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Ride along on a murder mystery, courtesy of the Barn Theatre

The Barn Theatre presents “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” for two-week showing Aug. 11-19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar on April 8, 2022.
The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar on April 8, 2022.
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WILLMAR — The stage is set for a murder mystery, and the audience is welcome to come along for an unforgettable ride on the Orient Express this weekend and next.

The Barn Theatre presents “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” by Ken Ludwig in downtown Willmar. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11-13 and 16-19, with a 2 p.m. show on Aug. 14. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. The passenger lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot, played by J.P. Cola, must identify the murderer — and if he or she will strike again.

Other members of the cast are Steven Verhelst, Peg Fortmann, Matt Monson, Jace Neal, Domonique McPhail, Janet Moon, Jennifer Bute, Nancy Geiger, Terry Brunson and Sean Babcock.

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The play is directed by Tom Orth, with Cheri Buzzeo as the assistant director. The set director is Aane Twedt, lighting director is Patrick Gilmore and sound design by Bob Thompson.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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