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  PWP announces exciting 2018 season
  The cast of Improv-In Barrett are Cody Mehlhaf, Thalen Zimmerman, David Ehlers, Dan Rauchbauer, and Kayleigh Odegaard.

The Prairie Wind Players unveiled their 2018 season at the annual membership meeting last Sunday, in Barrett. The season will be full of music, classic theater and some new entertainment offerings, all at historic Roosevelt Hall in Barrett.

And now is it easier than ever to get tickets to PWP events. On their new website you can look at the entire season, order tickets, buy memberships, give donations, and check out the latest news about the Prairie Wind Players.

The season starts off with Improv-In Barrett April 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. Improv-In Barrett is...well let’s just say...prepare to laugh. Improv-In Barrett is five, or six, cast members putting on a totally improvisational show that combines the zaniness of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?” with the sketch comedy of “Saturday Night Live.” Mix in a little party charades, mock TV shows, and improvisational skits made from audience suggestions, and you have “Improv-In Barrett.” You will not be bored, and both nights will be completely different.

Roosevelt Hall will host Matt and Julie Veline in concert, for one night only, Friday May 18, at 7:30 p.m. Matt has performed as lead guitarist and vocalist with many regionally and nationally popular artists. Matt spent thirteen years on the road full-time with Midwest phenom, Johnny Holm, and later he was reunited with his uncle Bobby Vee and his sons Jeff and Tommy Vee as “The Vees.” As solo performers, Matt and his wife Julie have gained a loyal following simply as “Matt and Julie.” Their style is best described as “American Roots.” Along with their own original songs they cover artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, Gordon Lightfoot, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Little Big Town, The Band, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty and countless others. Matt and Julie cover all genres, from Classic Country to Pop, Blues and Rock music.

The American classic Of Mice and Men will be the Prairie Wind Players offering for the Old Settlers Reunion, performed June 21-24. Dinner theater will be offered Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. John Steinbeck’s depression-era tale is of two drifters, George and Lennie, who move from place to place in California in search of job opportunities. George, the caretaker, and conscience for the mentally-challenged Lennie, a gentle giant.

An Evening of One Act Plays, August 17-20 will give first time directors a chance to hone their skills, and show what they can do.

Two years ago North Dakota singer/songwriter Chuck Suchy packed Roosevelt Hall, and he is back on September 15 for another show. Suchy’s relaxed storytelling is matched by his virtuoso guitar playing and rich expressive voice. The concert will open at 7:30 with another regional singer/songwriter David Stoddard.

The Dixie Swim Club, by Jessie Jones, Nicholos Hope, and Jamie Wooten, will be performed October 4-7. The Dixie Swim Club is a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.

The play will be offered as dinner theater on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6.

The Haunted Hall is back! After scaring the dickens out of hundreds last year, PWP has decided to bring The Haunted Hall back for Halloween on October 27, 30 and 31. This is not your children’s haunted house, but a complete makeover of Roosevelt Hall into a virtual hall of terror with bloody scenes by real actors, sudden frights, and creepy characters around every turn.

Vocal music director Bryan Poyzer is back to take the helm of A Christmas Cantata, performed December 7-9. What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than the full choir sounds of a cantata centered around the Christmas theme.

Cassie and the Bobs. Although it is not a PWP production, Roosevelt Hall is hosting “Cassie and the Bobs” tribute to Patsy Cline on Sunday afternoon, July 29 for one show only. This band is known throughout the state as possibly the best in authentic country music, featuring the song catalogue of Patsy Cline. Tickets will be available at the door only the day of the show.

Open Mic Wednesdays. Looking for good music, good company and its all free? The Prairie Wind Players is sponsoring Open Mic/Karaoke Nights on the first Wednesday of the month through November. From 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 you can sit, listen to local singers, or get up on stage yourself. There is no admission fee and refreshments, including wine and beer will be sold.

Once again, check out the new Prairie Wind Players website at You can find out more about the season, purchase or renew your membership or purchase general admission or dinner theater tickets online!

Of course you can also reserve dinner theater tickets just like you always have done by calling 320-528-2343, and you can also purchase general admission for all events at the door.

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