A Star Is Born
by Beth Newcomb
Spring marks the rebirth of Amish Country. The lush greenery and rolling hills that comprise the picturesque landscape are a production unlike any other. But a fresh season of entertainment options found at the Ohio Star Theater, located on the Dutch Valley campus in Sugarcreek, come in at a close second.
The Ohio Star Theater was relaunched in April 2017, moving from a modest space inside the Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek to a state-of-the-art theater packed with the latest sound technology.
“No matter where you’re sitting, the sound experience is phenomenal,” said Vicki VanNatta, public relations coordinator for Dutchman Hospitality. “The sound system plays a vital role in each production. The music for every concert is rich and the vocals for every stage production crisp and easy to hear.”
The still-new space boasts 514 seats from which to choose, and VanNatta said you can sit in any one of them and still feel as though you’re a part of the show. The sloped floor contributes to the warmth and intimacy of the theater, despite its grand appearance.
“People who come to our shows have had nothing but positive reviews,” VanNatta said. “They’ve commented on our beautiful venue and have had high praise for our inspiring and uplifting musicals. The beauty of our productions is they’re appropriate for anyone. You never have to worry about bringing the kids or Mom and Dad because the shows are wholesome and entertaining.”
“When guests arrive at the Ohio Star Theater, their first reaction is typically, ‘Wow,’” she added. “Offering something like this in Amish Country is really special.”
VanNatta said respect for the Amish culture was paramount during the construction, and that mindset continues through to the selection of entertainment offerings during the season.
“Our shows are appropriate for Amish and English audiences alike,” she said.
The vision for the Ohio Star Theater was to enhance the Broadway-style theater productions by also offering concert performances. You’ll find a complete list of happenings for the 2018 season on the website, OhioStarTheater.com.
Here is a sampling of their upcoming performances:
Destined to become a classic, “Half-Stitched” highlights the intricacies of different cultures and personalities and revolves around what happens when they collide during a weekend spent learning about quilts from an Amish widow. This production, now in its third season, will run Wednesday, July 11 through Wednesday, Aug. 29.
An exciting new addition to the offerings, “Stolen” centers around an Amish community that’s shaken when the infant son of a prominent local couple is kidnapped. Twenty years after the event, the town is thrown into turmoil when the case is reopened. A unique mystery filled with intrigue and humor, this show will run Tuesday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Nov. 10.
Christmas in Paradise
During the most wonderful time of the year, a young couple is faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges including a parent with dementia and a sister with control issues. Featuring nuances that everyone can relate to, the heartwarming “Christmas in Paradise” will run Saturday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Dec. 29.
More to Love
The Dutch Valley campus in Sugarcreek also boasts a gorgeous inn, market, restaurant and gift shop, making your stay as interesting and delicious as it is entertaining. Stock up on fresh meats and cheeses, enjoy a relaxing overnight respite, and grab a seat at the table for authentic Amish cooking. Take a dip in the pool, delve into a sensational complimentary breakfast and take home a bouquet of memories to mark your visit.
To grab your seat at the show, you can buy your ticket online at OhioStarTheater.com, visit either of the inns or call 1-855-344-7547. To book a stay, call 1-855-411-2275. The web address to locate all properties owned and operated by Dutchman Hospitality Group is DHGroup.com. Find the Ohio Star Theater on Facebook at Ohio Star Theater at Dutch Valley. The theater is located on the Sugarcreek campus.