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|Katherine Scarlett Barnes||
Waist Watchers In full swing!
Hey guys! We are officially open as of this weekend! It has been a great run so far with previews and these lovely ladies, and our opening weekend was a whirlwind! I got to swing in for the role of Cheryl for both of Saturday's shows and today as well. I wanted to share one of the lovely reviews we received from Friday night's opening performance! Check it out by following the link and make sure to share it with your friends! Come see us for yourself Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays at 2PM and 7PM, Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM, and Sundays at 2PM! We call The Royal George Theatre our home now days, and you can get your tickets at: www.ticketmaster.com/artist/2500282!
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WaistWatchers the musical!
I am beyond ecstatic to announce I will be making my Chicago Theatrical debut as Mildred/Ensemble/Swing in WaistWatchers The Musical. The show is being produced by Playhouse Productions, Inc. at the Royal George Theatre. I'll be starting rehearsals this coming week, and we open on September 13th. You can grab your tickets at www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57417. I hope to see you all there!
Hey guys! Check out my interview about the Center Stage camp I'll be directing in a couple of weeks in Sullivan, MO. I'm at the 3:25 mark. Thanks, KTUI!
take a chance on me!
Hey everybody! I have been super busy, and too lax on keeping my website up to date. I am in the final countdown here at the Round Barn Theatre. I got back in May and jumped right into rehearsals after my tour ended with Prairie Fire. I have had a blast reprising my role as Emma in "Plain and Fancy" with some familiar faces, and some new ones! I have also had the amazing opportunity to knock one of my favorite roles off of my list, Rosie in "Mamma Mia." I grew up on ABBA's music and I'm so lucky to get to perform it every night. I only have two more performances of "Plain and Fancy," and only six "Mamma Mia" performances left before I finish out my contract here in Indiana for the year. I'll be heading back home to Sullivan, Missouri, at the end of the month to teach a week long performing arts camp. This camp is something I'm very excited about. I feel like everything is coming full circle with this opportunity to share my love of the theatre with the next generation of Sullivan kiddos. After my camp ends, I'll head back to Chicago! If you're in the area, come check out the Round Barn Theatre this week. If you know someone in the Sullivan, MO, area that loves theatre, check out the flyer below for more info on the Center Stage Camp! As always, stay tuned for more adventures.
Endings and Beginnings
It has been a hot minute since my last update! I finished up my 2017 season with Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres on January 1, 2018. After eight and a half months, eight productions, directing two kid’s camps, and directing one staged reading; it was time to end my year with some great people. My year was filled with growth and amazing opportunities!
As I wrapped up at RBT, it was a quick turn around to get up to Barrett, MN, for my training week for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre. I came a couple days late into training due to contracts overlapping, and after spending four days at headquarters learning my show and refreshing myself on tour protocols, my lovely partner, Derek, and I were ready to start our first week of tour. We started off in Hasting, MN, last Monday and had a fun first week. We are about to finish out our second week of tour here in Lakeville, MN, and these kiddos are killing it!
I’ll be on the road as Aunt Polly in Tom Sawyer until the end of April. I have UPTAs coming up in a couple of weeks and we will see what the future holds after tour ends! Here’s to a new year that will surely bring new opportunities!
Life at the Acres
On April 18th I started off my 2017 season with Round Barn Theatre. We started rehearsals for our Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) series of "A Year With Frog and Toad," we had approximately a week to put the show together before we opened for the surrounding area schools. After we wrapped up Frog and Toad, we spent a week putting together "Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck." We opened Tom and Huck this Wednesday and closed it out this morning with a very energetic group of kids. I love that Round Barn takes time to expose kids of all ages to theatre, it's something very important to me on a personal level.
Now that we have closed out our TYA series, and the rest of the core company members have arrived earlier this week, we have started rehearsals for "Plain and Fancy." As always, everything at the RBT moves quickly. We will be opening our run of "Plain and Fancy" on May 24th! For tickets and schedules, please visit: http://amishacres.tix.com/m/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=1941&framed=true
A quick rundown of the 2017 season includes: Plain and Fancy (May 24- Oct. 14); Legally Blonde (June 7-July 16); Guys and Dolls (July 25- August 27); Sister Act (Sept. 5- Oct. 15); The Mouse Trap (Oct. 18- Nov. 5); and The Little Mermaid (Nov. 10- Dec. 31).
'Tis the Season
We've started rehearsals for "A Christmas Story: The Musical" here at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres. The kids in the cast have been working for the past couple of weeks, and today the adults joined in on the fun. If you're near Nappanee, IN, or want to come share in our holiday spirit, we're open November 11- December 30th. You can get your tickets at http://amishacres.tix.com/m/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=1941!
I have been terrible about updating here during my five months on the road with Prairie Fire. So, here's a quick rundown of events. From January to May I was touring as the Wicked Witch of the West in Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's "Wizard of Oz." This was my second tour with the company, and it was just as rewarding as my first time around. The kids never cease to amaze me with what they accomplish in a week, and how much I get to see them grow. With this tour, I had the lovely Elizabeth Powell by my side every step of the way. Your tour partner is your lifeline, and on more than one occasion she had to keep me afloat. As she decided to stay for another tour for the summer, I decided I needed a bit of a breather, and chose to return to Chicago.
I recieved news on Monday that I will be joining the team of Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres in Nappanee, IN, as their Children's Theatre Camp Director. I've wanted to be a part of this company for a few years now after witnessing the shows of many friends over the seasons, and I am excited to join their team for the summer camps in just a few short weeks.
Here's to adventure, wherever it may lead!
I had the pleasure of taking part in the Elgin Fringe Festival this weekend. After two rehearsals, one of which I was out of town for; and a tech/dress, we put on four great performances of the world premier of "Paradigm." Performing is always a blessing, and each show has it's own message; but every once in a while you get a chance to be a part of something thought provoking and raw. This was the case with "Paradigm." We brought up topics of monogamy, polyamory, and marriage as it stands through different trials. We recieved a lot of positive feedback from audience members, and the highest compliment a performer hopes for, "It gave me so much to really think about." Whether the audience walked out agreeing or rejecting some of the ideas presented in this new piece of work, they left knowing a new perspective. This is something we as performers strive to do, show different walks of life in a "safe" environment for the audience. I am so grateful that I had the privilege to work with such a talented group of actors and such a gifted writer/director. Here's hoping our paths cross again!
Elgin Fringe Festival
If you're in, or around the Chicago area, you should come check out the next project I'm working on. I'll be playing the roles of Celia and Erica in Because Why Not? Theatre Company's "Paradigm." You can catch the show at 216 Prairie St. Elgin, IL, 60120 on September 18 at 10pm, the 19th at 2pm and 9:30pm, and the 20th at 6:30pm. You can get your tickets at www.elginfringefestival.com/#!tickets/c1n2l.
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