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Anything Goes

Music and Lyrics By Cole Porter; Book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Come aboard the S.S. American. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England, and her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt. The problem, Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. In this story of two unlikely pairs on the course to true love, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes, proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help to find true love. Cole Porter’s greatest score including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re The Top,” and the title song, “Anything Goes.” “Pure unadulterated fun”…You might even find yourself singing along! Saucy and splendid - this musical comedy is one of the greatest of all time.

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Opens Feb 14

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The Miracle Worker

by William Gibson

An inspirational story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan – the “Giver of Light,” Annie realizes the mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from her blind and deaf student Helen. This journey depicts the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her dark, tortured, and spoiled student Helen. Success finally comes when Helen utters a single, glorious word: “water.” In this true story, we become privy to one of the most fascinating relationships in American history.

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Opens Feb 26

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Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

Hamlet struggles with loss. Hamlet wrestles with doubt. Hamlet fights to survive. We are Hamlet.

The Barter Player Encore Company brings you William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as you’ve never experienced it before. The Barter Player Encore Company is made up of Barter Player alumni with a passion for making Shakespeare accessible to our audiences. Bringing the text from the page to the stage, the Encore Company sets Hamlet in a place very like our own world full of loss, fear and betrayal.

With workshops, created by Barter’s Project REAL and led by the actors, students immerse themselves in the themes of the play, as well as get hands-on experience with Shakespeare’s use of rhythm and language. The 10-minute pre-show workshop includes a summary of Hamlet, as well as an introduction to Shakespeare’s use of iambic pentameter. After the performance, actors get students on their feet for a 50-minute session. By delving into the plot of the play they’ve just experienced, students discuss themes of fear, trust, abandonment, and betrayal in their own lives, as well as Hamlet’s.

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Barter Theatre is one of 40 professional theatre companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States. This is the twelfth year of this national program, the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history.

Find out more about Shakespeare in American Communities, here: www.shakespeareinamericancommunities.org

Due to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Barter Theatre can offer subsidies for busses and ticket costs for those schools and students in our community in need. To see if you qualify, contact Group Sales Manager, Ryan Gray at 276.619.5406, or by email at groups@bartertheatre.com.

Hamlet is a two-act play, approximately 2 hours long, with a 15-minute intermission. Morning performances include a 10-minute introductory workshop before the performance and a 50-minute immersive workshop after the performance. Evening performances do not include workshops. 

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Love, Sex and the IRS

A comedy by William Van Zandt & Jane Milmore

Two out-of-work musicians, Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur, are sharing an apartment. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated. Twists of fate, mistaken identities, mother, girl friends, and a whole host of hilarious wit fill this story with complicated matters in ways unimaginable. 

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Opens Mar 5

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The Gnome

A tale of greed, lust, betrayal..and snow?

A Barter world premiere, by Isaac Rathbone 

A story of family, wishes, greed, magic, snow, and department stores: Barry works at All-Mart and lives with this brother, the cop, and secretly desires his brother’s wife, Yvonne. Needless to say, things are not going well for Barry; when suddenly, appearing from the melting snow of winter is a magical Gnome, whose powers transform everyone’s life, but not without consequences. Are the costs worth it? Winner of Barter’s 2014 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.

Winner of Barter's 2014 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

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Opens Mar 13

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Late Night Improv

With The Barter Player Encore Company

Late Night Improv is an evening of improvisation and sketch comedy. Come and see what happens when actors have no script, no rehearsal and no director; and they have to perform scenes for an audience!  Also, the cast will have you laughing out loud with their sketch comedy scenes; a la Saturday Night Live. This show will never be the same twice!
Tickets: $10

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Opens Mar 27

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The Velveteen Rabbit

Adapted by Catherine Gray from Margery Williams

As the Velveteen Rabbit dreams of becoming a real live rabbit, the wise old Skin Horse tells him that he will become real “when a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you.” Don’t miss this beautiful, classic tale about the magic of a child’s love. 

