Barrow-Civic Theatre to mark 25 years

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Franklin Civic Operetta Association's Barrow-Civic Theatre. (By Richard Sayer)
From staff reports

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Franklin Civic Operetta Association’s Barrow-Civic Theatre.

The theater has a full slate of productions and events lined up for this year.

FCOA productions slated

“Little Women” – 7:30 p.m., March 16, 17, 23, 24 ; 2 p.m. March 25; School Shows on March 22; rated G

“Little Shop of Horrors” – 7:30 p.m. April 27-28, May 4-5; 2 p.m. April 29, May 6; rated PG13

“Big Fish” – 7:30 p.m. June 15-16, 22-23; 2 pm. June 17, 24; rated PG

“Noises Off” – 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10-11, 17-18; 2 p.m. Aug. 19; rated PG13

“The Producers” – 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29, October 4-6; 2 p.m. Sept. 30; rated PG

1776: BCT 25th Anniversary Concert – 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10

“A Christmas Story: The Musical” – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15; at 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 16; rated PG

Other scheduled events include:

Keeping It Real Cabaret Lounge – for ages 18 years old and older, held the second Friday of each month

Liberty Cabaret Goes to the Movies – at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26-27 and Feb. 2-3

Celebration of Talent Competition – at 2 p.m. Feb. 4; presented by the Barrow-Civic Theatre and the Franklin Rotary Club

“No Strings Attached: A Pinocchio Story” – Feb. 16-17; school shows on Feb. 15; presented by the FCOA Youth Theatre program

“The Tale of Aladdin and the Magical Lamp” – 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24; 2 p.m. Feb. 24; presented by the Oil Region Ballet

Alec Chien in concert – 7:30 p.m. April 6

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue – 7:30 p.m. April 7

“A View from the Bridge” – 7:30 p.m. May 24-26 and 2 p.m. May 27, Off-Barrow presents; rated MA

Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show – 7:30 p.m. June 2

Youth theater summer camp – July 22-26; FCOA Youth Theatre Summer Camp, registration starts April 1

“Wait Until Dark ” -7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-3; 2 p.m. Nov. 4; Off-Barrow presents; rated MA

Auditions planned

Auditions for “Little Women” will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21, and auditions for Little Shop of Horrors will be held Monday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26. Those interested in getting involved in FCOA, Youth Theatre and other productions can learn of upcoming opportunities at, on their Facebook page and by signing up for emails from the Barrow.

Tickets are now available. Season subscriptions, previously referred to as “Season Tickets” are also available in five-show or six-show packages. There are ticket discounts for groups and families.

Celebrating 25 years

The association, formed in 1959, purchased the Kayton Theater building in downtown Franklin in 1989 and began the four-year renovation. On Aug. 14, 1993, the Barrow-Civic Theatre opened its doors with the production of “1776.” Since then, it has offered a variety of entertainment and experiences, including plays, musicals, concerts, youth and educational programs, community events, and more. The theater was named after Charles A. Barrow, a Franklin native who whose funding allowed for its reconstruction.