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Crazy for You

July 26-August 28
Music & Lyrics by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Co-Conception by Ken Ludwig & Mike Ockrent
Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton & John McGowan

Originally Produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow & Elizabeth Williams
Original Choreography by Susan Stroman

Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
Amish Acres

Crazy for You is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy, whose dream in life is to dance.  And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream! Crazy for You opened on Broadway in 1992, and ran for 1,622, on its way to winning the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical.  It features some of the Gershwin’s most prolific hits, including “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Embraceable You,” and “Someone To Watch Over Me.”



 

 

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Crazy for You Press Release
Read an article about Crazy for You in the South Bend Tribune
Read a recent review of Crazy for You by Frank Ramirez

Amish Acres

 



Crazy for You
Archive Photographs

   

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Derek MartinMost people I know (including myself) are on a constant search for meaning in this seemingly crazy world. With the same information from the beginning of time until 2003 being generated every three days (thanks to the internet), with Social media and the inundation of technology being pumped into our brains constantly, with all the details and complications it takes to just muddle through a day in the life of us - it is no wonder so many people are stressed out and left searching for greater meaning in life. What if by chance or by requirement we were forced to leave our crazy life and go someplace where all those distractions would disappear. I think many people including myself would say, "where is this place? I am booking a flight there tomorrow!" Finding our "retreat" might give us the chance to slow down and find simplicity, meaning, and destiny... the things we have been searching for all along.  Crazy for You is about finding your destiny and realizing that your destiny lies in your relationships. Set between the bustle of New York City and the sweet, simple life of Deadrock, Nevada, our cast of characters finds what they have been looking for... love, friendship, passion, community, and each other. This piece is a wonderful reminder that sometimes we find what we have been searching for in the most unusual places. With a tremendous score by the Gershwin's and an absolutely hysterical script, I invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy this musical romp. Spend some time here at The Round Barn Theatre then go home and ruminate on your own search... find your own special "retreat." You never know... what you have been searching for might be just around the corner or a simple conversation away. God bless and see you on the stage!


Derek Martin




Crazy for You Cast

   

Tess

 

Sarah McGowan

Patsy

 

Joelle Elaine Rassi

Bobby Child

 

Matt Casey

Bela Zangler

 

James Edward Dauphin

Mitzi

 

Katie Post

Follies Girl

 

Chakendra Fennell

Irene Roth

 

Kayla Ricker

Mother (Mrs. Lottie Child)

 

Jordan Tudor

Perkins

 

Martin Flowers

Moose

 

Alex Glossman

Polly Baker

 

Kaitlyn Casanova

Everett Baker

 

Nick Wheeler

Pete (Cowboy)

 

Aaron Gilmer

Custus (Cowboy)

 

Joey Harbert

Sam (Cowboy)

 

Alec Brown

Lank Hawkins

 

Rory Dunn

Eugene Fodor

 

Don Hart

Patricia Fodor

 

Abby Murray Vachon

     

 

Crazy for You Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Amber Burgess

Director / Choreographer

 

Derek Martin

Music Director

 

Julie Lyn Barber

Production Stage Manager

 

Michael Redondo

Company Manager

 

Kayla Ricker

Technical Director

 

Ted Lantz

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Amber Burgess

Lighting / Sound / Scenic Artist

 

Tim Becze

Costume Assistant / Wardrobe

 

Ashley Alverth

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 Wings, Stage & In Front of Zangler's Broadway Theater

 

Opening: K-RA-ZY For You

Bobby

I Can't Be Bothered Now

Bobby & Girls

Scene 2 Main Street, Deadrock, Nevada; morning

 

Bidin' My Time

The Cowboy Trio - Sam, Mongo & Moose

Things Are Looking Up

Bobby

Scene 3 Inside Lank's Saloon, Main Street & Desert, Deadrock

 

Could You Use Me?

Bobby & Polly

Shall We Dance?

Bobby & Polly

Scene 4 Stage of the Gaiety Theater

 

Scene 5 Main Street, Deadrock; three days later, morning

 

Girls Enter Nevada (Bronco Busters)

The Follies Girls & Company

Someone To Watch Over Me

Polly

Scene 6 The Gaiety Theater; two weeks later, mid-morning

 

Embraceable You

Polly & Bobby as Zangler

Scene 7 Backstage of the Gaiety Theater; Saturday night, about 7 o'clock

 

Tonight's The Night

Company

Scene 8 Main Street, Deadrock; immediately following

 

I Got Rhythm

Polly & Company

   

Act II

 

Scene 1 Inside Lank's Saloon; fifteen minutes later

 

Entr'acte: The Real American Folk Song

Cowboy Trio

What Causes That?

