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South Central Kentucky lights up like Broadway

Barn Lot Theater in Edmonton, Kentucky. Photo | Chelene Nightingale

Upcoming theater shows

By Chelene Nightingale

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South Central Kentucky shines with local talent. Barren and the surrounding counties are blessed with accomplished musicians, artists, dancers, filmmakers, stage crews, and actors. In fact, Barren and Metcalfe Counties are home to three local theater groups producing professional quality live shows.

The Barn Lot Theater was established in 1980 with its very first production, “Barefoot in the Park”. Since 1980, the non-profit has transformed from a barn in a local Edmonton park to purchasing a second facility. Currently, Barn Lot performs all their shows at a transformed auto garage they acquired in 1991 at 207 South Main Street in Edmonton. A couple of years ago, Barn Lot purchased a manufacturing building nearby which they plan on renovating into a 400-seat community arts center.

Barn Lot’s next production is the heartwarming family musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. The show is about a day in the life of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang based on Charles M. Schulz’s beloved comic strip. Performance dates are April 18-21 and April 25-28. Tickets can be purchased by calling (270) 432-BARN. In addition to the Charlie Brown musical, Barn Lot has six other upcoming plays throughout their 2024 season. For more information, visit https://www.barnlottheater.org/.

Another community theater group in Edmonton is the talented Harold Chambers Theater Troupe led by veteran actress and director, Emily Coffey. Emily grew up in theater and taught drama at the Metcalfe County Middle School. Emily founded the acting troupe with her own daughters and named the troupe after her father, Harold Chambers, who was affiliated with Barn Lot.

Currently, the Harold Chambers Theater Troupe’s shows are performed at the Metcalfe Middle School auditorium, but their vision is to settle into their own space in either Metcalfe or Barren County. The volunteer theater troupe’s 2024 season includes “Doublewide, Texas” in June, the family-friendly musical “Honk” in July, “Steel Magnolias” in September, “Godspell” in November, and “A Doublewide, Texas Christmas” in December. However, their very first play of the year is the popular musical, “Nunsense” which is slated for March 15, 16, 22, and 23. The shows are only $10 (cash only). Plus they host a delicious bake sale with homemade treats and a 50/50 raffle.

Harold Chambers Troupe Cast: Laura Brown, Lauren Coffey, Jenna Rainwater, Hallee Coffey and Emily Coffey. Submitted

For those who love the lights in downtown Glasgow and the ultimate theater experience, then visit the Historic Plaza Theater for Barren County’s Far Off Broadway Players’ 2024 Season. Productions, which will be live at the Plaza Theater, include “Murder on the Orient Express”, the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” and the classic favorite, “A Christmas Story”. But the first production of the season is “The Hallelujah Girls” with a bright cast of both veteran actors and new actors directed by FOBP’s seasoned veteran, Catt Fitzgerald.

“The Hallelujah Girls” is a laugh-out-loud, southern comedy which focuses on five friends who bond when one of them buys an old abandoned church and turns it into a spa. But their old classmate, Bunny Sutherland, enters the picture and causes problems. Love is also in the air with romance and marriage proposals. Shows are March 22-24. For more information, visit https://www.faroffbroadwayplayers.com/. To purchase tickets, contact the Historic Plaza Theater Box Office: 270-361-2101 or purchase online at https://www.historicplaza.com/.

Barren, Hart, Edmonton, and the surrounding counties do not need to travel to Louisville or Nashville for live theater productions. The South Central Kentucky region is blessed with several shows throughout the year right in our own hometowns!

The Far Off Broadway Players, which was originally formed in 1981, has an office location at 206 North Race Street in Glasgow.  They also offer acting classes and stage tech classes.  Call for more details: (270) 404-2834.

 

The Far Off Broadway Players

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