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This Wooden O : the Story of Amish Acres, Plain and Fancy and the Round Barn Theatre

Ramirez, Frank

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ISBN 10: 0970928718 / ISBN 13: 9780970928719
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Title: This Wooden O : the Story of Amish Acres, ...

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Edition: First Printing

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This commemorative edition of Amish Acres: Stamps of Approval is being published to coincide with The United States Postal Service First Day of Issue Ceremony for the “Amish Quilts” commemorative stamps to be held at noon, August 9, 2001 on the Joseph Stein Stage of the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana. The theatre is the National Home of “Plain and Fancy,” the 1955 Broadway musical about Amish life and love, celebrating its 15th season at the historic farm. The stamps celebrate the contributions of Amish quilters over the last two centuries across America to their distinctive and practical art form.

Frank Ramirez and Richard Pletcher have collaborated to create this history of Amish Acres and the development of the Round Barn Theatre into one of the nation’s busiest regional musical theatres. The book is divided into two sections. The first covers the history of the acquisition, preservation and restoration of the Stahly-Nissley-Kuhns farmstead into Amish Acres heritage resort. It has subsequently become the only Old-Order Amish farm listed on The National Register of Historic Places. The second section, “This Wooden O,” follows Ramirez’s insight into each theatrical production that has taken the stage of the Round Barn Theatre over the last decade and a half. He explores each musical for its message as it fits within the Golden Era of musical theatre in America, then critiques the individual merits of each show’s artistic, performance and technical team. Together they create patterns of human life, love and interaction among those of different backgrounds enriching our capacity to appreciate and tolerate others who differ from our own cultural backgrounds.

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Today you'll find Amish Acres on "Rand McNally's" map, rated as one of the top attractions in the Midwest by "Mobil Travel Guide," listed on the National Register of Historic Places, selected by the United States Postal Service (R) to host the dedication ceremony for its commemorative Amish Quilt stamps, featured in "U.S. News & World Report," "Better Homes and Gardens," "Midwest Living," and the subject of Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" headlines.

But four decades ago the plan to preserve and restore aqn Old Order Amish farmstead in nappanee, Indiana, as a cultural center seemed as far fetched as the invention of the personal computer and the Internet. This book follows the story of Amish Acres' development and the unlikely path that led the historic farmstead to undertake Broadway musical theatre, a major enhancement of its mission of historic interpretation.

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