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Pro-Art sponsors free Barter Players’ production of ‘Tom Sawyer’

By March 10, 2021No Comments

WISE, Va. — The Barter Players’ brand-new adaption of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is streaming free from March 18 to March 31 as a part of Pro-Art’s spring 2021 season. Whether it’s fishing with Huckleberry Finn, or convincing his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence, nobody loves life more than the irascible Tom Sawyer. Then, one night in a spooky graveyard, Tom and Huck stumble upon a deadly secret. Will they be able to save Muff Potter before it’s too late? Join Tom and Huck on the most exciting adventure of their lives, where they learn that man’s greatest treasure is the gift of friendship.

Adapted by Barter’s playwright-in-residence, Catherine Bush, from the classic novel by Mark Twain, this production appeals to children and adults of all ages. When asked recently what she believes makes Tom Sawyer’s narrative compelling to today’s audiences, Bush responded, “Well — for me — the COVID experience makes it more compelling than ever. Who wouldn’t want to go on adventures with friends these days? Who wouldn’t rather close down a Zoom meeting and hop on a raft with Tom and Huck and Joe Harper?”

Pro-Art subscribers will be connected to “Barter On Demand,” allowing them to stream this brand-new adaption of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” from the comfort of home. The experience can be taken further with optional access to special bonus features and educator resources, included with all Barter Player performances.

The Barter Players are a group of professional artists who perform world-class theater for young people. The Players believe in theater that awakens the imaginations of the most exciting, most participatory audience in the world: kids. Barter Player performances focus on eliciting bravery, and shows never talk down to the audience. Because of their fierce theatricality, no-holds-barred acting and faithfulness to great stories, The Barter Players have garnered a following among both children and adults alike. The child in all of us deserves wild adventure, incredible stories and the excitement of live theater so close you can reach out and touch it.

Pro-Art and The Barter Players bring the wonder of Barter Theatre to you. Get free access to watch “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” on demand by visiting and submitting the request form. You will be emailed a link and passcode to the stream on Wednesday, March 17. You can watch Barter On Demand content on any device that has a web browser, and Pro-Art staff will do their best to assist with any technical issues subscribers may have.

The Pro-Art Association is offering this performance, and all events of their 2020-2021 season, at no cost to you. This performance is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. If you have any questions, or would like updates in regards to performance modifications, please visit, call the office at 276-376-4520, or send an email to

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