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The Barn Theatre
is a community theatre located in Willmar, Minnesota. It is one of a few community theatres in the country that has its own building. We also have wonderful community support. The theatre is located in downtown Willmar, Minnesota at 321 4th St SW and is handicapped accessible.

Box Office Hours

Office hours:
Mon-Fri 9-4 and one hour prior to performance

Saturday hours 1-3 during productions

Be a Volunteer
Be a volunteer at The Barn Theatre. Send for info at info@thebarntheatre.com
or call 320-235-9500.
Make a Donation

Friend $50, Supporter $100, Patron $150, Advocate $250, Director $500.

Make it payable to:
The Barn Theatre
PO Box 342
Willmar MN 56201

Be an Underwriter

Call us about becomming an Underwriter of a play.

Season Membership

Winter Season tickets $50

Summer Season tickets $50

Art Gallery


Visit The Barn Theatre Art Gallery (located on the mezzanine level of the front lobby)

For The Barn Theatre’s production of “The Rainmaker” by N. Richard Nash, the themed, invitational exhibit in the mezzanine gallery is works by local artists exploring the theme “Water”.   There are several unique works on display.  Be sure to stop by and vote for your favorite.  The winning artist receives $100.  The exhibit will be up through October 10, 2014.


Frequently Asked Quetions

What are your ticket policies?
There are no refunds on tickets. Ticket exchanges may be made at least 24 hours in advance of purchased performance with a $2.00 per ticket transfer fee (fee is waived for Barn Theatre Season Ticket holders). Any unused ticket(s) may be turned into the Box Office before any performance for a tax-deductible donation receipt.
When are the performances?
All productions on weekdays and Saturdays start at 7:30 pm. Sunday matin?es begin at 2:30 pm. Please visit the Shows page for specific dates and times for each production.
At what time should I arrive?

Please arrive early for performances. Doors to the lobby open at least one hour before curtain time, and guests are admitted to the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. If guests are buying tickets or picking up tickets at the Box Offices, they should allow at least 15 minutes to do so, as there are often lines. As a courtesy to all guests, late arrivals and guests re-entering the theater may be asked to wait to be seated until a suitable break in the performance occurs, at the discretion of the House Manager.
At what age should I bring my children? Etiquette questions?

While we at The Barn Theatre are always excited by the prospect of inspiring a love for performing arts in children, full-length performances may not always be appropriate for children under the age of six. This policy does not apply to performances of Hayloft Productions. Children are welcome to attend these performances, designed especially for young theatergoers, with responsible parent or guardian. All persons entering the theater-regardless of age-must have a ticket, including children sitting on a parent or guardian's lap. These tickets are sold at the full Student price. Regardless of age, all persons attending should be able to sit quietly through a performance. If patrons become disruptive during a performance to other members of the audience, ushers will insist that they leave the theater. No refunds will be available.
May I take pictures or record the performance?

Please turn off or silence cell phones, pagers, and other ?noisy? devices as a courtesy to others. Text messaging while in the theater is not allowed. Due to contractual obligation and as a courtesy to the artists, the use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited. Violators may be asked to leave without refund.
Do you offer anything to eat or drink?
We have a concession stand offering coffee, pop, water, and cookies during our intermissions. There is also a Wine Bar available in our lobby one hour prior to performances and during intermission.
What should I wear?

Most guests arrive at the Barn Theatre in what might best be described as ?business casual? - clothes in which they feel comfortable. Suit jackets and ties are not required for men. Jeans are perfectly acceptable. Individuals having a special ?night out on the town? may arrive dressed as such. During holiday season, some families-especially the children-will come dressed in holiday finery. The temperature in the theater varies from production to production based on audience and cast size. We suggest bringing a sweater or light jacket to insure you are as comfortable as possible.
Do you cancel performances due to inclement weather?

At The Barn Theatre we believe that ?the show must go on!? Occasionally, however, a performance must be canceled, usually due to inclement weather. In the event of a show cancellation, tickets will be exchangeable or refundable, with refunds given in the form of a complimentary ticket certificate. In the event of inclement weather, ticket holders should check with Operation Snow desk by listening to Willmar radio station Q102.5 FM or KWLM 1340 AM, or view the Operation Snow desk website at http://www.yourq102.com/Operation-Snowdeak/7679801.

Welcome to the Barn Theatre!
Our mission is to provide affordable, quality performing art to our community. The Barn will promote community involvement, afford opportunities for personal growth for it's volunteers, display and develop talent, and provide leadership for the fine arts.



Legacy Statement SMAC (2013 )

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, through an appropriation from the MN State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

(Legacy Statement 2008) SMAHC

This activity is funded in part, by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council through an appropriation from the MN State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

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Box Office Hours M-F, 9-4:00  THE BARN THEATRE  321 SW 4th ST  Willmar MN  320-235-9500

We now offer Online Tickets.

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The Barn Theatre Board of Directors will hold their annual meeting Monday, OCTOBER 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM at The Barn Theatre, 321 SW Street, Willmar, MN.

If you had a 2013 Winter or 2014 Summer Season Pass, please attend. Your comments and questions are welcomed for the direction of your community theatre. The Board of Directors will be present. A Business meeting and election of next year’s Executive Board and new board members will follow.

Current Board members are:
Chair Pam Klein, Vice-Chair John Dean, Secretary John P. Cola, Treasurer Fred Gould, Member at Large Zack Liebl.

Directors are: Candy Anderson, Bob Bonawitz, Keith Green, Mike Klaers, David Korsmo, Gwen Krebsbach, Jenny Oakes, Steven J. Verhelst and Mary Wilkowske.

