BARRON -- "Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure" opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Barron Area Community Center.

Other productions will be at 7:30 p.m. April 6, 12, and 13 and at 2:30 p.m. April 7 and 14 at 2:30 PM. In addition, a school matinee costing $6 per person is being offered at 12:30 p.m. April 12. Schools, home-schoolers and others who are unable to attend the regular productions are invited to attend. 

David Blumer, known for his “themed” offerings during concessions for Barron Spotlighters productions, is making his directing debut with the musical loosely adapted from the movie of the same name.

Blumer spent hours of research on presenting such a stage show, which previously had not existed. Ultimately he came into contact with Nick Raposo, who has become the owner of the music since Nick Raposo's father, the composer Joe Raposo, died in 1989.

Nick gave David permission to use any and all of the songs and sent the paper sheet music, including lyrics, tune, and chord structure. After more research, a pianist with the skills to put the chord structures on paper was found.

Raggedy Ann is the beloved doll of Marcella, a little girl with a magical nursery. Whenever Marcella leaves the room, Raggedy Ann and her brother Andy, along with a nursery full of colorful toys, come to life. When Marcella receives a beautiful French doll named Babette for her seventh birthday, Raggedy Ann does everything she can to make her feel at home. Babette hates the nursery and wants to go back to Paris; however, before she can make her escape, she is kidnapped by a Pirate Captain. The adventure continues from there as Raggedy Ann and Andy set out to rescue poor Babette regardless of her unfriendly nature.

Regular ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for children 16 and younger. Children younger than 5 are admitted free. Reservations can be made but are not required.

Tickets can be bought at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 537-9212 or visiting barronspotlighters.org.