"Tonight is just a dream . . . it begins at the end and ends at the beginning." What follows is a love story that blurs reality and dreams together into a beautiful journey. It’s the evening before Mary’s wedding, and she is dreaming of love, war and what might be. Mary and Charlie unexpectedly meet while taking shelter in a barn during a thunderstorm. They are filled with the passion, vulnerability and impulsiveness of youth. The year is 1914 and the world is on the brink of war. Do they surrender to the call of duty, or to their love?
It's Barter's big summer musical! Bring your whole family!
Known by children of all ages, “Mary Poppins” is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household to care for young Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters. Featuring eye-popping sets and costumes, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs such as the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," come discover with Mary a world where "Anything Can Happen" if you let it!
The only thing funnier than a Southern funeral is a Southern wedding! The charmingly funny Frye family is back and this time they are going to get married. Or maybe not? The engagement of Attie VanLeer and Harline Frye has been on again, off again more times than a drunken frat boy on a mechanical bull. Now half the town has been invited, the dress has been fitted, the flowers have been ordered and the gifts are piling up in the living room. Will they or won’t they? You’ll have to find out in this hysterical hit comedy from the authors of Southern Fried Funeral.
The “Old Turtle” books are some of the most beloved tales in all of children’s literature, and this one is The Barter Players’ favorite. A truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the people find only part of it, it causes so many problems among them that a little girl decides to go find the rest of the truth. With the help of wise Old Turtle, Crow and a whole slew of animal friends, the Little Girl is able to mend the broken truth, creating a better world for everyone. This new musical adaption celebrates understanding, friendship and love- and is a must see for every child in your life.
By Douglas Pote
The love story that made country music famous – A. P., Maybelle and Sara Carter are brought to life in this telling look at the lives and music of the Carter Family and the historic Bristol Sessions. Centered around the great love A.P. had for Sara, which produced such distinctive, enduring songs as Will the Circle be Unbroken, Wildwood Flower, My Clinch Mountain Home and the perennial favorite Keep on the Sunny Side. Featuring Eugene Wolf as A.P. Carter.
In addition to performances of this show given at The Barter Theatre, this production will also be traveling to The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia and Heritage Hall in Mountain City, Tennessee.
For information about the performances at The Carter Family Fold, or to purchase tickets, click here.
"Keep on the Sunny Side" will have one performance at Heritage Hall on Saturday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. For more information about this show, or to purchase tickets, please call Heritage Hall at: 423-727-7444
This musical smash takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet The Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! Experience their lives and loves, as the girls perform such classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” and more than 20 other hits! You’ve never had this much fun at a prom, ever —a must-take trip down memory lane!
Featuring Robin & Linda Williams from “A Prairie Home Companion”
Created and Conceived by Don Baker, Book by Don Baker Music and Lyrics by Linda and Robin Williams
Additional Lyrics by Don Baker, Margaret Junkin Preston, and Jerome Clark
Enjoyed for decades at Lime Kiln in Lexington, Va., this concert version features a refreshed book and new songs. “Stonewall Country” chronicles the life of Stonewall Jackson, who was a bold strategist filled with biblical zeal as well as an ordinary man with flaws and idiosyncrasies. The story is told through the glorious and unique music written and performed by bluegrass, folk and old-time country music artists Robin and Linda Williams of whom the Washington Post said, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness.”
The Barter Players weave a beautiful tale at Barter Stage II this summer with a wonderfully faithful telling of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Mowgli, an orphan child, is found in the jungle by a family of wolves who raise him as their own. As he grows, he learns the law of the jungle and becomes powerful within his pack, but he is never safe from Shere Khan, the tiger. Join Bagheera the Panther, Kaa the Python and all the amazing characters of the jungle for an adventure you’ll never forget!
Meet Harry, an underpaid and under-appreciated actor, who is called on to be the understudy for Jake, the grossly overpaid, action movie star performing in a play that he simply does not understand. Enter Roxanne, the charming, lovesick stage manager who just happens to have a prior romantic history with Harry. Will Roxanne be able to negotiate the collision of her personal and professional life? Will Harry and Jake be able to find common ground before it's too late? The Understudy is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of mounting obstacles until all anyone can do is dance.
An angry witch is keeping the beautiful maiden Rapunzel prisoner in a tower with one window and no door. When Prince Frederick discovers Rapunzel’s predicament, he climbs her golden braid of hair in order to rescue her. But Rapunzel has a few surprises in store for her handsome prince, including a few lessons in girl-power and a super-cool haircut. With Rapunzel at his side, Frederick is able to convince the Witch and the world that True Love does indeed conquer all!
Mark Dawidziak is the author of Love Mad Visible, the first book ever written about Barter Theatre. On August 5th, Mark returns to Barter Theatre in a one-night-only event you just can’t miss! Mark will appear alongside his wife, Sara Showman, for a presentation and book signing.
Mark has been the entertainment editor at The Bristol Herald-Courier in Bristol, Virginia and The Kingsport Times-News in Kingsport, Tennessee. Mark is considered one of the most authentic Mark Twain actors and is the author of eight books. He has led a successful career as a movie, television and theatre critic and columnist.
It’s one of the best written stories in the Bible—the story of The Blind Man’s Tale in the Book of John chapter 9. Jesus is walking past the Temple in Jerusalem and he sees a blind man sitting there begging... just as he had been sitting there every single day of his life. Jesus bends over, whispers in this beggar’s ear... and rubs some mud on his eyes! Thus begins the fascinating, inspiring story of a man who was given a whole new life by the Rabbi from Nazareth. The Blind Man’s Tale will feature Gary Richardson’s storytelling,some of the world’s best Christian music and a few surprises for audiences familiar with Gary’s work.
