Blue Gate Theater's 'Confession' Musical Celebrates 200 Performances in Shipshewana

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The hit Amish musical based on Beverly Lewis’ bestselling novel, The Confession, which is currently playing to record audiences at The Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana, officially reached its 200th performance on May 23rd.

The Confession Musical | Shipshewana, IN

The Confession Musical | Shipshewana, IN

At each performance, well over half of the audience is new customers for the theater.

The hit Amish musical based on Beverly Lewis’ bestselling novel, The Confession, which is currently playing to record audiences at The Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana, officially reached its 200th performance on May 23rd.

Word of the musical has been spreading, evidenced by increased tourism to the Shipshewana area. “At each performance, well over half of the audience is new customers for the theater,” says Andrew Rohrer, Director of Marketing for The Blue Gate. Rohrer also added, “We are weekly setting new ticket sales records.” The Confession premiered in Shipshewana in 2010, and the event was attended by Beverly Lewis, Gloria Gaither, the entire production team of The Confession, and many other notables, both local and national. A movie version of the story, entitled The Shunning, debuted on the Hallmark Channel to an audience of 2.9 million viewers, a second movie is in the works.

Executive producer of The Confession is Mel Riegsecker, and the musical is produced by award winning producer Dan Posthuma. The script/libretto is written by Emmy-nominated and Dove-nominated writer Martha Bolton and the music is composed by Wally Nason, who also produces the Miss Arizona Beauty pageant.

The musical is also playing in the Lancaster, PA area April through November at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania and in Holmes County, OH June through December at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio. The musical is gaining the attention of other theaters as well. Mel Riegsecker and Dan Posthuma are currently in talks with theater owners in New York, and elsewhere regarding bringing the musical to their venues.
The Confession, which some have compared to Oklahoma! and Plain and Fancy, is being overwhelmingly received by audience members of all faiths, some coming from as far away as Australia and England.

For additional information, contact Andrew Rohrer, Director of Marketing at the The Blue Gate Theater

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