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Barter Theatre Student Matinee Program and Barter Players Tour

Contact Name: Barrett Guyton

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Barter Theatre
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, Virginia 24212
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Phone: (276) 619-3347

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With its unique beginnings during the Great Depression, Barter Theatre, one of the nation’s oldest professional non-profit theatres, is located in beautiful historic Abingdon, Virginia. Barter Theatre is a theatre of firsts: one of this nation’s first professional regional theatres, the first professional theatre to be designated a state theatre – The State Theatre of Virginia – and more. Today, Barter offers a variety of musicals, classics, comedies, dramas and new southern and Appalachian plays performed February — December yearly on two stages in Abingdon: Gilliam Stage and Barter Stage II. The Barter Players and Encore Players perform at the Theatre and on tour at schools and venues across the country, providing a vibrant and exciting professional theatre experience for students.

Student Matinee Performances and The Barter Players at the Theatre– The Student Matinee Program at Barter Theatre features Barter’s Resident Acting Company and The Barter Players in shows chosen specifically for students. Tennessee learning standards are directly tied into each play and are listed in a free companion study guide, available with additional helpful materials at bartertheatre.com. Tours of the theatre and production areas are available, highlighting the inner-workings of the theatre and illuminating possible career choices. Free actor talkback sessions immediately following Student Matinee or Barter Player performances are available to allow students to interact with the actors and learn more about the art of theatre.

The Barter Players on Tour – Comprised of Barter’s young professional actors, The Barter Players present professional theatre primarily focused toward young audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Three different age-appropriate, literature-based productions for students are available for in-school tour performances from January to March. Innovation, humor, ensemble acting, imagination, and giving voice to social challenges are the trademarks of The Barter Players. The Players are known for their imaginative depictions, making worlds come alive through creative but minimal production elements, which allows for broad-based touring in a cost-effective setting. Tennessee learning standards are directly tied into each play and are listed in a free companion study guide, available with additional helpful materials at bartertheatre.com. Free actor talkback sessions immediately following performances allow students to interact with the actors and learn more about the art of theatre. Performance workshops for pre-K through college are available to students and teachers immediately following performances. Workshops are adapted to the age level of the students and provide hands-on learning of the same theatrical tools and exercises used by the actors.

The Barter Players Encore Company on Tour – Comprised of “graduates” of the Barter Players, The Encore Players present professional theatre primarily focused toward young audiences, touring from November and December. The Encore Players’ tour features more complex staging and a more elaborate set than the Barter Players school tours, and is suitable for larger audiences and venues. Tennessee learning standards are directly tied into each play and are listed in a free companion study guide, available with additional helpful materials at bartertheatre.com.

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Student Matinees and Barter Players at the Theatre

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Student Matinee Performances:

Fall 2018: Great Expectations adapted by Catherine Bush from the original book by Charles Dickens. In a humorous and moving adaptation of Dickens’ tale, Barter’s Playwright-in-Residence Catherine Bush amazes audiences as the story comes bursting to life in a stylized and fast-paced world that is sure to leave you gasping for breath and on your feet with excitement. Pip, a poor orphan child in 19th century England, is mysteriously plucked from obscurity by the wealthy and decaying Miss Havisham, changing his life forever. A secretive benefactor, unrequited love, and a series of great expectations plague Pip as he attempts to discover whether people can change who they truly are.

Spring 2019: The resident company brings you William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Camelot, the musical focused on the Knights of the Round Table, Guinevere and King Arthur.
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Fall 2018 will feature The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, adapted from Mark Twain by Catherin 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 life, where they learn that man’s greatest treasure is the gift of friendship.

Winter 2018 will feature Santa Claus is Coming to Town By Catherine Bush with Music by Dax Dupuy 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.

The Princess and the Pea will play at the theatre in April and Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat will play in May and June, 2019.

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Program Title: The Barter Players Encore Company on Tour

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Frosty: The beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” has inspired an original Barter production by playwright in residence Catherine Bush with original music by Mandy Williams. The show is filled with songs and dances that you’ll remember long after you leave the theatre!

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Program Title: Barter Players on Tour

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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The Princess and the Pea 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.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Adapted from Mark Twain by Catherin 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 life, where they learn that man’s greatest treasure is the gift of friendship.
The Scarlet Letter Adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorn by Catherin 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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