The musical was one of the most popular movies of 1954 and nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, and won the award for Best Musical Score. It is ranked number 21 on the American Film Institute’s list of best musicals.
It is no wonder that this wildly successful movie musical was later made into a stage version and became one of The Round Barn Theatre’s most popular productions ever produced. Now, 11 years after it debuted on the Joseph Stein Stage, The Round Barn Theatre will once again present this classic of the stage and cinema to ring in Fall Harvest Days at Amish Acres.
“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is one of the few but great musicals that expertly integrates music, dance and story. The musical follows “ornery backwoodsman” Adam Pontipee and his band of six brothers. Adam comes to town from the mountains of Oregon to search for a bride. He finds spunky Milly Bradon. When their older brother marries Milly, the six lumberjacks decide it’s time to go courting for themselves.
“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” will be directed by The Round Barn Theatre’s Artistic Director Jeremy Littlejohn, with choreography by alumni Sarah Philabaum, most recently seen as Doralee in The Round Barn’s production, “9 to 5 the musical.” The production will be musically directed by resident Music Director Travis Smith and stars Round Barn Theatre Alumni Rory Dunn as Adam, Emily Dunn as Milly and features returning Round Barn alumni Caitlin Borek, Andy Frank, Daniel Grey, Pam Gunterman, Allison Jean Jones, Ramaad Morris and J.D. Simper.
All patrons are invited to join the cast and the staff of Amish Acres for an opening night reception, which includes wine, cheese, information about the show and a toast to opening night. The reception will take place in the Wine Tasting Loft in the Restaurant Barn from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The cast, director and Round Barn Theatre staff will be mingling during a meet and greet and also readily available to give you their insight into the production. In addition, learn the history and research that went into the making of the show from Artistic Director Jeremy Littlejohn and Executive Producer Richard Pletcher.
The production runs from Sept. 10 through Oct. 20 with 2 p.m. matinees and 8 p.m. evening performances. A complete show schedule and ticket information is available by calling The Round Barn Theatre Box Office at (800) 800-4942 extension 2 or online at www.amishacres.com.
Theatre tickets can be combined at a savings with Amish Acres’ famous family style Threshers Dinner served daily or a Theme Dinner served on Friday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 18. Theme Dinner seating is limited and reservations should be made in advance by calling The Round Barn Theatre Box Office at (800) 800-4942 extension 2.