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Next Month's Bristol Events

  1. The Bridges of Madison County (Sep 06) 35 days. Sep-6th to Nov-11...

     Thu, Sep 6th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Music 0
    Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown ~~ Book by Marsha Norman ~~ Based on the novel by Robert James Waller ~~ Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless. With a soaring score, this powerful musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if...?”~~ Director's Notes THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY~~ “There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them.” So begins the book The Bridges of Madison County written by Robert James Waller in 1992. Appropriate, then, that this incredible book, and popular movie, would become a 2014 Tony award winning musical. The lush romantic score written by Jason Robert Brown ( The Last Five Years , Parade , Songs for a New World ) and beautiful script by playwright Marsha Norman (‘ night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple ) take us into the lives of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid and their beautiful love story.~~ There have been several times in my life when a play comes along that I “need”. A story that strikes chords and pushes buttons in me that I need to listen to, I need to hear its message. The Bridges of Madison County is one such story. This music, these words, these people touch places in my heart and soul and shake me to my very core. I have been moved by the truth of this tale, and it has made my heart open up to the possibilities of true love and romance, of destiny and forever.~~ At the end of chapter one, Robert James Waller writes: “In an increasingly callous world, we all exist with our own carapace of scabbed-over sensibilities. Where great passion leaves off and mawkishness begins, I’m not sure. But our tendency to scoff at the possibility of the former and to label genuine and profound feelings as maudlin makes it difficult to enter the realm of gentleness required to understand the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. If, however, you approach what follows with a willing suspension of disbelief, as Coleridge put it, I am confident you will experience what I have experienced. In the indifferent spaces of your heart, you may even find, as Francesca Johnson did, room to dance again.”~~ Tricia Matthews~~ Director, The Bridges of Madison County ~~ Cast & Credits Cast: Francesca Johnson: Hannah Ingram ~~ Robert Kincaid: Sean Maximo Campos ~~ Carolyn: Hope Quinn ~~ Richard “Bud” Johnson: Nick Koesters ~~ Michael: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Marge: Paris Bradstreet ~~ Charlie: Rick McVey ~~ Marian: Kim Morgan Dean ~~ Chiara: Sarah Laughland ~~ Collaborators: Director: Tricia Matthews ~~ Musical Director: Dishon Smith ~~ Set Designer: Derek Smith ~~ Lighting Designer: Camille Davis ~~ Costume Designer: Jane Stein ~~ Sound Designer: Tony Angelini ~~ Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel ~~ Corporate Sponsor: ~~ Media Sponsor: ~~ ~~
  2. Great Expectations (Sep 14) 30 days. Sep-14th to Nov-9th

     Fri, Sep 14th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    Adapted by Catherine Bush ~~ From the original book by Charles Dickens ~~ In a humorous and moving adaptation of Dickens’ tale, Barter’s Playwright-in-Residence Catherine Bush amazes audiences as the story comes bursting to life in a stylized and fast-paced world that is sure to leave you gasping for breath and on your feet with excitement. Pip, a poor orphan child in 19th century England, is mysteriously plucked from obscurity by the wealthy and decaying Miss Havisham, changing his life forever. A secretive benefactor, unrequited love, and a series of great expectations plague Pip as he attempts to discover whether people can change who they truly are.~~ Download study guide. ~~ Director's Notes RISIN’ ABOUT YOUR RAISIN’~~ Thoughts on GREAT EXPECTATIONS ~~ Barter commissioned this script as a gift for all of us.~~ When we started brewing it, I had been recently acquainted with the incredible production of a different Dickensian novel, Nicholas Nickleby , that was done by the Royal Shakespeare Company back in the 1980’s; I loved the show’s focus on the actor, its celebration of the theatrical, and its sheer audacity.~~ Inspired, I went back to my favorite Dickens, Great Expectations , for a look, and what struck me right away was how Dickens had captured something that felt simultaneously so true to his time/ place and to ours. He puts his finger on something palpable about growing up: a special brew of ambition, yearning, heartache, excitement, and struggle that I feel around me everyday here and now.~~ What do you do when you have enormous ambitions for your life, but those ambitions give you deeply complicated feelings about where you come from? How do you achieve great things and still honor your home?~~ I think Dickens hit upon something universal here—we all push back against our families and homes as we are figuring out who we are going to be; we all struggle in some way between our need to achieve and our need for home. It also struck me and struck me hard how Appalachian it felt to me. It reminded me of so many of the conversations I have had with young people here who have such a desire to fly away and such a fierce love of exactly where they are. The phrase I often heard them worry about was one you all will recognize: “Risin’ above your raisin’.”~~ It occurred to me that the journey of Pip in this story has deep resonance for us. Pip comes from a rural place; he dreams of becoming something else and sometimes feels guilty that he wants that; he struggles between love of where he comes from and trying to distance himself from it. Pip in this play talks directly to us; he confides in us about what it feels like to strive and sometimes fail and what it is to finally discover what it means to reach as far as you can and also love who you actually are.~~ It’s a gift to be reminded that we aren’t alone in this, no matter when and where we were born. For aren’t we all walking around with that young person inside us who knows what it is to yearn for success and home at the same time? Aren’t we all a messy and beautiful combination of our authentic selves and our great expectations?~~ Katy Brown~~ Director, GREAT EXPECTATIONS ~~ Cast & Credits Cast: Pip: Shaan Sharma ~~ Compeyson/ Estella: Brandy Drzymkowski ~~ Mrs. Joe/ Biddy/ Soldier #2: Katherine Lyle ~~ Joe/ Uncle Pumblechook/ Bentley Drummle/ Soldier #3: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ Magwitch/ Mr. Jaggers/ Matthew Pocket/ Father: Nicholas Piper ~~ Soldier #1/ Miss Havisham/ Herbert: Rusty Allen ~~ Clara/ Servan/ Musician – Violinist: Bethany Dawson ~~ Collaborators: ~~ Director: Katy Brown ~~ Original Music: Dax Dupuy ~~ Costumes Designer: Lee Martin ~~ Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse ~~ Music Director: Lee Harris ~~ Music Coach and special arrangements: Brandy Drzymkowski ~~ Dialect Coach: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Fight Choreographer and Fight Captain: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ Stage Manager: Sara Douglas ~~ Corporate Sponsor: Bristol Regional Medical Center ~~ ~~ Videos
  3. The Bridges of Madison County with Symphony of the Mountains (Sep...

