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  1. The Peter Mayer Group: A Junkman's Christmas Eve Tour (Dec 03) 1...

     Mon, Dec 3rd - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Music 0
    ACCLAIMED SINGER-SONGWRITER PETER MAYER RINGS IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON Musical artist Peter Mayer launches ‘Stars and Promises: A Junkman's Christmas Eve tour for the 2018 holiday season Guitarist and singer Peter Mayer ( Peter Mayer Group, Jimmy Buffett Coral Reefers ) brings his 19th annual ‘Stars and Promises’ Christmas Tour, A Junkman's Christmas Eve tour, to Barter Theatre on Monday, December 3rd. The seasonal performance features imaginative arrangements of traditional and original carols, composed and led by Mayer and his ensemble of versatile musicians. “Christmas is celebrated around the world in song. From concert halls and shopping malls, street corner choirs and carols ‘round the fire, we hear the songs old and new that have made our yuletide tradition,” said Peter Mayer, guitarist and singer for the Peter Mayer Group. “We are excited to bring back ‘Stars and Promises’ for the 19th year and a new holiday season of music dedicated to the angels among us.” Mayer is joined by a world class ensemble of musicians, featuring Chris Walters (Bela Fleck, Alabama, J.D. Souther) on piano, Mark Holland (Autumn’s Child, Oregon) on native flute, singer-songwriter Brendan Mayer (Getaway Car, Mailboat Records Recording Artist), Zeb Briskovich (Clark Terry, Grady Tate, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra) on bass and Miles Vandiver (The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Tom Kennedy, Director of Music Business and Coordinator of Recording Activities at Southern Illinois University) on percussion. This world-class music is accompanied by a beautiful stage production, lighting and pristine sound. Stars and Promises is a celebration of story and song that will rings in the Christmas spirit. The Peter Mayer Group has helped to raise thousands of dollars for communities throughout the United States that make a significant impact to local charities. In addition a portion of the product sales are given back to the charity or cause of choice. Peter Mayer has released 18 albums to date and tours year round with the Peter Mayer Group. He is the lead guitarist in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and has shared the stage with a variety of artists such as James Taylor, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr. Cast & Credits Featured Musicians: Chris Walters (Bela Fleck, Alabama, J.D. Souther) on piano Mark Holland (Autumn’s Child, Oregon) on native flute Barrage, singer-songwriter Brendan Mayer (Getaway Car,MailboatRecords Recording Artist) Zeb Briskovich (Clark Terry, Grady Tate, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra) on bass Miles Vandiver (The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Tom Kennedy, Director of Music Business and Coordinator of Recording Activities at Southern Illinois University) on percussion Sponsored By: Carter Trent and Scott County Funeral Homes Empire Ford Nutralic Consulting: Michele and David Hodge Videos
  2. The Santaland Diaries (Nov 28) 28 days. Nov-28th to Dec-30th

     Wed, Nov 28th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    By David Sedaris Recommended for mature audience due to language and subject matter This outrageous holiday comedy stars Crumpet, a rebel without a Claus, who recounts his true-life tale of being an out-of-work writer doing a 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 become one of the nation’s most popular holiday shows. Barter’s production will feature one of Barter’s favorite actors, Nick Piper, as Crumpet. In Repertory with Wooden Snowflakes
  3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Nov 27) 25 days. Nov-27th to Dec-2...

     Tue, Nov 27th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    By Catherine Bush with Music by Dax Dupuy Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why... This Christmas season has been a tough one for second grader Pepper McGee. It’s hard to hang onto your Christmas spirit when a new baby sister takes everyone’s attention. Pepper’s only hope for a merry Christmas lies with that jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, who takes her on a magical adventure that changes how she sees Christmas forever. Download study guide. Cast & Credits Media Sponsor: CW
  4. Wooden Snowflakes (Nov 20) 32 days. Nov-20th to Dec-23rd

