Dutchman Hospitality: Raising The Bar
by Beth Newcomb
For years audiences flocked to the Ohio Star Theater (located within the Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek) to enjoy Broadway-caliber performances in an intimate, in-the-round venue. The wholesome, Amish-themed story musicals were a delight for couples and families, as they represented an ideal alternative to mainstream entertainment while paying respect to Amish culture. The shows regularly sold out, leaving some visitors with a missed opportunity to enjoy a performance.
The success of the shows prompted the Dutchman Hospitality team of owners to build a large, stand-alone, state-of-the-art theater on the same campus as the Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek and Dutch Valley Restaurant.
After much thought and planning construction of the new Ohio Star Theater began in the summer of 2016 and on April 1, 2017 the new theater hosted Guy Penrod for their first show.
The size of the new seating area has created the perfect venue for musical acts and concerts. Speaking engagements and comedic performances round out the traditional musical-style, Broadway-level shows the theater has become known for.
It’s worth noting that the sound system in the theater was built from the ground up and the building constructed around it — not the other way around.
A perfect way to enhance your visit to the Dutch Valley Sugarcreek campus, the new Ohio Star Theater joins Dutch Valley Restaurant, Dutch Valley Market, Dutch Valley Gifts and the Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek — all in one convenient location. Packages for accommodations and the theater are available.
Musical guests share a faith-based message, with gospel and contemporary Christian artists planned. Shows each year include returning favorites along with inspiring and entertaining new works designed to keep guests both entertained and engaged.
To those who visit the area, Amish culture may be a bit of a mystery. In association with Blue Gate Productions, the Ohio Star Theater draws people in for a closer look and better understanding, courtesy of the Broadway-style shows based on Amish novels. Tickets can be purchased at the box office inside the theater, or online.
Our Christmas Dinner
Find out what happens when Christmas plans are interrupted by surprise guests and a raging snowstorm in the not-so-traditional, “Our Christmas Dinner: The Musical.” Christmas carols and original songs will delight people of all ages.
This production is a limited engagement, running through Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.
Celebrate the Season
Celebrate the reason for the season, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 5 and 6, 2017, by delighting in the musical ministry of vocal artist Steve Green. In addition to Steve’s renditions of everyone’s favorite Christmas classics, he’ll be joined on stage by a local choir. Steve is a Grammy-nominated artist with 18 number one songs and seven Dove Awards.
Party With a Purpose
On Saturday, Dec. 30, ring in the New Year with Dove Award-winning and Grammy-nominated artists Karen Peck and New River. Peck’s inspiring soprano voice backed by her southern gospel band is certain to warm the heart as we bid farewell to 2017. Also enjoy comedy sensation John Crist, the next big thing in standup comedy. The majority of Crist’s jokes center around the topic of Christian subculture. Choose from a 1 p.m. matinee or a 9 p.m. show.
2018 Sneak Peek
The 2018 Ohio Star Theater season provides a wealth of wholesome entertainment options from which to choose. Making their return, “Home Game” runs from April until June, and “Half-Stitched the Musical” is presented July through September, 2018.
New to the stage will be “Stolen, ”September through November, and “Christmas in Paradise,” November through December, 2018.
These theater productions are joined by an engaging lineup of musical performances from groups like the Kingsmen Quartet (Saturday, Jan. 27), Dixie Melody Boys (Saturday, Feb. 17), Phillips, Craig & Dean (Saturday, March 10), The Hoppers (Saturday, March 24), LeFevre Quartet (Wednesday, April 4) and The Martins (Saturday, April 14). w
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.