Barter Theatre to Bring the Paranormal to Ferrum College Fri., Sept. 27

A limited number of tickets to Joe Simonelli’s “The Ghost in the Meadow” are still available.

Mary Lucy Bivins and Wendy Piper in The Ghost in the MeadowFerrum, Va.
(Sept. 12, 2013) – One of the nation’s oldest professional non-profit theatres, Barter Theatre, is bringing paranormal activity to Ferrum College with its production of “The Ghost in the Meadow,” a present-day ghost story, on Fri., Sept. 27, 2013. Patrons may enjoy dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the show for $45 or just the show at 7:00 p.m. for $27. A limited number of tickets are still available and may be ordered online at or by calling (540) 230-6600.

In the play written by Joe Simonelli, two sisters move in to a farmhouse in upstate New York, which has been vacant for many years. The house’s history predates the Civil War, and the sisters quickly realize that they are not alone. With the help of a friend and an experienced psychic, they are all about to go on a dangerous and extraordinary journey. What does the mysterious, and seemingly malevolent, spirit want? Will they have to give up their new home? What happens when the spirit makes itself known? Is this a ghost or something more evil? Are their lives in danger?

Richard Rose, Barter’s producing artistic director, directs the chilling tale featuring Tricia Matthews and Wendy Piper as the sisters, Nicholas Piper as an ex-boyfriend and Mary Lucy Bivins as the psychic. “The difficulty with the paranormal world is trying to figure out the relationship and how to communicate with them; there are more questions than answers,” said Rose.

Dr. Frances Anne Johnston, DDS, PC and ABC WKPT-TV sponsor “The Ghost in the Meadow.” Barter Theatre is funded in part by the Virginia Commission of the Arts (VCA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA.)

The Barter Theatre production is part of Ferrum College’s new Blue Ridge Performing Arts Series, which began this summer after the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre, which made its home at the College for more than 30 years, closed its doors at the end of the 2012 season when its founders Rex Stephenson and Jody Brown retired.

The Series, which is also partially VCA and NEA supported, will feature a variety of professional performances that are booked throughout the next year. Following Barter’s “The Ghost in the Meadow”, events include Rex Stephenson’s one-man show on Mark Twain on Oct. 6; and BRASS 5’s holiday show on Dec. 7.

Events planned in 2014 include music and dance with the Celtibillies on Feb. 14; Barter Theatre’s production of “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell” on May 3; and a to-be-scheduled Roanoke Symphony Orchestra fundraiser featuring Bob Ravenscroft and David Wiley in spring 2014. Additional events, including performances by the College’s Theatre Arts department, will be added to the schedule as well.

For all events except Stephenson’s show on Oct. 6, Blue Ridge Performing Arts Series patrons will have the option of enjoying a meal prior to each performance for an additional charge. Show-only tickets are also available. For a detailed performance schedule, reservations and additional information visit or call (540) 230-6600.

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About Barter Theatre: With its unique beginnings during the Great Depression, Barter Theatre, one of this nation’s oldest professional non-profit theatres, is located in beautiful historic Abingdon, Virginia. Barter Theatre is a theatre of firsts: one of this nation’s first professional regional theatres, the first professional theatre to be designated a state theatre – The State Theatre of Virginia and more. Today, Barter offers a variety of musicals, classics, comedies, dramas and new southern and Appalachian plays performed February – December yearly on two stages: Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II. Barter Theatre continues to be one of the nation’s most vibrant and exciting professional theatre experiences.