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The National Home of Plain and Fancy

Plain and FancyMay 27-October 17
Book by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman
Music by Albert Hague
Lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
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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. The Round Barn Theatre has become the national home of this 1955 Broadway hit. This 2015 production marks the 29th consecutive year that The Round Barn Theatre has produced Plain and Fancy making it one of the longest running shows anywhere. 


Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Plain and Fancy Press Release
Read a History of Plain and Fancy
Read a Review of Plain and Fancy by Jeri Seeley...
Read a Review of Plain and Fancy by Frank Ramirez

Amish Acres


Plain and Fancy
Archive Photographs

   

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Jason SofgePlain and Fancy, one of my favorite pieces of theater, is a timeless story centered around two New Yorkers and their visit to a rural Amish town. As we delve farther underneath the surface of this sometimes hilarious misadventure, we discover at the essence a simple and beautiful message regarding the necessity of change and the power of understanding. This theme resonates deeply with me, as I can’t help but notice a pressing need for this story in our world today. Tolerance and forgiveness can be so difficult for us humans because we are innately wired to believe that our perception of the world is generally right. When some force from outside of our comfort zone jars us otherwise, our defense is to “stand solid with our simple and honest values,” and we remain inert and unmoving for fear of change. Joseph Stein invites us to change with his universally applicable text that so elegantly portrays a community thirsty for growth that is challenged by new ideology and who, through forbearance, is able to achieve a higher level of bliss. In this particular production, you will see change represented by colors, the hues slowly evolving from drab to bright as the minds of these static characters gradually are opened. I chose to exhibit this growth with this technique because I think it is a clear method by which to expose the inner torment of these people, both the Amish and the New Yorkers alike, as they adapt to a new culture and thereby achieve a beautiful new peace with themselves and each other. It is my deepest pleasure that you are here to see this musical that holds a dear piece of my heart, and I invite you to sit back, relax, and let this production take you on a journey of inspiration as I proudly present Round Barn Theater’s 29th Anniversary production of Plain and Fancy!

Jason Sofge


A Note from the Music Director…Amish Acres

This year's production of Plain and Fancy is getting a fresh perspective as we welcome Jason Sofge to the directing chair.  After doing the same show repetitively for several years it can start to get a little stale and it often needs some rejuvenation, so we welcome Jason with open arms.  You may even hear some new musical elements that you haven't heard before (or at least not for a long time).  I would list off all of the new aspects, but I don't want to ruin the surprise! I would also like to mention somebody who is often overlooked whenever we talk about Plain and Fancy and that is the original lyricist Arnold B. Horwitt - because no Broadway score is complete without a good set of lyrics!  Horwitt was born in 1918 and wrote the lyrics for many Broadway shows and wrote for several TV shows as well including "McHales Navy" and "The Patty Duke Show."  He passed away in 1977 but we keeps his memory alive every year by bringing you the lyrics he wrote 60 years ago. Thanks for coming to Plain and Fancy and enjoy the show!

Travis Smith


Plain and Fancy Cast

   

Dan King

 

Ryan A. Schisler

Ruth Winters

 

Sarah Philabaum

Katie Yoder

 

Jocelyn Lonquist

Papa Yoder

 

Travis Bird

Isaac Miller

 

T.J. Besler

Emma Miller

 

MoMo Lamping

Hilda Miller

 

Katherine Yacko

Ezra Reber

 

Tim Becze

Peter Reber

 

Jeff Raab

 

Plain and Fancy Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Director / Choreographer

 

Jason Sofge

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

 

Timothy James

Technical Director

 

Tom Slavey

ASM/Sound

 

Bradley M. Waelbroeck

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Properties Master

 

Timothy James

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation

 

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

Scenes and Musical Numbers

Act I

 

Scene 1 A Shell Station Outside of Lancaster

 

You Can't Miss It

Dan, Ruth, Company

Scene 2 The Road to Bird-in-Hand

 

It Wonders Me

Katie, Company

Scene 3 A Rest Stop Outside of Bird-in-Hand

 

Scene 4 The Yoder Yard

 

Plenty of Pennsylvania

Emma, Company

Young and Foolish  

Peter

Scene 5 The Yoder Parlor

 

Why Not Katie?

Ezra, Isaac

Scene 6 The Yoder Yard

 

Young and Foolish (Reprise)

Katie, Peter

Scene 7 The Little Room Under the Stairs

 

It's A Helluva Way to Run a Love Affair

Ruth

This is All Very New to Me

Hilda, Emma & Katie

Scene 8 The Yoder Yard

 

Plain We Live

Papa, Company

Scene 9 The Yoder Yard

 

The Shunning (Plain We Live: Reprise)

Papa, Katie, Company

Act II

 

Scene 1 The Yoder Yard

 

How Do You Raise a Barn?

