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The Barter Theater / The State Theater of Virginia

The Barter Theater presents its 2019 schedule.  Each show is $109.00 per show and includes great seats, lunch and motor coach transportation.  Pickups will be in Gastonia, Lincolnton, and Hickory.


March 21, 2019   CamelotThe Musical

Merlin taught King Arthur well.  He establishes the perfect kingdom of Camelot, the best knights in the world at the Round Table, and even finds himself a kind, loving wife in Queen Guenevere.  Then, along comes the French knight, Lancelot.  At first hated by all, he eventually proves himself and becomes the King’s best friend and the best knight of the Round Table.  He also becomes the Queen’s lover, no matter how guilty both feel.  Alas, Camelot cannot last!  For Mordred, the king’s treacherous illegitimate son, catches on, and works to undo everything Arthur worked for.  This wonderful show includes such hit songs as  “I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “What Do the Simple Folks Do?,” and so many more.  A musical no to be missed.


April 25, 2019    Madame Buttermilk

It’s l’amour, y’all!  Country music meets opera in the most unlikely, unbelievable and undoubtedly the most popular play to ever come through Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.   A struggling opera singer has a dream; to sing the lead in Carmen.  Her agent thinks she’s found the answer!  But she finds herself singing at a state fair with a country music band called Car Men – agents clash, people panic, and the singers erupt at the worst possible moments in one of the funniest musicals you will ever experience.


May 30, 2019   Church Basement Ladies

A new musical comedy featuring four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965.  Funny and down-to-earth, audiences will recognize these ladies as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God.


June 13, 2019   Exit Laughing

Exit Laughing is a sassy ode to female friendships.  When the biggest highlight of your life is your weekly bridge game with “girls”, what do you do when one of your foursome unexpectedly and inconveniently passes away?  If you are Connie, Leona and Millie, best friends for 30 years, you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done.  You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives.  Bring on a police raid, a cheeky male stripper and soon the ladies get a whole new look at the fun you can have by truly living.  Director Richard Johnson has a keen eye for comic situations and bring out the best.


July 11, 2019   Shrek the Musical

Shrek the musical brings everyone’s favorite Ogre back to the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, Smash hit film.  Set in a mythical “Once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation.  Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad.  So Shrek strikes a deal; I’ll get your home back!  But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own; He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona.  Shrek obliges, yet finds his adventures to get Princess Fiona back and is there is true love?

Special children’s price (5-12) $69.00


November 7, 2019   The Producers

Based on the 1968 film, Mel Brooks’ musical The Producers is a laugh-out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing farce that has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut.  Fading Broadway producer Mac Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again, he finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit.  Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway, with the worst script, the worst director, and the worst cast they can find; the catch is that they will raise two million dollars to finance the show, and they plan to take the money and head to Rio when the show inevitably closes after just one performance.  Too bad for Bialystock & Bloom that, against all odds, the show is a total hit!  With dozens of big and bit parts alike, no shortage of show stopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humor keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop.


Payment is due at sign up and no cancellations or refunds 30 days prior to departure.