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The Barter Players 2019 Season

The Princess and the Pea

April 2019
Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen by Catherine Bush

The Queen wants her son, Prince Harold, to marry, but Harold has yet to find a princess whom he can love. Then the beautiful maiden Marigold appears at the castle door, and Harold realizes he has met his match. But can Marigold pass the Queen’s test and detect the pea placed under her mattress? Will she be able to prove to the world that she is truly a princess?

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat

April-May 2019
Adapted by Katie Mitchell from Dr. Seuss

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with—and he can turn a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. All of your favorite moments from the classic book by Dr. Seuss come to life on stage.

James and the Giant Peach

May-June 2019
Adapted from Roald Dahl’s novel by Richard R. George

From the author who brought you Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes a fantastic story of imagination. James, an orphan, is sent to live with his horrible aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. His remarkable adventure begins when he finds an ENORMOUS peach in their yard filled with scores of talking insects! Little does he know that this peach and its passengers will take him on a journey across the globe and bring him fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams.

The Little Mermaid

June-July 2019
Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen by Catherine Bush

It is Syrena’s long-awaited 16th birthday – the day she is finally allowed to swim to the ocean’s surface and glimpse the world surrounding it. While on her visit there, she saves the life of a human – the handsome Prince Caspian – and falls in love with him. But the sea-witch has other plans for the prince – plans that could destroy them all. Is the Little Mermaid prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her true love? A new telling of a childhood classic.


July-August 2019
Adapted from the book by Edgar Rice Burroughs by Catherine Bush

When Kerchak, the leader of the Great Apes, discovers a human baby in the jungle, his first instinct is to be rid of him. But Kala, his wife, insists on adopting the boy instead, naming him Tarzan. As Tarzan grows up, he struggles to prove his worth to his ape friends and family. Then one day, he meets a beautiful explorer named Jane, and learns the truth about his past. Will Tarzan stay with his adopted family, or take his rightful place in the world of Men?

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

October-November 2019
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!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

November-December 2019

Adapted from Clement Clark Moore 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.

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