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The Rat Pack Lounge

April 11 – May 20

American Sign Language Performance
April 21, 8pm

By James Hindman and Ray Roderick
Musical Arrangements by John Glaudini

Produced by special arrangement with Steel Springs Stage Rights
Amish Acres

Frank, Dean, and Sammy are up in heaven, but God tells them they left some unfinished business back on Earth. It seems Frank made an unfulfilled promise to Vic, the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. Now he and the boys have one night to make things right. No need for look-alikes or impersonators—just a cast who can charm your audience with hits like “My Way,” “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.” With over 30 hit songs, “The Rat Pack Lounge” will leave you singing and savoring the days of highballs and high rollers.

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Preview by Frank Ramirez
Review by Frank Ramirez
Review by Jeri Seely
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners

Amish Acres


A Note from the Director…

Welcome to the opening production of the 2018 Round Barn Theatre Season!  We have selected a season of uplifting, hilarious, fun shows and this one is one of my favorites this season.  Not only am I a huge fan of The Rat Pack, but I found myself laughing aloud the first time I read this script.  Sammy, Dean, and Frank were larger than life personalities, and how could you not have fun spending an evening with them? 

And the music!  I miss this music.  I don’t feel like the music on the radio today is anywhere near as evocative, clever, or catchy as the songs in this show.  We hope that when you leave tonight that you’ll take a few of these songs with you.

If you like what you see tonight, we still have Season Subscriptions available.  There are so many benefits to being a Season Ticket holder here at RBT that I can’t outline them all here.  Chat with our Box Office staff at Intermission. 

Thank you for spending this time with us!  We hope the show brings you joy, and that you tap your toes a bit.  The next time you have a chance, raise a glass to Frank, Sammy, and Dean.   

Amber Burgess


The Rat Pack Lounge Cast

 

Vic Candlein

Greg Matzker

Bobby Goldberg/Sammy Davis Jr.

Jake DuVall-Early

William Saunders/Frank Sinatra

Max Mattox

Katherine Kerr/Angie

Randa Meierhenry

 

The Rat Pack Lounge Staff

 

Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

Amber Burgess

Director / Choreographer

Amber Burgess

Music Director

Paul Rigano

Production Stage Manager

Jackie Robinson

Assistant Stage Manager

Michael J. Hengels

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

Randa Meierhenry

Box Office Manager

Jerry O'Boyle

Legal Representation

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

Ryan Schisler

 

The Setting: Vic's Place, formerly The Rat Pack Lounge, Las Vegas

Musical Numbers

Act I

 

Overture

 

I'm Gonne Live 'Til I Die

Sammy, Dean & Frank

High Hopes

Frank, Sammy & Dean

My Way (Vic's Demo)

Vic

Bee-Bom

Sammy & Vic

Volare

Dean & Vic

Nice 'N' Easy

Frank & Vic

Come Fly With Me

Vic

Young at Heart

Frank, Sammy & Dean

Ain't That a Kick in The Head

Frank, Sammy & Dean

Too Close for Comfort

Angie

Angel Said

Angie, Frank, Sammy & Dean

In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Frank, Sammy, & Dean

By Bye Blackbird

Sammy

That's Amore

Dean

You Make Me Feel So Young

Frank

I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die

Frank Dean & Sammy

My Way

Vic

 

Act II

 

It's a Wonderful World

Vic

For Me and My Gal

Dean

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Dean

I Love Being Here With You

Angie

Something's Gotta Give

Sammy

What Kind of Fool Am I?

Sammy

One For My Baby

Frank

I've Got You Under My Skin

All

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Love You

Frank, Sammy & Dean

I've Got the World on a String

Vic

Birth of the Blues

All

I’ve Got You Under My Skin Written by Cole Porter.
Used by permission of The Cole Porter Musical and Literary Property Trusts.


