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Abingdon, VA 24210

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GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A WALK


“I said I’d do it, and I’ve done it.” One fine spring day, Emma Gatewood, a 67-year-old mother and grandmother, told her children she was ...

CRY IT OUT
CRY IT OUT
6/21 - 8/17/2024


Four months ago, Jessie was a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life. Today she finds herself in a sleepy Long Island suburb, wearing dirty ...

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
6/15 - 8/17/2024


When Andy Dufresne is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in Shawshank prison, he must use his wits and newly forged friendships to keep ...

THE WIZARD OF OZ
THE WIZARD OF OZ
5/26 - 8/18/2024


Follow the yellow brick road for a timeless story beloved by millions, brought to life with a fresh new design that will take your breath ...

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
9/20 - 11/2/2024


In  The Trip to Bountiful , elderly Carrie Watts dreams of escaping her cramped apartment in Houston and returning to simpler times in her beloved ...

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY


Famous playwright Oscar Wilde and actress Lillie Langtry (a.k.a. the Jersey Lily) have come to Baker Street seeking help from world famous detective Sherlock Holmes, ...

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
8/31 - 11/9/2024


The Play That Goes Wrong  is an ill-fated play-within-a-play, set on the opening night of the Cornley Drama Society’s newest production,  The Murder at Haversham Manor.  ...

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
11/14 - 12/22/2024


Ebenezer Scrooge hates everything and everybody, but he hates Christmas most of all. Then one Christmas Eve he is haunted by the ghost of his ...

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
11/20 - 12/29/2024


This new play with music gives witness to the lives of ordinary Appalachians as they celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year.” From the ...


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Virginia Theatre Festival Announces Cast For 50 YEARS AND COUNTING: A MUSICAL REVUE


by A.A. Cristi - May 08, 2024

Discover the cast of the Virginia Theatre Festival's musical revue, 50 YEARS AND COUNTING. Celebrating half a century of theatrical excellence, the event promises a memorable performance....

Firehouse Theatre To Present the World Premiere of ROMAN À CLEF


by A.A. Cristi - May 02, 2024

The New Theatre at Firehouse have announced the World Premiere of Roman à Clef by Richmond playwright Chandler Hubbard, opening on May 10th, 2024, on the Carol Piersol Stage at the Firehouse Theatre....

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL Comes to Virginia Repertory Theatre Next Month


by Stephi Wild - May 02, 2024

Virginia Repertory Theatre will bring Dolly Parton’s hit show 9 to 5: The Musical to the Richmond community for the first time. Running from June 21 – Aug 4 at the November Theatre downtown, the show features a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the screenplay by Resnick and Colin Higgins. ...

Virginia Repertory Theatre Names Amy Wratchford as Interim Managing Director


by Stephi Wild - October 09, 2023

The Virginia Repertory Theatre board of directors has announced its appointment of Amy Wratchford as Interim Managing Director. Learn more about Amy here!...

Mill Mountain Theatre Receives $15,000 Shubert Grant


by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 05, 2023

Mill Mountain Theatre is celebrating a significant achievement by securing a $15,000 grant from the renowned Shubert Foundation. After an 18-year pursuit, this accomplishment highlights Mill Mountain Theatre's artistic impact on the stage of opportunity....

Past Shows

RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH


Join us as we celebrate the opening of our newly-renovated Gilliam Stage with a fiery musical about the Man in Black himself – Johnny Cash!  ...

AS YOU LIKE IT
AS YOU LIKE IT
4/2 - 4/24/2024


As You Like It  is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, where all of the rules of conventional courtship are broken in an epic tale ...

HOME
HOME
2/17 - 3/17/2024


Cephus Miles is a hardworking North Carolina farmer who has the whole world in his callused hands—until his love Pattie Mae goes off to college ...

9 to 5
9 to 5
6/3 - 8/21/2022


What a way to make a living! Coworkers Violet, Judy and Doralee think they have nothing in common, but when the Boss makes life unbearable, ...

Always a Bridesmaid
Always a Bridesmaid
6/17 - 8/20/2022


On the night of their senior prom, Libby Ruth, Deedra, Monette and Charlie promise that they will be bridesmaids in one anothers weddings no matter ...

Every Brilliant Thing
Every Brilliant Thing
5/20 - 8/20/2022


Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? How about a million? When he was 7, a boy started a list ...

Kentucky Spring
Kentucky Spring
4/23 - 5/22/2022


Becky has worked all her life to get out of the mountains. Then her grandmother Maud decides to sell the family farm, forcing Becky to ...

Romeo & Juliet
Romeo & Juliet
3/31 - 4/16/2022


Shakespeares timeless tale of star-crossed lovers. When Romeo first sees Juliet, he has no idea that she is a Capulet, whose family is a bitter ...

Frankenstein
Frankenstein
9/30 - 10/31/2021


A world premier adaptation of Mary Shelleys novel by Catherine BushWhen scientist Victor Frankenstein infuses the spark of Life into his Creature, he begins a ...

Rockin' at the Moonlite
Rockin' at the Moonlite
8/10 - 10/23/2021


Featuring the best rock n' roll music of all time, from Elvis and Johnny Cash to The Beatles, Little Richard, Fleetwood Mac and Queen, dance ...

Halloween at the Moonlite
Halloween at the Moonlite
9/29 - 9/30/2021


Are you ready for Halloween at the Moonlite Drive-In?! At 7pm we will be showing a filmed version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a ...

The Boys of Summer
The Boys of Summer
8/13 - 8/21/2021

Barter Sings Broadway at the Moonlite Drive In


Join us for a night of music! Broadway hits sung by members of Barter's resident company!...