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Opens Apr 7

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The Starving

Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat...

A Barter world premiere by David L. Williams 

It’s the not-so-distant future and massive food shortages have led to the unthinkable: The young have risen up against the old, and society has split along generational lines. Two representatives, one from each group, have been chosen to negotiate. The fate of all humanity lies in their hands. Who will triumph in the end? Is there truly a victor? What is the breaking point? From Barter’s Shaping of America Series, this play was the critic’s selection of Barter’s 2013 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. 

 

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Opens Apr 21

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Stonewall Country

Featuring Robin & Linda Williams from "A Prairie Home Companion"

Featuring Robin & Linda Williams from “A Prairie Home Companion”
Created and Conceived by Don Baker, Book by Don Baker Music and Lyrics by Linda and Robin Williams
Additional Lyrics by Don Baker, Margaret Junkin Preston, and Jerome Clark

Enjoyed for decades at Lime Kiln in Lexington, Va., this concert version features a refreshed book and new songs. “Stonewall Country” chronicles the life of Stonewall Jackson, who was a bold strategist filled with biblical zeal as well as an ordinary man with flaws and idiosyncrasies. The story is told through the glorious and unique music written and performed by bluegrass, folk and old-time country music artists Robin and Linda Williams of whom the Washington Post said, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness.

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Opens Apr 23

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Junie. B. Jones The Musical

by The Barter Players

It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend Lucille doesn't want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Junie also has trouble reading the blackboard, and her teacher Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. There's a lot to write about in her "Top Secret Personal Beeswax Journal!" Featuring a tremendously lovable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your heart just as the books captivated an enitre generation of students. 

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Opens Apr 28

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Mary's Wedding

by Stephen Massicotte

"Tonight is just a dream . . . it begins at the end and ends at the beginning." What follows is a love story that blurs reality and dreams together into a beautiful journey. It’s the evening before Mary’s wedding, and she is dreaming of love, war and what might be. Mary and Charlie unexpectedly meet while taking shelter in a barn during a thunderstorm. They are filled with the passion, vulnerability and impulsiveness of youth.  The year is 1914 and the world is on the brink of war. Do they surrender to the call of duty, or to their love? 

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Opens May 16

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Mary Poppins

Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film; Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Book by Julian Fellowes

It's Barter's big summer musical! Bring your whole family!

Known by children of all ages, “Mary Poppins” is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household to care for young Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters. Featuring eye-popping sets and costumes, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs such as the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," come discover with Mary a world where "Anything Can Happen" if you let it!

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Opens May 23

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Southern Fried Nuptials

By Osborne and Eppler

The only thing funnier than a Southern funeral is a Southern wedding! The charmingly funny Frye family is back and this time they are going to get married. Or maybe not? The engagement of Attie VanLeer and Harline Frye has been on again, off again more times than a drunken frat boy on a mechanical bull. Now half the town has been invited, the dress has been fitted, the flowers have been ordered and the gifts are piling up in the living room. Will they or won’t they? You’ll have to find out in this hysterical hit comedy from the authors of Southern Fried Funeral.

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Opens Jun 4

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Old Turtle & the Broken Truth

Adapted by Catherine Bush and Mandy Williams from the book by Douglas Wood

The “Old Turtle” books are some of the most beloved tales in all of children’s literature, and this one is The Barter Players’ favorite. A truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the people find only part of it, it causes so many problems among them that a little girl decides to go find the rest of the truth. With the help of wise Old Turtle, Crow and a whole slew of animal friends, the Little Girl is able to mend the broken truth, creating a better world for everyone. This new musical adaption celebrates understanding, friendship and love- and is a must see for every child in your life.

