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The Carlisle Inn is excited to bring back, for it's third and final season, The Confession Musical. "This is a bittersweet year for The Confession; we are excited to welcome a new cast of incredible talent from seven different states, but it's also a little sad because this will be the final year for guests to have the opportunity to see The Confession," said Mike Miller, Inn Keeper at the Carlisle Inn, Sugarcreek.
"In 2013, our theater featured The Confession and Half-Stitched, where we had the pleasure of entertaining more than 22,000 people," Miller added.
Based on Beverly Lewis' Heritage of Lancaster County Trilogy, the musical combines the three books ("The Shunning," "The Confession," and "The Reckoning") into one unique musical. The screenplay was adapted by former Bob Hope comedy writer, Martha Bolton and was originally produced in Nashville Tennessee by Blue Gate Musicals' Dan Posthuma.
"Mr. Posthuma and director Wally Nason auditioned thousands of professional musicians and actors around the country to narrow down an excellent cast of 10 people," said Miller.
This year's cast includes a mix of new and old faces joining the stage at the Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek. Returning cast members include Emily Hubbard, reprising her role as Mary Stoltzfus, Bobby Hall as Daniel Fisher, Kate Salsbury as Laura Mayfield (previously Rebecca Lapp) and Carrie Greenberg, reprising her role as Rosie Taylor. New to the Sugarcreek stage include Holly Knowles as Katie Lapp, Lew Whitener as Samuel Lapp, Gloria Wallman as Rebecca Lapp, Benjamin Fierke as Fulton Taylor, and Elizabeth Fleming as Allyson Cairns.
To an outsider, Hickory Hollow appears to be just another peaceful little Amish community, but secrets lie just beyond that plain and simple facade. "There's just something 'bout a life that's plain."
Follow Katie Lapp on her journey as she discovers that it is not Amish blood that courses through her veins. On her mission to learn more about her birth mother, she is faced with a community shunning, leaving behind the only family she has ever known and possibly losing the love of her life.
Mayhem ensues when Katie finally reaches the Mayfield home - the home of her birth mother Laura. Wanting to find closure, Katie is thrown into unexpected scandal and emotional struggle from the moment she arrives.
Will Laura Mayfield recognize the deceptive plot of her loved one? Will Katie be able to gain the forgiveness of her Amish family and mend her tangled relationships?
To turn such a heartfelt and dramatic novel into a comedic musical, maintaining its dramatic elements sounds like a major undertaking, but Blue Gate Musicals has done it flawlessly. You will find yourself laughing at the unexpected and being pulled into the emotions of Katie Lapp and the rest of the cast.
Plan to stay the night
So you have decided to attend an evening performance of 'The Confession.' Unless you are a local, driving an hour or more home may not be something you want to do at 10 p.m. With the theater being located in a hotel, having a place to stay couldn't be more convenient.
Make a day out of it. Carlisle Inn offers a full Amish country experience with buggy rides, a small Bulk Food store, two gift shops and restaurant and bakery all on campus. If you're planning on seeing 'The Confession' this summer, make sure you at least save room for dinner.
"Almost everything you get in Amish country can be found right here on campus," said Miller.
Packages are customizable, so plan to spend the day and even night with the Carlisle Inn, Sugarcreek.
"The forecast is looking bright for 2014 as we already have many shows nearing sold-out status and the season has yet to begin," said Miller. "I encourage people to reserve their tickets early to ensure they are not shut out of the performance they want to see."
"Again, the big push this year seems to be folks wanting to get in to see 'The Confession' before it leaves town in mid-August," Miller added,
The Carlisle Inn is located at 1357 Old Route 39 in Sugarcreek. "The Confession," A Musical will be playing at the Carlisle Inn, Sugarcreek from June 3-Aug. 16, 2014. Tickets are available for $35 per person and can be ordered online or at the box office. Visit amishcountrymusicals.com or call 855-344-7547 for more information.