The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training

Welcome to our 78th Season! Last year, we welcomed many new and returning patrons, making it one of the best years we've had in the last 15 years. Thank you! Now it's time to make plans and join us this year in creating memories and building traditions through live theatre, spanning generations in our Southwest Michigan community this summer. To continue to bring top-notch entertainment to you and your families, we look forward to your continued support.

The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training promotes the concept that theatre artists, performers, designers, technicians, stage managers, directors, and art managers should have broadly based theatre exposure and experience. The school believes the exposure and experience gained as an Apprentice are the heart of an appreciative and creative relationship and comprise the core disciplines of any theatrical endeavor.

Main Stage Shows

The Barn School Theatre for Advanced Theatre Training presents some of the world’s best entertaining shows. Sign up for our email list to get advance notice of show insights, guest artists and more.

The Rehearsal Shed

Special intimate events like our Gala Events and Christmas Cabaret are hosted in the Rehearsal Shed. During our regular seasons, you can enjoy a cabaret-style show in the Rehearsal Shed Bar. 

The Backstage Xperience

The Barn School Theatre for Advanced Theatre Training is pleased to present a unique, highly-engaging theatre arts learning event for our area youth. Participation is free!

Recent Reviews from Our Patrons

  • Loved our first experience at the Barn, for Fiddler on the Roof. Wonderful performances! We are so fortunate to have this caliber of talent come to the area. I read the reviews before attending, and was pleasantly surprised that all the seats (vintage theater seats) were padded, there was no "nosebleed" section (it's a small venue), and there was plenty of leg room. My only issue was that there was a noticeable musty odor which after a few minutes was not a problem.

    Lonnie Corbin Avatar Lonnie Corbin
    June 27, 2024

    Robert Newman did a great job last night. 1st time here. Signage could be a little better to enter the barn. Also I understand keeping things original, but if offered, I would have paid $10 for a cushion for the chair. Have someone design an insert that will work... Guarantee money maker. 3 hours in those chairs was not fun. Hoping to come back for TRHS in September.

    Joe Burkhart Avatar Joe Burkhart
    June 19, 2024

    Went to see, “The Play that goes Wrong” . What a wonderful and hilarious show! Highly suggested to go see

    Theresa Asher Avatar Theresa Asher
    June 11, 2024
  • Such an amazing Theatre! Everyone is so nice. The shows are the best!

    Marilyn Stewart Avatar Marilyn Stewart
    October 13, 2023

    Really like the place. My main concern is the size of chairs on the sides. As a 6'4" person I could not sit down. I feel like this could be fixed by removing one row. The fewer seats and your 50 people are more comfortable.

    Anthony Dunckel Avatar Anthony Dunckel
    September 28, 2023

    I've been coming to the Barn Theater with my aunt since I was young. Now, I attend with cousins when I'm in town. It am always impressed with the professionalism of the plays and the down-home personal treatment of this troupe. On the rare occasion that a big name star comes to perform at the Barn, that adds to the excitement of the evening. Thank you one and all for an enjoyable evening.

    Kelly Peckham Avatar Kelly Peckham
    September 13, 2023
  • Performance was fun. Seats in the nose-bleed row we were in are WAY too close to the adjacent rows. VERY difficult to move, stand, etc. All in all, it was a pleasant experience.

    Mary Hart Avatar Mary Hart
    September 8, 2023

    What an experience I’ve had at the barn theater. It was my very first time being here after hearing about it for years and years. I finally had the chance to go and see The Wizard Of Oz and let me just tell you it was just phenomenal. So much talent and work put into their shows. I also lost my wallet, but they were so kind to call me back and tell me they found it after me worrying about it for the longest time. I can’t wait to be back and not loose my wallet next time of course😉 thanks for a good show!

    Noah Hack Avatar Noah Hack
    August 12, 2023

    What an amazing experience if you haven't checked out the barn I highly recommend you don't wait to do it. I've been going there for over a decade now. It's such a delight.

    Aaron Helmer Avatar Aaron Helmer
    August 9, 2023
  • Enjoyed the evening, we were there for Baskerville. It was very different from the usual with so few members of the cast playing so many different people. Very good job done by the cast. The Rehearsal Shedd was great as usual.

    Gary Newton Avatar Gary Newton
    July 29, 2023

    We attend 4 to 5 of the shows each season. These young actors are really good and the bar show after the main show really showcases their singing talent. Spectacular! When I heard about the Barn Theater, I attended a show, not expecting it to be great. I was wrong. The actors/entertainers make the experience fabulous. If you enjoy the arts, stop in. You'll be hooked.

    Michael Saraino Avatar Michael Saraino
    July 28, 2023

    I don't think Google maps existed the last time I visited for a show in 2002. So, glad this place is still around and still putting on amazing shows. Such a fun and enjoyable time, can't believe I've stayed away so long. My loss. The Sherlock Holmes show was a blast. About twenty different characters all played by 5 players. And even better than that, it was eighteen characters played by 3 players. The theater is fantastic with amazing air conditioning. A great venue for a fun show any time.

    Andrew West Avatar Andrew West
    July 22, 2023
  • Enjoyable show, and surprisingly good sound.

    Michelle Miller Avatar Michelle Miller
    July 4, 2023

    A really cool place, with lots of history. Everyone I had interaction with was friendly and professional. The show was done well.

    Chuck Edwards Avatar Chuck Edwards
    June 28, 2023

    I loved it! So entertaining and fun. I had a great time and learned a lot about the history along the way. Cant wait to visit again!

    Shaylynne Gray Avatar Shaylynne Gray
    June 23, 2023

Barn News!

Why Choose The Barn

The highest quality professional theatre in the area!

A historic landmark conveniently located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

78 years under the same family management.

During our regular seasons, see two shows each night! Mainstage production and our nightly Rehearsal Shed Bar Show.

Eight different mainstage productions and bar shows each summer.

See Broadway and Television stars up close!

Many Barn Theatre Alumni have gone on to huge careers. See the stars of tomorrow, today!

COVID Policy
We want to make sure that everyone stays safe and healthy during their time spent at the Barn! This is why we’ve made sure that our theatre exceeds all HVAC standards for circulating air. Masks are not mandated at the Barn Theatre and will be optional for all guests. We encourage you to choose whatever option will keep you the most comfortable as you enjoy your time with us. Our team continues to monitor both local and CDC guidelines to ensure we’re always making the best decisions for our Barn family. We can’t wait to spend our 78th Season with you!

Help Continue A Tradition

Help us continue the tradition by donating to The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training.
Your donations will support the training of current and future apprentices!