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Opens Jun 4

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Keep on the Sunny Side

The Songs and Story of the Original Carter Family

By Douglas Pote

The love story that made country music famous – A. P., Maybelle and Sara Carter are brought to life in this telling look at the lives and music of the Carter Family and the historic Bristol Sessions. Centered around the great love of A.P. for Sara, which produced such distinctive, enduring songs as Will the Circle be Unbroken, Wildwood Flower, My Clinch Mountain Home and the perennial favorite Keep on the Sunny Side. Featuring Eugene Wolf as A.P. Carter.

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Opens Jun 10

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The Marvelous Wonderettes

Written and created by Roger Bean

This musical smash takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet The Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! Experience their lives and loves, as the girls perform such classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” and more than 20 other hits! You’ve never had this much fun at a prom, ever —a must-take trip down memory lane! 

 

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Opens Jun 11

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Stonewall Country at The Tent

Featuring Robin & Linda Williams from “A Prairie Home Companion”
Created and Conceived by Don Baker, Book by Don Baker Music and Lyrics by Linda and Robin Williams
Additional Lyrics by Don Baker, Margaret Junkin Preston, and Jerome Clark

Enjoyed for decades at Lime Kiln in Lexington, Va., this concert version features a refreshed book and new songs. “Stonewall Country” chronicles the life of Stonewall Jackson, who was a bold strategist filled with biblical zeal as well as an ordinary man with flaws and idiosyncrasies. The story is told through the glorious and unique music written and performed by bluegrass, folk and old-time country music artists Robin and Linda Williams of whom the Washington Post said, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness.

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Opens Jun 18

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The Jungle Book

Adapted by Matt Haney from Rudyard Kipling's tales

The Barter Players weave a beautiful tale at Barter Stage II this summer with a wonderfully faithful telling of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Mowgli, an orphan child, is found in the jungle by a family of wolves who raise him as their own. As he grows, he learns the law of the jungle and becomes powerful within his pack, but he is never safe from Shere Khan, the tiger. Join Bagheera the Panther, Kaa the Python and all the amazing characters of the jungle for an adventure you’ll never forget!

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Opens Jun 23

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The Understudy

by Theresa Rebeck

Meet Harry, an underpaid and under-appreciated actor, who is called on to be the understudy for Jake, the grossly overpaid, action movie star performing in a play that he simply does not understand. Enter Roxanne, the charming, lovesick stage manager who just happens to have a prior romantic history with Harry. Will Roxanne be able to negotiate the collision of her personal and professional life? Will Harry and Jake be able to find common ground before it's too late? The Understudy is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of mounting obstacles until all anyone can do is dance. 

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Opens Jul 1

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Rapunzel

Adapted by Catherine Bush from the Brothers Grimm

An angry witch is keeping the beautiful maiden Rapunzel prisoner in a tower with one window and no door. When Prince Frederick discovers Rapunzel’s predicament, he climbs her golden braid of hair in order to rescue her. But Rapunzel has a few surprises in store for her handsome prince, including a few lessons in girl-power and a super-cool haircut. With Rapunzel at his side, Frederick is able to convince the Witch and the world that True Love does indeed conquer all!

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Opens Jul 21

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Spit Like a Big Girl

By Clarinda Ross

Inspired by the discovery of her father’s journals after his death, Clarinda Ross takes us on a humorous and poignant journey as she leaves her somewhat sheltered Southern home to venture out into the big world.

 

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Opens Aug 12

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The Blind Man's Tale

The New Worship Musical!

It’s one of the best written stories in the Bible—the story of The Blind Man’s Tale in the Book of John chapter 9. Jesus is walking past the Temple in Jerusalem and he sees a blind man sitting there begging... just as he had been sitting there every single day of his life. Jesus bends over, whispers in this beggar’s ear... and rubs some mud on his eyes! Thus begins the fascinating, inspiring story of a man who was given a whole new life by the Rabbi from Nazareth. The Blind Man’s Tale will feature Gary Richardson’s storytelling,some of the world’s best Christian music and a few surprises for audiences familiar with Gary’s work.

