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Anything Goes

Anything GoesJuly 28-Aug 30
Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Original Book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse.
New Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman
Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
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One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing to the Joseph Stein Stage.  When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.  The score features many of musical theater’s most memorable standards; including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”  The 2011 Broadway Revival won three Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography, and can be seen sailing across the country on the National Tour.

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
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A Note from the Director…

Jeremy LittlejohnWhat a rare and special treat it is to present Anything Goes this season!  It isn’t very often that we come across a musical that we haven’t produced in our nearly thirty years, and even more rare when it is one of the classics!  I had the opportunity to perform in this show during my high school days, and like Anne Frank last season, I really enjoy the nostalgia of revisiting a piece that I worked on as a much younger person.  It is sobering to think about how much I’ve experienced in the last twenty years, and also exhilarating to see how I’ve grown as an artist and human being.  As I delved into the text, this time from a director’s point of view, I began to remember how hilarious this show was.  Anything Goes is quick, clever, and coupled with Kiss Me Kate, is widely considered to be Cole Porter’s perfect musical.  It is a comedy in the purest sense of the word.  The show flows swiftly and frantically, building the anticipation into a huge crest of relief every time a “production number” happens, so that we can have a brief (and enjoyable) respite from the wackiness.  It is also a large piece of my theatrical “origin,” and considering how much fun I had directing “Kate” in 2008, my decision to take it on was easy.  Special thanks to Matt Casey for the magic he worked on this production, and I hope you will all enjoy my trip down memory lane! “If I’m not in the chapel, I’ll be in the bar.”

Jeremy Littlejohn



A Note from the Music Director…Amish Acres

Cole Porter is one of the most iconic American composers and his score for Anything Goes is arguably his most popular.  Written in 1934, Anything Goes has actually gone through a variety of rewrites. Some songs that you will hear today were not in the original version of the show, including "Friendship" and "It's Delovely".  And you won't hear certain songs that you may have heard in other versions, like "Heaven Hop" and "Let's Misbehave".  This just goes to show you how many songs Cole Porter wrote that are still popular. You want to put them all in, but there just isn't enough time!  All in all, Cole Porter wrote almost a thousand songs. To help pay a little tribute to a native Hoosier (from Peru, IN) we have included a recording snippet of Cole Porter himself singing "Anything Goes" at the top of the Overture.  Enjoy the show and welcome aboard!  

Travis Smith

 


Anything Goes Cast

   

Elisha J. Whitney

 

Don Hart

Fred

 

Bradley S. Kieper

Billy Crocker

 

Tyler Whiteman

Reno Sweeney

 

Heidi Ferris

Ship's Captain

 

Bradley S. Kieper

Ship's Purser

 

Ryan A. Schisler

Reporter

 

Kyle O'Brien

Photographer

 

Travis Bird

Minister (Henry T. Dobson)

 

Tim Becze

Luke & John

 

Anthony Christopher Milfelt

Purity

 

Katie Post

Chastity

 

Harli Cooper

Charity

 

Sarah McGowan

Virtue

 

Sara Drinkwine

Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt

 

MoMo Lamping

Hope Harcourt

 

Katie Kuehner

Lord Evelyn Oakleigh

 

Travis Smith

F.B.I. Agent

 

A.J. Ackleson

Erma

 

Haley Jane Schafer

Moonface Martin

 

T.J. Besler

Sailor Quartet

 

A.J. Ackleson

 

 

Tim Becze

 

 

Travis Bird

 

 

Kyle O'Brien

Ensemble

 

Joelle Rassi

 

Anything Goes Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Choreographer

 

Matt Casey

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

 

Sarah McGowan

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation

 

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

Scenes and Musical Numbers

Act I

 

Overture

Orchestra

Scene 1 A Manhattan Bar

 

I Get a Kick Out of You

Reno

There's No Cure Like Travel

Company

Scene 2 The afterdeck of the S.S. American; shortly before sailing

 

Bon Voyage

Company

Scene 3 On deck; that evening

 

You're the Top

Reno & Billy

Easy to Love

Billy

Easy to Love (Reprise)

Hope

Scene 4 Whitney's Stateroom

 

The Crew Song

Whitney

Scene 5 On deck; mid-morning

 

There'll Always Be a Lady Fair (Sailor's Chantey)

Sailor Quartet

Friendship

Moonface & Reno

Scene 6 Evelyn's Stateroom

 

Scene 7 On deck; twilight

 

It's De-Lovely

Billy & Hope

Scene 8 On deck; early the following morning

 

Anything Goes

Reno & Company

   

Act II

 

Entr'acte

Orchestra

Scene 1 The ship's nightclub

 

Public Enemy Number One

Captain, Purser & Company

Blow, Gabriel, Blow

Reno & Company

Goodbye Little Dream, Goodbye

Hope

Scene 2 The brig; late at night

 

Be Like The Bluebird

Moonface

All Through The Night

Billy, Hope & Sailors

Scene 3 On deck; later that night

 

The Gypsy in Me

Lord Evelyn Oakleigh

Scene 4 The brig; early morning

 

Scene 5 On deck

 

Buddie, Beware

Erma

Finale (I Get a Kick Out of You)

Company

Anything Goes (Reprise)

Company

 

Cast Biographies


A.J. AcklesonA.J. Ackleson
(Sailor Quartet) 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!


