War and Baseball Take Center Stage for Original Theatre Production at Barton College on Nov. 13-16

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WILSON, N.C. – Imagine for a moment that something as simple as the game of baseball could become a cure for conflict. While that notion might seem a bit far-fetched to many, baseball plays a big role in helping bridge the gap between divergent cultures in world wars, and right here at home. That notion is explored in “Hangar Flying: Reflections on War and Baseball,” a new and original play adapted by Theatre at Barton from the historical novel by associate professor of art at Barton, Gérard Carl Lange. This production, directed by Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton, opens to the public on Thursday, Nov. 13, in Kennedy […]

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Opens on Barton Stage Thursday, Nov. 7

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Performances Nov. 7-9 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. WILSON, N.C. – “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene.” These powerful words set the stage for Theatre at Barton’s performance of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” opening on stage in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the campus of Barton College in Wilson. Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9, at 8 p.m., and an afternoon performance will follow on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. Marking a first for Theatre at Barton, this production travels off campus for performances at Rocky Mount’s Maria V. […]

Theatre at Barton to Stage “Whodunit…the Musical” on April 11-14

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WILSON, N.C. — Take a summer home in Connecticut. Add one wealthy spinster, her cockney maid, an old butler, beautiful niece, young man, suspicious gardener, hard-boiled detective, assorted gunshots, and a dead body. Gently stir… and you’ve got the makings for a delightful night of theatre! Theatre at Barton is pleased to present Ed Dixon’s “Whodunit…the Musical,” opening on Thursday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the campus of Barton College in Wilson. Additional performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 12-13, at 8 p.m. A Sunday, April 14, matinee will be held at 3 p.m. “This clever, campy […]

Theatre at Barton to Stage “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” Nov. 8-11

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WILSON, N.C. — Roaring laughter will fill the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College from November 8-11 as Theatre at Barton performs “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” a contemporary comedy by Oscar, Emmy, and Golden-Globe winning writer, Alan Ball. Set during an elaborate wedding at the bride’s home in Knoxville, Tenn., the five bridesmaids find refuge in the room of Meredith, the sister of the bride. Outrageous stories and experiences are disclosed, resolution and bonding ensues, but along the way, the breakdowns and hilarity will leave the audience in stitches. This is the first time Theatre at Barton has performed a “contemporary, realistic comedy,” but producer […]

“The Spitfire Grill” Opens On The Barton Stage April 12

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“The Spitfire Grill,”  April 12-15 WILSON, N.C. — “The Spitfire Grill,” opens on Thursday evening, April 12, at 8 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the campus of Barton College. Based on the award-winning film by Lee David Zlotoff, this musical adaptation for stage by Fred Alley and James Valcq promises to provide an evening of storytelling and music that will be both thought provoking and uplifting. Additional performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evening, April 13-14, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday afternoon, April 15, at 3 p.m. “Though not unprecedented, it is certainly unusual for a theatrical piece to originate from the […]

Broadway’s Alan Campbell To Star In “Oh, What A Night!” On September 3-4

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WILSON, N.C. — Broadway star Alan Campbell returns to Wilson to star in “Oh, What A Night!” produced by Lauren Kennedy and co-sponsored by Theatre at Barton and Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy in Raleigh. The show opens Barton College’s third theatre season in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus with performances scheduled for Saturday evening, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m. For three years, Theatre at Barton has partnered with Raleigh’s acclaimed professional theatre company, Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy led by Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell. As a result of this partnership, Theater at Barton has […]

“Drood” Opens On The Barton Stage March 3

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WILSON, N.C. — Halfway through an ambitious second season in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre, Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton, shares, “Through the transformative power of theatre, we leave the Scottish moors of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ to embark on a performance experience of another variety as Theatre at Barton proudly presents “Drood,” a musical by Rupert Holmes adapted from Charles Dickens’ ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood.’” “Drood” opens in Barton’s Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre with evening performances Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5, at 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, March 6, at 3 p.m. A special preview performance for invited guests will be held on Wednesday, March 2. “This […]

Love The Symphony Scheduled For February 14th

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WILSON, N.C. – Plan now to make Monday, Feb. 14, a special Valentine’s Day this year, and celebrate in gala fashion with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra at the twentieth annual “Love the Symphony,” one of Wilson’s premier social events of the year. “This year’s concert has more hooks than a tackle box,” said conductor Mark N. Peterson. “We have a dynamic vocalist singing numbers from five of the greatest Broadway shows, the beloved American classic “Casey at the Bat” narrated by a gifted actor, a beautiful violin solo featuring a promising young local artist, and a special guest soloist ringing out Sousa’s rousing “Liberty Bell March.” Peterson promises this […]

Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” Opens On Barton Stage Thursday, October 14

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WILSON, N.C. – Witches, ghosts, prophecy, and murder converge “upon the heath,” promising a spellbinding evening of theatre in October. On Thursday, Oct. 14, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” will open on stage in Barton’s Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre with evening performances Thursday through Saturday, October 14-16, at 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. A special preview performance for invited guests will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 13. In recent years, Theatre at Barton has produced an incredible array of plays and musicals. New, contemporary American voices have been heard on stage alongside timeless masters from around the globe. Barton’s second season in the beautiful, new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre opened with Broadway star and […]

Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting For Godot” Arrives on the Barton Stage Thursday, Nov. 12

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WILSON, N.C. – On Thursday, Nov. 12, the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College will open its doors for the theatre’s inaugural student production, “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett.  Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. “Samuel Beckett’s complex and magnificent ‘Waiting for Godot’ is a challenging work that has been called “the greatest play of the 20th century,” and is by all accounts a modern classic,” shared Adam Twiss, director of Theatre of Barton. Twiss explained that Beckett lived, worked, and wrote in France and Ireland during both world […]