2018 SEASON

Our 63rd Season,
in our new home,
The Arts Asylum,
1000 E. 9th,
Kansas City, MO 64106

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
at Kelly Hall, St. Pius X School, 5500 Woodson, Mission, KS 66202

The Barn Jr. Production of

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film

Directed by Jason Coats
Musical Direction by Todd Gregory-Gibbs

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th, Kansas City, MO 64106

The Barn Players production of

CHICAGO

Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the Play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script Adaptation by David Thompson

Directed by Kipp Simmons
Musical Direction by Martha Risser
Choreography by Valerie Martin

NOMINEE! 1975 Tony® Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score

WINNER! 1997 Tony® Award, Best Revival of a Musical

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

CAST

Velma Kelly - Krista Eyler
Roxy Hart - Ramsey Self
Billy Flynn - Nick Uthoff
Matron "Mama" Morton - JC Dresslaer
Amos Hart - Dudley Hogue
Mary Sunshine - Jay Coombes
Master of Ceremonies - Dan Heinz
Character Man - Eric Magnus

MERRY MURDERESSES
Liz (Pop) - Natalie Dickter
Annie (Six) - Natalie Rothfusz
June (Squish) - Stasha Case
Hunyak (Uh Uh) - Jessica Alcorn
Mona (Lipschitz) - Zoe London
Go to Hell Kitty - Pancha Brown

ENSEMBLE
Brenna Castor
Meaghan Coble
Anne Haines
Sharon Johnson
Paul Brennan
Brad Clay
Miles Wirth
Christoph Nevins
Justin Moss

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th, Kansas City, MO 64106

The Barn Players production of

URINETOWN

Music by Mark Hollmann
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis

Directed by Korey Childs
Musical Direction by Kevin Bogan
Choreography by Valerie Martin

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th, Kansas City, MO 64106

The Barn Players production of

TORCH SONG TRILOGY

By Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Chris McCoy

Winner! 1983 Tony® Award for Best Play

Torch Song Trilogy is constructed of three moving plays told over three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and 1980s, through Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, and other ground-breaking milestones for the LGBT community. Told with a likable, human voice, Arnold struggles through love, disease, and the challenges of child-rearing. In the tradition of The Normal Heart and The Pride, and one of the pre-cursors for the seminal Angels in America, this award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: "At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man's longings for love and family."

Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
at Bishop Miege High School, 5401 Reinhardt Drive, Roeland Park, KS 66205

The Barn KIDS production of

SEUSSICAL, KIDS

Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

Directed by Nancy Eppert

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime).

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th, Kansas City, MO 64106

The Barn Players production of

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Robert James Waller

Directed by Eric Magnus
Musical Direction by Michelle McIntire

Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question" "What if...?" Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca's life.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th, Kansas City, MO 64106

The Barn Players production of

ROCK OF AGES

Music & Lyrics by Various Composers
Book by Chris D'Arienzo
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp

Directed and Choreographed by Guy Gardner
Musical Direction by James Levy

Nominated for Five Tony Awards Including Best Musical!

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th, Kansas City, MO 64106

THE 11TH ANNUAL 6 x 10 TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

Six original scripts, six directors, six casts, one great weekend of theatre!