Barter Theatre Preview

Actors from the Barter Theatre sing "White Christmas" during a preview of the 2019 schedule last week.

ABINGDON, Va. — Barter Theatre will usher in the 2019 season with the classic “Camelot” and wrap up with “White Christmas.”

In between, you can see “Shrek: The Musical” and “Exit Laughing,” both playing during the summer months on Barter’s main stage in Abingdon.

Last week, Barter officials offered teasing tidbits of musicals, dramas and comedies for about 400 patrons and supporters who turned out for a season preview.

What collected the loudest laughs?

Probably the racy running dialogue of “Morning After Grace,” the story of two senior citizens who engage in conversation after having a one-night stand following the funeral of a friend.

You can catch “Morning After Grace” at the Barter Stage II next spring.

Other highlights of the upcoming season include a production of “Madame Buttermilk,” which combines the worlds of country music and opera.

William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is also coming to the Barter Stage II for springtime shows, followed by “Church Basement Ladies” and “La Cage aux Folles” for summer runs.

Come fall, Enda Walsh’s “Once” occupies the main stage of the Barter Theatre, in repertoire with “The Producers,” an award-winning show by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan.

“Maytag Virgin” is among the autumn shows for Barter Stage II, along with Stacey Isom Campbell’s “The Loophole.”

Next up, in the weeks before Christmas, look for “The Santaland Diaries” and “Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol,” a ghostly Christmas story by Tom Mula, at Barter Stage II.

Kids are also in the programming, said Katy Brown, the Barter Players’ artistic director.

For 2019, the Barter Players feature “The Princess and the Pea” plus “Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat,” among other offerings like “James and the Giant Peach.”

“So we hope that you bring a kid that you love to the theater,” Brown said. “And if you want to come without a kid, we promise we won’t tell anyone.”

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