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'Happy Hollandaise' opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in Willmar

Jenny Oakes, from left, Heather McCarthy, Allen Clark, Brent Roelofs and Cherry Olsen, are cast in The Barn Theatre’s production of “Happy Hollandaise,” opening tonight at the theater in downtown Willmar. The play runs through Nov. 29. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

WILLMAR — The Barn Theatre presents “Happy Hollandaise” at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday and Nov. 27-28 with matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 29.

The play by Tim Koenig is a light British comedy with a holiday theme.

All Claire Finley, played by Heather McCarthy, wants is the perfect Christmas.

She’s hired the celebrated gourmet chef Vilma Hasenpfeffer (Carrie VanderBeek) to prepare her famous Hasenpfeffer Hollandaise Sauce for her dinner guests — the new vicar and his very pregnant wife, Mary, played by Brent Roelofs and Cherry Olsen.

Unfortunately, however, the chef is late, the guests are early and there are burglars loose in the neighborhood.

To top it all off, Claire’s father (Jay Ellingson) has been hit on the head (with the crèche, no less!) and thinks he’s the leading man in all of the West End theater productions of the last 30 years!

With the help of her quirky brother George (Allen Clark), Claire tries to keep everything together as it continues to unravel in this “sidesplitting” British farce reminiscent of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

But once the mayhem dies down and the mixed-up identities unscramble, the true Christmas spirit shines bright in a surprise ending, which involves transformation, forgiveness and a new beginning.

Other members of the cast are Ben Watson, Sydney Benson and Jenny Oakes.

The play is directed by Thomas Rosengren with Trevor Eckhoff as the technical director. The stage manager is Brianna Dyson. Lights are by Matt Hegdahl and Ryland Gralish is in charge of the sound booth. Props/dressers are by Denise Deaner.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 ages 18 and younger; call 320-235-9500.

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