Student Matinees

Student Matinees

Our Student Matinee Program features Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company in world-class plays and musicals chosen especially for students. The Barter Players also perform shows especially for students at Barter or at your school when they tour during part of the year.

Student Matinees and The Barter Players productions are built to go hand-in-hand with school testing curriculum requirements, and we offer free, downloadable study guides, which include questions, activities and vocabulary to help prepare your students for the show. Material correlates with specific state testing curricula.

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To find out information about any of these programs and to book your student group's reservations today, contact Group Sales.
Special rates for student groups are available!
276.619.5406
groups@bartertheatre.com

Student Matinee Shows

The Barter Player Shows

Field Trips

Take a field trip to Barter Theatre!

Book a performance at Barter Theatre and give your students an experience they will never forget. Barter offers student matinees throughout the school year, with a variety of performances appropriate for elementary, middle and high school students.

A field trip to Barter is more than just a performance.

  • Download our free show-specific study guides (based on your state’s Standards of Learning Test)
  • Schedule a free talk-back with Barter professionals
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of historic Barter Theatre
  • Enjoy lunch on beautiful Porterfield Square – order boxed lunches from The Barter Café, or bring your own!

Barter offers discounted package rates for student groups. Contact our group sales department for more information.

View student matinees

Get tickets

Book a field trip for your students

groups@bartertheatre.com
(276) 619-5406

Free Study Guides

Student Matinees and The Barter Players productions are built to go hand-in-hand with school testing curriculum requirements – and Barter’s staff does the work for you, with free downloadable study guides for each play. Study guides include questions, activities and vocabulary to help prepare your students for the show. Material correlates with specific state testing curricula.

Talkbacks

Spend approximately 15 minutes with the actors, designers or directors of the show you’ve just seen, and let your students get answers to their questions about the show from an insider’s point of view. Talkbacks are free when you see a play; however, they must be scheduled in advance.

Behind-the-scenes Tours

Learn the history of the oldest regional theatre in the country and experience a backstage tour of Barter Theatre. See how a show is created from rehearsals to costumes, props and sets with a Barter Theatre production tour. Tours are $2 per person for school groups.

Package Deals with Boxed Lunches

Barter Theatre offers reduced rates for student groups. Each package allows your students to enjoy a box lunch from The Barter Café and experience professional theatre they’ll never forget.

Lunch seating for student groups is first-come, first-served. Each sandwich comes with plain or corn chips, a chocolate chip cookie and a canned drink.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Box Lunch, $4
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Box Lunch, $4
Cheese Pizza Box Lunch (does not include chips), $6

Click here to download the 2014 School Meal Deal form



Children at Barter Youth Academy

Children at Barter Youth Academy

Barter Youth Academy

Extraordinary Education/Exceptional Experience

Summer 2014

BYA now has 5 campuses! 

BYA Campuses: Abingdon, VA/Bristol, TN/Mountain City, TN/Bluff City, TN/Marion, VA

Workshops are offered for ages 5 – 18, and each workshop includes a “Demo Night” when students can show off their work to family and friends.

What is BYA? The Barter Youth Academy is a performance-based educational program that allows students of all ages a chance to learn and develop their performance and storytelling skills. Using the acting and rehearsing techniques of the Barter Resident Acting Company, students work through the theatre experience from the audition to the final performance on-stage in front of a live audience. BYA provides a safe, positive environment to enhance the abilities for the beginning performer, as well as shaping the talents of the advanced youth actor.

How does it work? Each workshop begins with a casting call similar to an audition process, which the BYA directors use for a teaching tool to enhance audition skills. The workshop then runs for eight weeks and culminates in a live, minimally produced demonstration onstage called “Demo Night”. This gives each student a chance to display their hard work for their family and friends!

What does BYA teach? BYA teaches everything from basic theatre terms to help any young student feel comfortable in a professional theatre environment to advanced acting techniques utilized by such great teachers as Meisner, Chekov, and Strasberg. Workshops change every session with new plays or musicals to work on, as well as new techniques to help your student grow. All while working on some of the greatest plays and musicals ever written for the American Theatre.

When are workshops? Spring and fall workshops are dedicated to traditional acting and performance with classic and contemporary plays. Sessions generally start around the first of February and the first of September. Summer workshops focus on musical theatre and starts after school ends in June. Workshops meet more often in the summer to allow for extra time needed for music rehearsal and choreography. For a complete schedule of BYA workshops, check out www.bartertheatre.com and click on “Parents and Teachers”. 

