Story by Wally Nason 


Life on an Amish farm is full of unique challenges and rich blessings. Come meet Amish storytellers Simon and Eliza Yoder, as they give you a glimpse into their lifelong journey together. 


They will entertain you with their stories about farming, horse and buggies, quilt making, barn raising, ice cream socials, Church services, bishops, regulations, one room school houses, courting, rumspringas…

and… dealing with Englishers!


In “The GÜT life!  with the Yoders” you’ll be captivated by their often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking stories. Seeing life through Simon and Eliza’s eyes, you will discover that the “plain” life is in reality

a life of depth, beauty, and lighthearted joy.

2020 CASTS

Blue Gate Theatre

Kevin McDaniel/Simon                              Nicole Leis/Eliza

Kevin M. McDaniel (Simon Yoder) returns to the Blue Gate stage to begin his 10th season with the company and is happy to be originating another role in these trying times. Other Blue Gate characters include Foster Bates in Stolen, Ivanov in A Simple Sanctuary, Herman in The Christmas Tree Ship, Harley in Josiah for President,  Stuart in Half-Stitched, Daniel and Dylan in The Confession, Matthew in Christmas in Paradise, Uncle Ollie in Our Christmas Dinner, Phil Watson in The Home Game, and Bernie in Mennonite Girls Can Cook. Other favorite jobs include Dollywood’s Babes In Toyland, Forever Plaid, Shear Madness, 1776, My Fair Lady, Little Women, Can-Can, and Busch Gardens’ Entwined. Kevin hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and has his BA in musical theatre from Ball State University. Kevin sends all his love to Mom and Thony.

Nicole Leis (Eliza Yoder)- Nicole is extremely excited to be back with Blue Gate Musicals for her fourth season! She is from Ansonia, OH and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. Theatre credits include Rose in Christmas Tree Ship, Leela in A Simple Sanctuary, Fannie Miller in Stolen!, Emma Yoder in Half-Stitched, Laura Mayfield in The Confession, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific.  Nicole is very thankful to be back with Blue Gate Musicals and to be working during this difficult time. Much love and thanks to her family for always supporting her dreams. She thanks God for His love and strength in all things. “I love you Mom, Dad, Stephanie, Robert, Chelsea, and Belle.”

Bird-In-Hand Stage

Nathan Garner/Simon                           Monica DePaul/Eliza

Nathan, is thrilled to be returning for his 6th season

of acting at Bird in Hand and 4th as the Technical Manager.

Most recently Nathan has played the roles of Matt in

A Christmas to Remember and Abraham in Stolen.

Nathan is excited to reprise his role of Josiah Stolzfus in

Josiah for President. Outside of the theatre he enjoys

rock climbing, archery, and relaxing around a bonfire.

He wants to thank his castmates and everyone behind

the scene who help make the show happen everyday. Enjoy the show!

Past Blue Gate credits include: Hazel in A Christmas to Remember,

Rosie in The Confession, Fanny Miller in Stolen and more!

Originally from: Orange County, CA; Training: BFA in Musical Theatre

from California State University, Fullerton. Sight & Sound Theatre credits:

Abraham and Sarah, Psalms of David, Voices of Christmas,

Jonah and more! Local theatre credits: The Fulton Theatre, PRiMA Theatre,

Servant Stage Company and more! Favorite roles include: Sarah in

Abraham and Sarah, Morgan in Godspell and Nimue in Camelot.

She also enjoys the role of Artistic Director of Cavod Theatre in

New Holland, PA where she most recently directed

Cinderella and currently teaches acting classes.

Many thanks to Mom, Vinnie, Amelia and Ella

and to God for all of the little treasures life provides.

Ohio Star Theatre

Bobby Hall/Simon                                Connor Murphy White/Eliza

Connor Murphy-White is thrilled to be performing with Blue Gate Musicals! She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico (M.M.) and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Troy University (B.S. Music Industry; B.S. Theatre). While at Troy University, Ms. Murphy-White was recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Music Graduate.


Ms. Murphy-White made her professional debut in 2015 as Nancy Ward in Horn in the West. She has recently performed with Blue Gate Musicals (PA venue), Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Miami Music Festival, Red River Lyric Opera, Russian Opera Workshop, Berlin Opera Academy, ABQ Philharmonic, among others.


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Bobby Hall, Jr. is no stranger to Amish Country. This is his eighth season at the Ohio Star Theater where he has been seen as a performer and director. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Bluefield College in Virginia. Bobby has performed extensively in his home state of West Virginia and throughout the country in children’s theatre, outdoor drama, and musicals. He also performed at Dollywood theme park in Tennessee.

Favorite roles have included Dennis in All Shook Up, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and Father Flynn in Doubt.  When not performing, Bobby can also be found behind the scenes as a music director and a casting assistant. Bobby thanks his friends and family for their constant support. “None of my success would be possible without you!” Last of all, "thank you, the audience, for continuing to support the arts, especially live theatre, throughout this unprecedented time!"


Producer - Dan Posthuma

Original Story/Composer - Wally Nason

Script - Wally Nason with Martha Bolton

Director - Wally Nason

Tracks - Dennis Dearing and Blaire Masters




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