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One weekend a month through May, audiences can see a show that’s guaranteed to be unlike any other — a new Barter Theatre performance group is set to host late night improvisational shows this spring.
“When I sit and think about what my dream job would be, I realize this is it,” said Robyn Raines, who’s been director of the Southwest Virginia 4-H Education Center for the past two years.
ABINGDON, Va. — One weekend a month through May, audiences can see a show that’s guaranteed to be unlike any other — a new Barter Theatre performance group is set to host late night improvisational shows this spring.
In a word, “Insanity!” That’s how Barter Theatre director Katy Brown answers, ‘Whatever possessed you to take on “The Miracle Worker” and “Hamlet” at the same time?’
The front lawn of The Martha will once again be filled with music this spring, with the third annual Music on the Lawn series.
Barter Theatre’s new performance group, The Barter Players Encore Company, will be performing William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” thanks to a grant from Shakespeare in American Communities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Anything Goes,” Barter Theatre’s initial main stage production of the current season, is lavish, lively and full of fun.
ABINGDON, Va. — Town Council voted Monday to take $10,000 that it set aside for a board retreat and use it, along with another $5,000 from the council contingency fund, to replace part of the Barter Theatre’s roof.
The Barter’s spring musical “Anything Goes” has great music, comedy and gravity-defying tap-dancing—but it all pales in comparison to the magnificent and absolutely, positively over-the-top costumes! I haven’t seen such creative and vibrant designs and colors since my one experience with certain substances of doubtful legality years (and years and years…) ago. Costume designer Amanda Aldridge and her crew have definitely maxed out the dazzle gauge on this one.
The annual Sunday with Friends literary series of the Washington County Public Library continues with a special lecture by Sam Gwynne, the author of “Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson.” Gwynne appears on Barter Theatre’s Main Stage at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 1.
Author Sam Gwynne will be the featured speaker at a March Sunday with Friends event.
“The Miracle Worker,” the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, will begin showing on the Barter Theatre stage on Feb. 26.
Leadership Washington County participants traveled to Richmond from Feb. 3-5 to visit the state legislature.
The cast of Barter Theatre's "Anything Goes."
A March 4 concert scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Barter Theatre will feature Samson Trinh & The Upper East Side Big Band.
If you’re not a history buff now, you may be one after watching Barter Theatre’s production of The Road to Appomattox.
I continue to be amazed that the Abingdon town council does not erect a clear plastic dome over the entire town. Instead of suffering with 14 degree temperatures in the winter time, we could enjoy 55 degrees, even higher when the sun bathes the dome.
Rick McVey is General Robert E. Lee in Barter Theatre's production "The Road to Appomattox."
The 2015 “Sunday with Friends” literary series in Abingdon hosts Donald McCaig. The event is at 3 p.m., Feb. 8 in the conference room of the Washington County Public Library. The annual series is sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County Public Library and is free to the public.
The 66th annual Rotary Frolics on Feb. 6 and 7 at the Barter Theatre promises to offer audiences a frolicking good time with plenty of laughter, and foot-stomping entertainment.
The Washington County Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon on Jan. 14 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. New Chamber board members and officers were announced with Jamea Blevins of State Farm assuming the office of President for 2015. Danny Ruble was elected as the President-Elect. Outgoing president Jim Swartz presented a review of 2014 commenting on the progress made with the addition of 40 new members, five ribbon cuttings for new businesses, various seminars and events and the continued success of the Chamber Breakfasts for 2014. Tony Miller and Roger Ketron, who retired from the Board, were recognized for their service on the Board for two terms. New Board members for 2015 are Allyson Mays, Barter Theatre, and Kay Stout, DePaul Family Services.
Starting its second year at The Lincoln Theatre, The Lincoln Listening Room is a new series of concerts with a focus on the artist.
In addition to a handful of town officials, church leaders and students, the Blind Boys of Alabama, a legendary African-American musical ensemble, participated in the town’s celebration.
Citing a lack of funding, Barter Theatre has postponed the College Playwriting Festival, a new program set to be held this weekend.
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