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Opens Aug 12

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The Boy in the Box

A Barter World Premiere by Sean O' Leary

One-hundred-and-two year old Allard Charles has long played the role of a minor celebrity due to the fact that he spent the first 15 years of his life confined by his mother in a box. Now that he hasn’t long to live, Allard has decided he must use this speaking engagement to reveal the darkest secret of his life in the box. A secret he has never shared before. A secret that may impact us all, and change the world as we know it.

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Opens Aug 13

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Shake, Rattle and Roll

A Rockin' Tribute to The King

Rockin' audiences all over the world with this unbelievable 1950s and 1960s era Elvis Presley tribute show, Scot Bruce—loved by Barter audiences—demonatrates his uncanny resemblance to the young "King of Rock 'n' Roll" and his ability to sing, strum his guitar and swivel his hips, making him a genuine as the original. 

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Opens Aug 27

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Confessions of a Liar

The Critic's Choice of Barter's 2014 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

An Appalachian premiere by David Brian Colbert

There are lies we tell ourselves, and lies we tell others—just to make it through the day. In walks one such convincing and compelling liar: Coal. Four people—all Coal—spin this moving Southern yarn of a hard-knock childhood in a sleepy mining town. Together, they tell the daring tale that they have never been able to share before, and their wild story becomes homage to the delicate art of lying.

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Opens Sep 3

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The Three Musketeers

A world premiere adaptation by Catherine Bush from the novel by Alexandre Dumas

This witty and action packed swashbuckler tale takes you through the friendship, romance and adventure of young D’Artagnan and his band of Musketeers as they fight the rule of the dishonest and seek to protect the ones they love. A story of double crossing, kidnappings, and carefully guarded secrets with lavish sword fights and sweeping romance set in a time where honor and love ruled the world.

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Opens Sep 12

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The Doyle and Debbie Show

Side-splitting & rollicking; the perfect blend of comedy & country music

By Bruce Arnston

Country music’s hardest working duo is back. Doyle Mayfield, a once beloved country star has found his newest partner (who he met last month at the VFW), Debbie #3, a single mom dolled up like a wannabe Dolly Parton, who is taking her considerable assets – and East Tennessee twang – out on the road in pursuit of bread for her kids and hope of Nashville stardom. This hilarious county music spoof has audiences raving from Nashville to Chicago to the Conan O’Brien show. When your side isn’t hurting from laughing, you’ll be dancing in the aisles to songs like “Stock Car Love,” “ Barefoot and Pregnant,” and “Fat Women in Trailers.”

The Chicago Tribune calls it, “Brilliant! Drop-dead funny!

You’ll want to see it more than once.

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Opens Sep 22

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Curtains

A murder mystery musical comedy!

Book by Rupert Holmes, Original book and concept by Peter Stone,

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb,  Additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes

It’s the opening night of a new musical that could be on its way to being the next Broadway smash, when its talentless leading lady dies on opening night during her curtain call. The entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter Lt. Frank Cioffi, who has a secret affinity for musical theatre, to investigate. Will the lure of the theatre and his desire to save this failing musical, along with an unexpected blooming romance, keep him from discovering the murderer?  Can he salvage the show, catch the killer, and get the girl without getting killed himself? CURTAINS will have you on the edge of your seat—laughing—and rooting for Lt. Cioffi to succeed!

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Opens Sep 25

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I'll Be Back Before Midnight

A comedy thriller by Peter Colley

Jan has recently suffered a nervous breakdown. Her husband Greg has rented an old farmhouse in the country where she can recover. When George, the hilarious farmer from whom they rent, tells stories about a terrible murder that once took place in the farmhouse and the ghost that reputedly stalks the night, Jan's imagination gets the better of her. The situation gets even worse when Laura, Greg's beautiful, but manipulative sister arrives. Soon Jan finds herself tormented by strange sounds in the night and visions of the vengeful ghost. Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad? When she tries to defend herself from this apparition, events take unexpected twists and turns in a night of unimaginable suspense. 

