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The Barter Players

On Tour

Each year, January — 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.

The Barter Players Touring Schedule 2019

The Princess and the Pea

Appropriate for All Ages

Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen by Catherine Bush

Bandits have come to rob the kingdom. The only hope lies with Prince Harold, who must wed before he can be crowned king. But Harold is more interested in wrestling than girls – even when a beautiful maiden claiming to be Princess Marigold appears at the castle. Determined to stay single, Harold devises a way to test Marigold’s qualifications using a garden pea and a stack of mattresses. Can Marigold pass the test? Will the kingdom be saved? A fun twist on a classic fairy tale

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Recommended for 3rd Grade & Above

Adapted from Mark Twain by Catherine Bush

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 from the treacherous Injun Joe 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.

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The Scarlet Letter

Recommended for 8th Grade & Above

Adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne by Catherine Bush

For her crime, Hester Prynne has been sentenced to wear the scarlet letter ‘A’ for the remainder of her life. But someone in the town of Boston is as guilty as she, and Hester’s husband Chillingworth is determined to find out who it is. Share with your students this faithful adaptation of one of America’s most famous and moving stories.

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More Information

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

Acting 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. Actors show students how they can create theatre just like the professionals!


Ask about free actor talkback sessions immediately following performances. Both talkbacks and workshops are great ways for your students to interact with the actors and learn more about the art of theatre.


The Barter Players strive to be affordable to anyone who desires a high-quality performance, and we think you will find we charge considerably less than other theaters of the same caliber. We also offer discounts for more than one show at your school or venue!

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

Coming Up In 2020

Peter Pan

Adapted from J.M. Barrie by Catherine Bush

Appropriate for All Ages

Wendy Darling and her younger brothers love nothing more than playing make-believe in their family’s upstairs nursery. Then one night, a young boy named Peter Pan and his fairy friend Tinkerbell fly into the nursery window and whisk the Darling children away to a fantastical Neverland filled with Lost Boys, pirates, and a man-eating crocodile. Brought thrillingly to life with only six quick-changing actors, the Barter Players’ special brand of imagination and creativity make this an adventure your students will never forget!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Adapted from Washington Irving by Catherine Bush

Recommended for 4th Grade & Above

Sleepy Hollow, a village haunted by the legendary Headless Horseman, has a new schoolmaster—the somewhat hapless and extremely superstitious Ichabod Crane. When Ichabod tries to win the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, he makes an enemy of her former suitor, the brawny Brom Bones. Brom vows revenge and, one dark and spooky night, Ichabod finds himself in for the ride of his life!

The Red Badge of Courage

Adapted from Stephen Crane by Catherine Bush

Recommended for 6th Grade & Above

The Civil War had been raging for two years when young Henry Fleming decides to enlist in the Army. On the eve of his first big battle, Henry fears what he will do when the bullets start to fly. Will he run or will he fight? Before the battle is over, Henry will have to decide for himself what it means to be a man. Share with your students this timeless and intimate look at the Civil War from a young person’s perspective.

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