Hickory – The Guild at Hickory Community Theatre has announced a theater day trip on April 27 into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a benefit for the Hickory Community Theatre.

The luxury bus tour will take playgoers to Abingdon, VA, to see Madame Buttermilk at the famed Barter Theatre. This is the Barter’s third annual production of this crowd-pleasing musical. Country music meets opera in the most unlikely, unbelievable and undoubtedly one of the most popular plays that has ever come through Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Carley, a struggling opera singer, has a dream: to sing the lead in Carmen. Her agent thinks she’s found the answer! But Carley finds herself singing at the West Virginia state fair with a country music band called The Car Men – Agents clash, everyone panics, and the singers erupt at the worst possible moments in one of the funniest musicals you will ever experience.

The cost of $120 per person includes a deluxe motor coach round-trip (leaving at 9:00am from Holy Trinity Church in Hickory), orchestra seats for the 2:00pm matinee of Madame Buttermilk and dinner at the historic Damascus Old Mill Restaurant. There will also be a stop on the way up for lunch on your own.

For information contact Christine Stinson at christine@hickorytheatre.org or 828-327-3855 ext 102 weekdays 10-5.

Photo: The Barter Theatre is the destination for a theatre day trip on April 27 organized by the Guild at Hickory Community Theatre. Call (828) 327-3855 for information.