One-hundred-and-two year old Allard Charles has long played the role of a minor celebrity due to the fact that he spent the first 15 years of his life confined by his mother in a box. Now that he hasn’t long to live, Allard has decided he must use this speaking engagement to reveal the darkest secret of his life in the box. A secret he has never shared before. A secret that may impact us all, and change the world as we know it.
Rockin' audiences all over the world with this unbelievable 1950s and 1960s era Elvis Presley tribute show, Scot Bruce—loved by Barter audiences—demonatrates his uncanny resemblance to the young "King of Rock 'n' Roll" and his ability to sing, strum his guitar and swivel his hips, making him a genuine as the original.
An Appalachian premiere by David Brian Colbert
There are lies we tell ourselves, and lies we tell others—just to make it through the day. In walks one such convincing and compelling liar: Coal. Four people—all Coal—spin this moving Southern yarn of a hard-knock childhood in a sleepy mining town. Together, they tell the daring tale that they have never been able to share before, and their wild story becomes homage to the delicate art of lying.
This witty and action packed swashbuckler tale takes you through the friendship, romance and adventure of young D’Artagnan and his band of Musketeers as they fight the rule of the dishonest and seek to protect the ones they love. A story of double crossing, kidnappings, and carefully guarded secrets with lavish sword fights and sweeping romance set in a time where honor and love ruled the world.
By Bruce Arnston
Country music’s hardest working duo is back. Doyle Mayfield, a once beloved country star has found his newest partner (who he met last month at the VFW), Debbie #3, a single mom dolled up like a wannabe Dolly Parton, who is taking her considerable assets – and East Tennessee twang – out on the road in pursuit of bread for her kids and hope of Nashville stardom. This hilarious county music spoof has audiences raving from Nashville to Chicago to the Conan O’Brien show. When your side isn’t hurting from laughing, you’ll be dancing in the aisles to songs like “Stock Car Love,” “ Barefoot and Pregnant,” and “Fat Women in Trailers.”
The Chicago Tribune calls it, “Brilliant! Drop-dead funny!”
You’ll want to see it more than once.
Book by Rupert Holmes, Original book and concept by Peter Stone,
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes
It’s the opening night of a new musical that could be on its way to being the next Broadway smash, when its talentless leading lady dies on opening night during her curtain call. The entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter Lt. Frank Cioffi, who has a secret affinity for musical theatre, to investigate. Will the lure of the theatre and his desire to save this failing musical, along with an unexpected blooming romance, keep him from discovering the murderer? Can he salvage the show, catch the killer, and get the girl without getting killed himself? CURTAINS will have you on the edge of your seat—laughing—and rooting for Lt. Cioffi to succeed!
Jan has recently suffered a nervous breakdown. Her husband Greg has rented an old farmhouse in the country where she can recover. When George, the hilarious farmer from whom they rent, tells stories about a terrible murder that once took place in the farmhouse and the ghost that reputedly stalks the night, Jan's imagination gets the better of her. The situation gets even worse when Laura, Greg's beautiful, but manipulative sister arrives. Soon Jan finds herself tormented by strange sounds in the night and visions of the vengeful ghost. Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad? When she tries to defend herself from this apparition, events take unexpected twists and turns in a night of unimaginable suspense.
“Scream, laugh, scream again and hang on to your seats!” – Kansas City Star
On a dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murray, a tomboy who doesn’t fit in at her high school. Meg’s scientist father vanished over two years ago, under mysterious circumstances. Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg and her gifted brother Charles Wallace are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their father from the frightening forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. John Glore’s delightful, wildly theatrical adaptation brings this acclaimed story magically to life.
Music by Doug Smith, Book and Lyrics by Vern Stefanic
A favorite holiday tale by Valentine Davies, made famous by the movie of the same name. Kris Kringle fills in for Santa Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the store on 34th Street. When Kringle surprises customers and employees by claiming he is the real Santa Claus, he is forced to go on trial to defend his sanity. Will he be able to prove to the world that Santa really exists? Come rediscover your own childhood - and restore your faith in miracles - in this fun-filled musical classic for the whole family.
By Tom Mula
“Marley was dead to begin with. That must be clearly understood or nothing wonderful can come of this story.”
Finally we get to hear the tale of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol told from Marley’s perspective, which is wonderful indeed. Desperate and locked in a torment of his own creation, Marley gets one chance for redemption. He must redeem his former partner, Ebenezer Scrooge. This begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart is certainly opened, but not before Marley—in his irreverent, funny and deeply moving story—discovers his own.
A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when he places it on a snowman’s head and 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 and the discovery that the real magic of Christmas is Love.A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when he places it on a snowman’s head and 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 and the discovery that the real magic of Christmas is Love.
By David Sedaris, NPR comic genius
This outrageous holiday comedy stars Crumpet, a rebel without a Claus, who recounts his true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s department store elf. His encounters as an Elf during the season of forced joy have become a delightful cult classic for those in need of a holly-jolly antidote! A delightfully absurd look at the commercial Christmas season, Sedaris' sharp and hilarious observations have rapidly becoming one of the nation’s most popular holiday shows. This production will feature one of Barter’s favorite actors, Nicholas Piper, as Crumpet.