Performances return to Barter Theatre on Thursday


ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) — For the first time since 2019, performances are set to return to Barter Theatre’s main stage.

The theatre’s Gilliam Stage will reopen its doors Thursday for Barter’s fall production of Frankenstein, which will run through Oct. 31.

Artistic Director Katy Brown said performers haven’t seen the stage at the historic theatre since Christmas 2019.

“We’ve had all kind of excitement as everybody’s stepping onto the stage for the first time,” Brown said. “For some people, it’s the longest they have gone maybe in their whole lives without performing. They are tremendously excited to be back in the room with an audience.”

Audience members will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result no more than three days old.

The Abingdon Police Department encourages drivers to use caution and be aware of pedestrian traffic around the theatre.

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