If you’re seeing a production at the oldest continuously operating non-profit theater in Oregon, you’re at Barnstormers Theatre in Grants Pass. The little theater on this narrow street has been in operation for more than 60 years. Since 1952, the theater has been producing quality plays, readings by local playwrights, and one-night-only music events.
The small, 80 seats intimate theater setting means there is no bad seat and you are always close to the action. Patrons can enjoy unique play offerings and view art by local artists during intermission. Guests can also enjoy snacks and drinks in their seats during the show. The theater offers 7 plays per season. Season tickets are also available.
You can count on Barnstormers to offer bold play choices such as the most recent production, The Lost Boy. It is the story of how Peter Pan was “born” told through author J.M. Barrie and the story of his sad and tortured childhood. A play at times heartbreaking, but full of surprisingly lighthearted moments come to life on the tiny stage because of the talented actors, beautiful set design, and some surprisingly good costumes, such as that of the Old Crow.
The theater offers some of the cheapest seats in the valley in addition to a Pay What You Can Night for each play. The theater participates in a program called Playwrights Welcome, which offers free tickets the day of the performance, when available, for playwrights, composers, and lyricists, with proper documentation showing affiliation membership.
The Storyteller’s Music Series spotlights local musicians by offering one-night-only showcases and the opportunity for people in the area to discover new and unique music of all genres. Food and beverage are made available through local sponsors.
There are many great productions locally offered throughout the year, but Barnstormers is a great choice for Grants Pass locals that don’t want to drive to Medford or Ashland to see a great play. And for those already in Medford or Ashland, it just might be worth the drive to this little 1925 church building to check out an awesome production at a bargain price that won’t break the bank unlike that one super famous theater in Ashland!
The remaining season includes:
- Quilters, October 18th – November 10th
- It’s a Wonderful Life, December 6th – 22nd
- Charley’s Aunt, January 17th – February 2nd
- Revenge of the Space Pandas, February 28th – March 15th
- The Lion in Winter, April 10th – 26th
- The Sunshine Boys, May 29th – June 21st
If you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer, want to know about the Sunday Workshop Series, or you want to know more about upcoming plays and events, visit www.barnstormersgp.com.