“Scream, laugh, scream again and hang on to your seats!” – Kansas City Star

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Opens Oct 3

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A Wrinkle in Time

Adapted by John Glore from Madeline L'Engle

On a dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murray, a tomboy who doesn’t fit in at her high school. Meg’s scientist father vanished over two years ago, under mysterious circumstances. Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg and her gifted brother Charles Wallace are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their father from the frightening forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. John Glore’s delightful, wildly theatrical adaptation brings this acclaimed story magically to life.

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Opens Oct 6

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Miracle on 34th Street

A Family Holiday Tradition

Music by Doug Smith, Book and Lyrics by Vern Stefanic

A favorite holiday tale by Valentine Davies, made famous by the movie of the same name. Kris Kringle fills in for Santa Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the store on 34th Street. When Kringle surprises customers and employees by claiming he is the real Santa Claus, he is forced to go on trial to defend his sanity. Will he be able to prove to the world that Santa really exists? Come rediscover your own childhood  - and restore your faith in miracles - in this fun-filled musical classic for the whole family.

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Opens Nov 20

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Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

A Ghostly Christmas Story

By Tom Mula

“Marley was dead to begin with. That must be clearly understood or nothing wonderful can come of this story.”

Finally we get to hear the tale of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol told from Marley’s perspective, which is wonderful indeed. Desperate and locked in a torment of his own creation, Marley gets one chance for redemption. He must redeem his former partner, Ebenezer Scrooge. This begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart is certainly opened, but not before Marley—in his irreverent, funny and deeply moving story—discovers his own.

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Opens Nov 24

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Frosty

Written by Catherine Bush with music by Mandy Williams

A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when he places it on a snowman’s head and that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills and the discovery that the real magic of Christmas is Love.A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when he places it on a snowman’s head and that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills and the discovery that the real magic of Christmas is Love.

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Opens Dec 1

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The Santaland Diaries

A Holiday Special Event

By David Sedaris, NPR comic genius

This outrageous holiday comedy stars Crumpet, a rebel without a Claus, who recounts his true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s department store elf. His encounters as an Elf during the season of forced joy have become a delightful cult classic for those in need of a holly-jolly antidote! A delightfully absurd look at the commercial Christmas season, Sedaris' sharp and hilarious observations have rapidly becoming one of the nation’s most popular holiday shows. This production will feature one of Barter’s favorite actors, Nicholas Piper, as Crumpet.

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Opens Dec 2

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Student Matinees

Student Matinees

Our Student Matinee Program features Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company in world-class plays and musicals chosen especially for students. The Barter Players also perform shows especially for students at Barter or at your school when they tour during part of the year.

Student Matinees and The Barter Players productions are built to go hand-in-hand with school testing curriculum requirements, and we offer free, downloadable study guides, which include questions, activities and vocabulary to help prepare your students for the show. Material correlates with specific state testing curricula.

 

Student Matinee Sponsor:

Student Matinees Right Side

To find out information about any of these programs and to book your student group's reservations today, contact Group Sales.
Special rates for student groups are available!
276.619.5406
groups@bartertheatre.com

Student Matinee Shows

The Barter Player Shows




Passbooks & Packages

2015 Discount Season PassBooks Are On Sale Now

Click here to purchase PassBooks

Barter’s Season PassBooks are the best way for you to see more theatre for less! Barter offers a variety of passes that will fit with your lifestyle.

Porterfield Pass $269

The theatre lovers dream! Receive one admission to all 7 Barter Main Stage shows, plus four admissions to any show at Barter Stage II and a floating ticket good for Barter Main Stage, Stage II or The Tent! A total of 12 admissions. 

Anytime Pass $199 SOLD OUT!

Perfect for folks with a busy schedule, the Anytime PassBook offers 6 tickets good for any show at all three Barter venues in 2015 (Main Stage, Barter Stage II and The Tent).

