Augusta summer theater returns with rousing revue that celebrates its history and looks into its future
AUGUSTA — “Holey moley!” veteran Barn Theatre star Eric Parker gasped as he surveyed the crowd for Tuesday evening’s “The Great Big Bar Show.” “We’re here — and they’re here! The Barn Theatre is back, and it’s here to stay!” A year ago, those words might have been less convincing. The Barn, an Equity theater that had been in operation for 64 years, did not launch a 2010 season in the wake of what producer/owner Brendan Ragotzy called a “horrible” year in 2009 that left the theater approximately $200,000 in the hole. But if there were any hard feelings or misgivings among the patrons who crowded into the cozy Rehearsal Shed Lounge for the first night of the “Bar Show,” they weren’t evident: From the opening medley of “As If We’d Never Said Goodbye” (from “Sunset Blvd.,” which the Barn will produce in August) and “Another Openin’, Another Show” (from “Kiss Me, Kate”), the Barn received a rousing welcome back. Number after number was greeted with hearty applause, whistles and cheers.