Dan Posthuma has a storied history in the music industry. He spent 35 years as a producer and executive in Christian Music, beginning with his responsibilities as Music Director for Bill Gaither and Amy Grant, and continuing as Concert Producer for Gaither's Praise Gathering events, and a long list of accomplished artists, including Michael W. Smith, Charlie Daniels, Debby Boone, Clint Black and Marty Stuart, and many others.
As an independent Record Producer, Posthuma is responsible for over 25 #1 radio singles, which earned him several Grammy nominations and 3 Dove Awards. He also served as the Vice President of Artists & Repertoire (A&R) for Word Records in Nashville.
In 2010, he turned his attention to musical theatre. Posthuma joined with partner Mel Riegsecker to form Blue Gate Musicals, which exists to create entertaining, faith-oriented, original musicals. Since their launch, Blue Gate Musicals has enjoyed three hugely successful Broadway-caliber musicals from Amish country in several theaters across the country: The Confession, Half-Stitched, and Josiah for President.
With no signs of slowing down, BGM has created a Christmas musical, Our Christmas Dinner, set to open in Shipshewana, IN in 2015, and is in the creation stage for the newest full-length musical, The Home Game, set to open in Shipshewana, IN in 2016 and Bird-In-Hand, PA in 2017!
Dan lives in Nashville with his wife Sara. They have a daughter Lee, a son Glen, and grandson Levi, granddaughter Hazel, and more on the way.
Mel Riegsecker, the eldest son of an Amish family, was born in LaGrange County, Indiana, and grew up on the family farm his parents purchased 2 1/2 miles southeast of Middlebury. Like many Amish families, in addition to farming, Mel’s father had a second occupation; he made and repaired harnesses for the local community. With no desire to go into the family business, Mel went to work in the RV industry.
Drawing on his background, Mel developed a hobby of making miniature horse-drawn vehicles complete with horses and harnesses. Mel’s creations became highly sought after collectables, and in 1980 his hobby became a business. Mel left his job in the RV industry to create the horse drawn models on a full time basis. June, his wife, was involved in the business from the very beginning. In addition to being a full time mother with two preschool-age children, she also made the clothing for the models on her home sewing machine.
After starting in the garage, a small building was built for the “horse operation”. In 1984, an old factory building was purchased in Shipshewana and given a facelift. In May of 1984 the Riegseckers moved the horse operation into what is known today as the “The Shipshewana Craft Barn”. June opened a small gift shop in the front of the store where quilts and other handmade items were offered for sale.
From this humble little store, the business grew to encompass the 750-seat Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery, 350-seat Blue Gate Theater, 154-room Blue Gate Garden Inn, 3 retail stores, a custom Cabinet Company, a Horse and Carriage Business, and a catering division.
Mel and June have been married for 43 years and have two children, Kathy, married to Phil Heyerly and Ryan Riegsecker, married to Jodi. They have 7 grandchildren. Both children and spouses are involved in the business.
Director & Composer
Director & Composer
For over 25 years Wally Nason has been helping artists, actors, and singers achieve their goals in the arts. After receiving his Master’s degree in music from the University of Arizona, his career path would take him from the public school to the public stage. Wally began as an elementary school music teacher, went on to be a worship leader at a mega-church in his hometown of Tucson, AZ and then spent over a decade with the Continental Singers. As Vice-President of CS he was responsible for producing live shows and studio projects, recruiting talent for US and international performing tours, and worldwide leadership training for over 50 groups around the globe.
In 2003, Wally and his wife Lori moved to Nashville, TN where Wally would begin his work in the Christian and Country music industry. While managing and producing many award winning independent artists in Music City, Wally continued to produce the Miss Arizona Pageant and in 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Miss Arizona Scholarship Organization (Miss America Organization) for his work with talented young ladies around the Grand Canyon State.
In 2009, Wally wrote his first show for Blue Gate Musicals and along with his writing partner, Martha Bolton, has gone on to write three hit Broadway-caliber musicals. The Confession, Half-Stitched and Josiah for President have played to over a quarter of a million fans around the country. In 2015, Wally wrote Our Christmas Dinner, which premiered in Shipshewana, and 2016 will boast the brand new hit, The Home Game
Wally, Lori and their three kids, Brock, Harper and Quinli live in Franklin, TN where Wally won the 2013 Shining Apple Volunteer award for his work in the schools.
Scriptwriter & Author
Scriptwriter & Author
Martha Bolton is a prolific author of 88 books, an Emmy nominee (Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics, 1988), a Dove Award nominee (Children's Musical, 1999), and a "with" author on three New York Times bestselling books. She was nominated for a Writers' Guild Award for her work on the Emmy-winning Bob Hope--The First Ninety Years. She was Bob's first full-time female staff writer, and wrote for his television specials (over 30 hours of primetime programming and fifteen years of his personal appearances and special events). As a staff writer for Bob Hope, Bolton had the opportunity to write scripted lines for a virtual Who's Who in entertainment, sports, and politics.
Bolton also wrote for Phyllis Diller for many years, and her series of books for those over fifty include, Didn't My Skin Used to Fit?, Cooking with Hot Flashes, and The Whole World is Changing and I'm Too Hot to Care. She has also written for many Christian comedians such as Mark Lowry (including parodies and co-writing his Piper the Hyper Mouse series), Chonda Pierce, Jeff Allen, and numerous others.
Martha's stage work includes writing the script for The Confession, based on Beverly Lewis' best-selling Confession trilogy; co-writing both Half-Stitched, based on Wanda Brunstetter’s bestselling book The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club and Our Christmas Dinner with director/composer Wally Nason; Josiah for President and BGM’s newest musical, The Home Game. Both Josiah for President and The Home Game have accompanying novels penned by Bolton, and were adapted for the stage by the Blue Gate Musical's creative team.
Bolton’s original play The Lockhorns - Together at Last, based on the long-running comic strip by Bill and Bunny Hoest, premiered in Nashville, TN in August of 2016.
She is married to Russ, a retired Los Angeles police sergeant. They are blessed to be the parents of three sons (two adopted and one biological), and are abundantly blessed with almost a baseball team of grandchildren.
Theatre Marketing Director
Theatre Marketing Director
Jaime Janiszewski has a long history in the performing arts with extensive experience in all aspects of theatre, from marketing and development to directing and performing. She helped launch The Encore Theatre Company in Mount Juliet, TN in 2006, and went on to serve on their Board of Directors, while at the same time staying involved as a director, actor and producer.
In January of 2008, she became President of Street Theatre Company in Nashville. In that role, Janiszewski took Street Theatre from "in the red" to a thriving theatre company, which was voted by The Nashville Scene Magazine as "Nashville's #1 Theatre Company.” In her capacity as President of Street Theatre, she was awarded a grant to develop a Marketing Plan that has served to triple the theatre's audience size, while at the same time involving the company in various youth programming and community outreach efforts.
In 2014, Janiszewski joined the Blue Gate Musicals team to serve as a Theatre Marketing Consultant. In her consulting role, she serves the company as Marketing Liaison to all three sister cities presenting Blue Gate Musical productions.
She lives in Tennessee with her husband Ed and children, Mollie and Maxon.