The Illustrious Barter Theatre: Performing Arts & Theater History

In the Appalachian Highlands of Virginia, enjoy performances at the famous Barter Theatre, learn the secrets of theater arts from directors and actors and explore backstage.
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Program No. 22565RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

2018 marked the 85th season of the grand historic Barter Theatre, one of the longest running professional theaters in the nation. Tucked in the Appalachian Highlands of Virginia, Barter Theatre — also the State Theater of Virginia — remains one of the premier theaters in America and an ideal location to learn the intricacies of the stage. Discover the rich history of the building, enjoy performances on the main stage and get exclusive backstage access. Meet the many faces of Barter including artistic directors, actors and choreographers, and take workshops on playwriting and acting.
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On Your Feet
Walking on flat surfaces up to 2 hours.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get insider access to the esteemed Barter Theatre as you meet the directors, actors, costume designers and choreographers behind the productions.
  • Learn the performing arts in workshops on everything from playwriting to improvisation.
  • Explore the beautiful town of Abingdon, and enjoy a luxurious dinner at The Martha Washington Inn.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Craig Makufka
Craig Makufka is the program director at Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center. Before joining the staff at the 4-H, Craig was an environmental educator at The Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University in Pennsylvania and is an avid birder.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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