a journey, which takes them through many of the most recognizable fairy tales. Shrek opened on Broadway in 2008 and ran for 441 performances receiving 8 Tony nominations and winning for best Costume Design. Shrek The Musical promises to be the perfect holiday treat for children both young and old. More...
The Return of the Second Stage
The Round Barn Theatre celebrates the return of the Second Stage with the “most-produced” play in America!
In honor of the ten year anniversary of the Second Stage opening its doors, The Round Barn Theatre will be reopening the Locke Township Meeting House’s theatrical endeavors for the first time since 2009.
The brain child of Artistic Director Jeremy Littlejohn, the Second Stage premiered in 2004 with the classic Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie. The program gained such vast popularity over the next six years that Round Barn Executive Producer Richard Pletcher saw fit to add a non-musical to the Joseph Stein Stage’s “Main Stage” season beginning in 2009 with Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park.
Since its inception in 2004, the Second Stage has produced very successful productions of Driving Miss Daisy, Enter Laughing, as part of our 2006 Joseph Stein Festival, Steel Magnolias, Lost in Yonkers, Our Town and Art. Joining Greater Tuna in 2014 will be a “small musical” to be announced opening around Labor Day.
March 21 - April 6, 2014
By Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
Greater Tuna is the first in a series of 4 comedic plays, each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the “third-smallest” town in the state. Greater Tuna is an affectionate comment on small-town Southern life and attitudes. The play is notable in that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. This unique piece of theatre is considered to be the “most-produced” play in the United States, and will have Round Barn patrons rolling in the aisles. More...
STEEPLE PEOPLE: A SOUTHERN GOSPEL COMEDY
September 1, 2014 - 7:00pm
September 2, - 7:00pm
September 7 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Book by Benjamin L. Jackson Original Music, Lyrics and Arrangements by Travis Smith
A gospel quartet and their quirky pianist, Lola are hosting a charity clothes drive for their upcoming three city national tour of Ghana. Featuring more than twenty of the most beloved gospel songs of all time including, "His Eye is on the Sparrow", "Are You Washed in the Blood", "It is Well With My Soul" and many more! You will be laughing and singing along with this cast of characters as they talk about their life in Stinking Creek, Tennessee!