Dinner show to support summer production



BAR HARBOR — The Barn Arts Collective will perform “The Pinocchio Dinner Show” at Havana restaurant on Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m.

The three-act show paired with a three-course meal will raise money to support the upcoming Barn Arts production for family audiences, an adaptation of “Pinocchio,” to be performed all summer long at the Criterion Theatre.

The menu will be prepared by Havana, and the entertainment will include music, theater and comedy acts from Barn regulars Andrew Simon, Brittany Parker, Chris Cannon, Jarly Bobadilla and Carl Ferm. The evening also will include songs from “Pinocchio.”

“We’re very excited to share material from this show, which is being co-created with New York City-based theater makers Andrew Lynch, Katie Melby and Me’lissa Smith,” said Simon, founding artistic director of Barn Arts.

“The whole creative team came to MDI last week to continue development on the show, and we’re thrilled to share this story of family and truth with local audiences this summer.”

The cost for the dinner show is $70 per person. Proceeds will help cover the costs of the production, including materials for original puppets and set pieces. Barn Arts is not a nonprofit organization but is in the process of applying for 501(c)3 status.

“Our plans for the production will transform the Criterion to give the audience an experience they’ve never had before,” said Parker, Producing Artistic Director of Barn Arts. “We want to build a show that leaves adults and children alike in a state of wonder.”

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Havana Restaurant is at 318 Main St. To make reservations, visit barnartscollective.com or call Brittany Parker at (407) 346-4186.

The Barn Arts Collective hosts free residencies for visiting artists in the summer and fall, creates and produces work for family audiences and collaborates with community organizations on live arts events and educational programming throughout the year. Visit barnartscollective.com.

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