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Amish Acres
1998 Production of My Fair Lady

Amish Acres 1998 Production of My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

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"What makes this production special is that the company is so very good!" -Frank Ramirez, The Goshen News
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"My Fair Lady, an evening of delightful musical entertainment" -Jeri Seely, The Paper
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"...spirited choreography, ...visually sumptuous set designs, ...striking costumes" -Miles White, Arts Editor,
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Director's Note
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My Fair Lady is the musical version of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. It is the famous story of Henry Higgins, the language expert who tries to pass a poor uneducated flowergirl off as a member of stuffy British nobility. Its a lovely musical with a lot of comedy and a classic love story. It is one of the most popular shows of all time and it was made into an Academy-Award winning film with Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins and Audrey Hepburn as Elias Doolittle. There are great songs in My Fair Lady, almost everyone of them is a show stopper.

My Fair Lady, in its original run competed on Broadway with such shows as West Side Story, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly! and yet it nearly swept the Tony Awards. The production ran over five years and has had numerous revivals. The show launched the career of Julie Andrews who was passed over for the film version because the producers didn't think she was a big enough star. That same year, Julie Andrews made Mary Poppins and won the Academy Award. This will be the biggest show The Round Barn has ever produced.

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Artistic Company

Director, Scott Saegesser
Director/Production Manager, Jerry O’Boyle
Musical Director, Linda Slein
Choreographer, Jessica Harrigan Texidor
Stage Manager, Rich Snyder
Set Designer/Tech Director, Colby Landers
Costume Designer, Laura Freeman
Lighting Designer, Chris Little
Master Carpenter, Dave Waterman
Light Board Operator, KC Snyder
Sound Board Operator, Chris Little
Props, Jerry O’Boyle & Val Landrum
Shop Assistant, Jayson Elliott
Production Assistants, Robert Geils,
Jeremy Littlejohn & KC Snyder

My Fair Lady Songs

I Could Have Danced All Night
The Rain In Spain
Get Me To The Church On Time
On The Street Where You Live
Wouldn't It Be Lovely
With A Little Bit Of Luck
A Hymn To Him

Cast List

Mrs. Pearce Robin Aronson 
Lady Boxington Christine Asero
Alto Maid Christine Asero
George the Bartender Jim Beck 
Bass Servant Jim Beck
Lord Boxington Sam Brown 
Footman Sam Brown 
Opera Guest Sam Brown 
1st Cockney James Ryan Caldwell
Mrs. Higgins Mary Gavin Crawford 
Freddy Eynsford-Hill Peter Despotopoulos
Tenor Servant Jayson Elliott
Cockney Jayson Elliott
Angry Man Jayson Elliott
2nd Cockney Joe Ford 
Male Busker Joe Ford 
Ascot Chauffeur Joe Ford 
Eliza Doolittle Laura Freeman 
4th Cockney Robert Geils 
Policeman Robert Geils 
Henry Higgins Shawn Holtgren 
Mrs. Hopkins Alika Hope 
Soprano Maid Alika Hope 
Opera Guest Alika Hope 
Flower Girl Val Landrum 
Mrs. Higgin’s Maid Val Landrum 
Angry Woman Val Landrum 
Jamie Jeremy Littlejohn 
Alfred P. Doolittle Jerry O’Boyle 
Harry Joby Raines 
Colonel Pickering Stanley Schorr 
3rd Cockney Tom Smith
Female Busker Jessica Harrigan Texidor 
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill Susan Hepler Yoder 


Robin Aronson (Mrs. Pearce) just completed her MFA in Acting at The University of Connecticut, where she performed her thesis role of The Fool in King Lear. A native of Michigan, Robin graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Theatre. An Equity Membership candidate, her favorite shows include The Grapes of Wrath (Ma Joad), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Six Degrees of Separation (Ouisa), A View From the Bridge (Beatrice Carbone), and Fiddler on the Roof (Yente). Robin has played violin for over eleven years and played in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony for five years.

Christine Asero (Lady Boxington, Alto Maid) Originally from Bowie, Maryland, Christine holds a degree in theatre from the University of Maryland and has performed throughout the Washington D.C. area. Her favorite roles include performing on the cruise ship MV. Cunard Countess, Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, Sr. Amnesia in Nunsense, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, just to name a few. She has also sung in local cabarets acquiring a repertoire of music from opera to country. Christine now resides in New York City and thanks her family for their continuing love and support.