Who can enroll in BYA? Anyone between the ages of 5-18! BYA workshops are designed for 5yrs-2nd grade (Pre-Academy), 3rd-5th grade (Elementary Workshops), 6th-8th grade (Middle School Workshops), and 9th-12th grade (High School Workshops). Not all age groups are available at all locations.

Does BYA do anything besides Workshops? Yes! “BYA Nights” at the Barter Theatre allow academy students and a friend or family member to attend a Barter Show at a deeply discounted price. It’s a fun way to meet Barter Staff and BYA students from all over the area.

How do I register? The tuition for BYA 2014 Spring/Fall Workshops is $175. Summer Musical Workshops are $200.

Pre-Academy is $100.

$50 deposit due at registration.

Full and partial Scholarships are available upon request.

There are several ways to sign up for a BYA workshop near you.

* To register by phone with a credit card, call 276.619.3344.

* To register by mail, download the registration form. Mail it with a check made out to

Barter Theatre and mail to P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212.

Email us: youthacademy@bartertheatre.com

Follow Barter Youth Academy on facebook and twitter.

“Through BYA our child has gained confidence and the technical skills needed to perform onstage. She has adored her director and loves working with her cast members. Each production is helping her really grow and blossom as an actor.” -BYA Parent

“I like everything about BYA and it’s really fun!” -BYA Student, age 5

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved with BYA; it has been one of the best experiences of my life.” -BYA Student, age 17

Abingdon:

Workshops begin the week of June 9th and end with Musical Demonstrations on Monday July 28th, 2014

Mondays/Wednesdays: (These workshops meet twice a week, on Mondays and again on Wednesdays)

Elementary (I) – 10- noon Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

High School – 12:30- 3:30 The Music Man (Full Edition)

Middle School (I) – 4-6:30 Seussical Jr.

 

Tuesday /Thursday (With the exception of Pre-Academy, these workshops meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Pre-Academy (I) – only Tuesdays 1-2pm (New Students)                                                                                                  

Pre-Academy Advanced (II) – only Thursdays 1-2pm only! (Students who have completed a previous Pre-Academy Workshop)

Adv. Elementary – 2:15-4:15 Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Students who have completed 3 or more BYA Workshops)

Elementary (II) – 4:30-6:30pm Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Adv. Middle School – 10-12:30 – Seussical Jr. (Students who have completed 3 or more BYA Workshops)

Workshops are held at the Small Business Incubator in Abingdon, VA.

Bluff City: 

All summer workshops for BYA-Bluff City will meet each day, starting Tuesday, July 8th, for three weeks.

Workshop begins July 8th and completes with a Demo Night on Tuesday July 29, 2014.

Workshop Intensive: (Monday – Friday for three weeks)

Middle School – 9:00-12:00 Seussical the Musical

Elementary  – 12:00-2:00 Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Workshops are held in the classrooms at First Baptist Church in Bluff City, TN

Bristol:

Workshops begin the week of June 9th and end with Musical Demonstrations on Tuesday July 29th, 2014. 

Mondays/Wednesdays: (With the exception of Pre-Academy, these Workshops meet twice a week)

Pre-Academy –  Mondays only 10-11am Original Programming  (New Students )

Pre-Academy Advanced – Wednesdays only 10-11am Original Programming (Students who have completed a previous Pre-Academy Workshop)

Elementary (1) – 10-noon Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Elementary (II) –  3:30-5:30pm Disney’s Aladdin Jr.  

Middle School – 12:30-3:00 Seussical the Musical

High School – 1:30-4:30 The Music Man

Workshops are held at the Paramount Theatre in Bristol, TN.

Demo Night for Paramount/Bluff City is July 29th.

Marion:

Workshop Intensive: All summer workshops for BYA-Marion will meet each day, starting June 9, Monday through Friday, for three weeks.

Elementary – 9:30-11:30 Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Middle School/High School – 12:30-3:30 The Music Man

Workshop begins June 9th (School Schedule permitting) and completes with a Demo on Friday, June 27th.

Workshops are held at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA

Demo Night for Marion is June 27, (school schedule permitting).

Mountain City: TBA

Registration

To register by phone with a credit card, call 276-619-3344.
To register in person with a check or cash, stop by the Barter Administrative offices during business hours, Monday through Friday.
Once workshops are full, waiting lists will be formed.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Click here to download the class registration form.
Click here to download the BYA scholarship form.