Bobby & Zangler

Scene 2 Lank's Saloon; the next morning, about 10 o'clock

 

Naughty Baby

Irene, Lank & Male Quartet

Scene 3 Stage of the Theater; ten minutes later

 

Stiff Upper Lip

Bobby, Polly, Eugene, Patricia & Company

They Can't Take That Away From Me

Bobby

But Not For Me

Polly

Reprise: But Not For Me

Polly

Scene 4 In Front of Zangler's Broadway Theater; six weeks later, about 6 o'clock in the evening

 

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Bobby & Girls

Scene 5 Main Street, Deadrock; three days later

 

French Reprise: Bidin' My Time

Cowboy Trio

Reprise: Things Are Looking Up

Everett

Finale

Company

Curtain Call

Company



Cast Biographies


Alec BrownAlec Brown (Sam) is a recent graduate from Missouri State Universities Musical Theatre BFA program. He has previously been seen as Brad in Hairspray, and Mendel/Bottle Dancer in Fiddler on the Roof with Tent Theatre. Other roles include Leaf Coneybear in 25th...Bee, Hanschen in Spring Awakening, Woof in Hair, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He would like to thank his family, friends, and MT16 for all of their support and love. 







Kaitlyn CasanovaKaitlyn Casanova (Polly) is a graduate of Central Michigan University's Musical Theatre program. Since graduating, she has performed both regionally and internationally. Her favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Cosette in Les Misérables. Many thanks to her family and friends for their love and support. 








Matt Casey (Bobby Child) is so happy to be back to the Round Barn Theatre Stage! Crazy for You is one of Matt's all time favorite shows and Bobby one of his favorite roles, so he couldn't be more excited to be doing this production. Matt has been a part of many Round Barn productions. Last Summer he made his debut as a professional choreographer with Anything Goes, and the year before that he appeared as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Matt's Acting career has traveled him all over the country. He has performed at many different regional theatres in many different states, and has been a part of three national touring shows. Some of his favorite credits include Daniel Pontipee (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers­national tour), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Princeton/Rod (Avenue Q), Henry (Next to Normal), and Wayne Frake (State Fair). Matt would like to thank the entire artistic team, cast, and crew for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful show, and the entire staff here at Amish Acres for always making him feel at home. He would also like to thank his family and friends who provide him with the immeasurable amount of support he needs to continue on this crazy difficult but crazy rewarding career path.  Lastly, he would like to thank you for coming and supporting live theatre. I hope you will enjoy the show as much a I do! www.matt­casey.com

James Edward DauphinJames Edward Dauphin (Zangler) is happy to be making his Round Barn Theatre debut in Crazy for You. Visiting from Chicago, James recently appeared in Romeo and Juliet and Der Rosenkavalier  at Lyric Opera of Chicago and in The Secret Garden and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Arizona in celebrating over 65 performances onstage. Regional and stock credits include leads in The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Deathtrap, City of Angels, Children of Eden, Carousel, Show Boat, 42nd Street, and Into the Woods to name a few favorites. Offstage, James is a graphic and commercial artist and has had the pleasure of working for The Walt Disney Company in such fields as Animation and Regional Entertainment and Disney Theatricals. 

Rory DunnRory Dunn (Lank Hawkins) has been performing on stage for most of his life. So far he has played dogs, whales, monkeys, bandits, dashing leading men, evil villains and the occasional comic relief. Some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Josiah in Josiah for President and the Bishop in Les Misérables







Chakendra FennellChakendra Fennell (Follies Girl) is excited to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut as Lorraine in All Shook Up. She is a recent graduate of the BFA Theatre Performance program at the University of Central Oklahoma. Some of favorite credits include: The Color Purple (Nettie/Squeak), RENT (Joanne), Hairspray (Dynamite), and Shrek (Dragon/Mama Bear/Mama Ogre). She wants to thank RBT for the opportunity as this is her first post college gig! She'd also like to thank her family, friends, and past professors/directors. Gal 2:20.