Jim Beck (George the Bartender, Bass Servant) Jim is pleased to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre for his 4th season. Originally from Milwaukee, he has been a Hoosier for the past 13 years. Jim continues to study voice at IUSB, work in a busy E.R., and train for commercials and industrial films in Chicago. At Amish Acres, Jim has been in various roles from Pianist for Plain and Fancy, to Musical Director, to acting on both Round Barn Theatre stages. Favorite roles include Father Jacob in Joseph…Dreamcoat, Doumergue in The Baker’s Wife, and Hoagy Carmichael in Indiana Music on My Mind. Other acting highlights include playing a "mean" high priest in Florida’s Passion Play. Jim would like to thank his parents and sister, Judy, for their love and support. He dedicates this season to Lynn Timmon, a director from Niles, Michigan, who gave him the theatre "bug" years ago.

Sam Brown (Lord Boxington, Footman, Opera Guest) Sam Brown was raised here in Nappanee and, as a teenager, performed in numerous high school and civic theatre productions. After high school, Sam performed in dinner/mystery theatre shows with Playhouse Productions and joined The Round Barn Theatre last season, performing as a Confederate Soldier in Shenandoah, Pierre in The Baker’s Wife, and Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Sam is delighted to be returning for the 1998 season!

James Ryan Caldwell (1st Cockney) A native of Goshen, Indiana, James Ryan was most recently seen at The Round Barn Theatre as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and as Henry Anderson in Shenandoah. Before visiting the Round Barn Theatre, James Ryan spent two years pursuing a musical theatre major at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. While at Millikin, James Ryan performed numerous roles including Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Ralph Clark in Our Country’s Good, Orlando in As You Like It, and Jerry in The Zoo Story.

Tom Clark (Scenic Artist)

Ryan Claus (Orchestra Manager) Ryan is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Music, having received a Bachelors Degree in Multiple Woodwind Performance in 1997. Ryan is thrilled to be back at The Round Barn Theatre after playing woodwinds for The Baker’s Wife and Joseph…Dreamcoat last season.

Mary Gavin Crawford (Mrs. Higgins) is thrilled to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut and working with artistic director, Jerry O’Boyle. She makes her home in Glenview, Illinois. Mary has acted with such diverse groups as The Lenawee Players in Adrian, Michigan and The Body Politic in Chicago. Her favorite roles are Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and The Bagwoman in E.R. She is at present a drama coach in the Chicago area.

Peter Despotopoulos (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) Peter grew up in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Upon graduating high school, he was accepted at The Boston Conservatory of Music, Dance, and Theatre, where he, at one time or another, majored in all three of these art forms. Peter has performed in many theatres throughout the United States and Canada in shows such as A Chorus Line, Zorba!, and Beauty and the Beast. He currently resides in The Big Apple.

Jayson Elliott (Tenor Servant, Cockney, Angry Man, Shop Assistant) is thrilled to be returning for his 2nd season at The Round Barn Theatre. Audiences may remember him from Joseph…Dreamcoat (Jacob, The Baker), The Baker’s Wife (Casimir) and the ensemble of Shenandoah and The Music Man. Jay is originally from Rochester, where in high school he took part in over 17 productions. He now resides in Indianapolis. Jay would like to thank everyone at The Round Barn Theatre for their love, support, and inspiration.

Joe Ford (2nd Cockney, Male Busker, Ascot Chauffeur) A native Hoosier, Joe began his work at The Round Barn Theatre in 1995 with Fiddler on the Roof. He has since completed his junior year as a musical theatre major at Western Michigan University. There his performances include Cabaret and Berlin to Broadway, among others. Local audiences may remember him as Matt in The Fantasticks and from The Music Man and State Fair here at The Round Barn Theatre. Other favorite credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirates of Penzance, and 1776.

Laura Freeman (Eliza Doolittle, Costumer) Laura has had the pleasure of performing for Round Barn Theatre patrons in the early years of Plain and Fancy as Hilda, and more recently as Anna Held in Tintypes and Genevieve in The Baker’s Wife. Nationally, she has worked in Omaha, Oklahoma City, Birmingham, Chicago, Coldwater (Michigan) and Newark (Ohio). She has toured extensively as The Witch in Into the Woods and The Narrator in Joseph all over the East Coast and Canada. She also managed to work in Europe, doing a production of Hair and returned sane. She’d like to dedicate this year to her parents, "Thanks for storing my stuff for so long . . . I’m finally putting down roots!!!"

