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Grease

Grease PostcardJune 9-July 19
Book, Lyrics & Music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
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It’s time to dust of your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and return to a simpler time as the Round Barn Theatre revives Grease, the original “High School Musical” for the first time since 2003.  Featuring “Summer Nights” “Greased Lightnin'” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” and all of the unforgettable songs made popular by the film adaptation, Grease tells the story of “Bad Boy” Danny Zuko and his unlikely love affair with “Girl Next Door” Sandy Dumbrowski.  As they navigate the complexities of love in 1958, the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies tackle many other social issues including friendship, gang violence and teenage pregnancy. So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand-jive the night away with the show that will make you want to stand up and shout, “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, A-wop-bam-boom!”





Scenes & Musical Numbers

Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Grease Press Release
Read a Preview of Grease by Frank Ramirez...
Read an Article about Grease in the South Bend Tribune...
Read a Review of Grease by Jeri Seeley...

Amish Acres

 


Grease
Archive Photographs

 

 

 

Kent LewisA Note from the Director…

Grease; a substance that starts out gooey, and can either keep everything flowing smoothly, or (when it dries out) lock it in to place. The Grease of the 1950's attempted both. A time when teenagers were first able to define their own generation, and a time at the cusp of great social change. These kids unknowingly represent the changing attitudes of Post WW2 America.  Teenagers with their own music, their own television shows, even their own cars, could express themselves in ways never before imaginable, and did they ever!  In 1959, radio stations refused to play Jerry Lee Lewis' records due to his Mississippi marriage, Elvis joined the army, and Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens all died in a tragic plane crash.  Girls could not wear pants at school, and a boy's shirt had better be tucked in. Rock and Roll was under attack from the left and the right. What was a teenager to do? How could one make their parents proud, and yet, live out loud? Old school oppression pitted itself against the new cool self-expression. With so much social friction going on, a kid could use some "Grease".

Kent M. Lewis


A Note from the Music Director…Amish Acres

Having just finished our successful run of The Marvelous Wonderettes, we now move on to another show with music in the style of the 50's and 60's: Grease!  Written in 1971, the music of Grease was heavily influenced by many of the popular songs that came before it.  The show is an iconic piece of musical theatre that was (and still is) hugely successful.  It remains among the top 5 most produced musicals in America; the music surely having a lot to do with its popularity. It resonates with us.  Even the newer generations can't seem to resist the charm and simplicity of that early style of rock-and-roll.  Have fun listening!

Travis Smith

 


Grease Cast

   

Miss Lynch

 

Jerry O'Boyle

Patty Simcox

 

Katie Post

Eugene Florczyk

 

Tim Becze

Jan

 

MoMo Lamping

Marty

 

Sara Bayliss

Betty Rizzo

 

Harli Cooper

Doody

 

Anthony Christopher Milfelt

Roger

 

Travis Bird

Kenickie

 

A.J. Ackleson

Sonny La Tierri

 

T.J. Besler

Frenchy

 

Haley Jane Schafer

Sandy Dumbrowski

 

Katie Kuehner

Danny Zuko

 

Tyler Whiteman

Vince Fontaine

 

Ryan A. Schisler

Charlene "Cha-Cha" Digregorio

 

Sara Drinkwine

Teen Angel

 

Travis Smith

 

Grease Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Director / Choreographer

 

Kent M. Lewis

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

Dance Captain

 

Anthony Christopher Milfelt

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation

 

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

Scenes and Musical Numbers

Act I

 

Scene 1 REUNION

 

Alma Mater

Miss Lynch, Patty & Eugene

Alma Mater (Parody)

Pink Ladies & Burger Palace Boys

Scene 2 CAFETERIA & SCHOOL STEPS

 

Summer Nights

Sandy, Danny, Pink Ladies & Burger Palace Boys

Scene 3 SCHOOL HALLWAY

 

Those Magic Changes

Doody, Burger Palace Boys & Pink Ladies

Scene 4 PAJAMA PARTY

 

Freddy, My Love

Marty & Pink Ladies

Scene 5 STREET CORNER

 

Greased Lightnin'

Kenickie & Burger Palace Boys

Scene 6 SCHOOLYARD

 

Scene 7 PARK

 