     Tue, Nov 20th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    By Catherine Bush Trapped on Christmas Eve because her car slid off the icy Kentucky road, Eve Lawson, a cynic who refuses to believe in Santa Claus, finds herself in the home of Simon Peter Whitaker, a woodcarver and expert on Christmas, who is dressed as Santa. Believer and unbeliever find themselves clashing time and time again as old wounds struggle to be healed by the Love that is Christmas. Join us for an evening of humor, surprises and joy as written by one of Barter’s favorite authors. In Repertory with The Santaland Diaries
  5. Elf: The Musical (Nov 16) 52 days. Nov-16th to Dec-30th

     Fri, Nov 16th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Family & Education, Music 0
    Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin Music by Matthew Sklar Lyrics by Chad Beguelin Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum A hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag and is taken back to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help remember the true meaning of Christmas. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Cast & Credits Corporate Sponsors: Media Sponsors:
  6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Oct 09) 26 days. Oct-9th to Nov-14t...

     Tue, Oct 9th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    Adapted from Mark Twain by Catherine Bush Whether it’s fishing with Huckleberry Finn, or convincing his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence, nobody loves life more than the irascible Tom Sawyer. Then one night in a spooky graveyard, Tom and Huck stumble upon a deadly secret. Will they be able to save Muff Potter from the treacherous Injun Joe before it’s too late? Join Tom and Huck on the most exciting adventure of their life, where they learn that man’s greatest treasure is the gift of friendship. Download study guide. Cast & Credits Corporate Sponsor: Media Sponsor:
  7. Sally McCoy (Oct 04) 24 days. Oct-4th to Nov-10th

     Thu, Oct 4th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Family & Education 0
    “Winner of Barter’s 2018 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.” By Alice Stanley In the midst of the first gruesomely violent event of the legendary Hatfield and McCoy feud, one woman does what she must to save her family. Sally McCoy tells a harrowing and deeply personal story which takes a hard look at how women’s stories and perspectives are too often excluded from our historical narratives. Set in August 1882, Sally’s three eldest sons are captured by the Hatfield clan. Sally defies her womanly place in the home and crosses miles of Appalachian wilderness in the dark of night to save her children from certain death at the vengeful hands of the Hatfields. After traveling all those miles alone, she arrives at the home of the Hatfield patriarch, “Devil” Anse Hatfield, and refuses to let anything stand in her way until she has seen the “Devil” face to face. Director's Notes We all know something or other about the epic feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. It is the stuff of American legend- a tribal tale of bloody vengeance that endured for the last 30 years of the 19th century. Maybe this particular feud sticks in the American psyche because it has all the elements of Shakespearean tragedy: family honor, betrayal, bloodlust, star-crossed lovers, and of course, a stolen pig. It was not nearly the bloodiest feud taking place in our young country at the time, but it would capture the imagination of historians and laymen alike, earning the Tug Fork River region the nickname “Murderland”. Ultimately, these two families believed in their own clan, no matter what, kinfolk above all else. And we need only watch five minutes of the evening news to see that this same mentality burns brightly, even today. Our play is set smack dab in the middle of these violent times, as Sally is surrounded by quick tempered men armed with guns, knives, and their blind hatred of “others” that colored every moment of her life. It does not dwell on big sweeping thoughts of social order, nor the decades of infighting that lead up to this dark night. Rather, it concerns itself with strength and fortitude, the incomparable bond, and resolute convictions of a mother’s love. At a time when wives and daughters were the slaves of the poorest families, who could expect such a woman to be brave? And who would allow her to speak her mind? Family was on Sally McCoy’s mind one night in 1882, as she made her way through the dark and treacherous woods to the old Hatfield home. Family. Her boys. Her everything. It would take epic courage to make this journey, to tiptoe across that threshold, to open her mouth, use her voice, and show her hand. Our Sally is a heroine ahead of her time, speaking truth to power; the consequences be damned. Susanne Boulle Director, Sally McCoy Cast & Credits Cast: Sally McCoy: Tricia Matthews Devil Anse Hatfield: Michael Poisson Valentine Hatfield, Anse’s Brother: Nicholas Piper Johnse Hatfield, Anse’s Son: Shaan Sharma Cap Hatfield, Anse’s Son: Rusty Allen Rehearsal AssistantStage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton Collaborators: Director: Susanne Boulle Set Designer: Derek Smith Original Music: Matt Martin Costume Designer: Lee Martin Lighting Designer: Camille Davis Sound Designer: Tony Angelini Scenic Designer: Kevin Dudley Wig and Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel Props Master: Helen Stratakes Stage Manager: Sara Douglas Corporate Sponsor: Farris Service Group Media Sponsor: Photos
  8. Singin' in the Rain (Sep 27) 33 days. Sep-27th to Nov-10th