Tim BeczeTim Becze
(Sailor Quartet) 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
(Moonface) 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 (Sailor Quartet) 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
(Chastity) 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 (Virtue) 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!






Heidi FerrisHeidi Ferris (Reno) is pleased to join the cast of Anything Goes.  A professional musician and voice teacher, she spends her time working with students to improve vocal technique and production. Favorite Round Barn moments include Music Directing The Secret Garden and West Side Story, and being onstage for shows like Aida and Camelot. Heidi enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and puttering all around the house. Heidi is blessed daily by her husband Tucker Curtis, her growing family and her talented network of friends.


Don HartDon Hart (Whitney) was last seen on the Joseph Stein Stage as the Captain of the Guard in Shrek The Musical in 2014.  Other RBT sightings include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Uncle Billy in A Wonderful Life, Eddie in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy, and Herb the Sound Man in Miracle on 34th Street.

 

 





Bradley KieperBradley S. Kieper (Ship's Captain) is a native Hoosier, being born and raised in the city of Indianapolis. He graduated from Ball State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. Bradley is not new to the theater world, as he has spent many years singing and dancing in his local community in numerous productions. He has also performed with the Indianapolis Opera for many of their productions the past few years. Aside from singing, Bradley enjoys watching movies, playing games/video games, reading books/comics, and spending time with his family.
Enjoy the show!!!



Katie KuehnerKatie Kuehner (Hope) 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 (Evangeline Harcourt) 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!!!   

 



Sarah McGowanSarah McGowan (Charity / Dance Captain) is originally from Houston, Texas and currently lives in New York City.  She is thrilled to return home to The Round Barn stage after being seen as Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Margaret in 9 to 5, and a member of the Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!  Other favorite credits include 42nd Street and Guys and Dolls.  She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University.

 





Anthony MilfeltAnthony Christopher Milfelt
(Luke) 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!




Kyle O'BrienKyle O'Brien
(Sailor Quartet) is a NYC-based actor from Elsberry, MO.  Kyle received his BFA in Acting from Missouri State University.  Favorite roles include C.B. (Dog Sees God), Eddie (Damn Yankees), Ft. Dancer / Dance Captain (Fiddler on the Roof) and a dancer with Inertia Dance Company.
Thanks for all your support, Mom and Dad!  www.obrienkyle.com, @thekylejobrien

 

 




Katie PostKatie Post (Purity) 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 as Kate/Chutney, Lipschitz in Chicago, Cabaret, Big River, Singin’ in the Rain and Jesus Christ Superstar at Weathervane Playhouse. Professional credits: Cinderella as Portia, the Regional Premiere of Getting Near to Baby asWilla Jo, The Producers and The Wizard of Oz at Columbus Children’s Theatre.  Katie has also appeared in The Cherry Orchard as Varya and Peter Pan as Mrs. Darling on the Wright State stage.



Joelle RassiJoelle Rassi (Ensemble) is from Milford, IN and is so pleased to be returning for her fourth season at the Round Barn.  She loved being Gingy in Shrek and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.  She will be a freshman in Show Choir this coming fall.  She loves singing, dancing, acting, and she spends all of her spare time song writing.

 

 




Haley Jane SchaferHaley Jane Schafer (Erma) 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 (Ship's Purser) 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
(Lord Evelyn Oakleigh/ 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
(Billy Crocker) 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.

Matt Casey (Choreographer) is so delighted to be back at The Round Barn Theatre as part of Anything Goes. With this show, Matt makes his debut as a professional choreographer, and he has had a blast! He was last seen on the Round Barn Theatre stage almost one year ago as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
"I would like to thank Jeremy for this wonderful opportunity and for his faith in me, and I would like to thank my friends and family for the constant love and support they so graciously provide. I hope you have as much fun watching this show as I did in helping create it! Enjoy!" 

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.

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 acresAnything Goes
Theme Dinner: August 14

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



Cole Porter's Best Know Work


Soup

Back to Manhattan Chowder

Appetizers

You're the Top, You Deviled Egg
Humm-us and Animal Crackers

Salad

Potato Salad With a Kick Jello and Fruit Ring Greek Salad

Breads

Bon Voyage Friendship Bread

Entrees
SS American Meat Loaf

Pasta

It's De-Lovely

Vegetables

Jazzed Up Let's Misbehave

Desserts

Be Like the Bluebird Cobbler
Lady Fingers Fair
Buddie, Beware Brownie Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages

Iced Tea with Mint Lemonade
Coffees
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge)
Round Barn Wines (extra charge)



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