Value Pass $109 

Four admissions to any show at all three Barter venues in 2015 (Main Stage, Barter Stage II and The Tent). Excludes Fridays and Saturday evening performances

Earlybird Pass  $149

With an Earlybird PassBook, you will be among the first to see the show! Receive 6 admissions good for all three Barter venues in 2015 (Main Stage, Barter Stage II and The Tent); valid ONLY for the first 12 performances of each production

Season Tickets (except for show-specific tickets in the Porterfield PassBook) can also be used for the mini-productions during Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

Click Here to Purchase PassBooks 

 

PACKAGES

Barter Theatre offers packages to fit the experience you desire! We offer dining, lodging and special event packaging. Find out more below and contact our Box Office to order your package or for more information at

(276) 628-3991.
boxoffice@bartertheatre.com

The Sweet Deal - $88

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • 2 Gourmet Desserts at Bob's at Barter (now offering specialty desserts from Anthony's Desserts)
  • 2 Specialty Coffees

The Whole Shebang - $110

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • 2 Meals at Bob's at Barter
  • 2 Gourmet Desserts (now offering specialty desserts from Anthony's Desserts)
  • 2 Specialty Coffees

Special Occasion - $169

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • A Three-Course Dinner for 2 at The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa

Stay & Play - $192

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • Accommodations for 2 at Holiday Inn Express, Abingdon

Appalachian Arts Package - Two Choices!

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • Accommodations for 2 at Comfort Inn (standard room $194) or Comfort Suites (hotel suite with indoor pool $214)
  • Lunch at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway

The Martha Washington Overnight & Dinner Package - $445 (Sun.—Thurs.) $495 (Fri.—Sat.)

  • Superior accommodations for one evening, three course dinner for two in Sisters American Grill, two Barter Theatre tickets, and Breakfast for two.

The Bike and Barter - $514

Offer available May—November, although the package can be booked anytime.

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • 2 nights at the Damascus Old Mill Restarant and Inn - a century old grist mill - plus 2 dinners on the outdoor deck overlooking a 200' wide waterfall
  • 2 bike rentals and shuttle to Whitetop from Adventure Damascus
  • 2 specialtiy coffees from MoJoe's Trailside Coffeehouse
  • 1 free gift from Holston Mountain Artisans in Abingdon. Offer based on availability, room & deck reservations required -tax included

Planning On Bringing a Big Group?

We are happy to accomodate your dining and entertainment needs at Bob's at Barter.
Please feel free to Download a menu, and take a look at our group specials page.
Please contact our group sales manager for booking.

Group Sales
276-619-5406


Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

Barter's Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP)

2015 Submission Deadline: March 2, 2015

This annual festival celebrates the richness of the Appalachian tradition by showcasing the stories of the region, both past and present, and the inspiration it provides the writers who live here.

Since 1933, Barter Theatre has been developing new works and nurturing area talent. The AFPP has gained national attention by developing a process that has resulted in new plays being produced not only on one of Barter’s two stages, but in regional theatres across the country.

Keep on the Sunny Side, by Douglas Pote, first read at the AFPP in 2001, went on to a full production on both of Barter’s two stages before touring to 23 states in 2004-05.  Enjoyed by more than 100,000 people, this poignant love story about A.P. and Sara Carter has been produced by theatres throughout the country. Black Pearl Sings by Frank Higgins, was first read and developed in 2006 at the AFPP and, in 2010, was listed as one of the most produced plays of that year by TCG.

Project Outline

Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights is actively planned and organized throughout the year. 

Here's what happens: A brief rehearsal process (six hours/play) takes place in June with an emphasis placed on clarity, not effect—getting the playwrights words and story out to the audience. The plays are read by members of Barter’s Resident Acting Company.

Following each public reading there are audience and artist discussions about the play, led by Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director, and a panel made up of local and regional theatre professionals. The reading and discussion is an invaluable tool to a playwright seeking to discover what’s working in the play and what needs work. Over the years, the AFPP has developed an audience who love to be a part of the process of helping playwrights develop their work. This process works because the playwright has a chance to hear from the very people who will eventually be buying tickets to their play!

