By Lacy Hilliard
The Barter Players graced the Heritage Hall Stage once again on Tuesday, November 18 with a timely performance of Frosty.
The Barter Players are a traveling group of young actors that showcase stunning childrens theatre productions with minimal sets and costuming. In todays world of instant gratification and ever increasing screen time, keeping the attention of young audiences is a challenge to say the least. However, when the Players are on stage, wide-eyed children gaze in amazement and laugh abundantly at the wondrous theatrical journey unfolding before them.
In addition to entertainment, its clear that the Barter Players also value art education. The actors not only come out before the show to chat with the audience, they also do a talk back after each performance, allowing audience members to ask them questions about the production or about what its like to be a Barter Player. The cast members put the children at ease with their friendly and enthusiastic demeanors and very likely many leave with a newly inspired love of theatre.
The Barter Players adaptation of Frosty came to life under the direction of Katy Brown, who has been a part of Barter Theater since 1998. Several veteran actors played the various roles in Frosty, including Terrance Jackson who starred as Frosty and also played several supporting roles. Jacksons stage presence can easily be described as laugh-out-loud hilarious. He possesses a real talent for comedic timing and he commanded the Heritage Hall stage with ease. Jackson has been seen in the past at Barter Theatre performing in over 14 plays, musicals and staged readings. Some of his favorite productions include: Winnie the Pooh (Pooh); Jack and The Beanstalk (Jack); Twas the Night Before Christmas (Clement Clarke Moore) and A Visit from Scarface (Detective Hannahan).
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By Lacy Hilliard