Friday, November 4, 2011

Way Out West Tickets + Contest!!

Tickets are finally on sale for the Barn Players’ pun-tastic, family-fun fall melodrama...

Way Out West in a Dress or… Life’s a Hurdle When You’re Wearing a Girdle

Friday, November 18th at 7:00pm
Saturday November 19th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, November 20th at 2:00pm
VA Auditorium

A musical romp, with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, “Way Out West” is appropriate for all ages with singing, dancing, and root beer.

“Way Out West” is a joint venture with the Miles Community College Players, directed by Hannah Nash and assisted by MCC Instructor Sue Miles. “Way Out West” helps prepare the MCC Players for directing, producing, and acting in their own show this coming spring. 

Hilarity ensues at the saloon and the salon: men in dresses styling women’s hair, pastor’s wives in trousers (shocking!), sword fights, piano playing, can-cans, calf-roping (sort of), and much more. “Way Out West” is a melodrama, so get ready to Cheer for the heroes and Boo at the villains! You'll "dye" laughing at this wild western musical full of dynamic dialogue, double identities, criminal plots and a music score as wild as the Old West! 

Pre-orders and reserved tickets are encouraged (as musicals traditionally sell out). Please contact the Director to request your tickets at (406) 951-0560 or email barnplays(AT) 


If you would like to try and win a FREE ticket to the show of your choice, please enter our Character Contest!

Can you name the profession of each of the following Way Out Westcharacters? The person with the most correct answers- wins a free ticket to the show of his/her choice.

Please paste your entries in Comments. Good Luck!

Lady Claire Rawl
Madame Rogaine
Melody Plunkett
Jessica James
Colt Revolver, Jr.
Rob Banks
Penny Stamps
Carrie O'Key
Phillip Glass
Will Reader
Smitty Black
Bob Burr
Bill Holder
R. I. Peay
Levy Fines
Rhoda Steed
Russell Grubb
Sadie Blessing

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"Way Out West" Cast Announcement!

Thank you for your patience while the final cast list is decided.  Everyone gave a fantastic audition, and I look forward to working with all of you!

Roger/Rogaine  Bert
Carrie O'Key  Carilee
Clarence/Claire Rawl  Dan
Melody Plunkett  Katie
Jessica James  Sharla
Colt Revolver  Parker
Eileen Dover  Bonnie Beth
Russell Grubb  Candee
Phillip Glass  Zach
Sadie Blessing  Addie
Smitty Black  Gavin
Barbara Seville Jessie
Nell Clipper  Waynetta
R.I. Peay  David
Bill Holder/Heide Gray Heather
Levy Fines  Sarin
Rhoda  Teresa
Will Reader  Liz
Bob Burr/Bobbie Pinz  McKinsey

See everyone at Wednesday's rehearsal, 7:00pm at the VA Auditorium.  (MCC students receiving credit begin at 6:00pm).

Friday, August 26, 2011


Way Out West in a Dress 
or... Life's a Hurdle When You're Wearing a Girdle
By Billy St. John

Comedic MELODRAMA! Salon vs. Saloon!

Open call for auditions:

Monday, August 29th 6:00-7:30pm
Tuesday, August 30th 6:00-7:30pm
VA Auditorium

If neither of the audition times works for you, please contact the Director, Hannah Nash (406-951-0560 or to arrange for an alternate time.

Interested parties can receive Miles Community College credit for participating in this production. Please contact the MCC Admissions Office for more information (406) 874-6100.  Instructor Sue Miles (BA Theatrical Arts) can also be contacted for additional information ( on the credits available. 

Numerous parts are available for both males and females (drag in either direction is encouraged) and persons of all abilities and experience levels are welcome!  Junior high aged and up is preferred.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Barn FALL Organizational Meeting

Hello Barn Members,

We are having an informal organizational meeting to discuss the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 productions.

Saturday, August 20th, 2011
407 South Lake

Agenda will be posted on the Blog ahead of the meeting.  Let me know via email, cell or blog if you would like additions to the Agenda.

See you next Saturday!

Hannah Nash
(406) 951-0560

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Bad Year For Tomatoes

Hi again folks!  Due to the short time before the next show, we have changed course once again and decided to do a play we were considering for the fall.  Since it consisted of a small cast and we had such a short time frame to get the production ready, it seemed like the perfect thing to do!

"A Bad Year For Tomatoes" by John Patrick (Cheating Cheaters, A Barrel Full of Pennies) tells the story of a fed up actress that leaves the pressures and demands of her acting career, to write her autobiography in a tiny New England town.  She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her "Friendly" neighbors proves to be a different matter.

The Cast for Tomatoes is as follows:

Myra Marlowe - Sue Miles
Tom Lamont - Tim Miles
Cora Gump - Stacy Hubbel
Reba Harper - Sharla Jerrel
Piney - Bert Pezzarossi
Willa Mae Wilcox - Teresa Foley
Sheriff - David Kaiser

A Bad Year For Tomatoes is slated for August 5th-7th at the VA Auditorium.

I also wanted to take this time to thank all of those who auditioned for "The King and I".  We are currently in the process of selecting a show for the fall production, with the hope that we will be able to count on many of your talents.

Best Regards,

Dan Hance

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cancellation of "The King & I"

Rodger & Hammerstein's "The King & I" required a cast of 67 individuals. The Barn was not able to secure even half of the required numbers to produce this show.  In light of this news, "The King & I" has been cancelled for Summer 2011.