Play Submission Guidelines:

  • Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama) OR the plays must be set in the Appalachian region.
  • Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production .
  • Full length plays are preferred.

Now Accepting Email Submissions!

To submit your play electronically, please send a PDF of the script along with contact info and a brief synopsis of the play to:  apfestival@bartertheatre.com

To submit your play by mail:  Please submit the full script in a three-brad folder or unbound, along with your contact info (please include email and phone) and a brief synopsis of the play.  Plays will not be returned.  Plays may be submitted to this address:

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
c/o Barter Theatre
PO Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212

Deadline for Submissions: March 2, 2015

The 2015 AFPP readings will take place August 20-23rd, 2015. All playwrights who submit will be notified in early June as to whether or not their play has been selected for reading.

The playwrights of the selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing so that they may attend their reading.

For more information, contact:
Nicholas Piper, Director
Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212
276-619-3316
apfestival@bartertheatre.com



Special Events

Special Promotions

Barter Nights

June 16 – The Marvelous Wonderettes – Show begins at 7:30pm. Donated canned goods will be exchanged for tickets beginning at 6:30pm. Barter will guarantee at least 50 seats to patrons on a first come-first served basis. 

June 18 – Mary Poppins – Show begins at 7:30pm. Donated canned goods will be exchanged for tickets beginning at 6:30pm. Barter will guarantee at least 150 seats to patrons on a first come-first served basis. 

June 20 – The Barter Players' The Old Turtle and the Broken Truth – 10:00am. Donated canned goods will be exchanged for tickets beginning at 9am. 

Barter Theatre celebrates its heritage by inviting patrons to bring non-perishable food items to exchange for theatre tickets. All food collected will be donated to Feeding America: Southwest Virginia. Limited tickets are available. We will begin collecting food at the times listed below, and tickets will be handed out on a first come first served basis. 

A few times a year, Barter holds Barter Nights in the celebration of the history of Barter and to assist Feeding America Southwest Virginia. This organization needs everyone’s help. Rally up your friends, bring what you can, and enjoy a Barter production as a bonus. Even if you cannot attend the show, all donations are still welcome. If you are unable to attend Barter Night, Feeding Amercia Southwest Virginia is always happy to accept donations.

As many people already know, Barter Theatre got its name through the practice of bartering. Robert Porterfield brought a team of actors to Abingdon during the Great Depression. These actors were starving in New York while the farming people of Southwestern Virginia had an abundance of food they could not sell.

So, Porterfield gave these Virginians something valuable to spend their spoiling vegetables on—a good laugh. Now you can experience part of the rich history of Barter Theatre by bartering your own admission. More importantly, you can help your community For more information on how you can donate food to Feeding America Southwest Virginia, call 276.628.9266.

Pay What You Can Performances

The first performance of each production patrons may do just that, pay what you can for admission. Sorry, reservations cannot be made when using this promotion. Minimum payment amount is $1. 

Spring Rep

The Road to Appomattox • February 5

Anything Goes • February 14

The Miracle Worker • February 26

Love, Sex and the IRS • March 5

The Gnome • March 13

The Starving • April 21

Stonewall Country • April 23

Summer Rep

Mary’s Wedding • May 16

Mary Poppins • May 23

Southern Fried Nuptials • June 4

The Marvelous Wonderettes • June 11

The Understudy • July 1

Fall Rep

The Blind Man’s Tale • August 12

Shake, Rattle and Roll • August 27

Confessions of a Liar • September 3

The Three Musketeers • September 12

The Doyle and Debbie Show • September 22

Curtains! • September 25

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight • October 3

Christmas Rep

Miracle on 34th Street • November 20

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol • November 24

THE TENT

Stonewall Country • June 18

Keep on the Sunny Side • July 19

The Boy in the Box • August 30

The Santaland Diaries • December 2