Barter Players to perform for Elkin students

On March 18, the Barter Theatre Players from the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, will perform two plays for students at Elkin Elementary School, Elkin Middle School and Elkin High School. Arranged as part of the STEAM initiative in Elkin City Schools, the performing arts is a very integral part of the learning experience for all students in the school system. Having a professional theatrical group to visit Elkin helps students to envision potential careers and stirs the emotion/creativity of students in his/her educational journey.

“My Imaginary Pirate” will be performed Friday morning in Dixon Auditorium for students in grades 3-6. Written by Catherine Bush, the story revolves around the main character, Jesse McCall. Jesse is having trouble making friends at his new school, but in spite of that, Jesse isn’t lonely — he’s too busy going on adventures with his imaginary pirate, the Terrible One-Eyed Jack. Jesse and One-Eyed Jack are determined to find the buried treasure, but they discover trouble along the way when the outlaw pirate, Red Legs Ricky, steals their treasure map! A high-seas adventure ensues, and Jesse soon realizes that friendship is the greatest treasure of all. This is a heartwarming story that shows the power of imagination.

Students at Elkin Middle and Elkin High School will experience the performance of “A Wrinkle in Time,” adapted by John Glore from Madeline L’Engle’s novel of the same name. The story begins on a dark and stormy night, as the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murray, a tomboy who doesn’t fit in at her high school. Meg’s scientist father vanished more than two years ago under mysterious circumstances. With the aid of Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg and her gifted brother, Charles Wallace, are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their father from frightening forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. John Glore’s wildly theatrical adaptation brings this acclaimed story magically to life.

On March 19 at 3 p.m. in Dixon Auditorium, The Barter Theatre Players will be providing a Student Acting Workshop for ECS students. The Student Acting Workshop is free for the first 30 students to sign up with Tonya Smith, choral/drama director for Elkin City Schools. Those interested can contact Smith at Elkin High School (336-835-3858). Students in grades 3 through 12 are invited to participate in this unique experience. This is the first time ECS has offered a one-hour Student Acting Workshop by The Barter Theatre Players.

On the night of March 19, The Barter Theatre Players will perform “Antigone.” Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. at Dixon Auditorium. The play “Antigone” is open to the public and the cost for advance tickets is $10 or $15 at the door. Students pay $5 to attend. Tickets may be purchased at the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, Elkin City Schools Administrative Office, or at Elkin Elementary, Middle, or High School.

Want a “dinner and theater experience?” Area restaurants (Mazzinni’s and Speedy Chef) are offering 10-percent discounts if patrons show a theater ticket while dining out the night of the play.

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