The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres
Bringing you the Best of Broadway's Golden Age of Musical Theatre, The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres is created from a 1911 round barn that was dismantled and resurrected at the historic farmstead to become a professional repertory theater company.
Over one hundred Broadway musicals have been produced over the last two decades. The professional acting company is assembled from auditions across the country and is housed on the farm. The Round Barn Theatre is a full performing arts venue with its own scene shop and rehearsal space. It employs a full time technical staff including artistic director, stage manager, sound and wardrobe designers.
The National Home of Plain and Fancy
An Amish Acres tradition, Plain and Fancy, fills the proscenium Joseph Stein Stage each April through October. This gentle but spirited musical comedy brought the first national attention to the quaint customs, stern morals and picturesque dress of the Amish. Over 3,000 shows have been performed, and over 300,000 patrons have marveled at Amish Acres nationally recruited cast, English Strand theatre lighting, full-scale, authentic sets and costumes over the last decade.
September 5 - October 15, 2017
After witnessing a crime, “Sweaty” Eddie decides that his girlfriend Deloris needs to go into the witness protection program and sends her to the place he believes the trigger man will never find her. More...
May 24, 2017 - October 14, 2017
The Round Barn Theatre is the National Home for this 1955 Broadway musical about Amish life and love. It is in is 31st season, the second longest running musical in America. More...
The Coming of Age Season
"Coming of Age" is a relative thing; we all experience it, and we’ve chosen 21 as the symbol of this part of life’s journey. Because The Round Barn Theatre has been presenting repertory theatre for 21 years, we’ve chosen to design our season around shows that are Coming of Age stories of love and discovery.
From the first date to marriage and beyond in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change to Elle Woods turning blonde into a legal eagle in Legally Blonde, to Katie Yoder and Peter Reber’s long sought love in Plain and Fancy. Throw in Sister Deloris finding her voice in the chapel choir in Sister Act, and Sarah Brown attempting to save sinners in our revival of Guys and Dolls, and you have a recipe for magic! The Mousetrap came of age when it opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously ever since. It has by far the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance taking place in 2012. The Holiday Musical is to be announced soon pending royalty approval. More...
"Without a doubt, Amish Acres Round
Barn Theatre is becoming the best regional theatre in the Midwest. As
a matter of fact, I've enjoyed some of
your past performances better than some Broadway shows that I've seen." ~Season Subscriber
The 2017 "Coming of Age" Season
A New Yorker and his sophisticated girlfriend drive down around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to sell a piece of property. Here they meet 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, respectively, to win Tony awards for Redhead and Fiddler On The Roof. More...
Music by Alan Menken
Book by Bill Steinkellner & Cheri Steinkellner
With Additional Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Based on the 1992 Film of the Same Name
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International
Sister Act is Broadway’s smash musical comedy based on the 1992 blockbuster movie starring Whoopi Goldberg. The musical features all original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and The Beast, The Little Mermaid,) and is filled with toe-tapping songs, show-stopping dance numbers and a truly touching story. After witnessing a crime, “Sweaty” Eddie decides that his girlfriend Deloris needs to go into the witness protection program and sends her to the place he believes the trigger man will never find her - a convent called The Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith. Filled with intrigue, suspense, and laughter, as well as a toe-tapping score including “Sister Act,” “Spread the Love Around,” and Take Me to Heaven” keep the audience enthralled with this wonderful Musical Comedy. More...
The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. It opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It has by far the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance taking place on 18 November 2012. The play is known for its twist ending, which the audience is traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film, Produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker, and written and directed by John Musker & Ron Clements
Produced by special arrangement with Musical Theatre, International
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen, and the Disney film of the same name, a Mermaid Princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway in 2008, where it ran for 685 performances on its way to the Tony Award for Best Original Score and Drama Desk for its star, Sierra Boggess. The award winning score includes many classics from the Disney canon including "Part of Your World," "Under the Sea," and “Kiss the Girl.” More...
Second Stage Productions
The brain child of Jeremy Littlejohn, the Second Stage first opened its doors in 2004. The Second Stage is located in the Locke Township Meeting House down the hall from The Round Barn Theatre. The vision of the Second Stage is to bring theatrical works to the Round Barn audience in an intimate environment, stripped down to the essentials, in order to focus on the acting and writing of each author's work. More...
Plain Paper: Amish News That's Print to Fit
September 10 and 17
Book and Lyrics by Frank Ramirez
Music and Lyrics by Steve Engle
Conceived by Richard Pletcher
Two Sunday early evening readings of the brand new musical by Frank Ramirez and Steve Engle. When the Director and Gal Friday of a small television production company arrive in Nappanee to make a reality show “exposing” the truth about the local Amish community, they discover that despite the struggles facing mainstream newspapers nationwide with regards to declining circulation, printer Martin Zook cannot keep up with the demand for his weekly Amish newspaper, “The Vision.”