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The Barn Theatre announces 2018 summer season lineup; box office opens May 14

Season Announcement May 13, 2018

AUGUSTA—The Barn Theatre, Michigan’s oldest professional summer theater, under the artistic leadership of Brendan Ragotzy, announced today the 72nd season of plays and musicals to be presented for the 2018 summer season. The Barn structure itself is celebrating 75 years in existence.

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 youth outreach, Backstage Xperience, will be offered this season, once again, as well as select ASL performances.

Barn Producer Brendan Ragotzy and wife Penelope Alex have been busily preparing for the Barn’s 72nd season to bring you even more improvements! Last season dinner was offered on site select nights – this season plans are in the works for nightly dinners. The theater’s new legroom seats will extend the entire center section of the auditorium, and online ticketing will make transactions smooth. Barn patrons can still enjoy visiting the box office staff to purchase and receive their tickets.

BENEFIT GALA CONCERT: May 24, 2018 – 8:00 pm
This special event is $50 per person. Reception and silent auction follow the performance.

The Civil War book by Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn: June 5–10. This “dramatic theatrical concert” features a score filled with Gospel, Country, Rock and Folk. This thematic revue explores the experiences of the soldiers and leaders who fought for their way of life as well as the hopes and fears of the slaves whose freedom was at stake.

Noises Off by Michael Frayn: June 12–17. A roller coaster, hilarious look at theater—inside and out—as a hapless troupe of actors attempt to mount a dreadful comedy.

Hairspray book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman: June 19 – July 1. It’s 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire—to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy transforms from social outcast to sudden star, but must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of Link Larkin and integrate a TV network – all without denting her ‘do.

Bonnie & Clyde music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black, book by Ivan Menchell: July 3 – 15. America’s most notorious lovers and bank robbers take the country by storm in this sexy and compelling adventure.

Run for Your Wife by Ray Cooney: July 17 – 29. An outrageous comedy about a taxi driver who gets away with having two wives in different areas of town because of his irregular work schedule. Complication is piled upon complication as he tries to keep his double life from exploding.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton: July 31–August 12. The tale of an enchanted prince in the shape of a hideous beast and the intelligent woman who enters his life and must learn to love him to break the curse.

Bullets Over Broadway by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath: August 14 – 26. A musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show.  A young playwright who is in desperate need of financial backing for his show accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a gangster looking to please his ditzy, talentless girlfriend.

Disaster by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick: August 28–September 2. This musical centers around a group of New Yorkers attending the opening of a floating casino and discotheque that quickly succumbs to multiple disasters.

Tiered seating pricing: $39, $43, $48 any day, any performance. Online ticketing; save with coupon booklets; group discounts available. The Barn Theatre box office opens May 14 at 10:00 am. For information call (269) 731-4121.