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'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar

Briana Sanchez / Tribune Chloe Jensen, center, plays Roxy, a border collie, in "Dogs! A Tail Wagging Musical." 1 / 8
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Amy Haney, pianist, plays a song in "Dogs! A Tail Wagging Musical" Monday at The Barn Theatre in Willmar. Haney is one of the production's student directors from DREAM Technical Academy in Willmar.2 / 8
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Students participating in the children's theater program at The Barn Theater in Willmar will present "Dogs! A Tail Wagging Musical" this weekend at The Barn.3 / 8
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Connor Smith, as Ralph, and Paige Klaphake, as Angel, rehearse a scene from "Dogs! A Tail Wagging Musical" Monday at The Barn Theatre in Willmar. 4 / 8
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Maggie Anderson play Daisy, a dalmatian, in "Dogs! A Tail Wagging Musical."5 / 8
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Mindy Twedt, as Snoodles, a cocker spaniel, rehearses a scene from "Dogs! A Tail Wagging Musical" Monday at The Barn Theatre in Willmar. The production opens tonight at The Barn.6 / 8
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Paige Klaphake, as Angel, pours dog food for the dogs at the pound Monday in a scene from "Dogs! A Tail Wagging Musical" Monday at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar. The musical opens tonight and runs through Sunday.7 / 8
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Connor Smith, left, as Ralph, rehearses a scene in "Dogs! A Tail Wagging Musical" Monday at The Barn Theatre.8 / 8

WILLMAR — The children's theater division of The Barn Theatre will present "Dogs! A Tail-Wagging Musical" at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at theatre in downtown Willmar.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and are available at The Barn ticket office, by calling 320-235-9500 or online at The Barn Theatre.

The hour-long, tail-wagging children's musical is about everybody's best friend.

Ralph, played by Connor Smith, a lonely kind of guy, and Angel, played by Paige Klaphake, a special young woman from "up North," care for homeless dogs at the city animal shelter. Smith is from Willmar and Klaphake from Elrosa.

In the production, each dog has a special story to tell in song. Only Max, played by Aaron Marthaler of Willmar, with leather jacket, greased back ears and sunglasses, is too cool of a cat — er — dog to admit he wants a home.

But at the shelter, time is limited and only a miracle can save the furry characters.

Ingrid Bunn of Pennock plays Mrs. Kimble, an elderly lady who wants to adopt older dogs, and Bella Lauer of Willmar plays Ms. Henderson, a young firefighter looking for a dog.

Playing the others dogs are Kaiden Holtz of Atwater, Kelsey Cortez of Brooten, Grace Thompson of Kerkhoven, Ayshia Anderson of Raymond, and Solenne Ruff, Erin Dresler, Mindy Twedt, Maggie Anderson, Isabel Gilberts and Chloe Jensen, all of Willmar.

The play play is directed by Kameron Kemerling, Evie Bartlett and Amy Haney, students from DREAM Technical Academy in Willmar.

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