Goshen News, Goshen, IN


September 13, 2012

'Sisters of Swing'

Andrews Sisters focus of Amish Acres musical

NAPPANEE — Music? In a show about the Andrews Sisters, absolutely.

That said, the latest production at the Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre isn’t just about tunes.

“It’s not a jukebox musical,” Amber Burgess, director/choreographer said of “Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters.” “It’s not just their music put to a story that doesn’t have any meaning. It’s actually the story of their lives, from childhood all the way through their careers and all the way through the war. Everything, top to bottom.”

In part, the musical chronicles the sisters’ career ascent as recording artists to their tours cheering America soldiers during World War II. The war is the centerpiece of the musical’s second act, according to Burgess.

“(The sisters) were so involved in the USO and they often couldn’t even tell their family or their friends where they were,” she said. “They could call people but they couldn’t tell them where on the globe they were, because it was confidential. They were so involved in the USO and doing those tours, they often had more security clearance than other people in the military.”

On several occasions, the military honored the Andrews Sisters for their efforts.

“Because they didn’t just do those USO shows,” Burgess said. “They never stopped singing. They would sing in hospitals. They would sing in mess halls. Anytime someone wanted them to sing a song, they would. Even just out on the street — if a soldier asked for a song, they would sing.”

“Sisters of Swing” is an engaging story, in Burgess’ view, and through it audiences can learn more about the lives of three famous siblings.

“I think people expect to go in there and hear some Andrews Sisters songs,” she said. “But then what they’re learning — and the things that are happening, the stories they’re walking away with — is exceeding their expectations. In my humble opinion.”

Audiences do, in fact, hear some Andrews Sisters songs in “Sisters of Swing.” Burgess said attendees can expect to hear tunes they know, some they don’t and every Andrews Sisters song they love.

“The heart of the story is the music,” she said. “It’s very central.”

And audiences like what they’ve been hearing.

“We’ve had standing ovations I think (at) almost every performance so far,” Burgess said this week. “People have really enjoyed it. And you can just tell when people are hearing a song they love, or something they went there to hear.

“On opening night, the first bars of ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ came up (and) the audience applauded. They were so excited to hear it that they clapped before the song started.”

“Sisters of Swing” stars returning Round Barn Theatre performers Emily Baer as LaVerne Andrews, Em Laudeman as Maxene Andrews and Olivia Corbello as Patty Andrews. Travis Smith is the musical director.

If you want to go

Performances of “Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters” run through Oct. 14 at the Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee. Showtimes are at 2 and 8 p.m. A show schedule and ticket information is available by calling the box office at 800-800-4942 ext. 2 or online at www.amishacres.com.

Text Only
  • TV-Manhattan Project [Duplicate] Scientists make love, weapons in 'Manhattan' LOS ANGELES — Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets. He found the answer by looking back to the early 1940s, when U.S. scientists and others

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140724 Little Women 'Little Women' opens at Round Barn Tuesday NAPPANEE — Since 1868 ambitious fans of Louisa May Alcott’s novel have dreamed of being one of the March sisters. In the pages of Little Women, young and adolescent girls are able to read about the “normalization” of ambitious women by repeatedly reinforcing the importance of individuality and female vocation.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140728 library photo Bubbles and Giggles this week's Storytime Express Goshen Public Library 601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531 537-0241, Children’s Services 534-6650, Audiovisual Services http://www.goshenpl.lib.in.us/ Bubbles and Giggles Bubbles and Giggles is the theme for this week’s Storytime Express and the Summer Reading

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • LIBRARY NEWS: Hypnotherapist coming to Syracuse Angie Hernandez, certified Hypnotherapist, is presenting a session on using Emotional Freedom Technique, also called tapping, on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. People are invited to a free class to experiment with this technique for self-healing. Nick Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution, says EFT is a type of meridian tapping that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Tapping utilizes the body’s energy meridian points by stimulating them with your fingertips.

    July 21, 2014

  • ENT GN0717 Buddy Guy 02 Blues legend Buddy Guy to perform at the Lerner in October On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Lerner Theatre hosts one of the most influential artists in the history of blues and rock ‘n roll.

    July 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • ENT 0714 library photo Candy science experiments at Milford Milford Public Library 101 N. Main St., 658-4312 Dial-A-Story, 658-9540 www.milford.lib.in.us Food and Fun Day The final food and fun day of summer will be July 23 and feature science experiments with candy. There are four sessions to choose from 10:

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140710 Jennie Sophia 02 Goshen High School grad Jennie Sophia takes lead in production of "Brigadoon" For Jennie Sophia, to play the lead role of Fiona MacLaren in Lerner & Lowe’s “Brigadoon” is a dream realized.

    July 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Country/gospel sing underway at Buck Lake A Michiana Country/Gospel Weekend is underway at Buck Lake Ranch in Angola. Today there will be concerts all day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bands scheduled to play today include: Backwoods Ramblers, Heartstrings Bluegrass, Heaven Bound, Aaron Stutzman (y

    June 27, 2014

  • ENT GN0626 hbo image 02 HBO drama probes the trauma of a missing 2 percent NEW YORK — Not long ago, 2 percent of the world’s population vanished. Quietly, instantly, with no provocation.This unfathomable loss continues to haunt all those left behind, including residents of the small New York town that serves as the setting

    June 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • ENT GN0626 eli wallach image Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies NEW YORK — Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western "The Good, t

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results