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Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra Co-Presents “Carousel”

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WILSON, N.C. — A symphony-backed concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical comes to eastern North Carolina, with multiple cities and performances planned. “Carousel,” directed by Lauren Kennedy and presented by the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Raleigh/Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, and Theatre at Barton, opens to the public on Thursday, Aug. 27, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, and conclude with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. on August 30. Tickets range in price from $36 – $47, and are available by visiting www.theatreraleigh.com, or by calling (919) 832-9997. “Carousel” then comes to Wilson on […]

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 […]

Theatre at Barton Opens a New Season with “Crimes of the Heart”

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WILSON, N.C. – Picture this: three sisters, who share nothing at all in common, reunited after a dreadful event. They struggle to cope with the frustrations and pitfalls that are ever so common in a dysfunctional family. This dark Southern comedy, “Crimes of the Heart” by renowned playwright Beth Henley, opens to the public on Thursday, Aug. 28, in Kennedy Family Theatre on the campus of Barton College. The two-night production continues Friday, Aug. 29, with both performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. An invitation-only preview of the performance will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27. At the heart of this contemporary classic are Meg, Babe, and Lenny MaGrath, three sisters […]

Theatre at Barton Presents “Two by Two” April 10, 12 and 13

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WILSON, N.C. – Imagine a crotchety, comfortable 600-year-old Noah being informed that he was going to have to build an ark, larger than anything ever conceived of, as a means of saving the human race … not to mention all land animals. Then imagine Noah springing that on his very average, dysfunctional family. This is where our story begins. Theatre at Barton is excited to present “Two by Two,” a heartwarmingly hilarious musical adaptation of Clifford Odets’ “The Flowering Peach,” opening Thursday, April 10, 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 Saturday […]

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. […]

Broadway’s Alan Campbell Returns to Barton for “Oh, What A Night III!”

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WILSON, N.C. — Broadway star Alan Campbell returns to Wilson to star in “Oh, What A Night III!” produced by Lauren Kennedy, directed by Alan Coates, and co-sponsored by Theatre at Barton and Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy in Raleigh. The show opens Barton College’s fifth theatre season in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, August 28-29, at 8 p.m. Appropriate for all ages, this year’s concert promises to be an impressive event. “Two years ago, we created a unique concert event as part of the “Hot Summer Nights” season and brought it to Barton for two sold-out performances,” shared Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Theatre at Barton Presents “Violet”

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WILSON, N.C. – The hauntingly beautiful musical, “Violet,” based upon “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” short story by N.C. native Doris Betts, with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley, will open on the Barton stage Thursday, March 12, at 8 p.m. in Howard Chapel. “We join Violet, a young woman from the mountains of North Carolina, on her journey of self-discovery and personal redemption,” shared Adam Twiss, assistant professor of theatre and director of Theatre at Barton.  “The people she meets, from the soldiers on their way to Vietnam, to the television evangelist she seeks out to heal her of a disfiguring scar, weave a colorful and vital tapestry […]