Cast Bios

Greg Matzker (Vic Candelino) From St. Louis Greg has well over 200 shows to his credit. Having worked at The Muny, The Black Rep, Winter Opera as well as The Historic Goldenrod Showboat just to name a few. He was a singer for the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Lenard Slatkin and Hans Vonk. He can be heard and seen on their recording of the Beethoven 9th. He was the founder of Marble Stage Theatre producing 50 shows in 9 years. With his efforts they were given special permission for the first theatre outside of New York to present the regional premiere of Carrie the Musical. Some favorite roles has been Seymour-Little Shop of Horrors, Albert-Bye Bye Birdie and Snoopy in both –You’re a Goodman Charlie Brown and Snoopy the Musical. As a playwright he has written original versions of classic stories such as- Twisted Tales of the 3 Little Pigs, Goldilocks? And the 3? Bears, and Beauty and the Beast. In his younger years as a dancer he was awarded Missouri State Swing Champion and Midwest Swing Champion in 1989 with a high score to this date has not been beaten. In recent years he has been working on original works of social justice having helped develop new shows such as Between World and The Elephant in the Room. Lastly a huge thank you to Jim and Brad who without their continued efforts I would not be on this stage today. 

Jake DuVall-Early
(Bobby Goldberg / Sammy Davis Jr.)  is a Virginia based actor and graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he studied Theatre and Vocal Performance. Most recently, Jake performed as Edgar Allan Poe in Mt. Hope Theatre in the Mansion's Poe Evermore (Zeno Creative Entertainment, PA). Jake’s favorite credits include Dr. Geoffrey Stuart (Horn in the West, NC), Major Patrick Ferguson (Liberty Mountain, NC), Brian Dowd (Jerry Finnegan’s Sister, MGR Playhouse, NY), Prince Ronald (The Paper Bag Princess, MGR Playhouse, NY) Davy the Rakish Rogue (Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, PA), The Steward (Into The Woods, The Boothbay Playhouse, ME), Herr Schultz (Cabaret, JMU, VA) and Around the World in 80 Days(ArtSpot Educational Theatre, Argentina) where Jake traveled to the Middle East and Central and South America to teach English through performance. Jake was born in Washington, D. C. and has lived and performed in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Turkey, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Uruguay. Jake is thrilled to be joining the Round Barn Theatre this season in Rat Pack Lounge, and to have the chance to “embody” one of the greatest performers of all time! He would like to thank his Mom for always encouraging him to go for his dreams and “do it afraid,” his partner, Violet, for believing and encouraging his passion, even against all odds, and Ms. Milligan for teaching him how to talk loud and sing good. 

Max Mattox
(William Saunders / Frank Sinatra) is an Atlanta based actor who, before coming to Indiana, just finished up a one man show called “Buyer and Cellar” at Out Front Theatre Company. Other highlights of Max’s Atlanta theatre credits include "The Crucible"(Hopkins) and "Little Shop of Horrors" (Patrick Martin) with Actors Express Theatre, as well as “The Rocky Horror Show" (Rocky) with Out Front Theatre.Max is a 2016 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BFA in musical theatre. A few of his college performances include “Hair” (Berger), “Teddy Ferrara” (Gabe) and “Urinetown” (Officer Barrel). Max teaches Shakespeare with The Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse and performs in Theatre for Young Audiences at Georgia Aquarium. In his few moments of free time, Max enjoys playing with the family’s 4 rescue dogs and assisting in the development of new plays and musicals around Atlanta. Max is honored to have the opportunity to perform with Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres and wants to thank his family and friends for their love, encouragement, and support as he pursues his passion for theatre. 

Randa Meierhenry
(Katherine Kerr / Angie)  is thrilled to be back on the Joseph Stein Stage! You may recognize her from some of her roles in last year’s season Adelaide (Guys and Dolls) and Mollie Ralston (The Mousetrap). Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Randa has been a traveling performer since she graduated from Simpson College in 2016. In the past year, she has performed in three different states and is scheduled to head to the west coast for a summer in California! When she isn’t traveling or performing, Randa loves cheering for the Nebraska Huskers, eating ice cream, and playing scrabble with anyone who is brave enough to challenge her! She would like to dedicate her performance to her amazing siblings: her sister Danica (the funniest person she knows), and her adorable newborn baby brother and sister, Maclin and Laney (i.e. Mac and Cheese). 

Bradley Keiper (Jeorge Rodrigues / Dean Martin) Bradley is excited to return to the RBT stage! A native Hoosier, being born and raised in the city of Indianapolis, he graduated from Ball State University in the Fall of 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. Since graduating, Mr. Kieper has sung all over Indiana, as well as parts of France. He hopes to do more traveling in the near future. Mr. Kieper is not new to the stage. He just finished portraying one of his favorite roles, Luther Billis in Indianapolis Opera’s production of South Pacific. Some notable roles include: Huey u/s (Performance singing voice), Perry Como, Buck Wiley, and Gordon Grant in Memphis the Musical, Cathedral Choir member in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Bobdirex, 2017), Sammy Johnstone in Blood Brothers (CCP, 2017), Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in Next to Normal (CCP, 2016), Big Davey in Billy Elliot (Bobdirex, 2016), John Northbrook in Mary Poppins (Booth Tarkington Theatre, 2015), Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors. Follow Bradley at www.bradleyskieper.com Enjoy the show! 

