AFPP Mini-Production: Madame Buttermilk

Aug 22–27
Barter Stage II

Madame Buttermilk by Ross Carter

In this brand new romantic comedy musical, struggling opera singer Carly Speranza has a dream: to sing the lead in Carmen. Her agent thinks she’s found the answer! But when Carly finds herself singing at a state fair with a country music band called the Car Men — the opening act for country superstar Earl Conway—agents clash, stage manager and emcee panic, and the singers’ temperaments erupt at the worst of possible moments: showtime! Is that an aria or a country song? Who cares? It’s l’amour, y’all! Country music meets opera in the most unlikely, unbelievable and undoubtedly the most popular play to ever come through Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Come see this developmental production and give your feedback—be a part of the process!

This mini production is presented by Barter Theatre's Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.

Director's Notes

I love watching people pursue their dreams.

On stage or in life, the pursuit of one’s dream is filled with highs and lows, successes and failures, triumph and disappointments. But the ones who persist are the ones who make the most difference in our world. What if Leonardo da Vinci hadn’t pursued his dreams? Or Amelia Earhart? The person who invented the fidget spinner?

In Madame Buttermilk, we get to watch struggling opera singer Carly Speranza have her dreams turned upside down when she gets thrown into the world of country music and the State Fair. And along the way, we get to watch Carly discover that she has a lot more in common with the country folk pursuing their dreams than she could ever have imagined.

So sit back and enjoy an evening of sweetness, silliness, romance, and, most of all, fun. Just like going to the State Fair!

Is it opera or country? Who cares—it’s l’amour, y’all!

Nicholas Piper

Director, Madame Buttermilk

Cast & Credits


Carly Speranza: Annie Simpson
Kit McCandless: Paris Bradstreet
Connor Duke: Sean Maximo Campos
Ford Fairlane: Rick McVey
Dody: Tricia Matthews
Beemer Kimbrell: Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Jan Swaggart: Katherine Lyle
Art Flanagan/ Car Man: Joe Veale
Car Man 1: Rusty Allen
Car Man 2: Garrett T. Houston


Director: Nicholas Piper
Music Director: Lee Harris
Stage Manager: Cindi Raebel

​Special Thanks to our sponsors;
Henry & Flora Joy