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Barter Theatre Announces Summer Season

By April 28, 2021No Comments

Barter Theatre Announces Summer Season

ABINGDON, Va.–Barter Theatre has announced its next four months of programming. 

In a message to subscribers, Producing Artistic Director Katy Brown revealed that Alice in Wonderland will complete the company’s spring season. For its summer season Barter is excited to announce that long-time Barter Resident Acting Company members will be featured on the Moonlite Drive-In stage.

The Summer season will start with Always…Patsy Cline, a full-length musical that tells the story of Patsy Cline’s unlikely friendship with a fan during the last two years of the legendary country singer’s life. Notably, this production will mark the first time that resident company actors, and Actor’s Equity Association members, Kim Morgan Dean (playing Patsy Cline) and Tricia Matthews (plays fan Louise Seger) will perform on a Barter stage since the close of the company’s 2019 season.

Following Always…Patsy Cline Barter will stage a Music at the Moonlite concert series, also performed by Resident Acting Company members. The first two concert events will be Doo-Wop at the Drive In and Barter Sings Broadway.

In her message Brown addressed the Theatre’s plans for returning to its indoor spaces. Brown said; “[We will return to the theatres] as soon as it is safe and we are approved to fill a significant enough portion of the theatre to make it economically feasible. In the meantime, our summer programming is designed to celebrate the combined fun of the drive-in and Barter Theatre…”

Barter Theatre is encouraging patrons to utilize the Moonlite field for pre-show tailgates, and is now offering contactless carside concession delivery. 

Barter Theatre’s Schedule Through August 2021:

The Tempest: April 8 – May 14
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: April 16 – May 15
Alice In Wonderland: May 21 – June 5
Always…Patsy Cline: June 18 – July 10
Doo-Wop at the Drive In:  Juy 16 – July 24
Barter Sings Broadway:  July 30 – August 7

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling the Barter box office 276-628-3991.

About Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest running professional theatre, is located in Abingdon, Virginia. The theatre opened in 1933 during the Great Depression. Founder Robert Porterfield offered patrons admission to the theatre by bartering food and livestock. Barter Theatre was designated as the State Theatre of Virginia in 1946. It exists today as one of the last year-round professional resident repertory theaters remaining in the United States.  Barter Theatre is funded in part by The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. 



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