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A History of The Round Barn Theatre
Peter Aker round barn built in 1911. The Story of the Round Barn and the Theatre at Amish Acres
The Joseph Stein Stage
Named for the author of Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof and numerous other Broadway shows.
Plain and Fancy
The first musical to open on Broadway in 1955. Amish Acres is now the play's National Home.
Enjoy a fine Dinner/Theatre experience at Amish Acres Barn Loft Grill on select Friday evenings. Reservations necessary.
Second Stage Productions
The vision of the Second Stage is to bring non musical 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.
For Young Audiences
Perfect for introducing children to the theatre, with a special question and answer time afterward. For school groups and home schoolers.
Joseph Stein Young Actors Studio
Learn to Act, Sing, and Dance at Northern Indiana's first professional musical theatre training for kids ages 8 to 14.
Repertory Musical Theatre Seasons in The Round Barn Theatre.
Rent entire costume ensembles from our costume shop. Perfect for regional theatres, community theatres, schools, and churches. Be the star of the party.
Auditions & Theatre
Audition schedule in Memphis, Tennessee and Nappanee, Indiana.
Benefits of Supporting Private Performing Arts
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City Bank Discounts
Half priced college students tickets and free children's matinees.
What People Are Saying
"Of all the
regional theatres with which I have worked, The Round Barn Theatre
is my favorite."
author of Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, and Zorba
New book on building the successful theatre company features The Round Barn Theatre
Lisa Mulcahy has just published her second edition of "Building the Successful Theatre Company." It is newly revised and updated to address the current financial realities of producing theatre in New York and across the country. This second edition features thirteen profiles of successful theatre companies such as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It also includes organizations not featured in the first edition: the Geffen Playhouse, Godspeed Musicals and The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres, the only commercial theatre among the featured companies.
It concentrates on The Round Barn Theatre's 25 year run of Plain and Fancy and its nontraditional methods of producing regional theatre.
By Gregory Bossler
Joe Stein sent me a copy of the January, 2006 issue of The Dramatist: The Journal of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. The issue's cover articles "Dialogue or Duet?: Composers & Librettists," features under "Writers & Their Work," Joseph Stein, an interview by Gregory Bossler. The six page article covers Stein's path to Broadway from social worker to radio skit writer, to Sid Ceaser's "Your Show of Shows," to "Plain and Fancy," his first Broadway musical, followed nine years later by "Fiddler on the Roof."
In the interview Stein said, "Several years ago, I found out that Plain and Fancy is having a unique life. It has been playing continually at the Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee, Indiana, for 20 years. It seems there's a large Amish community there and it's become a tourist center. Buses come everyday. (I wish!) In the morning, they go to the rug weaver or the blacksmith or whoever else is working there, and at night, they see Plain and Fancy." Our stage was named for and dedicated to to Joseph Stein in 1997 and he remains our inspiration and guiding light in every production we mount.
July 6, 1995
Mr. Richard L. Pletcher, President
1600 West Market Street
Nappanee, Indiana 46550
Dear Mr. Pletcher:
Forty years ago when America was for the first time in many years at peace and experiencing a collective optimism saw a nation, Plain and Fancy opened on Broadway. The critic William Hawkins of the venerable Scripps-Howard World-Telegram wrote that the charming new musical, a beautiful and affecting study of opposites set against the simple beauty of Amish life "...makes you feel as if you had on new shoes and your best hat."
Our world has changed, presenting challenges all but unimaginable to Americans at that gentler time, yet the poetry and magic of Plain and Fancy endures.
It is a tribute to the wisdom and vernacular eloquence of the story by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman, to the delightful lyrics by Arnold Horwitt and to Albert Hague's bouyant, moving melodies, that for over nine years Plain and Fancy has been performed by Amish Acres.
The tender, wry folkways of rural Pennsylvania have found a home in the Indiana heartland, and thanks to the great talent and commitment of Amish Acres, this inspiring musical continues to enchant audiences of all ages.
On behalf of all of us at Samuel French, I offer our sincerest best wishes and heartfelt congratulations for the continued showmanship and artistic excellence of Amish Acres, as well as the most profound appreciation and affection to Mr. Joseph Stein who joins you in commemorating the 40th anniversary of Plain and Fancy.
Yours most cordially,
Charles R. Van Nostrand
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