     Sat, Sep 15th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Music 0
    Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown ~~ Book by Marsha Norman ~~ Based on the novel by Robert James Waller ~~ Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless. With a soaring score, this powerful musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if...?”~~ The Bridges of Madison County with Symphony of the Mountains ~~ Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 7:30pm ~~ Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 3:00pm ~~ Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center | Kingsport, TN ~~ Director's Notes THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY~~ “There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them.” So begins the book The Bridges of Madison County written by Robert James Waller in 1992. Appropriate, then, that this incredible book, and popular movie, would become a 2014 Tony award winning musical. The lush romantic score written by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years,Parade,Songs for a New World) and beautiful script by playwright Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) take us into the lives of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid and their beautiful love story.~~ There have been several times in my life when a play comes along that I “need”. A story that strikes chords and pushes buttons in me that I need to listen to, I need to hear its message.The Bridges of Madison Countyis one such story. This music, these words, these people touch places in my heart and soul and shake me to my very core. I have been moved by the truth of this tale, and it has made my heart open up to the possibilities of true love and romance, of destiny and forever.~~ At the end of chapter one, Robert James Waller writes: “In an increasingly callous world, we all exist with our own carapace of scabbed-over sensibilities. Where great passion leaves off and mawkishness begins, I’m not sure. But our tendency to scoff at the possibility of the former and to label genuine and profound feelings as maudlin makes it difficult to enter the realm of gentleness required to understand the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. If, however, you approach what follows with a willing suspension of disbelief, as Coleridge put it, I am confident you will experience what I have experienced. In the indifferent spaces of your heart, you may even find, as Francesca Johnson did, room to dance again.”~~ Tricia Matthews~~ Director, The Bridges of Madison County ~~ Cast & Credits Cast: Francesca Johnson: Hannah Ingram ~~ Robert Kincaid: Sean Maximo Campos ~~ Carolyn: Hope Quinn ~~ Richard “Bud” Johnson: Nick Koesters ~~ Michael: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Marge: Paris Bradstreet ~~ Charlie: Rick McVey ~~ Marian: Kim Morgan Dean ~~ Chiara: Sarah Laughland ~~ Collaborators: Director: Tricia Matthews ~~ Musical Director: Dishon Smith ~~ Set Designer: Derek Smith ~~ Lighting Designer: Camille Davis ~~ Costume Designer: Jane Stein ~~ Sound Designer: Tony Angelini ~~ Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel ~~
  4. Singin' in the Rain (Sep 27) 33 days. Sep-27th to Nov-10th