A huge THANK YOU to all:  Southwest MN Arts Council award of a facility improvement grant, our Board & Committee members, volunteers, donors, Taste of Broadway fund-a-cause, and the many helping hands this summer! Because of YOU we have fulfilled a portion of our dream to modify the lounge in to a flexible event space in YOUR community theatre - The Barn Theatre! It is ready for use NOW!

Rent it for events*recitals*theatre*parties*meetings*& more!  Contact Cheri at #235-9500

Click to download the poster and put it up for all to see!!

The BARN Theatre * 50 Yrs * Season 2014-2015
see below

Current Show

SEPT. 10-13, 17-20, 2014 THE RAINMAKER by N. Richard Nash
“The romantic story about travails of love and transformation.” Directed by Jerry Morrison

We now offer Online Tickets. Get your tickets online here.

Produced By Special arrangement through SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. 45 W. 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

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September 10-13, 17-20, 2014  all performances at 7:30 pm

"When your soul and land are dying of thirst, how far will you go to believe in a miracle?"

MATT SCHILLER...      Bill Starbuck
COLLEEN DORSEY... Lizzie Curry
GREG HEDMAN...       Deputy Sheriff J.S. File
JOHN P. COLA...         Noah Curry
MICHAEL COLA...       Jim Curry
TODD LYNUM...          H.C. Curry

AANE TWEDT Technical Director
JAN BUZZEO  Stage Manager/Costumer
KIRSTYN HARASYN Assistant to Director
JOSH JOHNSON Light Design, Stage Combat


A Note from Director Jerry Morrison:

On a western road trip he took in 1951, N. Richard Nash met an eight-year-old boy at a filling station. The boy was covered in grime and dirt, his complexion “the color of dust.” It hadn’t rained in a long time. He clutched a long, forked stick, which he shook at the sky every few minutes. “What’s that for?” Nash asked. “Rain,” he said. Recalling that encounter five years later, after The Rainmaker had become an international hit, Nash wrote, "I tried to tell a simple story about droughts that happen to people, and about faith. I tried to say that belief in a forked stick is sweet in an eight-year-old but a grownup has to find his magic in the rites of daily living. I tried to protest that the dreamers who are fugitive from the world have too long pretended that they alone know what is beautiful; that there’s beauty for those who stick around and have a good look at things. That there is beauty in reality, beauty in the balances of nature, no matter how brutal the imbalances; beauty in the togetherness of people which, sadly, must sometimes be measured by loneliness; beauty in seeing the fact and naming it the fact"

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, through an appropriation from the MN State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

HAYLOFT – student theatre program  September 22 – October 25, 2014 at The Barn Theatre!

WE ARE MONSTERS Directed by PAULINE PRAWL     Grades 1-9 more info

2013-14 Season

2014 Summer Brochure

NUNCRACKERS! by Dan Goggin
Sponsored by Heritage Bank

Sponsored by Marketing Concepts/Ability Commerce

APR. 3-6, 10-13, 2014 AN EVENING OF CULTURE by Mark Landon

JUNE 16, 17, 19-24, 26-28, 2014 GYPSY music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurentsy
“The dreams & efforts of an artist and her memoirs of her “ultimate showbiz mother.”

AUG. 13-16, 19-22, 2014 7:30pmCHARLEY’S AUNT by Brandon Thomas
This production is underwritten by: Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc.

SEPT. 10-13, 17-20, 2014 THE RAINMAKER by N. Richard Nash
“The romantic story about travails of love and transformation.”

We now offer Online Tickets. Get your tickets online here.

The BARN Theatre * 50 Yrs * Season 2014-2015

OCT. 23-25, 2014– Hayloft Players WE ARE MONSTERS By Denver Casado & Betina Hershey
Directed by Nikki Bettcher Erickson Auditions: Sept 22

DEC. 4-7, 11-14, 2014 A CHRISTMAS CAROL By Charles Dickens, adapted by Romulus Linney
Directed by Keith Green Auditions: Oct 6 & 7

FEB. 12-15, 19-22, 2015 THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Nikki Bettcher Erickson Auditions: Dec 1 & 2

APR.16-19, 23-26, 2015 THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Maureen Style Auditions: Feb. 2 & 3

JUNE 11-16, 18-21, 2015 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Liz Wheeler Auditions: Apr 6 & 7

AUG. 12-15, 18-21, 2015 COME BLOW YOUR HORN by Neil Simon
Directed by Tom Orth Auditions: July 12

SEPT. 10-13, 17-20, 2015 OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Jerry Morrison Auditions: July 13 & 14


(Season Passes will be on sale October 2014 and April 2015)

The BARN Theatre 321 SW 4th Street Willmar MN 56201 320-235-9500

HAYLOFT – student theatre program  September 22 – October 25, 2014 at The Barn Theatre!

WE ARE MONSTERS Directed by PAULINE PRAWL     Grades 1-9

It’s THAT time again!  HAYLOFT PLAYERS at The Barn Theatre!  This is a great opportunity to be a part of a fun production in front of a live audience! We Are Monsters is a hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters. The adventurous humans uncover vegetarian vampires and rock n’ roll werewolves, gradually realizing there may be more to these monsters than meets the eye! Most importantly these monsters and kids discover the importance of friendship and celebrating in the attributes that make each of us different and unique. AUDITIONS (all actors registered will get a part) Monday, September 22nd 3:30-5:30pm at The Barn Theatre – Rehearsals start Monday, September 29th 3:30pm-5:00pm
(Schedule will be given out on September 22nd  – most are Mondays through Thursdays between 3:30 and 5:30).   

Performances will be on sale for the general public and will be October 23, 24 and 25.

Registration through Willmar Community Education and Recreation $30.00  # 320-231-8490

The Barn Theatre
PO Box 342
321 4th St SW
Willmar, Minnesota 56201


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