“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 […]

Sartre’s “No Exit” On Barton Stage April 22-25

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WILSON, N.C. –  Theatre at Barton will present Jean Paul Sartre’s “No Exit”, a mainstage production directed by first-time director and senior theatre major Christopher Wallen. Four performances, to be held in Barton’s new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre, will run Thursday through Saturday, April 22-24, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, April 25, at 3 p.m. “No Exit” is an iconic, 1944 existentialist play by Jean-Paul Sartre, originally published in French as “Huis Clos.” The play features only four characters, a single set and is the source of Sartre’s most famous quotation, “Hell is other people.”  (In French, “l’enfer, c’est les autres”). It has been adapted in […]

Eric Carl’s “Afric’s Muse” Debuts On Barton Stage March 4-7

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WILSON, N.C. – On Thursday, March 4, Eric Carl’s world premiere of “Afric’s Muse” will open on stage in Barton’s new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre.  Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, March 7, at 3 p.m. The audience is immediately drawn to the lead character as they are introduced simultaneously to a modern black woman named Phillis living in contemporary Boston and an articulate young black female poet and slave named Phillis Wheatley who lived in Colonial America in the late 1770s. “Afric’s Muse” celebrates Phillis Wheatley who, ahead of her time, defied the odds to embody both […]

War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II Scheduled at Barton

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WILSON, N.C. – Step back in time as the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library host “War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II” on Friday, May 1. The evening event, to be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, will include a wine reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the performance at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $50 per person, and reservations are available through April 27.  Please contact Cynthia Collins at 252-399-6503 or email: fohl@barton.edu. “War Bonds,” a musical journey through a war that redefined the world, explores “the dark side of war and the strange juxtaposition of the light-hearted, popular tunes of the […]

New Director of Barton Theatre Takes Center Stage

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WILSON, N.C. – With a name that could have jumped off the page of a Dickens’ novel, Adam Twiss, Barton College’s new director of theatre, leaps into his new role on campus as the fall semester gets underway. And, he has a lot to be excited about – not only does Twiss oversee the theatre’s academic program on campus; he also is an integral partner in the development of the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Studio Theatre now under construction. “My family and I are delighted to be a part of the Barton community,” said Twiss. “Visual and performing arts have been a rich and vital part of the […]

Broadway Stars Break Ground for Black Box

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Wilson, N.C. – Broadway stars Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell joined with campus and community dignitaries on April 24, to break ground for the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre. Granting more than just their names to the theatre, the husband and wife team hope to use their New York connections to bring fellow Broadway stars to Barton to enrich our students’ educational experiences. Seeking to enrich the learning experience of Barton’s theatre students, Campbell said that there are “plenty of directors and people we know” that could interact with the theatre program. Kennedy remembered her early exposure to theatre professionals such as Terry Mann while she was at […]

Barton Breaks Ground for Black Box

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Wilson, N.C. – With golden shovels and upturned earth, the Barton campus and special invited guests will celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on Thursday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m. Named by former Barton trustee K. D. Kennedy, Jr., in honor of his daughter, Lauren Kennedy, and her husband, Alan Campbell, the black box theatre will provide a versatile space for Barton’s students to perform their craft. Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell will attend the event and provide special remarks. Both accomplished actors, they have performed on and off Broadway and provide Barton with a unique connection to the world of theatre. To learn […]

Theatre at Barton Presents “Crimes of the Heart”

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WILSON, N.C. – Imagine three sisters who, while connected by bloodline, have no similar interests or aspirations. Now, add the many trials and tribulations that come along with a dysfunctional family dynamic. The result will be the hilarious dark comedy, “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley, opening on the Barton stage April 17. The production, which runs through April 20 in Howard Chapel, has nightly shows Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m. and a matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively. Tickets will be sold at the door -adult admission $8 and student admission $5. “Crimes of the Heart” tells the […]