 

Staff Biographies

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 31 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.

Michael J Hengels (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making his RBT and Indiana debut this year as an assistant stage manager. Chicago credits include Fade and Native Gardens at Victory Gardens, Guys and Dolls at Wilmette Adult Community Theatre; A Christmas Story at Citadel; and People's History of the United States at Quest Theatre Ensemble. Coming from Wisconsin, Michael previously worked at Skylight Music Theatre, Peninsula Players, and Northern Sky Theatre. Thanks to his amazing family! 

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 31 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.

Paul Rigano
(Music Director) is so excited to return to The Round Barn Theatre for his third consecutive year! In previous years, you may have seen him tickling the ivories in "I Love You,You're Perfect, Now Change" and "Forever Plaid". He is also an award winning musical theatre composer, and co-creator of the musical web series "Broadway On Deck," which can be seen on the All Things Broadway YouTube channel. More information can be found at RiganoSongbook.com. Deepest love and gratitude to Amber and the phenomenal team at RBT for their tireless work to bring great art to northern Indiana! 

Jackie Robinson
(Production Stage Manager) is an east coast based stage manager from NJ. She holds a BFA from The University Of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Favorite SM credits include: WaistWatchers The Musical! (National Tour), Zombie Prom, Reefer Madness, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show, Into The Woods, Urinetown, Noises Off, Jeffery and Hair. When Jackie is not stage managing she can be found coaching gymnastics. Much love to her husby Brice! 

Ray Roderick
(writer) ‘S Wonderful! The New Gershwin Musical. Associate director A Christmas Carol Madison Square Garden. Associate director The Music Man Broadway Revival, director National Tour. Director/Script Adaptation Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang 1st US National tour, now licensed by MTI. Goodspeed Musicals Mame, Singin’ In The Rain, 42nd Street, My One And Only. Jerry Lewis assistant director Broadway bound The Nutty Professor. Co-writer/director/choreographer Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano, The Prince And The Pauper, The Ark, The Rat Pack Lounge! A Christmas Survival Guide, and I Love New York. Co-Founder Miracle or 2 Productions (Miracleor2.com) Are We There Yet? Coming To America, and The Bikinis! Director/Choreographer Denver Center: The Last 5 Years, The Taffetas, Five Course Love, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (Denver’s longest running show).  Creative director US Open Tennis: writer/director “Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, Opening Night, Finals” for ABC TV and ESPN.

James Hindman - Off Broadway: Pete ‘N’ Keely (Outer Critics Award nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, Pub. Samuel French); A Christmas Survival Guide (Pub. Samuel French); The Audience (Drama Desk nomination); Being Audrey and The Gorges Motel (TBG Theatre, NY Fringe Festival). His plays have had hundreds of productions across the country including The Bikinis! (Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre); The Drama Department (Terrence McNally Award finalist); Incubus (Pittsburgh Public Reading Series); The Rat Pack Lounge (Denver Center, Carbonell Award nomination); Are We There Yet and the upcoming production of Multiple Family Dwelling at New Jersey Rep. and Loveland Ski Lodge.  Member: Dramatist Guild of America. He has also performed in many Broadway and Television shows.

John Glaudini - As Musical Director: for Musical Theatre West - Sweeney Todd, Altar Boyz (LA Drama Critics Circle nom), Andrews Brothers (Ovation Award nom). I Love a Piano; For Musical Theatre Guild - Aspects of Love, Street Scene; Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess (West Coast Premiere), Defying Gravity, Curtains. As arranger/orchestrator and/or music director: Heaven Help Us (Florida Stage; Denver Center), The Prince and the Pauper (Lamb's Theatre), I Love a Piano (Denver Center, Florida Stage), Pete 'n' Keely (John Houseman). He co-wrote the revues Are We There Yet?, A Christmas Survival Guide, and I Love New York (NY Bistro award for best revue). His NY credits include working in the music departments on such shows as 9 To 5, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Bounce, and A New Brain - to name a few.


amish acresThe Rat Pack Lounge

Theme Dinner: April 27

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


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