Forms may be scanned and returned by email to youthacademy@bartertheatre.com, faxed to 276.619.3335, dropped off at the BYA offices, or mailed to: 
Barter Youth Academy
P.O.Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212.
 



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Sponsors
Crutchfield
First Bank & Trust
The Williams Berry Foundation
The Virginia Retired Teachers Association, District 1

Young Playwrights Festival

The Festival

The Young Playwrights Festival is an annual event that cultivates and celebrates the talent of high school students. The purpose of this Festival is to encourage the development of students' writing skills and creativity, with the added benefit of discovering talented playwrights in our region.

The Process

Teachers must attend at least one workshop in which Barter professionals give them the tools for teaching playwriting to their students. After receiving classroom instruction on playwriting, students develop plays and submit them to a select group of Barter professionals for feedback and critique. The plays are not to exceed 10 minutes in length. The three winning plays are lightly staged at Barter Theatre by professional actors, and the five honorable mention plays are given a reading. Schools are invited to a morning performance of the plays, where students have the chance to see their peers’ work. A nighttime performance, awards ceremony and reception is open to the public. Writers of the top three plays receive cash prizes and a mentoring session with a Barter professional, which allows the students to have valuable one-on-one time with experts in the field of theatre and playwriting. The first-place student's teacher receives two tickets to any performance at Barter Theatre.

Winners

Winners work with Barter professionals to enhance and or lengthen their plays. Awards are presented each year to the winning students and schools.

2013 Festival

November 4, 2013 
Student Program: 10:30 a.m. at Barter Main Stage; Awards Ceremony: 7 p.m. Barter Stage II

Find out More

For information about YPF, please contact Barter Theatre’s Education Coordinator.
276.619.3344
youthacademy@bartertheatre.com




Project REAL

Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning

Megan Atkinson, Project REAL Director

Serving Barter’s mission to use theatre as a vehicle for education to enrich lives, Project REAL provides qualified teaching artists who assist educators by utilizing theatre techniques, and integrating the student's life experiences with the curriculum, in order to provide lasting knowledge in a transformative educational program, measurably improving learning and allowing students to take responsibility for their own education and shape their communities, now and in the future.

Who we work with

We started our work exclusively with high schools—grades 9-12. We have since expanded to work with multiple grade levels and multiple learning abilities. The process of collaboration has been different with every school we’ve had the opportunity to serve. Because of this we encourage interested parties to contact us to start the conversation about how we can best serve you. We will adapt our program and cater to the needs of any school or group interested in collaborating with us.

What we do

We use theatre-based activities to create a classroom environment that encourages differentiated learning, expression of ideas, and critical thinking while also connecting the material directly to the personal lives of our students.

Why we do this

Theatre is the perfect venue to address all learning styles and can be a catalyst for open dialogue.  A lesson on Beowulf turned into a discussion about homelessness; activities about topography became a debate on what makes an ideal community; student-created scenarios depicting dependent and independent variables discussed the impact of television watching on studying and grades. These activities encourage the students to become an active participant within their communities.

How we do this

Our first action is to cultivate a strong relationship with the classroom teacher. With the teacher’s deep knowledge of the subject matter and of the students themselves, we are able to determine the needs of the students and how to best engage them in the lesson. This collaborative partnership is essential in our work. The teacher will also inform us of what material they would like us to discuss when we visit. 

We will then create a lesson plan focused on the material. Before we teach the lesson, we present it to the teacher to make sure we have addressed the desired content. This collaborative process culminates with the teaching artist leading the class in exploration of the material.

Which subjects benefit?

We cover all subject matters. Some areas we have already had the opportunity to cover: Algebra I and II, business management, ecology, geometry, literature, mythology and topography—just to name a few.

And, there's more!

More for Students: Dream Catchers

Meeting after school one to two hours a week with the teaching artist, students will create a Forum Theatre piece that will be performed for the public. This group consists of students who have an interest in using theatre to solve problems within their community. The goal of The Dream Catchers Group is to “dream of the ideal." Student will get to explore issues about which they are passionate while having the opportunity to dream up solutions to these problems and how to make them a reality.

More for Teachers: Professional Development. The theatre tools we use to help the curriculum come alive for the students are tools we want to share with our partner teachers. Structuring workshops as part of teachers’ professional development gives the faculty an opportunity to integrate some of the tools they’ve seen firsthand into their future lesson plans.

Find out More

Contact Megan Atkinson, Project REAL Director
276.698.4765
education@bartertheatre.com