Robert Geils (4th Cockney, Policeman, Production Assistant) Originally from Chicago, Robert returns to the Round Barn Theatre for his fourth year. He is probably most remembered as Motel the Taylor in Fiddler on the Roof, and Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Shawn Holtgren (Henry Higgins) is returning to The Round Barn Theatre in a familiar role for this Niles, Michigan native who played Higgins in the 1997 Bethel College production. Audiences may remember Shawn from last season as Red Skelton in Indiana Music On My Mind and as Clay in State Fair. Most recently, Shawn portrayed The King in The King and I and Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music, both part of Bethel College’s music review Some Enchanted Evening. In February Shawn played Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Holtgren’s other roles include Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, Paul Bratter from Barefoot in the Park, and numerous characters from plays and musicals written by Dr. Earl Reimer. In addition to performing, Shawn works at Bethel College as the Chapel Band director and as a resident director. Shawn thanks his wife, Katie, for her continual support and encouragement, and above all, God for providing opportunities, direction and constant love.

Alika Hope (Mrs. Hopkins, Soprano Maid, Opera Guest) Alika is a junior at the University of Notre Dame. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Hope has done extensive film, commercial and modeling work in the Northwest. Favorite characters she has played include Mad Margaret in Ruddigore at The Cabell Center in Portland, Ayah from The Secret Garden with San Antonio Little Theater in Texas, and Helene in Mishawaka Civic Theatre’s production of Sweet Charity.

Colby Landers (Set Designer, Technical Director) Colby comes to Nappanee from West Texas. He has worked as a designer, technical director, and as an actor in various theatres throughout the states including Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Texas (of course) and now Indiana. Colby is currently working on his Master’s thesis in Theatre History and Criticism, setting himself up for a teaching career. He dedicates his creative work to his puppy dog, "Denver Bliss", who was left behind in Texas.

Val Landrum (Flower Girl, Mrs. Higgin’s Maid, Angry Woman) Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Val has been seen previously at The Round Barn Theatre in Plain and Fancy, The Baker’s Wife, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Some of her favorite theatre experiences elsewhere include playing Anna in Burn This, Jill Mason in Equus, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, and Catherine in The Foreigner. Along with being a playwright, she also loves baseball and Nantucket Island. She thanks God above all else and dedicates this season’s work to her best friend, Amy Ball.

Christopher C. Little (Lighting Designer, Sound Board Operator) comes to The Round Barn Theatre from Central Texas where he is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Scenic Design at Southwest Texas State University. His lighting design credits include Conference of the Birds, What I Did Last Summer, A Dance Review, and Cole Porter Review. He enjoys rock climbing, camping, and hiking.

Jeremy Littlejohn (Jamie, Production Assistant) Jeremy is happy to be returning for his second season at Round Barn Theatre. Round Barn audiences may remember him from last season as a Confederate Soldier in Shenandoah, Barnaby in The Baker’s Wife, and Napthali in Joseph. Prior to coming to Nappanee, he was seen performing on the Elkhart Civic Theatre stage in The Quartet for The Music Man, and as Mortimer in The Fantasticks. Some of his other credits include Anything Goes and Guys and Dolls.

Jerry O’Boyle (Alfred P. Doolittle, Artistic Director) appeared on stage at the Round Barn as The Baker in The Baker’s Wife and as T.R. in Tintypes during the 1997 season. Jerry was also responsible for the staging of Shenandoah, Schoolhouse Rock Live! and Joseph. In 1996 he appeared as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Prior to relocating to Nappanee in 1994, Jerry appeared at several Chicago-area theatres, most notably Marriott's Lincolnshire (Into The Woods); The Wellington (Theda Bara...); Northlight (Dealing); Pegasus Players (Pacific Overtures); and The Apple Tree Theatre (Zorba). Jerry first came to work at Amish Acres 10 years ago and has since performed in over 600 performances of Plain and Fancy.

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres, with his father LaVern, in 1968. The Old Order Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed on The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one-year experiment in dinner-theatre in 1971, he added theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in 1986. The play has run continuously for eleven years and has surpassed 2,000 performances. Amish Acres became a musical repertory theatre in 1996. Productions of Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Annie, Tintypes, State Fair, The Music Man, Shenandoah, The Baker’s Wife, Schoolhouse Rock Live! and Joseph… have brought the theatre regional and national attention. He conceived the Second Stage production Indiana: Music on my Mind, an evolving musical tribute to Hoosiers Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter and poet-laureate, James Whitcomb Riley.

Joby Raines (Harry) is excited to be back for his second full season at The Round Barn. In 1996, Joby received a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Theater Education from Missouri Valley College, where he performed the roles of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Billy in Anything Goes. He has performed at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse as Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, and as The Groom in the Crown Uptown Theatre production of Father of the Bride. At Arrow Rock Lyceum , he appeared in productions of Carousel and Hello Dolly!. Favorite roles at the Round Barn Theatre include Wayne in State Fair, James in Shenandoah, and Dominique in The Baker's Wife. Joby would like to thank God and his family for making all things possible.

