2018 SEASON

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

January 17-19,
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30pm
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.

CAST

MICAH ALLEN - Phoebus
ELISE BOWLES - Tribunal & Others
VERONICA DERVIN - Clopin
CIERRA GONZALES - Esmeralda
SAM HOFFMAN - Quasimodo
JOSELYN JOSEPH - King Louis IX & Others
LILLIE LARGE - Gypsy/Congregant
ALEX LEONDEDIS - Claude Frollo
EVIE NAPOLES - Gypsy/Congregant
PAIGE PADGETT - St. Aphrodisius & Others
CLAIRE SEGURA - Madame & Others
ALEC WAGNER - Dupin, Fredric, & Others
KAMERON WATTS - Jehan & Others
LEXI WOOD - Gypsy/Congregant


March 1-11,
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
Roxie 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
Sharon Johnson
Paul Brennan
Tony Console
Christoph Cording
Alex Gummiger
Dalton Homolka
Christoph Nevins
Rob Reeder
Kyle Tichenor
Miles Wirth


April 19-29,
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!

CAST

Officer Lockstock - David Martin
Penelope Pennywise - Kay Noonan
Bobby Strong - Zach Faust
Caldwell B. Cladwell - Ray Ettinger
Hope Cladwell - Abbey Downs
Mr. McQueen - Doug Jones
Senator Fipp - Craig Aikman
Officer Barrel - Jon Rizzo
Little Sally - Jennifer Cannaday
Little Becky Two Shoes - Jessica Alcorn
Hot Blades Harry/Boy Cop - Paul Brennan III
Soupy Sue/Secretary/Girl Cop - Morgan Dayley
Robby The Stockfish/Rich Man/Boy Cop - Michael Golliher
Josephine Strong/Old Woman - Barbara Nichols
Tiny Tom/Rich Man - Nick Uthoff
Billy Boy Bill/Business Man - Tony Francisco
Rebel/Dr. Billeaux/Boy Cop - Andrew Tippin
Old Man Strong/Rebel/Boy Cop - Matthew McGaugh
Rebel/Rich Woman/Girl Cop - Sara Crow
Mrs. Millennium/Rebel - Rachel Adcock
Rebel/Nurse/Girl Cop - Lacy Goettling
Rebel/Rich Woman/Girl Cop - Brooke Tippin
Rebel/Business Man - Sam Hesman


May 31-June 10,
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."

CAST

Arnold - Philip blue owl Hooser
Ed - Derrick Freeman
Laurel - Jennifer Loumiet
Alan - Brent Custer
Ma - Elle DeShon
David - Alex Leondedis
Lady Blues - Shelby Bessette & Lynn McCutchen
Ensemble - Sam Hoffman


July 13-15,
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!


August 23-September 2,
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
Assistant Direction and Musical Staging by Valerie Martin

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.

CAST


FRANCESCA JOHNSON - Cori Ann Weber
BUD JOHNSON - Jon Rizzo
ROBERT KINCAID - Jacob Elliott
MARIAN / STATE FAIR SINGER / CHIARA - Larissa Briley
MICHAEL JOHNSON - Miles Fritz
CAROLYN JOHNSON - Kora Wiedmaier
MARGE - Brenna McConaughey
CHARLIE - Christoph Cording
WAITRESS / ENSEMBLE - Sarah Jeter
GINNY / ENSEMBLE - Barbara Jurgensmeier
BARTENDER / RADIO ANNOUNCER / ENSEMBLE - Brad Dawdy
PAOLO / ENSEMBLE - Nathan Le
ENSEMBLE: Shelby Bessette, Meaghan Coble, Sharon Johnson, Nancy Seeman, Daniel Vazquez, Miles Wirth


November 8-18,
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 by Eric Magnus
Musical Direction by Blake Vignery
Vocal Direction by Michelle McIntire
Choreography by Evan Lovelace

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.

CAST


DREW BOLEY - Scott Salem
SHERRIE CHRISTIAN - Taylor Jennings
LONNY BARNETT - Paul Brennan
DENNIS DUPREE - Trevor French
STACEE JAXX - Jeff Smith
JUSTICE CHARLIER - Ashley Jones
HERTZ KLEINMAN - Dave Fullerton
FRANZ KLEINMAN - Jacob Elliott
REGINA KOONTZ - Chelsea Angelmyer
MAYOR / JA’KEITH - Evan Lovelace
JOEY PRIMO / ENSEMBLE - Steven James
SHERRIE’S MOTHER / WAITRESS #1 / ENSEMBLE - Emma Cook
CONSTANCE / PROTESTOR / ENSEMBLE - Tyler Rene Harper
VENUS CLUB DANCER / ENSEMBLE - Jennifer Abate
VENUS CLUB DANCER / ENSEMBLE - Emmy Hadley
VENUS CLUB DANCER / ENSEMBLE - Christa James
VENUS CLUB DANCER / ENSEMBLE - Sabrina Stewart
GROUPIE / PROTESTOR / ENSEMBLE - Mikaela Carson
GROUPIE / PROTESTOR / ENSEMBLE - Angela Murphy
GROUPIE / PROTESTOR / ENSEMBLE - Stephanie Palmer
FATHER / SLEAZY PRODUCER / BAR PATRON / ENSEMBLE - TJ Warren
PROTESTOR / BAR PATRON / RECORD MAN / ENSEMBLE - Miles Wirth
PROTESTOR / BAR PATRON / RECORD MAN / ENSEMBLE - Michael Golliher
PROTESTOR / BAR PATRON / ENSEMBLE - Brent Custer


December 7-9,
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!