Barter Theatre gears up for busy holiday season

Johnson City Press • Dec 2, 2019 at 8:56 AM

The Barter Theatre stages are about to get a lot more festive, as four Christmas productions are set to hit the stage this season. 

On Gilliam Stage, see the classic holiday musical, “White Christmas,” and bring your favorite young hearts to see “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” For something a little more edgy and wild, check out “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” at Smith Theatre or “The Santaland Diaries.” 

“White Christmas” is the perfect dose of nostalgia, snowflakes and a happy ending. The show has original choreography by Amanda Aldridge and tap numbers by Andrew Hampton Livingston.

After that, bring children of all ages to see a favorite Christmas poem brought to life by The Barter Players in “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Santa himself and all of his reindeer make an appearance onstage.

The fun continues at Barter’s Smith Theatre with “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” This time our ghosts of Christmas past and present have returned with a new message. 

For those a little more daring, the comedy stylings of David Sedaris are back again in “The Santaland Diaries.” This elevated comedy explores one grumpy elf’s frustrations with the frills and antics of Christmas. This show contains strong language and mature themes. 

To reserve your seats for any Christmas show at Barter Theatre, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call 276-628-3991.

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