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2024 with The Barter Players

Classic Theatre for Kids of ALL Ages

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Adapted by Joseph Robinette; Based on the book by E.B. White

Gilliam Stage, April 2 – May 14

Often called “the best children’s book of all time,” Charlotte’s Web occupies a special place in the hearts of young and old alike. A tiny pig named Wilbur is saved from an untimely death by a little girl and taken to live in her uncle’s barn. In the barn, Wilbur meets many wonderful friends, the best of whom is Charlotte, a kindly spider who takes it upon herself to save Wilbur’s life yet again.

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MIKE MULLIGAN & HIS STEAM SHOVEL

A Musical by Eric Lane Barnes; Based on the book by Virginia Lee Burton

Barter’s Smith Theatre, June 11 – July 6

Mike Mulligan and his beloved steam shovel, Mary Anne, have been together for many years. But now newer, fancier shovels have taken all the work, leaving Mike and Mary Anne in the dust.  Their only hope lies in the little town of Popperville, which needs a basement dug for its new City Hall. The story of hard work, determination and friendship comes to life in this charming musical adaptation.

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SNOW WHITE

Adapted by Catherine Bush; Based on a tale from The Brothers Grimm

Barter’s Smith Theatre, July 9 – August 17

The beautiful Snow White is forced to flee her home when the wicked queen’s jealousy threatens her life. Lost in the woods, Snow White is soon befriended by seven dwarves who welcome her into their home. When the queen learns that Snow White is still alive and vows revenge, it takes the love of a handsome hero and the courage of her newfound friends to save the day.

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A WRINKLE IN TIME

Adapted by John Glore; Based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle

Barter’s Smith Theatre, September 24 – November 7

On a dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murray. Meg’s scientist father vanished more than two years ago under mysterious circumstances. With the aid of 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 frightening forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

A Musical by Catherine Bush with Music by Dax Dupuy

Gilliam Stage, November 26 – December 23

This Christmas season has been a tough one for second grader Pepper McGee. It’s hard to hang onto your Christmas spirit when a new baby sister takes everyone’s attention. Pepper’s only hope for a merry Christmas lies with that jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, who takes her on a magical adventure that changes how she sees Christmas forever.

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The Barter Players 2024 Season has been sponsored in part by:

Bob Mueller, Ellen Mueller, and Bill Munk.

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