A smaller, adult cast show "The Savage Dilemma" by John Patrick will be produced in early August.

It is unfortunate that the Barn was unable to produce a large musical this summer, but the group hopes to aim for a large production this fall.

The cast for "The Savage Dilemma" will be announced soon.

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for "The King & I" and the enthusiasm the Miles City Orchestra and community showed for a large-scale musical production-- we look forward to bringing one to the stage soon!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Auditions for "The King & I"

Open Auditions Announcement:

Barn Players Summer Musical!

Rodger & Hammerstein’s “The King & I”
Tuesday, May 31st and Wednesday June 1st
6:30-8:30pm MCC Room 106

Please bring a musical selection to perform:  a capella or bring back up music on an MP3 player, thumb drive, CD or iPod/iPad.  There is no minimum time on musical selection, however, musical selections from “The Kind & I” are discouraged.

Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to audition; there are numerous parts for all ages, some with solos and others for ensemble.

“The King & I” is a joint production with the Miles City Orchestra, and will be performed at Sacred Heart Parish School the weekend of July 29th. There are also orchestration parts available, please speak with the Director and audition team during your audition if you are interested in the orchestra.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rehearsal at the VA This Week!


Rehearsal at the VA Auditorium starts this week!

Tuesday, March 1st
Group 1

Thursday, March 3rd
Group 1 & 2

Starting next week, March 8th -------> till show dates, rehearsals are BOTH GROUPS, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the VA Auditorium, 6:30-8:00pm.

Thank you to everyone for doing a fantastic job so far!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Set Build Saturday, March 12th

Set Build for "The Pale Pink Dragon" has been scheduled:

Saturday, March 12th 9:00am at the VA Auditorium

Adults and youth over the age of twelve are invited to come help out with set build and decoration.  Please wear appropriate paint/work clothes.  The more people that assist, the quicker the work will go.  :-)


Build and paint the backdrops
Paint and re-upholster the four thrones
Build and decorate the witch's tree
Build and paint forest shrubbery

The following tools/items might be useful:  electric drill (we provide torq bits), extension cord, paint rollers (we will provide the naps), small electric jigsaw, electric stapler (we will provide staples).  (Be sure to label any items you bring so they don't get lost or confused with Barn materials).

If you have any questions about Build, please contact the Directors!  

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Annual Membership Meeting

Calling all Barn Players Members!

It is time for the Annual Membership Meeting:

Monday, March 14th
Miles City Public Library- Public Meeting Room


Call to Order (President Dan Hance)
Additions to the Agenda
Financial Report (Sec/Treasurer Hannah Nash)

Show Updates:
The Pale Pink Dragon Status (Dan Hance, Hannah Nash, AnneMarie Wallette)
The King & I Status (Membership)
Fall Production ?

Business New/Old:
Update on status of VA Memorandum of Understanding (Board Members)
Storage of Barn Items: set pieces, building materials, costumes (Membership)



Additions to the agenda may be made by anyone attending the meeting either at the start of the meeting, or in advance by contacting the Secretary/Treasurer at or by phone (406) 951-0560.

This meeting is open to the public.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Needed by March 1st for Every Actor!

Please bring a large, brown grocery sack (or similar upright bag or sized container) for your child's exclusive costume, makeup and prop use in the dressing room. These bags or containers help keep each actor's stuff separate in a busy dressing area during the show.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ticket Sales

In anticipation of strong ticket sales for "The Pale Pink Dragon", tickets will go on sale before the original posted sale date of March 15th.

Hannah has the fun job of handling the ticket excitement, so all sales will go through her.  Once tickets are made available, she can be reached by email [ or] or via cellphone call or text [(406) 951-0560].

Remember:  tickets for the show do not have to be purchased in advanced, but reservations are encouraged (which can be paid for at the door the night of the production).

If any patrons require extra accommodations:  wheelchair, walker, reserved seating, hearing/sight issues; please let Hannah know prior to the show date and she can make the necessary arrangements.

We will announce to parents and the public soon!

Photo of Your Child

Hello Parents of "The Pale Pink Dragon" actors!

In the entry-way of the theatre during the performances, the Barn Directors put together a collage featuring the names and photos of all our young actors.

By Tuesday, March 15th, please provide the Barn Players with a photograph of your child.  The photo does not need to be a professional head shot; but think about using a photo that captures the uniqueness and personality of your child.

Some photo guidelines:
No larger than 4x6.
If emailing, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, GIF are all acceptable formats.

How to get the photo to the Directors:  a physical photo can be dropped off with Dan or Hannah at any rehearsal, or the photo can be emailed to [ or].  Any physical photos will gladly be returned once we've had the opportunity to scan them.  If you do not have access to a photo, please ask Dan or Hannah at any rehearsal, and they would be glad to take a digital photo of your child!  :)

Monday, January 31, 2011

"The Pale Pink Dragon" Schedule

The rehearsal and performance schedule for "The Pale Pink Dragon" can be found on the right side of the blog.

Other Barn events and meetings will also appear in the list as they are scheduled.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Welcome to the Barn on the Web!

The Barn Players are excited to have a web presence here on Blogger.  Stay tuned for show announcements, photo streams of shows and rehearsals, upcoming performances and more!

For over 60 years the Barn Players have entertained Miles City and Eastern Montana with live community theatre; proud to be Montana's oldest amateur theatre troupe!