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