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Visual & Performing Arts

Barton has no shortage of events to offer the community. Each season brings a unique flavor of visual and performing arts. Live entertainment. Right in your back yard.

Next Show: 

Central Kansas Community Choir Concert
Saturday, December 10
7:30 p.m.
First Methodist Church, Great Bend, Kan.
Barton's Central Kansas Community Choir performs uplifting vocal selections.

Performing Arts Department 2022-2023 Schedule of Events

November
November

Barton Dance Theatre Auditions for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023
Saturday, November 5
10-11:30 a.m.
Studio 34 and Zoom
Perform at diverse venues in technical dance styles. Modern-Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance & Ballet. Gain valuable experience as a working dancer in a company setting, from auditions to final performances. Experience dance trips with the company to perform, attend dance workshops, and see dance concerts live. Focus on dance as an art form. Excellent dance scholarships available. 

Student Recital
Wednesday, November 9
4 p.m. 
Morrison Chapel and F-111
Enjoy instrumental and vocal performances by students of the Barton Music Department. 

Instrumental Concert
Thursday, November 17
7:30 p.m. 
Fine Arts Auditorium

Student Recital
Wednesday, November 30
4 p.m. 
Morrison Chapel and F-111
Enjoy instrumental and vocal performances by students of the Barton Music Department. 

Dancing Around the World
Wednesday, November 30
7 p.m.
Barton County Historical Society (Address: 85 US-281 Great Bend, KS 67530)
Students from the History of Dance class will present their research on dances from their heritage.

December
December

A Hometown Holiday
Friday, December 2
7:30 p.m. 
Fine Arts Auditorium 
The concert will feature Holiday performances by Barton’s Concert Choir, Hilltop Singers, Barton Jazz Ensemble, various soloists and small ensembles. 

A Christmas Carol Radio Play
Tuesday, December 6
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Auditorium
Check back soon for ticket information.

Central Kansas Community Choir Concert
Saturday, December 10
7:30 p.m.
First Methodist Church, Great Bend, Kan.
Barton's Central Kansas Community Choir performs uplifting vocal selections.

ARCHIVED September 2022
ARCHIVED September 2022

Love Letters in Motion Dance Performance
Thursday, September 8
7 p.m.
Shafer Art Gallery
Free event with donations accepted!
Event Creativity can happen at any age. That is the idea behind Kansas Creative Arts and Industries Commission’s new initiative for Creating Aging. This is an art education program developed by the national organization, Lifetime Arts. The program’s focus is to enrich the lives of adults aged 55 years and older through engaging art education led by teaching artists with the purpose of empowering them to set creative goals and learn an artistic craft that results in art projects to share with others. This year, art organizations across Kansas has been diving into this creative process with older adults using the theme of love letters and personal stories from their past to create meaningful work. After viewing some other Creative Aging events, participants from Barton’s Dancing for Mobility class we’re not only inspired perform for the first time, but also be the creative organizers of the event in partnership with the Shafer Memorial Gallery. Even though the class’s primary focus is to use dance as exercise to promote better balance and build strength, some class members decided to workout their creative minds as well. The short performance will include uplifting live music, live art work and a dance piece choreographed from the memories of loved ones from the performer’s past. Audience members are encouraged to share their own “Love Letters” during an interactive part of the event, if they wish. The project has been a transformative one for the performers. 

Faculty Recital & Exhibition in Partnership with the Shafer Gallery
Thursday, September 15
4:30 p.m. 
Shafery Art Gallery
Free event with donations accepted!
Barton Community College's Fine and Performing Arts faculty will perform music, theatre and dance pieces alongside a display of faculty visual artwork.

The Thin Place Fall Theatre Production
Friday, October 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 - 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
*There will be a reception following the October 8th at 2pm performance for a meet and greet for our new Theatre Director, Dan Williams. Cookies and punch will be served, please join us! 
Friday, October 14 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 - 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Auditorium 
Check back soon for ticket information! *For mature audiences due to strong language.

ARCHIVED October 2022
ARCHIVED October 2022

The Thin Place Fall Theatre Production

Friday, October 14 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 - 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Auditorium 
*For mature audiences due to strong language.

Autumn Arts Concert
Thursday, October 13
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Auditorium
The Barton Performing Arts Department invites the community to enjoy its “Autumn Arts” Sneak Preview Concert! The concert will feature vocal and instrumental performances, as well as performances by the Barton Dance Theatre.

Haunting on the Hill
Saturday, October 29
3-6 p.m.
Fine Arts Building
Mostly free Halloween event exploring the creative side of the season. The family-friendly community celebration includes, games, performances, art-making, dance session, a haunted house for ages 10 years & up, and a costume contest. $5 fee for a spooky haunted house. Hosted by the Barton Performing Arts Departments.
*Check back for ticket information!