Mooning

Roger & Jan

Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee

Rizzo

We Go Together

Pink Ladies & Burger Palace Boys

   

Act II

 

Scene 1 SCHOOL GYM

 

Shakin' at the High School Hop

Company

It's Raining on Prom Night

Sandy

Shakin' at the High School Hop (Reprise)

Company

Born to Hand-Jive

Eugene & Company

Scene 2 BURGER PALACE

 

Beauty School Dropout

Teen Angel, Frenchy & Pink Ladies

Scene 3 DRIVE-IN MOVIE

 

Alone at the Drive-In Movie

Danny

Scene 4 JAN'S BASEMENT

 

Rock 'N' Roll Party Queen

Doody & Roger

There Are Worse Things I Could Do

Rizzo

Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)

Sandy

Scene 5 BURGER PALACE

 

All Choked Up

Sandy, Danny, Pink Ladies & Burger Palace Boys

Finale: We Go Together (Reprise)

Company

 

Cast Biographies


A.J. AcklesonA.J. Ackleson
(Kenickie) is honored to be working with the amazing cast and crew here at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres! Regional Credits include: Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Les Misérables (Enjolras), Into the Woods (Jack), A Chorus Line (Don), and 1776 (Courier). Film/TV/Live Appearances include: “Hello, My Name is Doris” (Hipster Turkey Man), “The Following,” and “Caught in Between” (NYC Cabaret).
I am so grateful for all that He provides, the never wavering support and love of my family, my love Erika, and of course Ricky Kitty! Peace & Love!


Sara Bayliss CroningerSara Bayliss
(Marty) is thrilled to be back at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres!  She was most recently seen as Beverly Signe Hauge in Church Basement Ladies 2, in 2013.  This past December Sara completed her fourth national tour as Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol with Nebraska Theatre Caravan.  Prior to that she was a Swing for RWS and Associates in Glen, NH where she covered over 17 different parts.  Sara is a recent graduate from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina and is originally from the beautiful state of Maine. 
Enjoy the show!



Tim BeczeTim Becze
(Eugene) 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
(Sonny) 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 (Roger) 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.
 I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my family, friends and colleagues who have supported me throughout my journey!


Harli CooperHarli Cooper
(Rizzo) is a Louisville, KY native who has spent the past two years performing in Regional Theatres around the country, including Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre and Derby Dinner Playhouse.  Favorite roles include Eponine in Les Misérables, Val in A Chorus Line and Elaine in Arsenic and Old Lace.


Sara DrinkwineSara Drinkwine (Cha-Cha) is thrilled to return to The Round Barn Theatre!  Sara was born and raised in Middlebury, IN.  She attended Indiana University, where she earned her BA in Theatre and Drama.  Favorite past performances include the Wicked Witch in Shrek, Sandy in Grease and a Lovely Lady in Les Misérables.  Sara would like to thank Jeremy for this opportunity!
Thank you to all of those who have inspired and encouraged me to chase my dreams!






Katie KuehnerKatie Kuehner (Sandy) is thrilled to be back at The Round Barn Theatre for her third season. Katie was born and raised in South Bend, IN and graduated from Rockford University with a BFA in Musical Theatre in May 2014. She was previously seen on the RBT stage as Margy Frake in State Fair, Katie Yoder in Plain and Fancy, and Amy March in Little Women the Musical. She received her Equity Membership Candidacy in 2013 playing Esther Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis with The Artists' Ensemble Equity Theatre. Katie wants to thank her family and friends for all their love and support.





MoMo LampingMoMo Lamping (Jan) 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!!!   

 




Anthony MilfeltAnthony Christopher Milfelt (Doody / Dance Captain) This is Anthony’s third time at The Round Barn Theatre!  He is elated to be back at the “Amish Broadway,” with the people he loves!  You may remember Anthony from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, when he took that amazing jazz jump as Jeb!  Or last season as Thelonius / Sexy Pig #2 in Shrek!  Either way, he hopes this summer season will bring you joy and fond memories!