     Thu, Sep 27th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Music 0
    “The Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green Songs by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “You Are My Lucky Star,” “You Were Meant for Me,” “All I do is Dream of You,” and, of course the title song, “Singin’ in the Rain,” are but a few of the wonderful songs from one of the most celebrated and beloved musical films ever made. Live and onstage, these unforgettable scenes, songs and dances will make you laugh, make you sing, wow you with the spectacle of it all, and leave you with a night to remember for the rest of your life. Director's Notes RAIN BRINGS LIFE Rain is refreshing. Rain is life giving. Rain cleanses. And in the case of Singin’ in the Rain , it is also wildly entertaining. Whenever it rains, everyone complains. Yet rain is necessary to our sustenance. Rain makes everything around us alive. The fact that rain brings life was not lost on Betty Comden and Adolph Green when they wrote Singin’ in the Rain . We take great joy in watching a young child play in a mud puddle or splash around in a sprinkler because we see the renewal, joy and refreshing image of being clean again. We experience immense pleasure in watching birds splash in a fountain. So what better image could there possible be for a man falling in love than singing and dancing in the rain? It’s the perfect image of freedom; there’s not a care in the world, even a downpour couldn’t dampen happiness. Don Lockwood singing and dancing in the rain reminds us of our childhood. He is free from the restraint of fame and publicity. But more than that, the rain, and his love of Kathy Seldon, cleanses him. And in the process, he helps to cleanse the world around him by doing what is right and fair. In the meantime, we get to be highly entertained by a boy and his friends splashing, playing, dancing and singing in the rain. If we could only experience that joy every day of our lives! Richard Rose Director, Singin’ in the Rain Cast & Credits Cast: (In Order of Appearance) Zelda Zanders. famous zip girl: Hope Quinn J. Cumberland Spendrill, III, Zelda’s escort : Phillip Rast Rod, Monumental’s press agent: Justin Tyler Lewis R. F. Simpson, Head of Monumental Pictures: Rick McVey Mrs. Simpson: Paris Bradstreet Roscoe Dexter, film director: Nick Koesters Cosmo Brown: Andrew Hampton Livingston Don Lockwood: Sean Maximo Campos Lina Lamont: Hannah Ingram Bartender: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Young Don: Parker Byun Young Cosmo: Joshua J. Schwartz Burlesque Girl: Sarah Laughland Bouncer: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Theatre Manager: Zacchaeus Kimbrell On Film – “The Royal Rascal” Lina Lamont as the Princess Don Lockwood as Felipe du Bois Fiends: Andrew Hampton Livingston, Tyler Cramer, Jake Dailey, Phillip Rast The Villain: Nick Koesters Don’s Fans: Sarah Laughland, Parker Byun,Caroline Lambert, Garrett T. Houston, Katherine Lyle Kathy Seldon: Kim Morgan Dean A Policeman: Joshua J. Schwartz Waiters at The Party: Parker Byun, Garrett T. Houston Other Party Guest: Zacchaeus Kimbrell, Joshua J. Schwartz Show Girls at Party: Sarah Laughland, Caroline Lambert, Brandy Drzymkowski, Katherine Lyle Sam: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Workmen: Joshua J. Schwartz, Garrett T. Houston Assistant Directors: Justin Tyler Lewis, Parker Byun, Joshua J. Schwartz Wardrobe Supervisor: Katherine Lyle Hairdresser: Brandy Drzymkowski Camera Man: Phillip Rast The Tenor in “Beautiful Girl”: Justin Tyler Lewis Dancers in “Beautiful Girl”: Sarah Laughland, Caroline Lambert, Hope Quinn, Brandy Drzymkowski, Katherine Lyle Sid Phillips, Director: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Miss Dinsmore, Lina Lamont’s Vocal Coach: Paris Bradstreet Don’s Diction Teacher: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Lady-in-Waiting: Sarah Laughland On Film – “The Dueling Cavalier” Lina Lamont as Yvonne Don Lockwood as Pierre de Battaille Lady-in-Waiting – Sarah Laughland Manservant – Phillip Rast Rouge Noir of the Purple Terror – Nick Koesters Audience After the Preview: Ensemble Man Walking Street in the Rain: Parker Byun “Broadway Melody” People on streets of Broadway – The Ensemble Broadway Agents – Zacchaeus Kimbrell Don’s Boys – Parker Byun, Joshua Schwartz The Speak Easy Patrons – The Ensemble Gangsters – Justin Tyler Lewis, Garrett T. Houston, Phillip Rast The New Kid in Town – Caroline Lambert Finale – T he Ensemble On Film – “The Dancing Cavalier” Lina Lamont as Yvonne Don Lockwood as Pierre de Battaille Rouge Noir of the Purple Terro – Nick Koesters Lady-in-Waiting – Sarah Laughland Manservant – Phillip Rast Collaborators: Director: Richard Rose Choreographer: Amanda Aldridge Tap Choreographer: Andrew Hampton Livingston Assistant Choreographer: Ashley Campos Music Director: Lee Harris Set Design: Dan Ettinger Costume Design: Amanda Aldridge Assistant Costume Designer: Ashley Campos Wig & Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel Lighting Design: Andrew Morehouse Sound Design: Tony Angelini Assistant to the Choreographer: Sarah Laughland Dance Captain: Ashley Campos Stage Manager: Cindi Raebel Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton Corporate Sponsors: Johnston Memorial Hospital Media Sponsors: Photos Videos
  9. Great Expectations (Sep 20) 4 days. Sep-14th to Sep-20th

