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Barter Theatre announces 16 shows for 2019 season

Staff Report • Oct 18, 2018 at 1:52 PM

ABINGDON — Another full lineup is in store for next year at Barter Theatre.

The theatre on Wednesday announced its 2019 season, which includes 16 comedies, musicals, classics and more. Check out the lineup below.

Spring

Gilliam Stage

• “Camelot” (Feb. 21-March 31) — Set amongst the mystical forests, “Camelot” tells the beloved tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as they strive to bring goodness and fairness to a world in turmoil and fear.

• “Madame Buttermilk” (April 5-May 11) — Carley, a struggling opera singer, has a dream: to sing the lead in “Carmen.” Her agent thinks she’s found the answer, but Carley instead finds herself singing at the West Virginia state fair with a country music band called The Car Men.

Barter Stage II

• “Morning After Grace” (Feb. 8-March 31) — Angus and Abigail fall into each other’s lives after meeting at a funeral in Florida. It’s not the first place you’d expect to find romance after clocking plenty of miles on the road of life, but startling surprises come in unpredictable packages.

• Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” (April 11-May 4) — While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia, an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high-handedness of Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio.

Summer

Gilliam Stage

• “Shrek: The Musical” (May 17-Aug. 10) — Follow the adventures of Shrek, his sidekick Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad and every fairytale adventure you know and love in this Tony Award-winning musical based on the blockbuster DreamWorks Animation film.

• “Exit Laughing” (May 30-Aug. 10) — For this group of genteel Southern ladies, the biggest highlight in their lives for the past 30 years has been their weekly bridge night out with the “girls.” What do you do when one of your foursome, whose caustic wit and love of life holds the group together, inconveniently dies?

Barter Stage II

• “Church Basement Ladies” (May 10-Aug. 11) — The ladies of the local church fortify their flock with love, wisdom and, of course, the food they prepare in the church’s basement kitchen. The women’s story mixes with wonderful music, endearing characters and side-splitting scenes to serve up a deliciously delightful journey.

• “La Cage aux Folles” (June 6-Aug. 10) — This multi-Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a middle-aged show business couple grappling with aging, fidelity, kids and holding onto their dignity when the world around them would rather strip it away.

Fall

Gilliam Stage

• “Once” (Aug. 16-Sept. 7) — They say opposites attract, but it is their shared love and passion for all things music that draws this couple together. It is that same spark that drives them into a friendship, collaboration and a love story.

• “The Producers” (Sept. 13-Nov. 9) — In this record-breaking musical, a hotshot Broadway producer, who has lost his luck and his partner in crime, attempts to create and produce the greatest failed Broadway show in history.

• “Wait Until Dark” (Sept. 26-Nov. 9) — In a new, fresh adaptation of Frederick Knott’s original compelling mystery, this is the story of Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman who is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment.

Barter Stage II

• “Maytag Virgin” (Sept. 5-Nov. 10) — When Jack moves into a house next to Lizzy, they find they have as many things in common as they do differences. A relationship that begins as a coincidental, neighborly friendship becomes an unexpected journey of self-discovery and healing.

• “The Loophole” (Sept. 19-Nov. 9) — Darlene and Charlene, twin sisters from South Carolina, steal $20.5 million from the Department of Defense through a loophole. What begins as an accident turns into a seven-year fraud that these middle-aged Baptist women justify.

Christmas

Gilliam Stage

• “White Christmas” (Nov. 15-Dec. 29) — A timeless tale of joy and goodwill filled with Irving Berlin’s call songs, topped off with glorious dancing and lots of snow, makes this a show a holiday classic for all audiences.

Barter Stage II

• “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” (Nov. 20-Dec. 22) — Finally, we get to hear “A Christmas Carol” told from Marley’s perspective. Desperate and locked in a torment of his own creation, Marley gets one chance for redemption: He must redeem his former partner, Ebenezer Scrooge.

• “The Santaland Diaries” (Nov. 27-Dec. 29) — 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.

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