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'Big Fish' Broadway musical opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in Willmar

Clay Conover / Tribune Andrew Benson plays Edward Bloom in a dress rehearsal of "Big Fish." The musical production opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar.1 / 6
Clay Conover / Tribune John Loomis, left, is Will Bloom and Molly Tengwall plays his wife, Josephine, in a scene from "Big Fish: The Musical" at The Barn Theatre in Willmar.2 / 6
Clay Conover / Tribune Jordan Gatewood, left, plays Karl the giant while Andrew Benson is Edward Bloom in a rehearsal of "Big Fish: The Musical" at The Barn Theatre. 3 / 6
Clay Conover / Tribune John Loomis plays the character Will Bloom in a dress rehearsal of "Big Fish: The Musical" at The Barn Theatre in Willmar. 4 / 6
Clay Conover / Tribune Jordan Gatewood, from center left, Andrew Benson and Kyle Novak rehearse a scene from "Big Fish: The Musical" at The Barn Threatre in Willmar.5 / 6
Clay Conover / Tribune Mayor Kyle Novak addresses the crowd in "Big Fish" at The Barn Theatre. 6 / 6

WILLMAR — The Barn Theatre presents the musical "Big Fish" at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and June 8-10 and 15-17, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday and on June 11 and 18.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 18 and younger, call 320-235-9500 or visit thebarntheatre.com.

The musical centers on Edward Bloom, played by Andrew Benson, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest ... and then some.

Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him — most of all, his devoted wife, Sandra, played by Kellie Wright.

But their son Will, played by John Loomis, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales.

Overflowing with "heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft," "Big Fish" is a new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theater — for an experience that's richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.

The rest of the cast members are Adam Schiller, Trey Schmidt, Tim Ostby, Maria Novak, Jenny Oakes, Molly Tengwall, Lyle Mangen, Cole Woltjer, Bill Wright, Jordan Gatewood, Kyle Novak, Kameron Kemerling, Aliyah Anderson, Laura Miller, Kristi Oberdieck, Bailey Stahl, Kristene Foreman, Sonja Madsen, Isabel Gilberts, Jordan Arndt, Melissa Mangen, Allen Clark and Claire Schiller.

The director is Nikki Bettcher Erickson with David Najjar as the vocal/music director and Claire Schiller the choreographer.

The technical director is Matt Hegdahl and the sound designer is Bob Thompson.

Costumes are by Michaela Bengston and Lynsey Pierce with properties by Jan Buzzeo and Matt Gilbertson.

The stage manager is Michelle Gralish and the assistant stage manager is Allen Clark.

Doug Wilkowske is the assistant to the director. Evie Bartlett is the backstage crew and Matt Schiller is the fight scene choreographer.

Members of the pit orchestra are Kristine Carlson, Kyle Novak, Andrea Limoges, Roger Moy, Savannah Stafford, Viv Watson, Meghan Weiss and Mary Gruis.

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