Jerry O'BoyleJerry O'Boyle
(Miss Lynch) is delighted to be back on the Joseph Stein Stage after a 15 year absence. Past roles here include Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Horace in Hello, Dolly!, Ben Franklin in 1776, and hundreds of performances as Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy. As the RBT Artistic Director from 1994-2000, his proudest accomplishments include the introduction of repertory theatre and directing productions of Closer Than Ever, Big River and Zorba. Now a permanent resident of Nappanee, Jerry works in the finance department at Keystone RV while doing as much local theatre as possible. In 2006, Jerry was selected to be the first non-union actor ever to play the role of Edna Turnblad in the national and international tours of Hairspray, performing in 47 of the United States, 9 Canadian provinces, China and Japan. Jerry would like to take this opportunity to thank Jeremy, Kent and Dick for bringing him back to Amish Acres.


Katie PostKatie Post
(Patty Simcox) a native of Columbus, Ohio, will be a senior BFA Acting major at Wright State University this fall.  Regional credits include: Legally Blonde: The Musical (Kate / Chutney), Chicago (Lipschitz), Cabaret, Big River, Singin’ in the Rain and Jesus Christ Superstar at Weathervane Playhouse.  Professional credits: Cinderella (Portia), the Regional Premiere of Getting Near to Baby (Willa Jo), The Producers and The Wizard of Oz at Columbus Children’s Theatre.  Katie has also appeared in The Cherry Orchard (Varya) and Peter Pan (Mrs. Darling) on the Wright State stage.
Thank you to the cast, crew and production team of Grease for giving me the opportunity to perform in one of my all-time favorite musicals!

Haley Jane SchaferHaley Jane Schafer (Frenchy) is thrilled to be spending the summer here at Amish Acres, playing Hilda, Frenchy and Erma.  She was most recently seen in Chicago, in Big Noise Theatre’s production of Hair as Sheila, and as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.  She also appeared on tour as Patti Page in Flipside: the Patti Page Story and at the Little Theatre on the Square, where she was seen as Liesl in The Sound of Music, Margot in Legally Blonde, Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River, Lorraine in 42nd Street and in the Ensemble of Little Shop of Horrors.  Haley Jane is a recent graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and would like to thank her friends and family for the constant love and support!

Amish AcresRyan A. Schisler (Vince Fontaine) 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.


Amish AcresTravis Smith
(Teen Angel / 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!!


Tyler WhitemanTyler Whiteman
(Zuko) is from St. Louis, MO, and is thrilled and honored to be making his debut at the big beautiful Round Barn. He is a graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre program at Missouri State University. Recent regional credits include: Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Bobby Child in Crazy for You. You can see him here as Peter, Danny Z, and Billy C! Thanks so much to his family for the love and support. Tyler would like to dedicate his performance to the audience member now watching front row from the stars. This one’s for you, Dawn.
Please visit me at www.tylerwhiteman.weebly.com for more info!

 



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!

Kent M. Lewis (Director) is thrilled to be back at the acres doing what he loves best. Local audiences may remember Kent from his time here in the 90's as Dan in Plain and Fancy, Frank in Annie Get Your Gun, Alonso Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis, or from A Grand Night for Singing.  Kent had the honor of Directing/Choreographing the Round Barn Theatre's very first repertory production of Fiddler on the Roof and went on to Direct and/or Choreograph Meet Me in St. Louis, Oklahoma, The Baker's Wife and The Music Man"here. Since that time, Kent has starred in numerous productions across the country including Mamma Mia in Las Vegas, and the first national tours of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Billy Elliot.  Kent is currently starring as "Johnny Cash" in Ring of Fire at The Mercury Theatre in Chicago.

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.

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 acresGrease
Theme Dinner: June 12

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


Need We Say More?

Soup
Chili

Appetizers
Dill Pickles Celery stuffed with Cheese
Mini Hot Dogs

Salad
BLT Salad with Mayo Dressing Cole Slaw

Bread

Roger's Stickey Buns

Entrees

Duck Tail Breast with Plum Sauce Cheeseburger Steak with Grilled Onion

Pasta
Racing Wheel Pasta

Vegetables
Greasy Steak Fries with Catsup Corny Casserole
Baked Beans

Desserts
Chocolate Malted Cake
Apple Praline Pie
Date Bars
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages
A&W Root Beer
Iced Tea Lemon Shake Up Coffees
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge)
Round Barn Wines (extra charge)