     Thu, Sep 27th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Music 0
    “The Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” ~~ Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green ~~ Songs by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown ~~ Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures ~~ “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “You Are My Lucky Star,” “You Were Meant for Me,” “All I do is Dream of You,” and, of course the title song, “Singin’ in the Rain,” are but a few of the wonderful songs from one of the most celebrated and beloved musical films ever made. Live and onstage, these unforgettable scenes, songs and dances will make you laugh, make you sing, wow you with the spectacle of it all, and leave you with a night to remember for the rest of your life.~~ Director's Notes RAIN BRINGS LIFE~~ Rain is refreshing. Rain is life giving. Rain cleanses. And in the case of Singin’ in the Rain , it is also wildly entertaining.~~ Whenever it rains, everyone complains. Yet rain is necessary to our sustenance. Rain makes everything around us alive.~~ The fact that rain brings life was not lost on Betty Comden and Adolph Green when they wrote Singin’ in the Rain . We take great joy in watching a young child play in a mud puddle or splash around in a sprinkler because we see the renewal, joy and refreshing image of being clean again. We experience immense pleasure in watching birds splash in a fountain. So what better image could there possible be for a man falling in love than singing and dancing in the rain? It’s the perfect image of freedom; there’s not a care in the world, even a downpour couldn’t dampen happiness.~~ Don Lockwood singing and dancing in the rain reminds us of our childhood. He is free from the restraint of fame and publicity. But more than that, the rain, and his love of Kathy Seldon, cleanses him. And in the process, he helps to cleanse the world around him by doing what is right and fair.~~ In the meantime, we get to be highly entertained by a boy and his friends splashing, playing, dancing and singing in the rain. If we could only experience that joy every day of our lives!~~ Richard Rose~~ Director, Singin’ in the Rain ~~ Cast & Credits Cast: (In Order of Appearance)~~ Zelda Zanders. famous zip girl: Hope Quinn ~~ J. Cumberland Spendrill, III, Zelda’s escort : Phillip Rast ~~ Rod, Monumental’s press agent: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ R. F. Simpson, Head of Monumental Pictures: Rick McVey ~~ Mrs. Simpson: Paris Bradstreet ~~ Roscoe Dexter, film director: Nick Koesters ~~ Cosmo Brown: Andrew Hampton Livingston ~~ Don Lockwood: Sean Maximo Campos ~~ Lina Lamont: Hannah Ingram ~~ Bartender: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Young Don: Parker Byun ~~ Young Cosmo: Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Burlesque Girl: Sarah Laughland ~~ Bouncer: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Theatre Manager: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ On Film – “The Royal Rascal”~~ Lina Lamont as the Princess~~ Don Lockwood as Felipe du Bois~~ Fiends: Andrew Hampton Livingston, Tyler Cramer, Jake Dailey, Phillip Rast ~~ The Villain: Nick Koesters ~~ Don’s Fans: Sarah Laughland, Parker Byun,Caroline Lambert, Garrett T. Houston, Katherine Lyle ~~ Kathy Seldon: Kim Morgan Dean ~~ A Policeman: Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Waiters at The Party: Parker Byun, Garrett T. Houston ~~ Other Party Guest: Zacchaeus Kimbrell, Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Show Girls at Party: Sarah Laughland, Caroline Lambert, Brandy Drzymkowski, Katherine Lyle ~~ Sam: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Workmen: Joshua J. Schwartz, Garrett T. Houston ~~ Assistant Directors: Justin Tyler Lewis, Parker Byun, Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Wardrobe Supervisor: Katherine Lyle ~~ Hairdresser: Brandy Drzymkowski ~~ Camera Man: Phillip Rast ~~ The Tenor in “Beautiful Girl”: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ Dancers in “Beautiful Girl”: Sarah Laughland, Caroline Lambert, Hope Quinn, ~~ Brandy Drzymkowski, Katherine Lyle ~~ Sid Phillips, Director: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Miss Dinsmore, Lina Lamont’s Vocal Coach: Paris Bradstreet ~~ Don’s Diction Teacher: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Lady-in-Waiting: Sarah Laughland ~~ On Film – “The Dueling Cavalier”~~ Lina Lamont as Yvonne~~ Don Lockwood as Pierre de Battaille~~ Lady-in-Waiting – Sarah Laughland ~~ Manservant – Phillip Rast ~~ Rouge Noir of the Purple Terror – Nick Koesters ~~ Audience After the Preview Ensemble ~~ Man Walking Street in the Rain Parker Byun ~~ “Broadway Melody”~~ People on streets of Broadway – The Ensemble ~~ Broadway Agents – Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Don’s Boys – Parker Byun, Joshua Schwartz ~~ The Speak Easy Patrons – The Ensemble ~~ Gangsters – Justin Tyler Lewis, Garrett T. Houston, Phillip Rast ~~ The New Kid in Town – Caroline Lambert ~~ Finale – T he Ensemble ~~ On Film – “The Dancing Cavalier”~~ Lina Lamont as Yvonne~~ Don Lockwood as Pierre de Battaille~~ Rouge Noir of the Purple Terro – Nick Koesters ~~ Lady-in-Waiting – Sarah Laughland ~~ Manservant – Phillip Rast ~~ Collaborators: Director Richard Rose ~~ Choreographer Amanda Aldridge ~~ Tap Choreographer Andrew Hampton Livingston ~~ Assistant Choreographer Ashley Campos ~~ Music Director Lee Harris ~~ Set Design Dan Ettinger ~~ Costume Design Amanda Aldridge ~~ Assistant Costume Designer Ashley Campos ~~ Wig & Makeup Designer Whitney Kaibel ~~ Lighting Design Andrew Morehouse ~~ Sound Design Tony Angelini ~~ Assistant to the Choreographer Sarah Laughland ~~ Dance Captain Ashley Campos ~~ Stage Manager Cindi Raebel ~~ Assistant Stage Manager Victoria L. Sutton ~~ Corporate Sponsors: Johnston Memorial Hospital ~~ ~~ ~~ Media Sponsors: Market Innovations ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ Photos

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