“Les Misérables” in Concert on September 11 on the Kennedy Family Theatre Lawn

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WILSON, N.C. — August 27, 2020 — “Les Misérables” in Concert, promises to be a must-see performance for those attending the sixth annual benefit concert for the Jonathon Scott Bennett Scholarship Endowment. This program, offering vocal highlights from the musical, will be held on the campus lawn of the Kennedy Family Theatre at Barton College on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are donation-based, and may be purchased in advance by calling 252-825-7502. There will be limited seating for the audience on the theatre lawn. All those attending must wear face masks and observe social distancing protocols. Cast members include: Matthew Clay Raines as ValJean, John Cullen Grantham as […]

Senior Exhibition for Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts Opens on Saturday, April 27

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WILSON, N.C. — March 28, 2019 — Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 Senior Exhibition, on view beginning Saturday, April 27. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday evening, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building on campus. In collaboration with this festive evening, there also will be the music performance “The Radio Room,” featuring Drew Armstrong, in the Kennedy Family Theatre at 8 p.m. These events are open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Seniors within the School of Visual, Performing and Communications Arts will showcase their works […]

“Martin Luther King, An Interpretation,” Comes to the Kennedy Family Theatre Stage at Barton on January 16

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WILSON, N.C. — January 12, 2018 — Barton College is pleased to welcome playwright Ira Knight as he brings his acclaimed one-man production, “Martin Luther King, An Interpretation,” to the Kennedy Family Theatre stage at Barton College on Tuesday, January 16, at 7 p.m. There is no charge for the performance, and the community is invited to attend. The dramatic performance is described as an original, thought-provoking one-man interpretation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work. The interpretation provides a unique lens to better view the human complexities of this minister and civil rights leader who committed his life’s work to generating monumental change across the country. Actor John Ivey […]

“My Fair Lady” To Grace The Barton Stage On April 20-23

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Performances will be held April 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 23 at 3 p.m. A preview performance, by invitation only, will be held on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. WILSON, N.C. — April 10, 2017 — Imagine a chance meeting one rainy evening outside a London Opera House between a common, working-class, Cockney flower girl and the educated, upper-class phoneticist and prescribed bachelor Professor Henry Higgins. This is exactly where Eliza Doolittle’s soon-to-be-told story begins. Theatre at Barton is thrilled to present “My Fair Lady,” a heartwarming, and often hilarious, musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s groundbreaking play “Pygmalion,” with music by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick […]

Theatre at Barton Presents the 2017 New Works Festival featuring “Sam Ragan, Inside the Poetry” February 23-26

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WILSON, N.C. —February 9, 2017 — Theatre at Barton opens its spring season with the 2017 New Works Festival to be held February 23-26 in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton College campus. The festival performances will be free of charge; however, monetary donations will be accepted to support theatre programming. The four-day run will include three new musicals by local and affiliated artists and alumni, as well as an intriguing performance devised from the remarkable poetry of the late Sam Ragan (a Barton alumnus, a past N.C. Poet Laureate, and one of the two namesakes of The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus.) The work, “Sam Ragan, […]

“All in the Timing and Other Outrageous Short Comedies” Opens the Theatre Season October 20-23

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WILSON, N.C. — October 12, 2016 — Theatre at Barton College opens its 2016-2017 season with “All in the Timing and Other Outrageous Short Comedies” by award-winning American playwright David Ives. Performances will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. Tickets will be sold at the door and online at barton.edu/theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, military and alumni, $6 for non-Barton students, and free of charge for Barton students, faculty, and staff. A witty collection of short comedies, “All in the Timing” was first produced in […]

Moliere’s Tartuffe Opens on the Barton Stage April 21

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Tartuffe will be performed on Thursday and Saturday, April 21 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. (Tickets at the Door) WILSON, N.C. — April 20, 2016 — “For millennia, theatre has been a principle means of showcasing man’s heroic nature, while exposing his tragic flaws,” shares Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton. “Since antiquity, theatre and dramatic literature have been rife with satire, providing a generally comedic platform for discourse on our ironic tendency toward self-serving extremes. As we tumble headlong into a season of political punditry, positioning, and platitudes, what better diversion than one of theatre’s most deliciously scandalous and salacious […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to feature acclaimed Canadian pianist Jeremy Thompson on May 1

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WILSON, N.C. — April 19, 2016 — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes back to the Barton stage noted pianist Jeremy Thompson performing Franz Liszt’s brilliant, orchestrated version of Franz Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy.” “Jeremy has performed with us several times, and always with remarkable success,” said Barton music director Mark N. Peterson. “This year, he’s playing something that is really a specialty of his, the flamboyantly pyrotechnical music of Franz Liszt. The original Schubert work is a spectacular, rollicking piece, and Liszt’s stunning arrangement transforms it into a […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert Will Feature Piano Virtuoso Boaz Sharon on November 22

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre. Under the direction of conductor Mark N. Peterson, director of music at Barton, the orchestra welcomes back to Wilson noted piano virtuoso and educator, Boaz Sharon. He will perform Beethoven’s profoundly dynamic “Piano Concerto No. 3.”  Also featured will be Mozart’s scintillating “Symphony No. 41,” performed by the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra. Nicknamed “The Jupiter,” this was the last symphony that Mozart composed. General admission for the fall orchestra performance is $10. Barton College students, faculty, and staff are admitted free. For additional information, […]