The Barter Players

On Tour

Each January through March The Barter Players tour the East Coast with high energy and original productions that capture the imagination, intelligence and sophistication of today's youth while providing the best in classic literature and beloved story adaptation.

For information about The Barter Players' ENCORE Company tour of Frosty please click here.

The Barter Players Touring Schedule 2017

The Ugly Duckling

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Adapted by Catherine Gray from the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen

for Kindergarten to 5th grade

It’s hard being different. When a strange egg shows up in Mama Duck’s nest and hatches, a very ugly duckling is born. After many failed attempts to “fit in,” the ugly duckling sets out on a journey to find his true place in the world. He soon realizes that he must learn to love himself before he can discover who he really is.

“Amazing!! They were professional and engaged our students during the play, but also took time to greet them. Thank you for providing a quality show!”

Lincoln Elementary School, Kingsport, Tenn.

The Giver

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Based on the award winning book by Lois Lowry. Adapted by Eric Coble. Rights granted by Dramatic Publishing.

For grades 6 and up

Jonas’ world is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his safe world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.

“My audiences always enjoy these performances and beg for more. As always, working with The Barter Players is a superior experience.”

Jettie Baker Center, Clintwood, Va.

Great Expectations

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Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Adapted by Catherine Bush.

for 7th grade and up

After a chance encounter in a graveyard with an escaped convict, the young orphan Pip begins a journey that takes him from his impoverished village to life as a London gentleman. Along the way, he meets the eccentric Miss Havisham and her ward, the beautiful, haughty Estella, with whom he falls in love. Determined to prove he is worthy of her, Pip strives to meet his great expectations- only to realize a downfall that teaches him the truth about himself... and life.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 20! Your tour and shows are perfect. The performances are the most anticipated day of the school year.”

Lenoir City Elementary School, Lenoir City, Tenn.

The Barter Players Touring Schedule 2018

Aesop's Fables

by Catherine Bush with music by Ben Mackel

Aesop is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, able to weave fantastic tales with timeless lessons of truth. Join Aesop and his friends in this exciting musical adventure and experience fables such as Androcles and the Lion, The Oak and the Reed, The Fox Without a Tail, The Beast in Love, The Tortoise and The Hare, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf brought to life as only the Barter Players can.

The Call of the Wild

Adapted from Jack London by Catherine Bush

One of the most acclaimed productions in Barter Player history. In this gripping tale, a heroic dog named Buck is kidnapped from his master’s home and forced to serve as a sled dog in the Alaskan Gold Rush. In his struggle to survive, he quickly learns the “law of club and fang” while giving his unswerving loyalty to the man who saves his life. In the end, Buck must choose between living in a man’s world and answering the call of the wild.

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More Information

Free Study Guides

All of our productions are built to go hand-in-hand with your school’s SOL or TCAP curriculum. See under each production to download the free study guide.

Classroom Workshops

Classroom workshops may be scheduled independently or following a performance. Workshops involve young people creating theatre from their own life experiences and are adapted to the age level of the students. We show them how they can do it just like us! Also ask about our actor talkback sessions immediately following performances.


Fees are negotiable, but we think you will find that we charge considerably less than other theatres of such professional quality. We strive to be affordable to anyone who desires a Barter Players performance. Further discounts are given for block bookings in your area.

For information on a show or workshop contact Barrett Guyton at 276-619-3347 or e-mail