UPDATE: 'Suds' musical production opening delayed to Friday at The Barn Theatre in Willmar
WILLMAR — The Barn Theatre presents the musical "Suds" at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday and Feb. 14-16, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday and Feb. 17.
Due to inclement weather, the opening scheduled for tonight has been delayed.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Visit The Barn box office at 321 Fourth St. S.W. in downtown Willmar, call 320-235-9500 or online at thebarntheatre.com
Cindy, who works in a Laundromat, is played by Kayla Watson. It is her birthday and everything seems just swell until the mail arrives and gives her all sorts of bad news.
After finding out she has been dumped by her pen-pal boyfriend for someone with better penmanship, she becomes depressed and tries "suicide by laundry."
As she is being sucked into one of the washing machines, Marge (played by Andrea Limoges) and Dee-Dee (Aubrey Ross) enter and think she is doing a new dance. They are both "Guardian Angels" sent down to help Cindy with her dilemma. At the end of the number, they realize she had been trying to kill herself and they try to revive her.
Cindy comes to and tells of her troubles and Dee-Dee offers some advice. "Mr. Right" enters, and Marge and Dee-Dee urge her to make a move and she talks with him and he leaves a notice on the bulletin board. Cindy reads the notice he left, "Babysitter Wanted." She is despondent.
Dee-Dee comes up with "an idea to end all ideas!" She decides to throw a magical birthday party for Cindy and to provide a fabulous mystery date. The date turns out to be a disaster. Cindy is horrified.
After the disastrous "party," the women seem defeated. Cindy by this time feels her future is hopeless, and she says she does not even believe in love. Marge, Dee-Dee and a "mystery guest" try to convince her of the possibilities of love.
Cindy, moved, seems to find a bit of renewed faith in love. She discovers a new confidence to put her troubles aside and move on. Marge and Dee-Dee realize their job is finished, and they, too, can move on.
After Marge & Dee-Dee are gone, Mr. Right returns. It turns out he was looking for a babysitter for his dog. He asks Cindy if she would be interested. She remembers advice from Marge and Dee-Dee and decides to take control of the situation herself.
She tells Mr. Right she will give him a call sometime, and she goes on to close up the laundromat. Cindy decides it has not been such a bad birthday after all.
The other six characters are played by Jeffery Caperton and Gabriel Ross.
Matthew Hegdahl is the director, technical director, set designer and sound director.
Co-vocal directors are Aubrey Ross and Andrea Limoges.
Kirsten Campbell is the stage manager.
Lindsay Hinkemeyer is the choreographer and Eric Harp is the lighting director.
Costumes were by Paige Bajari and Diane Cain is the tech assistant.
For those with tickets for tonight's performance, please contact The Barn box office at 320-235-9500 to reschedule.