Company

Follow Your Heart

Peter, Katie, Hilda

Scene 2 The Yoder Kitchen

 

City Mouse, Country Mouse

Emma, Hilda & Katie

Scene 3 The Yoder Parlor

 

Scene 4 The Little Room Under the Stairs

 

I'll Show Him

Hilda

Scene 5 The Reber Yard

 

Young and Foolish (Reprise)

Katie

Scene 6 The Carnival

 

The Carnival Ballet: Scranton Sally

Scranton Sally & Company

Scene 7 The Yoder Yard

 

Take Your Time and Take Your Pick

Dan, Ruth & Hilda

Finale (Plenty of Pennsylvania: Reprise)

Company

 

Cast Biographies

Tim BeczeTim Becze
(Ezra) is a recent graduate of Bethel College with a B.A. in Theatre Arts (Lighting / Performance) and a Minor in Music.  Most recent productions include the Ensemble in Candide with Notre Dame Opera, Horton in Seussical and the Lighting Design for The 39 Steps with Bethel College, and Garvin in last season’s Footloose here at The Round Barn Theatre.  Tim enjoys long walks, tea and company.
Love to Mom and Dad             




T.J. BeslerT.J. Besler (Isaac) comes to you from the small town of Manchester, Iowa.  Having received the actor bug at the young age of six there has never been anything else he can imagine himself doing.  After attending the University of Iowa, graduating with a degree in theatre as well as minors in dance and music, Besler continued to pursue his dream; performing all over the country, including N.Y.C., Los Angeles, Birmingham, and Nashville, among many others.  Some of his favorite roles include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Seymour Krelborne in Little Shop of Horrors, and Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl.  He would like to thank all those who have and continue to love and support him, especially his sister Tanya, without whom he would not be where or who he is today. 
Enjoy the show!


Travis BirdTravis Bird (Papa Yoder) is blessed and excited to be returning for his second season at the Round Barn Theatre. Last year, he played Cowboy Bob in Footloose, Jaxson in Steeple People, Jacob (Papa) Yoder in Plain and Fancy, and many other fun characters throughout the season.  Travis is a native of Decatur, and holds a BFM in Voice performance at Ball Sate University. His other theatre credits include Mr. Angel in The Impressario, Don Octave in The Stoned Guest, and Jesus in Godspell.
 He would like to take this opportunity to thank all of his family, friends and colleagues who have supported him throughout his journey!


MoMo LampingMoMo Lamping (Emma) hailing from Fort Wayne, MoMo is so excited to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut this season! Some of her favorite previous credits include Sylvia (Kate), Oliver (Widow Corney), Into The Woods (Stepmother), and Love Loss and What I Wore (Rosie track).
A huge, gigantic thank you to my family for being my ever-present cheering section!!!   





Jocelyn LonquistJocelyn Lonquist
(Katie) is thrilled to join the casts of Plain and Fancy, Smoke on the Mountain, and The Diary of Anne Frank at the Round Barn Theatre this season!  Originally from Pensacola, FL, Jocelyn spent the last year in the Resident Acting Company at Charleston Stage Company in South Carolina, appearing in six shows there. Favorite Charleston Stage roles include Inga in Young Frankenstein, Alice in You Can’t Take it With You, and Mrs. Cratchitin A Christmas Carol.  Other favorite regional credits include Beth March in Little Women, Cinderella in R&H’s Cinderella, Joanne in Godspell, and Clara Johnsonin The Light in the Piazza.  Jocelyn is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, AL.  Love to her family for their constant love and support! Phil. 4:13


Sarah PhilabaumSarah Philabaum (Ruth) is thrilled to return for her fifth season at The Round Barn Theatre! You may remember her previously as Doralee in 9 to 5, Mavis in Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping or as Betty Jean in the Spring production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. She was also responsible for the choreography in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Shrek. Sarah returns to Nappanee directly from her second season with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, where she was featured in 42nd Street, The Addams Family and All Shook Up.
Much love to Jeremy Littlejohn for being wonderful!


Jeff RaabJeff Raab (Peter) is a graduate of NYU Steinhardt and Dell’Arte International.  NYC: Feste in 12th Night (Feste), The Entropy Songs, staged readings at the York Theatre and Metropolitan Playhouse, concerts at Town Hall. Regional/Tour: Two seasons with the Texas Shakespeare Festival (roles including Sancho, Feste, Autolycus, Mordred), Balladeer / Oswald in Assassins, Giuseppe in The Light in the Piazza, Cat in the Hat, Wickersham in Seussical, Marcellus in The Music Man, Barber / Muleteer in Man of La Mancha, and Bellhop in Lend Me a Tenor. Jeff is also a musician and award-winning songwriter (NY Innovative Theater Award, “12TH NIGHT”), director, and educational theater teaching artist.

Amish AcresRyan A. Schisler (Dan) is very excited to be returning to the Round Barn stage for another terrific season!  He is a graduate of Murray State University in KY, where he studied Theatre & Television Production.  You may have seen Ryan as the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors or Rev. Shaw Moore in Footloose last season.  He was recently in Minnesota working for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre playing The Huntsman in Snow White.
I would like to thank my family and friends for their love and continuous support.

