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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
United States
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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 through December on two stages in Abingdon: Gilliam Stage and Barter’s Smith Theatre. 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 in 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

Program Description:

Student Matinee Performances:

Fall 2019:
Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine sets the stage for this white-knuckle thriller that will have you screeching with delight! In a new, fresh adaptation of Frederick Knott’s original compelling mystery that will have you shrieking out loud, this is the story of Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, who is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds to its unknown conclusion, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.

Spring 2019:
The resident company brings you William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as well as Winter Wheat, an original musical about the passage of women’s suffrage in Tennessee.

Barter Players at the Theatre:

Fall 2019:
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, adapted from Washington Irving by Catherine Bush. 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!

Winter 2019:
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, by Catherine Bush with music by Dax Dupuy. “…And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” It’s Christmas Eve and Clem has no money to give his family presents or even to pay his rent. He puts his children to bed, believing there is hope for a Merry Christmas. “Then out on the lawn there arose such a clatter” and a truly magical night begins that Clem and his family will never forget. See Clement Clark Moore’s poem brought to life on stage as only the Barter Players can. It’s pure Christmas magic.

Peter Pan will play at the theatre in April and Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School will play in May and June, 2020.

Program State Date: 9/1/2019-6/30/2020

Ticket Cost: $11-$16

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Program Title: The Barter Players Encore Company on Tour

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Frosty: The beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” has inspired an original Barter production by playwright-in-residence, Catherine Bush, with original music by Dax Dupuy. A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills—as they discover that the real magic of Christmas is love.

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Program Title: Barter Players on Tour

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Peter Pan, adapted from J. M. Barrie by Catherine Bush. 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. 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. 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.

Program Start Date: 1/1/2020-3/31/2020

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