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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, VA. 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’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. During the COVID-19 crisis, Barter Theatre has created several streaming productions, including “Peter Pan” and “Aesop’s Fables.” These shows come with free downloadable study guides keyed to TN’s TCAPs, and are available in lieu of student matinees at Barter or Player tours to schools. Decisions about re-opening Barter Theatre and continuing traditional tours will be made as public health conditions allow in 2020 and 2021.

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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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