ABINGDON, VA - Barter Theatreâ€™s Stage II was renamed and dedicated to Steve and Debbie Smith and the Smith family at the official opening night performance of "Shrek The Musical" at Gilliam Stage.
This landmark event, which renamed Barter Stage II as Barterâ€™s Smith Theatre, honors the substantial generosity of the Smith family to Barter Theatre for more than 15 years.
â€œEvery member of the Barter community has benefitted from the Smith familyâ€™s commitment to this theatre,â€ said Fielding Rolston, president of Barterâ€™s board of trustees. â€œWe look forward to acknowledging their impact on our productions in Abingdon, as well as on Barterâ€™s outreach to schools and communities throughout the region.â€
The ceremony included tributes to the Smiths by Barter Theatreâ€™s leadership and state elected officials, and the unveiling of a portrait created by nationally known portraiture artist James Tennison, to hang at Barter Theatre in honor of the family.
â€œBarter owes a great debt of gratitude to the support and donation of Steve and Debbie Smith and the Smith family for their significant donation of the old Food City headquarters, as well as their great leadership in supporting our programs,â€ said Richard Rose, Barterâ€™s Producing Artistic Director. â€œThey have been among the elite donors having the greatest impact on Barter over the last decade or more.â€