Doo-Wop at the Moonlite Drive In


Girl group hits of the 50's and Beyond...

Always... Patsy Cline
Always... Patsy Cline
6/18 - 7/10/2021


AlwaysPatsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a ...

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
5/21 - 6/5/2021


Adapted from the book by Lewis Carroll by Catherine BushWhen Alice chases the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she tumbles into a curious world ...

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at the Moonlite


Fantasy, adventure, and mystery await four siblings when they step through the wardrobe and into the magical land of Narniawhere the icy White Witch rules, ...

The Tempest at the Moonlite
The Tempest at the Moonlite
4/8 - 5/14/2021


Barter Theatre continues its tradition of incredible spring Shakespeare, this time at the Moonlite Drive-In. The Tempest will take you on an adventure far away ...

Maytag Virgin
Maytag Virgin
2/12 - 2/15/2021


By Audrey CefalyWhen Jack moves in to a house next door to Lizzy, they find that they have as many things in common as they ...

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights


This annual festival celebrates the richness of the Appalachian tradition by showcasing the stories of the region, both past and present, and the inspiration it ...

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
10/22 - 11/11/2020


Sleepy Hollow, a village haunted by the legendary Headless Horseman, has a new schoolmasterthe somewhat hapless and extremely superstitious Ichabod Crane. When Ichabod tries to ...

Dracula
Dracula
10/9 - 11/8/2020


The vampire Dracula flees Transylvania for London, where the teeming population provides ample fodder for his blood-thirst. Only Agatha Van Helsing, the world famous metaphysician, ...

The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz
7/14 - 8/29/2020


The Wizard of OzBy L. Frank BaumMusic and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. HarburgTheres no place like Barter at the Moonlite to see Americas ...

The Santaland Diaries
The Santaland Diaries
11/26 - 12/29/2019


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 ...

White Christmas
White Christmas
11/15 - 12/29/2019


A timeless tale of joy and goodwill filled with Irving Berlins call songs, topped off with glorious dancing and lots of snow makes this a ...

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
11/21 - 12/22/2019


Marley was dead to begin with. That must be clearly understood or nothing wonderful can come of this story. Finally we get to hear the ...

Maytag Virgin
Maytag Virgin
8/27 - 11/10/2019


When Jack moves in to a house next to Lizzy they find that they have as many things in common as they do differences, and ...

The Producers
The Producers
9/19 - 11/9/2019


Fun, funny and alive! Mel Brooks turned his iconic cult classic film into a record breaking musical for the stage. A hotshot Broadway producer, who ...

The Loophole
The Loophole
9/13 - 11/8/2019


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 ...

Wait Until Dark
Wait Until Dark
9/8 - 11/8/2019


Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine sets the stage for this white-knuckle thriller that will have you screeching with delight! In a new, ...

Church Basement Ladies
Church Basement Ladies
5/12 - 8/25/2019


The ladies of the local church fortify their flock with love, wisdom and, of course, the food they prepare in the churchs basement kitchen. Bringing ...

Shrek The Musical
Shrek The Musical
5/18 - 8/25/2019


Follow the adventures of Shrek, his sidekick Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquad and every fairytale adventure you know and love in this Tony Award-winning musical ...

Exit Laughing
Exit Laughing
5/30 - 8/24/2019


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 ...

La Cage Aux Folles
La Cage Aux Folles
6/14 - 8/24/2019


Based on the French movie of the same name, which later spawned the American movie The Birdcage, this Jerry Herman musical remains one of the ...

Elf: The Musical
Elf: The Musical
11/16 - 12/30/2018


Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin Music by Matthew Sklar Lyrics by Chad Beguelin Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David ...

The Santaland Diaries
The Santaland Diaries
11/28 - 12/30/2018


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 ...

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
11/27 - 12/22/2018


Join Popcorn Hat Players as they usher in the holiday season with this yuletide tale. Help Tinker the Elf and a crazy cast of characters ...

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
10/9 - 11/14/2018


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 ...

The Bridges of Madison County


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 ...

Sally McCoy
Sally McCoy
10/4 - 11/10/2018


“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 ...

Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain
9/27 - 11/10/2018


“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 ...

Great Expectations
Great Expectations
9/14 - 11/9/2018


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 ...

Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't Misbehavin'
8/17 - 9/8/2018


The Fats Waller Musical Show Music by Thomas “Fats” Waller Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz The joint is jumpin’ with the new ...

Madame Buttermilk
Madame Buttermilk
6/7 - 8/19/2018


A Barter Audience Favorite By Ross Carter It’s l’amour, y’all! Country music meets opera in the most unlikely, unbelievable and undoubtedly the most popular play ...

Sister Act
Sister Act
5/18 - 8/11/2018


Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane A heavenly surprise, ...

Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias
5/31 - 8/11/2018


By Robert Harling A heart-warming portrait of friendship and love is the basis for this much-loved show. There isn’t a bond quite like the one ...

The Lemonade Stand
The Lemonade Stand
5/13 - 8/11/2018


A comedy by Matthew Fowler Garret Miller is having a midlife crisis. When he gets fired from the only job he’s ever had, he decides ...

Videos


The Fiddling Leona Band with JP in Central Virginia The Fiddling Leona Band with JP
The Prizery (8/1 - 8/1)
Shrek the Musical, Jr. in Central Virginia Shrek the Musical, Jr.
The Prizery (7/19 - 7/21)
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN in Central Virginia GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Barter Theatre (11/20 - 12/29)
GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A WALK in Central Virginia GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A WALK
Barter Theatre (5/11 - 6/2)
THE WIZARD OF OZ in Central Virginia THE WIZARD OF OZ
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THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL in Central Virginia THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
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