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"To the west! To the west!" Join The Barter Players as they bring the beloved book "Little House on the Prairie" to life at Barter Stage II on September 25. Be a part of the adventure as Laura Ingalls and her family move from the Big Woods to the prairie.
Director Katy Brown believes Pamela Sterling's stage adaptation of the book brings the story to life in a way that would make Laura proud.
"No matter how many times I read the books I am amazed at how I am transported to the exact time and place where Laura is. I can smell the prairie; I can see the way the sky touches the land and the way the sun is setting. It feels like no time has passed even though it's been well over a hundred years," director Katy Brown said.
Laura and her family set out from the Big Woods of Wisconsin towards the promise of open lands and plentiful harvests. "To the land of the free…where a man is a man if he's willing to toil, and the humblest may gather the fruits of the soil," as one of the traditional songs used in the play says.
But the journey is long and hard and fraught with danger: a testament to the determination of early American settlers. Will they survive to reach their new home on the prairie? Will the hard life shatter who they are and the "civilized life" that is as dear to Ma as her china shepherdess, and just as fragile? And how will their dreams change the lives of the people they meet along the way?
"Laura always seems to put her finger on what's really important—that home is home because of the people in it and not because of the things you have, that simple is almost always better, that at our core we are more the same than different. Despite the years that separate us from her, what deeply matters to us as human beings doesn't seem to have changed all that much," Brown said.
This play has been faithfully adapted from the second book in the Little House series by Pamela Sterling and the music has been arranged by Travis Welch. The play stars The Barter Players: Annie Simpson as Laura, supported by Sean Michael Flattery, Emily Grove, Barrett Guyton, Terrance Jackson, and Natalie Riegel.
Tickets are $13. Group rates are available.
For tickets or more information, call the Barter box office at (276) 628-3991 or visit www.bartertheatre.com.
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