Formed in 1955, The Barn Players Community Theatre presented its first production, and continued to entertain audiences for 59 consecutive years. On May 12, The Barn Players announced their 60th season, a string of blockbuster hits for Kansas City theater audiences.
The Barn Players, 6219 Martway in Mission, Kan., the oldest and largest community theatre in the Greater Kansas City area, announced its six shows for the 2015 season. The season opens in February 2015 with “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” followed by another musical, “Avenue Q”; “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Equus,” the family friendly, but ghoulishly funny, “The Addams Family”; and the finale, “The Producers,” a spokesman for The Barn Players said.
The 2015 lineup contains two PG rated shows, “Throughly Modern Millie” and “The Addams Family.” Other shows carry an R rating for strong language and sexual content.
The first show opens Feb 27 and continues March 15. “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is the Tony award winning musical that tells the story of a high-spirited 1920’s stage musical and young Millie Dillmont in search of a new life for herself. Rated PG.
From April 17-May 3 the Barn presents “Avenue Q” claims to be a hilarious, laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a college grad who moves into a shabby NYC apartment as he and his friends struggle to find jobs and a general purpose to life. Rated R
Next, “Six Degrees of Separation" runs May 31 through June 14. “It is a true story that follows a black con-man 'Paul' who claims he knows the son of a wealthy NYC couple, and that he is the son of actor Sidney Poitier. The plot thickens, and the couple turns detective and discovers 'Paul\' what do you want West of operas lasted more soap operas lessors at which you want my back in this one in my lap all has pulled the scam elsewhere; meanwhile Paul’s lies begin to catch up with him,” a press release stated. Rated R
Next, “Equus” plays July 31 through Aug. 15. In “Equus, ” Dr. Martin Dysart is confronted with a boy, who has blinded six horses, but the boy has always adored all horses. The puzzle is a psychological mystery that leads to a dramatic confrontation. Rated R
Sing along: “They’re creepy and they’re spooky, mysterious and ookey. . .The Addams Family.” The ghoulish musical comedy comes Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 4. The show, based on the TV show, is an original story where daughter Wednesday Addams falls in love with a young man from a respectable family. Wednesday’s father, Gomez Addams, must keep the secret from her mother Morticia. The the situation concludes as the Addams host a wild dinner party for Wednesday’s “normal” boy friend and his parents. Rated PG-13
The most successful Tony Award winner, “The Producers” comes Nov. 6-22. “The Producers” brings Mel Brooks classic movie comedy to the stage with many musical numbers. The show that won twelve Tony Awards and tells the story of a down-on-his-luck producer and his account that come up with a scheme to bilk their backers out of millions of dollars and produce the biggest stage flop in theatre history. The problem is the show is a big hit. Rated R
Other 60th Season 2015 Barn Players productions will include a Barn Junior production Jan. 16-25; The Barney Awards on Jan. 31; a Barn Kids production June 16-18 and July 16-18; the Barn Benefit Concert (a celebration of 60-years of Barn musicals) June 26-28; and the 8th Annual 6x10 Original Ten-minute Play Festival Dec.11-13.
Season tickets for the 60th Anniversary will be on sale shortly by checking the theatre’s website at www.thebarnplayers.org.
The Barn Players boast that many people have appeared in Barn Theatre, Barn Kids and Barn Junior productions and have gone onto greater fame on stage, screen and TV, including Jim Birdsall, Dodie Brown, Cathy Barnett, Chris Cooper, Julie Harris, and John Rensenhouse.
The Barn Players Theatre is located at 6219 Martway in the heart of Mission, Kan. Chairman of the Board is Vida Bikales; Artistic Director is Eric Magnus.