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Barn History

The Farmington Players began in 1953 as an off-shoot of the American Association of University Women. From there, a more formal designation as the Farmington Players soon took hold. The first production, “The Torchbearers,” was performed at a local church. Later in the ‘50s, after performing in various city and educational locations, the Farmington Players moved to their present location on Twelve Mile Road. Initially, productions were staged downstairs on a dirt floor. Over the years, improvements to the original Barn transformed it into a more finished space, with the theater itself eventually moving upstairs into a traditional and finished setting. In the 62+ years of existence, the Farmington Players have staged more than 210 different musicals, dramas, mysteries and comedies – all as a community theater comprised with a 100% volunteer membership. Residents of Farmington, Farmington Hills and beyond have come to recognize the group as a true community resource. Since the completion of the new Barn facility, it has expanded its mission, serving as the site for city-sponsored events such as youth theater camps in the summer, concerts with groups as varied as Blackthorn and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

History of Plays at The Barn


1953 || Torchbearers | The Late Christopher Bean

1954 || January Thaw

1955 || Harvey | Ramshackle Inn

1956 || Strange Bedfellows | Lo and Behold

1957 || Two Blind Mice | The Bay is Green

1958 || My Three Angels | Present Laughter | Hidden River

1959 || Visit to a Small Planet | Reluctant Debutante

1960 || Hasty Heart | The Grass Harp

1961 || Sabrina Fair | Tonight at 8:30

1962 || Barretts of Wimpole Street | Born Yesterday | Come Back, Little Sheba

1963 || Our Town | Charlie’s Aunt | Curious Savage

1964 || Rain | Warrior’s Husband | Come Blow Your Horn

1965 || The Great Sebastians | The Little Foxes | Ladies in Retirement

1966 || George Washington Slept Here | Blithe Spirit | Othello | Never Too Late

1967 || Death of a Salesman | A Shot in the Dark | Male Animal

1968 || Barefoot in the Park | Mary, Mary | Anastasia

1969 || Strange Bedfellows | Case of Libel | Once Upon a Mattress

1970 || The Letter | Star-Spangled Girl | The Prime of Miss Jean Brody | Halfway Up the Tree

1971 || The Lion in Winter | Cactus Flower | See How They Run

1972 || The Chalk Garden | An Inspector Calls | Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? | Forty Carats

1973 || I Never Sang for My Father | Plaza Suite | Don’t Drink the Water

1974 || Mousetrap | Ah, Wilderness! | The Power of It All | Damn Yankees

1975 || Arms and the Man | Goodbye, Charlie! | Rape of the Belt | Inherit the Wind

1976 || Private Lives | And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little | The Boys in the Band | Twelfth Night

1977 || Night Must Fall | 6 RMS RIV VU | The Night of the Iguana | Hayfever

1978 || A Doll’s House | The Bat | A Streetcar Name Desire

1979 || The Importance of Being Earnest | The Philadelphia Story | Caught in the Villain’s Web | The Prisoner of Second Avenue

1980 || Angel Street | Arsenic and Old Lace | The Lady’s Not for Burning | Guys and Dolls

1981 || The Runner Stumbles | How the Other Half Loves | Kiss or Make Up

1982 || Night Watch | South Pacific | The Best Laid Plans

1983 || The Glass Menagerie | Three Bags Full | Comanche Café/Domino Courts | Tribute

1984 || The Constant Wife | The Pajama Game | Chapter Two | Frankenstein | Habeas Corpus

1985 || You Can’t Take It With You | Applause | The Elephant Man | Laura

1986 || Table Manners | The Matchmaker | The Dining Room

1987 || Octette Bridge Club | The Good Doctor | The Unexpected Guest | Alone Together

1988 || I am a Camera | Relatively Speaking | The Foreigner

1989 || The Butler Did It | Pack of Lies | Mister Roberts

1990 || Waiting for the Parade | The Odd Couple | Foxfire

1991 || Days to Come | The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 | Blithe Spirit | Many Moons

1992 || Bus Stop | Murder by Natural | Causes | California Suite

1993 || Play On! | Anything Goes | Lend Me a Tenor | A Coupla White Chicks Sitting  Around Talking

1994 || All My Sons | Les Liaions Dangereuses | The Man Who Came to Dinner

1995 || What I Did Last Summer | How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying | Bedroom Farce

1996 || Dancing at Lughnasa | Isn’t It Romantic | Light Up the Sky

1997 || Later Life | Brigadoon | Sylvia

1998 || The Heiress | Laughter on the 23rd Floor | Broadway Barned | A Tuna Christmas

1999 || The Fantasticks | Don’t Dress for Dinner | The Women

2000 || Of Mice and Men | Kiss Me, Kate | Fools | The Lion in Winter

2001 || The Uninvited | Stalag 17 | Bell, Book and Candle | Habeas Corpus

2002 || The Rainmaker | Once Upon A Mattress | The Solid Gold Cadillac | A Tuna Christmas

2003 || Present Laughter | The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged | Nunsense | Last of the Red Hot Lovers | A Streetcar Named Desire | On Golden Pond

2004 || Noises Off! | Weekend Comedy | Fiddler on the Roof | Breath of Spring | Charley’s Aunt

2005 || Proof | State Fair | John & Jen | The Taming of the Shrew | Comic Potential

2006 || The Pagans | Guys and Dolls | You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown | Moon Over Buffalo

2007 || Steel Magnolias | Escanaba in da Moonlight | Oklahoma! | Over the River and Through the Woods | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

2008 || Chapter Two | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum | Barefoot in the Park | It’s a Wonderful Life

2009 || The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 | Sweet Charity | And The Winner Is | Miracle on 34th Street

2010 || You Can’t Take It With You | Gypsy | Leaving Iowa | A Christmas Story

2011 || Red, White and Tuna | The Producers | To Kill a Mockingbird | A Christmas Carol

2012 || Whose Wives Are They Anyway? | Little Shop of Horrors | Avenue Q | The Dixie Swim Club | The 1940’s Radio Hour

2013 || Rabbit Hole | Legally Blonde | Dracula | Annie

2014 || Assassins | Rumors | Arsenic & Old Lace | Leading Ladies

2015 || Miracle on South Division Street | How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying | Boeing Boeing | The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

2016 || The Diary of Anne Frank | The Full Monty | The Vast Difference | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

2017 || Becky’s New Car | Spamalot