     Thu, Sep 20th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    Adapted by Catherine Bush From the original book by Charles Dickens In a humorous and moving adaptation of Dickens’ tale, Barter’s Playwright-in-Residence Catherine Bush amazes audiences as the story comes bursting to life in a stylized and fast-paced world that is sure to leave you gasping for breath and on your feet with excitement. Pip, a poor orphan child in 19th century England, is mysteriously plucked from obscurity by the wealthy and decaying Miss Havisham, changing his life forever. A secretive benefactor, unrequited love, and a series of great expectations plague Pip as he attempts to discover whether people can change who they truly are. Download study guide. Director's Notes RISIN’ ABOUT YOUR RAISIN’ Thoughts on GREAT EXPECTATIONS Barter commissioned this script as a gift for all of us. When we started brewing it, I had been recently acquainted with the incredible production of a different Dickensian novel, Nicholas Nickleby , that was done by the Royal Shakespeare Company back in the 1980’s; I loved the show’s focus on the actor, its celebration of the theatrical, and its sheer audacity. Inspired, I went back to my favorite Dickens, Great Expectations , for a look, and what struck me right away was how Dickens had captured something that felt simultaneously so true to his time/ place and to ours. He puts his finger on something palpable about growing up: a special brew of ambition, yearning, heartache, excitement, and struggle that I feel around me everyday here and now. What do you do when you have enormous ambitions for your life, but those ambitions give you deeply complicated feelings about where you come from? How do you achieve great things and still honor your home? I think Dickens hit upon something universal here—we all push back against our families and homes as we are figuring out who we are going to be; we all struggle in some way between our need to achieve and our need for home. It also struck me and struck me hard how Appalachian it felt to me. It reminded me of so many of the conversations I have had with young people here who have such a desire to fly away and such a fierce love of exactly where they are. The phrase I often heard them worry about was one you all will recognize: “Risin’ above your raisin’.” It occurred to me that the journey of Pip in this story has deep resonance for us. Pip comes from a rural place; he dreams of becoming something else and sometimes feels guilty that he wants that; he struggles between love of where he comes from and trying to distance himself from it. Pip in this play talks directly to us; he confides in us about what it feels like to strive and sometimes fail and what it is to finally discover what it means to reach as far as you can and also love who you actually are. It’s a gift to be reminded that we aren’t alone in this, no matter when and where we were born. For aren’t we all walking around with that young person inside us who knows what it is to yearn for success and home at the same time? Aren’t we all a messy and beautiful combination of our authentic selves and our great expectations? Katy Brown Director, GREAT EXPECTATIONS Cast & Credits Cast: Pip: Shaan Sharma Compeyson/ Estella: Brandy Drzymkowski Mrs. Joe/ Biddy/ Soldier #2: Katherine Lyle Joe/ Uncle Pumblechook/ Bentley Drummle/ Soldier #3: Justin Tyler Lewis Magwitch/ Mr. Jaggers/ Matthew Pocket/ Father: Nicholas Piper Soldier #1/ Miss Havisham/ Herbert: Rusty Allen Clara/ Servan/ Musician – Violinist: Bethany Dawson Collaborators: Director: Katy Brown Original Music: Dax Dupuy Costumes Designer: Lee Martin Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse Music Director: Lee Harris Music Coach and special arrangements: Brandy Drzymkowski Dialect Coach: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Fight Choreographer and Fight Captain: Justin Tyler Lewis Stage Manager: Sara Douglas Corporate Sponsor: Bristol Regional Medical Center Media Sponsor: Photos Videos
  10. The Bridges of Madison County (Sep 20) 8 days. Sep-6th to Sep-20t...

