The first production of the season is “The Diary of Anne Frank” , Tony Award winning classic about Anne Frank, the fourteen year old Jewish girl and seven others who hid from Nazi persecution in a concealed storage attic in Amsterdam for nearly a year. Their story, captured in the pages of Anne’s diary, reveals the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence – their fear, their hope, their laughter, and their grief. In this gripping adaptation of the original Goodrich and Hackett stage play, Wendy Kesselman creates a contemporary impassioned story. The show features 5 men (one a teenager) and 5 women (one a teenager). The show opens October 10, and auditions will be held at the Barron Area Community Center on Thursday, August 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 and Saturday, August 24 from 9:30 to noon.
“The Roaring Twenties” will open on January 16, and features 6 men and 8 women. It is a funny look at the fads and foibles of the fabulous 1920’s. Dexter and Jessie and their three children are an average midwestern American family. Jessie is an expert at calming down her unruly spouse, but when her ne’er do well brother shows up at their house, it’s the last straw. What ensues is a delightful journey back into nostalgia.
Every other year, Barron Spotlighters produces a musical that can be sold to area grade schools and this is our year. Therefore, our final production aims to enthrall both children, youth, and the young at heart of all ages. The musical, “Pippi Longstocking”, introduces us to Pippi, the high spirited, warm hearted incarnation of every child’s dream of freedom and power. Dressed in strange clothes and living with her horse and pet monkey, she possesses supernatural strength and untold wealth. Her rollicking adventures that put her at odds with the demands of life in a small town create an uproariously funny musical that has played to sold out audiences the world over. Pippi opens March 20 and with great music and a large cast it is a “must see” production. In addition to our usual shows, matinees will be marketed to area schools.