Two years after the fire destroyed it, the barn is rebuilt, rejoining new venues like Ed Hanson's Talking Horse Productions and old favorites like the Columbia Entertainment Company.
We'd like to know what the Maplewood Barn Theatre -- and more generally, community theatre in CoMo -- means to you.
As both its historian and a member of the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre board, I was surprised and delighted to see your Maplewood essay competition.
Let me provide a little more detail on the prizes you are offering. The 1993 barn sketch is by Michael C. Waner. I have a copy hanging over my desk. The caricature is of the cast and crew of Kiss Me Kate, a 1991 production.
I was in the cast (guy with beard and cane, lower right). The artist is Russ Brown. Neither Michael nor Russ currently live in Columbia, but they were a big part of making Maplewood what it is today.
You may know that we have just published a book: Barnies: Forty Years Under the Stars at Maplewood Barn. It's available at the Barn, on our website (http://www.maplewoodbarn.com) and in several local stores. If you would like a review copy or want to add it to your list of prizes, just let me know.
All the best,