I had the opportunity of working at Barnstormers two summers in a row doing musicals (Babes in Arms and Brigadoon) and I have to say I had such a wonderful experience both times I worked there.
It is a small theatre in a town called Tamworth in the backwoods of New Hampshire (the closest, well, anything really is about 20-30 minutes away in North Conway). The staff and crew are so kind and professional, I had a blast working there and for only having a week of rehearsals and a week of performances we put up really good shows.
The only thing that is hard for NYC actors is that they mainly cast locally and generally keep quite a few of the same people around. However a good portion of their equity performers are from NYC, Boston etc.
I would go back in a heartbeat!
Positive experience in a lovely situation that is exactly what it is. That being: very quick, very focused, in a beautiful setting, with quality people, for a surprisingly decent paycheck. There are things that are not for everyone: rehearsal is in a barn, the theatre /is/ the town, and the show has to open before you can get artsy. But if you accept those things (or see them as good), you can have a fantastic time. Mine was positive, I'd go back, and in retrospect it seems like I was there much longer than 13 days.
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