Martin FlowersMartin Flowers (Perkins) As a native of Nappanee, Martin is excited to make his debut on his hometown stage at RBT! He recently graduated from Goshen College with a double major in Theater and Music. He was most recently seen as Tom in Goshen College's production of Dinner With Friends. Other favorite past roles include Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, The Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, and Jack in The Boys Next Door. At Goshen College, Martin was also the president of the school's theatre club for two consecutive years. Outside of theatre, he enjoys playing music with his brother, being outdoors, and spending time with his wonderful girlfriend.  Martin would like to dedicate his performances at RBT to the family, friends, and educators in the local community who have supported and encouraged him thus far. 


Aaron GilmerAaron Gilmer (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in his first season here at The Round Barn Theatre. He was most recently seen in the ensemble of Memphis: The Musical at POTS in Memphis, TN. Also Momentum, a faculty choreographed dance concert and the musical Oklahoma! both at The University of Memphis where he is Studying to receive a BFA in Theater Performance with a double concentration of Musical Theater and Dance. Aaron dedicates all his performances to his late Mother, Martha Gilmer, who helped cultivate his love for theater and dance and always pushed him to be his very best. He would also like to thank his Dad, his Family, all his friends, and his Teacher Rachel Black for all their support! Please enjoy the show! 


Alex GrossmanAlex Glossman (Moose) is delighted to be making his Round Barn Theatre debut. A 2014 graduate from the theatre program at Northwestern University, Alex lives, works, and writes in Chicago. Some recent roles include Ken in Red (Shadowland Stages), Robert in Living on Love w/Stephanie Zimbalist (Seven Angels Theatre), Peto in Father Ruffian (City Lit Theatre), Owen Lovejoy in The Bloodhound Law (City Lit), and Jacob in Bard Fiction (Commedia Beauregard). Thanks to Amber, Michael, Tim, Sarah, and Katie. Also Mom, Dad, Buddy, and Bubby.






Joey HarbertJoey Harbert (Custus) is excited to be making his Round Barn debut. He recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Music in Music Theatre. His favorite roles include the Emcee in Cabaret, Angel in Rent, and Schroeder in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He would like to thank his family for their continued support. 






Don HartDon Hart (Eugene Fodor) is excited to be back at Amish Acres!  Previous roles include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Eddie in Pumpboys and Dinettes, Henry in The Fantasticks and Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy
Enjoy the show!

 

 

 




Sarah McGowanSarah McGowan (Tess / 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 Charity in Anything Goes, 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. 






Katie PostKatie Post
(Mitzi) Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Katie Post will be returning to Wright State University in Dayton this fall to complete her BFA in Acting. She is excited to return to The Round Barn stage this year having previously performed as Patty Simcox in Grease and Purity in Anything Goes. Other regional credits include: Portia in Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, and The Producers at Columbus Children's Theatre and Kate/Chuntey  in Legally Blonde The Musical, Phoebe in As You Like It, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Big River and 13 at Weathervane Playhouse. Many thanks to Amber and the cast and crew. Much Love! 




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




Kayla RickerKayla Ricker
(Irene Roth / Company Manager) Since graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, Kayla has continued her pursuit of musical theatre. She worked in Maine performing in shows such as Shout! The Mod Musical, and as Ulla in The Producers. Since then she's planted roots in Pigeon Forge, TN. There she has worked at theatres including Dollywood and The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show. In 2013 she traveled all the way to North Dakota to be a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical. She would like to thank her boyfriend, Stephen, for his continuous support and encouragement and her two dogs Samson and Chewie for putting up with their mama being away. 


Jordan TudorJordan Tudor (Mrs. Lottie Child) is a southern girl, having spent most of her life in Nashville, TN. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Chicago College of Performing Arts. Favorite roles include: Maureen in RENT, Calliope in XANADU, Maria in Twelfth Night, and Judy in 9 to 5. She has also performed in several shows at SeaWorld San Diego.
Love to Ian. Enjoy the show! 








Abby Murray VachonAbby Murray Vachon (Patricia Fodor) is originally from Mishawaka, Indiana and holds a B.F.A. in Acting (Musical Theatre emphasis) from Wright State University. Some of her favorite professional credits include performing with Leslie Uggams in An Evening with Leslie Uggams, Les Misérables (Fantine), and Barnum at The Old Creamery Theatre. Other favorite credits include Vanishing Point (Agatha Christie) and Sondheim On Sondheim (Erin Mackey Track). So much love and thanks to her Mom, Dad, Nick, Amber, Melissa, Alex, and Lee.
For more info check out: Abbymurrayvachon.com


Nick WheelerNick Wheeler (Everett Baker) was born in Moorhead, MN, just across the river from the city of Fargo. With a music teacher for a mother and a theatre professor for a father, acting and singing turned out to be an almost inevitable path. Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin: Stevens Point with a BFA in Musical Theatre and has worked in Fargo, Philadelphia, and New York. Amongst his favorite roles and shows have been Max Bialystock in The Producers, Father Flynn in Doubt, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.  Nick loves reading, learning new instruments, and collecting vinyl records. Nick wants to wish everyone reading this all the happiness they can possibly have.

