Elkin City Schools students and local theater buffs are delighted The Barter Theater will be back in town on Friday and Saturday. After performing for elementary, middle and high school students on Friday, the Barter Players will also perform “Great Expectations” for the public on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
“Great Expectations” is adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens about an orphan called Pip, who goes on a journey which brings him to London. In London, he meets a woman named Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward, named Estella. Pip falls in love with Estella and tries to make her fall for him. Along the way, Pip realizes it’s harder than he originally thought to meet his great expectations.
The play is a moving story about the challenges of growing up and making peace with the gulf separating aspirations from reality. That is a powerful lesson for audiences of any age.
All the plays performed by The Barter Players this March address that lesson in one way or another. Both “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Giver,” which will be performed for students on Friday, are also plays which address the question of identity and belonging. Attending plays may be a good way for young people to learn life lessons.
Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Myra Cox said, “Based on my observations of students watching plays, they are intrigued with the characters, their costumes, the props, lighting, and, in turn, seem to walk away with a deeper understanding of the plot.”
Watching live plays is also a way to broaden one’s perspectives. Cox commented, “Personally, I also feel that plays give students a cultural experience that they may not know they enjoy then choose to attend in the future.”
Tickets are being sold for performances of “Great Expectations” at the Elkin High School Office, the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Elkin City Schools Central Office. Tickets cost $10 prepaid for adults or $15 at the door. Students only pay $5. Tickets purchased in advance come with a dinner and theater discount at Generations restaurant in Jonesville. The ticket is required to get the discount.
Lauren Bryant and Krista Bryant are members of the Elkin High School Journalism Club.