Barron Spotlighters is trying something new this season. There will be no October show; however, a bus trip to the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre to see “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” is scheduled for Nov. 11. The bus will leave the Barron Area Community Center at 11:30 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the trip is $25, which includes the bus trip and the show. Number attending is limited to 40, so reserve your spot soon by contacting David Blumer at 715-642-0635 or dblumerleaps@gmail.com.

A garage/gym sale will be held at the Barron Area Community Center Friday, Oct. 12 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Donations for the sale will be greatly appreciated as all proceeds go to support the trip to “Grinch.” Shoppers are guaranteed a fun time as many items theatre related as well as “general” will be available for sale. Simple food prepared by the Spotlighters will also be available. To donate to the sale or for any questions, contact David Blumer.

The first show of the season is “A Bad Year For Tomatoes” scheduled for Feb. 1-3 and 8-10. A famous actress decides to retire to a quiet place to write her memoirs. Unfortunately, and hilariously, she is bombarded with “good” neighbor ladies who constantly interrupt her. As a defense, the actress invents a sister (actually herself in disguise) who is described as “crazy” and maybe dangerous. All this backfires, of course, when a delivery man decides he really likes the crazy sister. In the end it works out, but there are a lot of laughs in between. Two men and three women are needed for this show.

The second show is “Raggedy Ann and Andy,” the timeless story of two nursery dolls and their adventures. The show, a musical, runs April 5-7 and 12-14, with a school matinee scheduled for April 11. Family friendly, both kids and adults, will love this show. This show includes a cast of many, all ages.

Auditions for both shows are scheduled during the garage/gym sale Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday from 12-2 p.m. Attendees at the sale – and others – have a chance to do two things at once … attend an amazing sale and either audition or watch auditions for two shows.

Folks are encouraged to attend one or all of these 2018-2019 events, and most of all, are encouraged to support the Barron area’s own community theatre, which provides theatre experiences and education for all ages.

For general questions, contact Barron Spotlighters at barronspotlighters@gmail.com, call 715-537-9212, or check out their website at barronspotlighters.org.