 

Staff Biographies

Ashley Alverth (Costume Assistant/Wardrobe) is an Illinois based artist who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She started her career as the Art director at Carmel Montessori Academy designing the school plays. Ashley has worked in the costume department of the Elgin Opera and as the head seamstress on the film “Ovid and the Art of Love.” She is proud to have the opportunity to work with the crew of The Round Barn Theatre during this upcoming season. 

Julie Lyn Barber (Music Director) has served as music director for numerous professional, college, and community productions including The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, Seussical, and The Rocky Horror Show. She recently choreographed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and directed Guys and Dolls at Western Kentucky University, where she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance. She has played “Berenice” in the Indianapolis production of Cabaret Poe since 2009, and her new musical, The Indiana Squirrel Stampede will play at the 2016 Indianapolis Fringe Festival. At The Round Barn, she played “Katie” in Plain and Fancy, “Inez” in The Baker’s Wife, and the “Narrator” in Joseph … Dreamcoat. Her degrees include a Doctor of Arts from Ball State University, Master of Music from Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia, and a piano certificate from the Western Conservatory of Music. www.JulieLynBarber.net.

Tim Becze (Lighting / Sound) has been performing with The Round Barn Theatre for the past 2 years as he finished his BA in Theater from Bethel College. This year Becze is thrilled to be back at RBT working on lighting and scenic art. When not at work he enjoys spending time with friends, playing music, and sleeping. 

Amber Burgess (Artistic Director) studied Musical Theatre at Millikin University (IL), and also has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ashford University (IA).  Originally from North Dakota, Amber began her career on the stage 30 years ago (in the same year Plain and Fancy opened here at RBT).  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas, and last year’s practically perfect Mary Poppins.  Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5

Derek Martin (Director) is so happy to be reunited with his longtime friends once again at the Round Barn Theatre. As well as being on the Round Barn Stage in over 20 productions, he has worked as an actor, director, choreographer and producer at theatres such as The Americana Theatre Co. (which he founded and served as Artistic Director for 5 years), Sacramento Theare Co., Connecticut Repertory Theatre, The York Theatre, Virginia Stage Co., Virginia Musical Theatre, and many others. Derek is Chairman of the Creative Arts Program at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California. And is passionate about bringing faith and excellence in artistry together while he raises up the next generation of artists. He lives in Roseville with his incredibly beautiful and talented wife, Jennifer who is also a Round Barn Theatre Alum. If you want to know more about Derek visit www.jessup.edu orwww.americanatheatre.org. Thank you to Amber and the Pletcher family for continuously bringing professional artistry to Michiana! God bless and see you on the stage!!!

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 29 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.

Michael Redondo (Production Stage Manager) An Eagle Scout from Riverside, California, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Theatre Arts from Sterling College. He has stage managed productions with the Great Plains Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Wichita Grand Opera, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. Offstage, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and going to the movies.
"If you want something extraordinary to happen in your life, it will require some extraordinary action on your part."


 

amish acresCrazy for You
Theme Dinner: August 19

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

Crazy for You
July 26 - August 28

Theme Dinner: August 19

Bidin' My Time

Soup
Deadrock Chili Con Carne

Salad
Saloon Spinach, Orange & Watercress Salad
Follies Celery & Grape Salad

Appetizer
Polly's Potato Puff Balls
But Not For Me Ground Beef on Toast
Tess' Veggies & Dip

Bread
Gold Miner's Cornbread

Entrée

Slap That Bass Shepherd's Pie
Cowboy Country Fried Steak

Starch

Tap Dancing Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Mirage Macaroni & Cheese

Vegetable
Campfire Baked Beans

Desserts
Chocolate Mousse
Lemon Pie
Spice Cake
Ruth's Famous Crème Brûlée

Beverages
Iced Tea
Lemonade
Coffee
Round Barn Wine & Craft Beers ($)