Thursday, July 31, 2014

Amish Musicals at Carlisle Inn Theater Provide Unique Insight into Amish Living

When you think of Broadway style musicals, Amish romance and comedy may not be stories that come to mind, but the talented crew at the Live Theater at Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio has taken two such dramas from award-winning novelists and brought them to life on stage and in song. The Confession, from Beverly Lewis, is running until August 16th, and Half-Stitched, from Wanda Brunstetter, will run from August 22nd until December 20th of this year. Visitors to Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are encouraged to experience this one-of-a-kind look into Amish livelihoods.

Presented in a 190 seat theater-in-the-round, both The Confession and Half-Stitched were composed and directed by Wally Nason, produced by Dan Posthuma, and written by Martha Bolton. The success of these musicals in Indiana caught the attention of the creative teams here in Ohio, and in 2012, The Confession made its debut in Sugarcreek. Half-Stitched joined a year later, and the two have created a unique and fun experience for locals and visitors alike.

The Confession is based on a trilogy of Amish romance novels written by Beverly Lewis, called "The Heritage of Lancaster County," which includes The Shunning, The Confession, and The Reckoning. The musical follows a young Amish woman named Katie Lapp who finds herself trapped in the middle of love, lies, and everything in between. This emotional roller coaster connects the audience to Katie's experiences in a way only a musical can. Shows for The Confession will end on August 16th for the 2014 theater season.

A bit of a lighter and happier story, Half-Stitched tells the tale of an Amish widow who decides to teach a beginner's quilting class. This would be a pretty normal occurrence, except the students who sign up to take her class include a biker, a Marine, a quarrelsome couple, and other seemingly out-of-place characters. Half-Stitched is based on a novel written by Wanda Brunstetter, an author who is considered to be one of the founders of the Amish romance genre. This comedy is sure to bring laughter and enjoyment to viewers of all ages. The 2014 theater season for Half-Stitched begins on August 22nd and will run until December 20th.

Ticket prices and seat availability will vary as the season progresses. Visitors interested in purchasing tickets or more information about the shows can go to or call the Carlisle Inn Box Office at 855-344-7547.

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