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Red Barn Theatre opens tonight

Times staff - news@ftimes.com

The Frankfort Community Public Library and The Red Barn Summer Theatre have teamed up to offer patrons of the library a limited number of free tickets to summer shows at The Barn. Starting today, eight free tickets will be available for every Wednesday and Saturday night performance during the summer. This includes all three productions at the Red Barn Theatre. Tickets can be checked out with a FCPL library card on a first come, first served basis.

Through this partnership, the FCPL hope to introduce patrons of the library to The Red Barn Theater. According to a press release from the FCPL, “Checking out tickets is a simple and novel way to invite all Clinton County citizens to witness live theater by breaking down any financial barriers that may prevent some from attending.”

The Red Barn will open its 51st season tonight with “The Amorous Ambassador.” It runs through Sunday and then again from June 19–23.

“The Amorous Ambassador” is a production written by Michael Parker that is described as “a side-splitting, fast-paced English farce” that will open the season on June 12 and run through June 23.

The production’s synopsis reads as follows: “One of the perks of being Harry Douglas – American Ambassador to Great Britain – is the use of a pastoral English cottage for quiet country weekends. But when Harry’s wife and daughter make plans to be away from the cottage for the weekend, the scheming Harry decides to stay home and attempt to negotiate a romantic treaty with his very attractive neighbor. Unfortunately for Harry, the cottage turns out to be more crowded than he had assumed and the Ambassador’s deceitful plan is disrupted by a bomb threat, the unexpected return of family and the slapstick arrival of the suspicious, inept Marine Captain South of Embassy Security. The proper English butler, Perkins, watches stoically as mistaken identities and fear of Russian spies draws even the imperturbable Perkins into the uproarious, fast-paced shenanigans.”

“A Thousand Clowns,” the classic comedy/drama by Herb Gardner, will be performed June 26–30 and July 3, 5, 6 and 7. Stephen Sondheim and Larry Gelbert’s madcap musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” will be close out the 51st season July 11–14 and 16–21. Stop by the Frankfort Library and check out your tickets.