Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn

Briana Sanchez / Tribune Sammy, played by Aaron Marthaler, is chased by Mrs. Jewls, played by Bailey Stahl, in a scene from "Sideways Stories from Wayside School." Mrs. Jewls is chasing Sammy because she is trying to get him to take off all of his jackets during class.1 / 6
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Mrs. Gorf, played by Kimberly Sombke, takes a bite of an apple that used to be a student. Sombke plays two roles in "Sideways Stories from Wayside School." In later scenes Sombke plays Mrs. Gorf's son Mr. Gorf.2 / 6
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Mrs. Gorf, played by Kimberly Sombke, left, scolds Bebe, played by Madie Miller, right, and Myra, played by Heidi Kath, during a scene from "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" during dress rehearsal Monday at The Barn Theatre in Willmar.3 / 6
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Myra, played by Heidi Kath, thinks about pulling a classmate's pigtails in a scene from "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" during dress rehearsal Monday night at the Barn Theatre. Leslie, played by Paige Klaphake, has two pigtails that taught Myra during class. The pigtails are played by Reese Klinger and Zeke Sombke.4 / 6
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Mrs. Zarves, played by Ruby Klinger, appears in the window after being summoned by students in a scene from "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" Monday night at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar.5 / 6
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Leslie, played by Paige Klaphake, shoots a look at the new teacher during a scene from "Sideways Stories from Wayside School."6 / 6

Is your school a little too ... normal? Welcome to Wayside. Before you enter Wayside School, you should know it's a 30-story building with one classroom on each floor. Mrs. Jewls is nice and teaches class on the 30th story, but watch out for Mrs. Gorf, who turns kids into apples if they give a wrong answer. And then there's Miss Zarves, who teaches the class on the 19th story — except there is no 19th story so there is no Miss Zarves.

"Sideways Stories from Wayside School," adapted for the stage by John Olive, from the novels by Louis Sachar, opens tonight on The Barn stage, presented by the Children's Theatre. "The zany characters of Wayside School take you on a bizarre classroom journey that promises to thrill and excite the entire family," said director Thom Rosengren.

The show is for children of all ages and will be performed by children in second grade through eighth grade, two "very talented" adults.

Cast in the production are:

Kimberly Sombke is playing the roles of Mrs. Gorf and her son Mr. Gorf. Kimberly Sombke is an ABE/GED instructor at Willmar Public Schools.

Steven Dresler is playing the role of Louis, the gym teacher. Dresler works at Marcus Construction as the safety manager.

Bella Lauer is playing the role of Mrs. Kidswatter, the principal. Bella attends school at Roosevelt Elementary in Willmar.

Bailey Stahl is playing the role of Mrs. Jewls. She is in eighth grade at Willmar Middle School.

Ruby Klinger is playing the role of Miss Zarves. She is a third grader at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Alexa Kath is playing the role of Miss Valoosh, the dance teacher. She is an eighth grader at Willmar Middle School.

Sierra Kallio is playing the role of Mrs. Pickell, a psychologist. Sierra is homeschooled and is from Willmar.

Eva Lauer is playing the role of Miss Mush, the cook. She is in the second grade at Roosevelt Elementary in Willmar.

Heidi Kath is playing the role of Myra. She is in the fifth grade at Kennedy Elementary in Willmar.

Madie Miller is playing the role of Bebe. She is in the sixth grade at MACCRAY East Elementary School in Raymond.

Paige Klaphake is playing the role of Leslie. She attends Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa school.

Viktoria Clark is playing the role of Rondi. She attends school at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa school.

Erin Dresler is playing the role of Diane. Erin attends school at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar.

Aaron Marthaler is playing the role of Sammy. He is in the fourth grade at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar.

Zeke Sombke and Reese Klinger are each playing two roles: pigtails and the Kidswatter calf. Sombke is in the second grade at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. Klinger attends Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City school.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at The Barn Theatre Box Office, 321 Fourth St. S.W. in downtown Willmar, or call 320-235-9500. All performances will be at The Barn Theatre.

Advertisement