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Volume 26, Number 7 — July 2018

Arts Calendar

Country music meets opera at Barter Stage II

Date(s):  June 18 - August 11, 2018
Venue: Barter Theatre
133 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24212

ABINGDON, Va.- Barter Theatre presents “Madame Buttermilk” through Aug. 11. With the original playwright out of Lexington, Kentucky, this mix of country music and opera graces the stage for the first time ever at Barter Theatre Stage II. See agents clash, people panic and singers erupt at the worst possible moments in this musical.

“Madame Buttermilk” comes to life through Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights and follows a struggling opera singer whose dream is misinterpreted by her manager, and finds herself singing in a country band at a state fair.

“There a lot of love about this world premier musical comedy” said Nicholas Piper, director of “Madame Buttermilk.” “From the clever songs and writing, to the hilarious and brilliant conceit bringing together the two seemingly separate worlds of opera and country music. But my favorite thing about `Madame Buttermilk’ is that, although set in the present day, it feels like it comes from another time."

Ross Carter created the play, while Mark Hayes created orchestra and vocal arrangements.

“Madame Buttermilk” is made possible by sponsors Joe and Donna LeVine and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 276-628-3991. Tickets for all performances of “Madame Buttermilk” begin at $20.


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