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The Barter Players put fresh, new spin on classic ‘Cinderella’ story

Staff reports • Jul 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Versions of the “Cinderella” story exist in countless languages and countries across the globe.

The Barter Players put a fresh new spin on the classic fairy tale in their production of “Cinderella,” playing through July 20 on Barter Stage II in Abingdon, Va.

In this version, written by former Barter Player Audrey Layne Crocker, the town of Agricul is full of farmlands and hides a very special “secret pumpkin farmer,” whose produce is said to have healing properties. Titus, the Prince of Agricul, must find this secret pumpkin farmer and get married by his birthday to save his kingdom. All the maidens in the land are invited. Will Cinderella make it to the ball or will her terrible stepsisters and stepmother thwart her plans? Will the prince find true love in time to save his people?

“If you have the courage to believe, impossible dreams have a way of coming true,” said director Carrie Smith, who is also a former Barter Player.

Up next for The Barter Players is “Mother Goose: The Musical,” an original piece for The Barter Players written by Catherine Bush (“All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” and others) with music by Mandy Williams. “Mother Goose” opens July 24.

The Players meet and greet the audience before each performance and talk backs are available with prior arrangement.

Tickets are $12, and group rates are available.

For tickets or more information, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call (276) 628-3991.

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