Scott Saegesser (Director) Although he was born in Illinois, Scott has been living in New York for the past 10 years and considers himself a native of the Big Apple. He is a core company member of a children’s theatre company that performs regularly at The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Scott enjoyed playing the Recently Freed Corporal in last season’s Shenandoah here at The Round Barn Theatre. Some of his other favorite roles include Dick in Dames at Sea, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and a pair of "those dancing feet" in 42nd Street. Scott also enjoys performing cabaret and is a certified fitness instructor.

Stanley Schorr (Colonel Pickering) Stanley Schorr comes to The Round Barn Theatre from Northeast Pennsylvania. He was most recently seen as Mr. Snow in Carousel. Other musical theatre credits include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Philippe in Yestom/Kapit’s Phantom, Bud Frump in How to Succeed…, and others. Operetta credits include Eisenstein in Die Fledermous, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Pish-Tush in The Mikado. Stanley holds a BA in Music from Bloomsburg University.

Linda Slein (Musical Director) has been musical directing in the Chicagoland area for the past twelve years. After graduating from North Park College with a degree in classical piano, Linda went on to work as the resident musical director at Theatre-on-the-Lake for eleven seasons. Linda has also worked for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Appletree Theatre, and The Splinter Group, to name a few. When not musical directing, Linda and her husband Scott own American Eagle Productions, a children’s theatre company which performs about 300 shows a year in Chicago area schools.

Tom Smith (3rd Cockney)

K.C. Snyder (Production Assistant, Light Board Operator) resides in LaPorte, Indiana although she has spent the past 8 months completing her freshman year at Blackburn College. She has been involved with theatre for the past 9 years. Most recently, she directed Death Takes A Holiday at school.

Richard P. Snyder (Stage Manager) Richard has worked professionally as an actor, director, technical director, stage manager, production manager and properties master. He is very proud of his work here at the Round Barn Theatre and of the work he did in Chicago, especially with The Gin Game and Forever Plaid. His favorite role here at the Round Barn Theatre was Jesus in Godspell.

Jessica Harrigan Texidor (Female Busker, Choreographer) Jessica is originally from Midland, Michigan. She now resides in Chicago, where she appeared in The Music Man at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Jeanne and Dionne in Hair, Sonia in Godspell, and was assistant director and choreographer for Whoop-Dee-Doo! at The Royal George Theatre. Other credits include Carousel with The Cleveland Opera, Caribe Celebration for Norwegian Cruise Lines, Phantom of the Opera (Sivak/Bell), and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in Milwaukee. Jessica has a BA in Theatre from Loyola University in Chicago.

Dave Waterman (Master Carpenter) Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Dave comes to us from Allentown, Pennsylvania, having traveled the country as a handyman for 20 years. He began his career in 1987 at Bloomsburg University, where he acted and served as master carpenter for over 30 productions. Work with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival took him to Allentown in 1992, where he later collaborated at PA Stage and Theatre Outlet. At Theatre Outlet he met his fiancée, Shana, also a theatre professional.

Susan Hepler Yoder (Mrs. Eynsford-Hill) has returned for her fourth production at Amish Acres. She has performed as Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof, Alma Hicks in The Music Man. She has played other roles such as Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Gooch in Mame and Flora in La Traviata. She is an Art and English teacher at Goshen High School and co-directs the plays and musicals. Her greatest joys are her three children, Jennie, Kristyn, and Andy. "My strength comes from God, I thank Him for each day He leads me through."


*Costumes designed by The Costume Shop
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Director’s Note

Welcome to the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres. On behalf of the company of professional actors and theatrical artists, I invite you to enjoy our presentation of a musical theatre classic. Today we will present a story of two worlds colliding and the struggles and triumphs of the people whose lives are turned upside-down. The vehicle in which we have chosen to do this is Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. The story revolves around a streetwise flower peddler, Eliza Doolittle, and a well-educated phonetics expert, Professor Henry Higgins. Their paths cross one foggy night in Edwardian London and their lives are forever changed. I invite you to decide for yourself the basic questions raised by the story: Is success in life related to social standing? Is social standing key to happiness? Who is the teacher and who is the student? What I would like you to remember is this: There is far more to be learned from another person than can ever be learned from a book. I hope you are as inspired by the characters’ determination and personal evolution as I have been.

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