     Thu, Sep 20th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Music 0
    Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown Book by Marsha Norman Based on the novel by Robert James Waller Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless. With a soaring score, this powerful musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if...?” Director's Notes THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY “There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them.” So begins the book The Bridges of Madison County written by Robert James Waller in 1992. Appropriate, then, that this incredible book, and popular movie, would become a 2014 Tony award winning musical. The lush romantic score written by Jason Robert Brown ( The Last Five Years , Parade , Songs for a New World ) and beautiful script by playwright Marsha Norman (‘ night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple ) take us into the lives of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid and their beautiful love story. There have been several times in my life when a play comes along that I “need”. A story that strikes chords and pushes buttons in me that I need to listen to, I need to hear its message. The Bridges of Madison County is one such story. This music, these words, these people touch places in my heart and soul and shake me to my very core. I have been moved by the truth of this tale, and it has made my heart open up to the possibilities of true love and romance, of destiny and forever. At the end of chapter one, Robert James Waller writes: “In an increasingly callous world, we all exist with our own carapace of scabbed-over sensibilities. Where great passion leaves off and mawkishness begins, I’m not sure. But our tendency to scoff at the possibility of the former and to label genuine and profound feelings as maudlin makes it difficult to enter the realm of gentleness required to understand the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. If, however, you approach what follows with a willing suspension of disbelief, as Coleridge put it, I am confident you will experience what I have experienced. In the indifferent spaces of your heart, you may even find, as Francesca Johnson did, room to dance again.” Tricia Matthews Director, The Bridges of Madison County Cast & Credits Cast: Francesca Johnson: Hannah Ingram Robert Kincaid: Sean Maximo Campos Carolyn: Hope Quinn Richard “Bud” Johnson: Nick Koesters Michael: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Marge: Paris Bradstreet Charlie: Rick McVey Marian: Kim Morgan Dean Chiara: Sarah Laughland Collaborators: Director: Tricia Matthews Musical Director: Dishon Smith Set Designer: Derek Smith Lighting Designer: Camille Davis Costume Designer: Jane Alois Stein Sound Designer: Tony Angelini Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel Corporate Sponsor: Media Sponsor: Photos
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