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The Barn Players win stack of awards for 2013 season

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The Barn Players, a local civic theater group in the Kansas City metro area boasts their achievements for the 2013 season with being named Outstanding Theatre of the Year by broadwayworld.com awards.

According to the Barn, they swept the awards and they continue to present some of the best plays offered in the Kansas City metro area in a small theater with limited capacities. In the 13 categories, the Barn captured seven of the awards, including the Outstanding Theatre of the Year.

The Barn won in the following categories:
The other Barn Players awards were:
Best Actor in a Musical --- Bobby Turnbough in Spring Awakening
Best Actress in a Musical --- Valerie Dykes in 9 to 5
Best Costume Design of a play or musical --- Fran Kapono for Spring Awakening
Best Director of a musical --- Eric Magnus for Spring Awakening
Best Lighting Design of a play or musical --- Chuck Cline for Spring Awakening
Outstanding Ensemble of a play or musical --- Spring Awakening

Vida Bikales, president of the Barn Players thanks the largest number of voters ever for their continuing support and tribute to season offerings. The Barn Players, a nationally recognized community theater, was founded in 1955 by theatre devotee Earl Altire and the new 2014 season marks its 59th consecutive season, a spokesman said.

The Barn Players perform in their own theatre, seating150 persons for each performance, located at 6219 Martway in Mission, Kansas. In addition to the regular six show season, the group also presents Barn Kids and Barn Junior productions, a 6 x 10 Play Festival (6 plays each 10 minutes long by local playwrights) and special musical benefit concerts during the year The Barn Players also was the starting point for many of today’s stage, screen and TV actors,
directors, and playwrights.

The Barn’s 59th consecutive season being in February with the controversial rock musical, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Feb 28 to March 16. Follies comes next, April 18 to May 4. Next up is August: Osage County, May 30 to June 15. Following that, one of the most recognized stage comedies, Noises Off debuts July 18 and runs through Aug. 3. After that, the first tribal rock musical and Broadway shocker, Hair disrobes itself from Sept. 19 to Oct. 5. And, for their final production of the season, the Jerry Hermann hit, La Cage Aux Follies, plays from Nov. 7-23.

A Barn Kids production of Disney’s Cinderella, Kids June 17-19 and July 24 is planned. Also of note, a musical benefit, Closer than Ever runs Aug. 15-17, and the 6x10 Play Festival displays six, 10 minute short plays, usually by local playwrights comes Dec. 12-14.

For tickets call 1-800-838-3006, go to the theatre website www.thebarnplay

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