2015: The Round Barn Theatre Season
The Circle of Life Season: Round and Round We Go!
The Round Barn Theatre is northern Indiana's only professional repertory theatre company, making it the perfect place to present the classics of Musical Theatre that never go out of style. Actors audition from across the country, live in cast housing on Amish Acres property, and perform in up to nine shows per week. You'll experience the difference between The Round Barn Theatre, and touring companies, summer stock, community and educational theatre from the moment the curtain opens to reveal our renowned Regional Theatre.
Nowhere is the circle of life more explored than on the professional theater stage, and nowhere is that circle more celebrated than at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres.
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"We have aggressively surveyed our subscribers and patrons since the beginning of the year to determine their choices for shows throughout the nine month season," said Executive Producer Richard Pletcher, "We have themed the 2015 season around the circle that defines The Round Barn Theatre and its role in bringing back the musical theatre classics that never go out of style." "It's like revisiting Shakespeare and Beethoven for inspiration and insight," added Pletcher.
Taking its cue from the perennial Plain and Fancy, the theatre's signature Cultural musical about Amish life and love that will celebrate its 29th year at Amish Acres, each show represents a time honored theatrical tradition. The season kicks off with The Marvelous Wonderettes followed by Grease, both set in the 1958 heyday, at the close of the innocence of the '50s and the dawn of the '60s. The season progresses by looking back to the '30s where Cole Porter's Anything Goes epitimizes the era of sophistication in contrast with the down home innocence of Smoke on the Mountain and children's imaginations take flight through Mary Poppins at the holidays. In between Harvey received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945 and World War II came to an end.
The season which runs from April 15th 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 the Pulitzer Prize winning parable, Doubt, and Godspell with return to Amish Acres for the first time since our inaugural repertory season in 1996, but this time it will find a new home in the rustic Locke Township Meeting House. The usual compliment of Theatre for Young Audience performances and summer acting camps will round out the 2015 season.
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.
Buy one or more adult season subscriptions, and get free season tickets for all of the kids (6-11) in the family free! Grandparents may get up to four grandchildren season tickets free! Call (800) 800-4942 for your Free Season Tickets for Kids.
Kid's Free Season Tickets funded in part by the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund.
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.
The 2015 "Circle of Life" Season
This Off-Broadway smash hit takes us to the 1958 Springfield High School Prom where we meet the Wonderettes. As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing classic 50’s & 60’s hits such as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” and over 20 additional hits! You have never had this much fun at prom, and you will never forget this must-take musical trip down memory lane. Fans of the Round Barn Theatre’s productions of Forever Plaid, The Taffetas and Sisters of Swing will love this Off-Broadway hit! More...
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...
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” “Grease Lightning” “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!” More...
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. More...
Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of the Sanders family and their Saturday Night Gospel concert at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in 1938. It features over two dozen rousing southern gospel and bluegrass songs sung and played by the Sanders family, a traveling group making their return to performing after a five year hiatus. Though they try to appear perfect to the congregation, a sequence of “witnessing” from the each family member reveals their true…and hilariously imperfect nature. Originally produced on the Joseph Stein Stage in 2000, Smoke on the Mountain was so popular with our audience, that we gave it a revival in 2005, one of the earliest instances of repeating a show at the Round Barn Theatre. More...
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Originally produced on Broadway in 1944, this Pulitzer Prize winner ran for 1,775 performances and was adapted into a classic film starring Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull. A revival of the show starring Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” fame opened in 2012 and ran for the duration of the summer. More...
Based on the similarly titled series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins delighted audiences for over 2,500 performances on Broadway and received nine Olivier nominations and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with timeless classics such as “Feed the Birds,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time,” and the Academy Award winning “Chim-Chim Cher-ee,” this show can only be described as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” More...