The Barter Theatre Players will present “Antigone” in Elkin High School’s Dixon Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on March 19. The theater in Abingdon, Virginia, opened in 1933, during the Great Depression and allowed patrons to pay admission in produce.
Although fruits and vegetables are no longer accepted as admission today, more than 160,000 visitors enjoy plays performed by the Barter Players each year. Barter Theatre also will present two plays on Friday for Elkin City School students. Friday morning, the Barter Players will perform “My Imaginary Pirate” for grades third through sixth, and in the afternoon, the Players will perform “A Stitch in Time” for students in grades seventh through 12th.
Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe views the performance as a way for students to see art as a potential career pathway which supports the arts in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum initiative cultivated by Elkin City Schools.
However, the “STEAM initiative is not just for students, but should benefit the community as well,” Bledsoe explained.
Of special interest will be the Student Acting Workshop for ECS students on March 19 at 3 p.m. in Dixon Auditorium. The Student Acting Workshop is free for the first 30 students to sign up with Tonya Smith, choral director for Elkin City Schools.
The Saturday night performance of “Antigone” will be open to the public and the cost for advance tickets is $10, or $15 at the door. Students only 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.
In order to support the performance and provide a “dinner and theater experience,” area restaurants — Mazzini’s and Speedy Chef — are offering 10-percent discounts if patrons show a theater ticket while dining out the night of the play.
Bledsoe encouraged everyone to come out and view the Barter Players at work. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to experience a professional production and encourage the arts in Elkin and the Yadkin Valley,” he said.