As greater Kansas City’s oldest community theatre,
the Bell Road Barn Players have presented plays each year since 1954. Its
remarkably long existence - especially in the changeable environment of
volunteer performing arts organizations - represents a transformation over the
years from a family pastime to a community-based operation.
Over the years, the Bell Road Barn Players have
been served by the talents of hundreds of actors, directors and technicians,
and from the financial support of devoted season pass holders and corporate
patrons. The theatre’s 60-plus preceding seasons have offered a balance of old
favorites and new works, including the Kansas City premieres of “84, Charing
Cross Road” (1988), “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille” (1992),
and “The Art of Dining” and “Shadowlands” (1993), and The Producers (2009). The
Bell Road Barn Players are also fond of bringing back old favorites. For
example, “Our Town,” recognized at the Bell Road Barn Players’ signature
production, has been presented seven times in its history and “You Can’t Take
It With You,” its first production in 1954, reprised four times.
From its origins on Bell Road to its time in Riverside and Parkville, the Bell Road Barn Players remain dedicated to the organization’s mission of fostering the development of community appreciation and participation in the theatrical arts in Platte County, Missouri.