Play Information

2017-2018 Main Stage Winter Season

A Christmas Story


A Christmas Story- (Comedy) Ralphie only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. However, he is not sure he will ever make it to Christmas, between his brother Randy and the school bully Scut Farkus. Whenever he tells someone how much he wants it, he/she tells him that he will shoot his eye out and refuses to get it for him. A hilarious show that includes a department store Santa, Chinese Turkey, and even a “special award”!

Christmas is coming to The Barn. Come be a part of the holiday magic. America’s #1 Christmas movie comes to life on our stage. Join Ralphie’s quest to acquire the perfect gift, a genuine Red Ryder BB gun. Filled with quirky and lovable characters, this zany, heartfelt, and nostalgic Christmas story is a delight for young and old.
The directors of this production are not requiring a memorized prepared piece. Small pieces of the play text will be provided for the auditioning participants. Direction is given along the way and participants need not fear that they will in any way be embarrassed. Though the selection process does imply some competition, the process is made as pleasant as possible. The Barn Theatre believes in non-traditional multi-ethnic casting and encourages everyone to come out and audition.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 14 at The Barn Theatre in Willmar, MN
-Beginning at 3 PM
-Production dates: November 30-December 10 (Possible follow-on week)

*Note about elementary school ages: The directors will see young actors 8-14 who can “play” the appropriate ages.
Ralph Parker: older, wiser alter ego, functions as the story’s narrator and various town folk
Ralphie: the young protagonist, equal parts dreamer and schemer
Randy: Ralphie’s little brother
Ralphie’s Mother: a patient parent with strong convictions
The Old Man: Ralphie’s father, a grumpy and good hearted beleaguered patriarch
Schwartz and Flick: Ralphie’s two best friends
Scutt Farkus: the schoolyard bully who routinely torments Ralphie and his friends
Grover Dill: a Farkus toady
Esther Jane and Helen: two of Ralphie’s female classmates
Miss Shields: Ralphie’s elementary school teacher


Why Do Fools Fall in Love? The Musical


Why Do Fools Fall in Love?- (Musical)  Millie's getting married! And when three of her girlfriends (boy-crazy Sally, very shy Florence, and young tag along Dee Dee) throw her a bachelorette party, the girls end up sharing more than a great time - after tequila shots and Snowball sugar highs, they dive into the age old questions about love, marriage, and the overwhelming dating game. Featuring classic 1960s songs like "My Boy Lollipop," "I Will Follow Him," and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.”


Sex Please, We're Sixty


Sex Please, We’re Sixty- (Comedy) Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been        successful for many years. Her Guests (nearly all women) return year after year. Her next door neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued, Bud "Bud the Stud" Davis believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons. Her other neighbor and would-be suitor Henry Mitchell is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called "Venusia," after Venus the goddess of love, to increase the libido of menopausal women. Add to the guest list three older women: a romance novelist, a friend of Henry's who has agreed to test the Venusia: and a "Southern Belle" whose libido does not need to be increased!


2018 Main Stage Summer Season

Bye Bye Birdie: The Musical

Bye Bye Birdie- (Musical) When the draft selects rock star Conrad Birdie, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record.    Albert's longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend…


The Three Musketeers


The Three Musketeers- (Dramatic Comedy) A tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor. The story, set in 1625, begins with d'Artagnan who sets off for Paris in search of adventure...along with Sabine, his sister, the quintessential tomboy. Sent with d'Artagnan to attend a convent school in Paris, she poses as a young man – d'Artagnan's servant – and quickly becomes entangled in her brother's adventures. Soon after reaching Paris, d'Artagnan encounters the greatest heroes of the day,   Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers, and he joins forces with his heroes to defend the honor of the Queen of France. In so doing, he finds himself in opposition to the most dangerous man in Europe, Cardinal Richelieu. Even more deadly is the infamous Countess de Winter, known as Milady, who will stop at nothing to revenge herself on d'Artagnan – and Sabine – for their meddlesome behavior.


Mothers and Sons


Mothers and Sons- (Drama) At turns funny and powerful, MOTHERS AND SONS portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.  "Eloquent, exceptionally timely and intensely resonant. A moving reflection on a changed America." —Chicago Tribune.

2017-2018 Children's Events

Charlotte's Web: The Musical

This exciting, new musical version of Charlotte's Web brings a new dimension to E.B. White's beloved classic. With music and lyrics by Charles Strouse (Annie, 'Bye, 'Bye Birdie) and book by Joseph Robinette (national award-winning children's playwright) your audiences will thrill to a musical score which includes "Eating," Wilbur the pig's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; "Who Says We Can't Be Friends," an enchanting duet between Wilbur and his new-found companion Charlotte; "Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn," featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and "Summer," a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone's childhood. This joyous musical offers your audiences a very special experience.



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