Dueling Amish musicals

April 21, 2011
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Since 1986, Amish Acres in Nappannee, IN, has been presenting "Plain and Fancy," a 1955 Broadway musical set in Amish country. I've seen about a half dozen of the show's more than 3,000 performances over the years, and have enjoyed it every time. Plus, you can't beat the family-style dinner served just a few steps away.

Well, now Amish Acres and its Round Bard Theatre have some buggy-riding competition.

Blue Gate Theatre, just 45-minutes away in Shipshewana (and adjacent to its own 600-seat restaurant), will be launching its own musical, "The Confession," in June.

Based on a trio of novels by Beverly Lewis, the newly-penned "The Confession"--like "Plain & Fancy"--concerns culture clash, shunning, and a young woman named Katie.

But where "P&F," with a book by "Fiddler on the Roof" scribe Joseph Stein, is more traditional Broadway in sound, "The Confession"--with a songwriting team led by Christian songswmith Wally Nasan--has more contemporary ambitions. For a listen, click here.

Can one state handle two Amish musicals?

Hear for yourself. "Plain and Fancy" runs May 29-Oct 22 at Amish Acres in repertoire with "Hello, Dolly!" "Ring of Fire," and more. "The Confession" opens June 1 and plays through Dec. 3 (in and around Blue Gate's lineup of concerts including performances by Sandi Patti and Pat Boone).

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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