 

Katherine YackoKatherine Yacko (Hilda) is absolutely tickled to be joining The Round Barn Theatre for their fall season! An Arkansas native, Katherine graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Acting. Since graduation, she has performed in over 30 professional productions for 10 different regional, repertory, and children's theatre companies -- travelling & sharing her laughter coast-to-coast! Some of her favorite productions include The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, Theatre West Virginia), The 25th Annual...(Logainne, Wayside Theatre), A Christmas Carol (OKC Rep, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Wayside), Twelfth Night (Maria, OCU), and Hairspray (Penny, Murry's Dinner Playhouse). Thanks to her supportive family, Jeremy for this opportunity, her phenomenal fellow artists at RBT, and to you...who continue to support the magic of live theatre! 
www.katherineyacko.com

 

 

Staff Biographies

Amber Burgess (Costume Designer) is pleased to be back at the Round Barn Theater for the 2015 season.  She has been involved in theater (acting, costuming, and directing) since 1988.  Amber studied musical theater at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and also has a BA in Social Sciences (with an emphasis in theater research) from Ashford University.  Amber has formerly worked as a costume designer with the Cincinnati Costume Company, Top Hat Productions (Marshall, MI), Cincinnati Landmark Productions, The Little Theater (Jamestown, ND), Millikin University (Decatur, IL), LaMoure County Theater (ND), and The Joseph Jefferson Playmakers (Jamestown, ND).  She was taught to sew as a child by her grandmother Jan Christopherson, and was taught dress making by her aunts Betsy Davis and Susan Ely.  When not at work she enjoys quilting, running, writing, and reading. To view a portforlio, or inquire about costume rentals, visit www.amberburgess.com.

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre for another fantastic season. Timothy is from Anderson, South Carolina, where he earned a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. Although his love for theatre is vast, his focus remains in Stage Management. Some of his favorite credits include A Raisin in the SunThe MisanthropeJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Shrek the Musical. He is blessed to have such a loving a supportive family, and without them he would not be here today. 
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) grew up right down the road in Elkhart, Indiana, and came to work at Amish Acres for the first time in 1997. Since becoming Artistic Director in 2007, he has supervised over sixty productions in seven seasons. Some of his recent favorites include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair, Driving Miss Daisy, Nunsense A-Men, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors and Doubt. Jeremy created the Second Stage Series located down the hall in the Locke Township Meeting House. The program brought plays to Amish Acres for the first time in 2004 and recently added musicals to its repertoire in 2014. He also enjoys working on the Theater for Young Audience series, and he has shed light on more than thirty RBT productions. He loves his lady, his family, his kitty, and he is so pleased to be spending another season in Nappanee!

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 with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 28 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. 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 rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 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 at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina 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 Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 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.

Tom Slavey (Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana.  Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music.  While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own Construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County.  He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start his own.

Travis Smith (Music Director) is thankful to be back for his 6th season here at Amish Acres. Not only has he music directed practically every show in the last 6 years, but he has also been seen as a performer. Favorite roles include Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Sister Amnesia in Nunsense A-Men and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. He is also a composer and arranger having written many shows through out the last few years including Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy which made its debut at Amish Acres. Many of the children's shows he has written and collaborated on are seen and even performed by thousands of kids every year.
For more info please visit www.travis-smith.com. Thank you for supporting live theatre!!

Jason Sofge (Director) hails from NYC and is elated to return to Round Barn Theatre as a guest director. You may remember him from several years ago when he played such roles as Smudge in Forever Plaid, Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, and Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy! NYC and International Credits: Elvyra in House of the Dead (dir. Patrice Chereau) at The Metropolitan Opera and Staatsoper im Berlin, Maitre-d in The Merry Widow (dir. Susan Stroman) at The Metropolitan Opera, Tommy in Fatty Fatty No Friends (Off-Broadway) at The Soho Playhouse. Other favorite roles include Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened… Forum, Horton in Seussical The Musical, and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Jason is also an avid fan of both the NY Mets and the MN Vikings, a beer brewer, a percussionist, and a writer. Special thanks to Jeremy and Dick for giving me this precious opportunity to bring to life one of my favorite musicals of all time!

Bradley M. Waelbroeck (ASM / Sound) recently graduated from University of Memphis with a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre. He has been involved in theatre at various capacities both onstage and backstage. He was recently Assistant Stage Manager for The Wedding Singer at University of Memphis. He has also been seen onstage as Young Katurian in The Pillowman, Chip Tolentino in 25th...Spelling Bee, and in Chess as Ensemble.

 

 

amish acresPlain and Fancy
Theme Dinner: May 29

A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.

Reservations Required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.
Amish Acres



Plenty of Pennsylvania

Soup
Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Appetizers
Tortilla Pinwheels
Fruit Kabob
Vegetables and Dip

Salad
Iceburg Lettuce Quarters with Tomatoes, Onions

Bread

Zucchini Bread
Pumpkin Bread

Entrees
Swiss Steak with Mushrooms
Pan Fried Chicken

Pasta
Boiled Red Potatoes, Baked in Olive Oil and Herbs

Vegetables
Asparagus Grilled
Candied Yams
Cooked Dried Corn

Desserts
Old Fashioned Cream Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Shoofly Pie
Ruth's Famous Creme Brule

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