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.