Barn Theatre announces 71st season
AUGUSTA—The Barn Theatre, Michigan’s oldest professional summer theater, under the artistic leadership of Brendan Ragotzy, has announced the 71st season of plays and musicals to be presented for the 2017 summer season at the landmark theatre.
The Barn Theatre continues to operate under the non-profit entity, The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training and will further its mission of bringing professional, high quality theatre to southwest Michigan while expanding its educational youth outreach and training programs. The very popular youth outreach, Backstage Xperience, will be offered this season, once again, as well as select ASL performances!
Benefit Gala “A Lot of Song and a Little Dance”
June 3, 2017 – 8:00 pm
Join the Barn Theatre as they start the 71st season with an evening of music and memories. Barnies will take you behind the Barn in song and stories and preview 71st season. This special event is $40 per person. Reception will follow as well as a silent auction.
June 13 – 25: Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame – starring Robert Newman
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs. The deformed bell-ringer, Quasimodo, held captive by his devious caretaker, Dom Claude Frollo (portrayed by Robert Newman), escapes to the boisterous Paris festival. He is captivated by the free spirit and beauty of Esmeralda, as is Captain Phoebus and Frollo. Dom Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies–and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. Music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; book by Peter Parnell.
June 27 – July 9: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
The Buddy Holly Story tells of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame. Featuring over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “That’ll be the Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Everyday”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away” and “Raining In My Heart”, plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace”.
July 11 – 23: Queen’s We Will Rock You
Queen’s We Will Rock You is alive in a futuristic world, the iPlanet, where rock music is banned and globalization is complete. Individuality is unthinkable… unless you are a rebel, a Bohemian, who lives in the underbelly and resists the sterile world above. The Bohemians need a hero to find them. Is Galileo that man? Featuring many of Queen’s greatest hits including “Play the Game,” “Somebody to Love”, “Killer Queen”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the title track. Book by Ben Elton; Music by Queen.
July 25 – August 6: The Lion In Winter
Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman star in this modern day classic of sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons. This comedic play tells the story of the Plantagenet family locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. The play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family.
August 8 – 20: Disney’s Newsies
Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies is the tale of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dream of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. When up against corrupt publishing titans, they rally together to strike for what’s right. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the songs from the film, including “Watch What Happens”, “Seize the Day”, “King of New York” and “Santa Fe”. Music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Jack Feldman; book by Harvey Fierstein.
August 22 – September 3: Rent
Based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create in New York’s Alphabet City, under the shadow of AIDS. (Rated PG 13 for adult themes, situations, language, drugs.) Book, music & lyrics by Jonathan Larson.
Visit the Barn Theatre website, barntheatreschool.org, for more information.