October 28, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW PERFORMANCE INTRODUCES BARTER THEATRE’S 2016 SEASON
ABINGDON, Va.—Barter Theatre unveils the 2016 production schedule with a behind-the-scenes preview of what the next season has in store. Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose announces an exciting season filled with comedy, drama and many world-famous shows patrons will recognize from their silver-screen adaptations.
“Barter Theatre is like no other theatre and this programming says that,” said Rose, “We are one of a select few theatres chosen to present many of these works and one of the only theatres in the Southeast United States, which really speaks the prestige of this theatre.”
At Wednesday morning’s announcement, the Barter Theatre Resident Acting Company treated the audience to performances of select songs and scenes patrons will see next season.
With the announcement of the 2016 season, PassBooks for the 2016 season are on sale now. Season PassBooks offer savings up to 52% off single ticket prices, and are available in four varied packages, allowing anyone the opportunity to see several shows at Barter for great price. Season PassBooks range in price from $99 to $249 and are only available for a limited time. For more information about purchasing your Season PassBook, visit bartertheatre.com or contact the box office, 276-628-3991.
Barter Theatre’s 2016 season will begin in February and feature the following shows throughout the year:
Shows on The Barter Theatre Stage
“A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, you simply MUST SEE this show!”
Book by John August
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia motion picture written by John August
Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, who is about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. MAR. - APR.
“ABBA-lutely Fabulous! The ultimate feel-good show”
Music and Lyrics by Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus
And some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now, she just has to find out who he is... Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming, musical celebration of mothers, daughters, fathers, true loves lost, and new ones found. More than 54 million people worldwide have fallen in love with Mamma Mia! Featuring more than 20 ABBA songs you know and love, it’s the feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over and over again. MAY - AUG.
“The show soars deliriously high and gloriously far.”
PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER
A play by Rick Elice
Based on the novel by David Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Originally Produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg
Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions
A theatrical prequel to Peter Pan, this magical play takes you on a journey. Using the power of music and storytelling, it chronicles the adventures of an orphan soon to be called Peter Pan, and Molly, a girl charged to protect a parcel of stardust from falling into the wrong hands. Join us for the most hilarious-filled evening of madcap fun! In this five- time Tony Award winning play, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. Recommended for the whole family – ages 8 and up. JUN. - AUG.
“This electrifying concert musical resurrects
the QUEEN OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL”
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
Created, Written and Directed by Randy Johnson
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. AUG. - SEPT.
“The #1 longest running American Musical
in Broadway History.”
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
This musical will razzle-dazzle you like no other. It’s the roaring twenties, and Roxie Hart is a small-time chorus dancer who will kill for fame. And after doing just that, she lands behind bars alongside vaudeville star Velma Kelly, who, with the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn, has spun her crime into a media frenzy. When Flynn takes Roxie’s case, he makes her the latest tabloid sensation, setting the stage for singing, dancing catfights between the all-too-willing rivals, and featuring one of the greatest Kander and Ebb scores ever. SEPT. - NOV.
“Shades of Mark Twain with a touch of Stephen King, as if Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer had found themselves lost in a sinister fairground full of supernatural characters.”
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
A play by Ray Bradbury
One strange and wild autumn, Halloween came early. It came at exactly the same time as Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow show rolled into town…That year, James Nightshade of 97 Oak Street was 13 years, 11 months, 23 days old. Next door, William Halloway was 13 years, 11 months, 24 days old. For Jim and Will, the lure of the carnival is irresistible. They soon discover that a sinister secret lies behind the smoke and mirrors; the carnival holds a dark desire to destroy the whole town. Only Jim, Will and Will’s mild-mannered dad can save the day. Adapting his own novel for the stage, the legendary Ray Bradbury has created a spine-tingling battle between good and evil. It is packed with a terrifying collection of characters, including the mysterious flying Dust Witch and the deadly Mr. Dark. A fantastic book, and now a new show for everyone from nine and up, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a deliciously, scary adventure about friendship, innocence and perfectly captures the wondrous belief we possess when we are 14 years old. SEPT. - NOV.
“The classic ghost story of Christmas.”
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A traditional adaptation from Dickens by Richard Rose
The joy of the holiday season returns with this sparkling production, and a beloved favorite of Barter patrons. Come and relive the sheer exhilaration of Scrooge’s experience. Witness his release from his small and selfish life to a life of giving, brotherhood and love. A spirited gift to treasure with family and friends, it guarantees you will leave wrapped in the warmth of the holiday spirit. NOV. - DEC.
Shows at Barter Stage II
“One of the funniest plays EVER…laugh out loud funny”
LYING IN STATE
A riotous comedy by David C. Hyer
The state senator has died in a ridiculous gun accident, and it has made him a national hero. Everyone is searching for something. The local political party leaders are strenuously looking for someone to fill his senate seat. His ex-wife is looking for a bugler to play for his funeral. Bunny, the stripper, and a host of other zany characters are looking for love, votes, the right casket and a big purple squirrel named Mel. In this madcap comedy, love, politics and well, everything, are not what they seem. FEB. - MAR.
“Achieves vibrant immediacy…As relevant as if it were written today!”
George Orwell’s 1984
Adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan
Winston Smith is a cog in the giant machine of the State. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his “Thought-Crimes” before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience -- which acts as a silent witness to his torture. This is a ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century. MAR. - APR.
“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
“Five Southern women who, through hilarious adventures, prove that friendships last forever.”
THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Five unforgettable Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. These women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them, including some hilarious and unexpected twists and turns. JUN. - AUG.
“As history often proves, truth is much more exciting than fiction.”
WINTER WHEAT: A NEW MUSICAL
Book and lyrics by Catherine Bush
Music and vocal arrangements by Ben Mackel
Taking a fascinating piece of American history and creating a musical, this journey explores the personal stakes for the men and women who lived through it. Set in the small East Tennessee town of Niota in 1920, the country is abuzz over the controversial 19th Amendment. The country was deeply divided over whether women should have the right to vote, and there was no guarantee the Amendment would be ratified by a majority of states. In the end, the ratification came down to a single state: Tennessee. And the Tennessee vote was decided by a single man: Harry Burn from Niota. SEPT.- NOV.
A MURDER MYSTERY THRILLER
ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!
Barter is in the midst of negotiations on a new mystery thriller, which we are not yet allowed to announce. We know you are excited, as Barter has become known for our fall murder mysteries. We will announce this exciting addition to Barter’s 2016 Season as soon as we have finalized negotiations. Stay tuned for some heart pounding fun! OCT. - NOV.
“A HILARIOUS comedy about FAMILY, FAITH & FOOD.”
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
by Joe DiPietro
When 29 year-old Nick Cristano announced his plans to move to Seattle, it was tantamount to a declaration of war. His Italian-American grandparents, with whom he has had Sunday dinner every week of his life, did not understand. With his parents and older sister having already moved to distant cities, Nick’s desire to leave for professional advancement makes no sense. To his immigrant grandparents, family is the center and the heart of life. Outrageous plans are hatched, hilarious games are played, a blind date is arranged, and stories of sacrifice and family are told to try to keep Nick from leaving. Resulting in a hilarious situation taken to an extreme, this show is shared and cherished by any family, and guarantees to make you love your family all over again. NOV. - DEC.
PHOTO CAPTION 1: Richard Rose announces Barter Theatre’s 2016 season.
PHOTO CAPTION 2: Members of the Barter Theatre Resident Acting Company perform a scene from “Peter and the Star Catcher.”