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Oscar Wilde classic opens Thursday in Barrett

Published 10:02am Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Updated 12:05pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Prairie Wind Players announced “The Importance of Being Earnest” will open Thursday at Roosevelt Hall in Barrett.

Oscar Wilde’s classic farce involves mistaken identities, secret engagements and Wilde’s razor-sharp observations on human nature. It has been said to have been Oscar Wilde’s greatest play, and maintains its position as one of the funniest and most-often performed plays ever written in the English language.

The play runs Nov. 8, 9 and 10, with the curtain at 7:30 p.m, and a matinee on Nov. 11 at 2:00 pm. Dinner theatre seats are also available for the Nov. 9 and 10 shows.

General admission tickets are $15, dinner theatre tickets are $32. On Sunday, Veteran’s Day, all tickets for veterans are half price.

Doors open 45 minutes prior to curtain, and one and a half hours prior for dinner theatre seats.

To make reservations, call Tammy at 218-731-0212 or email

The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Claremont Anderson. Malinda Olhoft is the Assistant Director/Stage Manager.The play is produced by Christy Johnson. Quincy Roers designed and built the set and Arlyn Swenson is providing sound and technical support.

The cast for The Importance of Being Earnest is Alaine Risbrudt as Lady Bracknell, Lindsey Johnston as Gwendolyn, Quincy Roers as Jack Worthing, Philip Goellner as Algernon Moncrieff, Jim Johnson as Lane, Leah Drexler as Cecily Cardew, Stacy Hyttsten as Miss Prism, and Jim Barbour as Dr. Chasuble.

The performance is sponsored by Pederson’s Agri-SV Inc., Amundson Peterson, New Horizons Ag CHS,Barrett Farm Supply and Wendell Pioneer Insurance. Prairie Wind Players is supported in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through Minnesota State Legislative Appropriation.

The Prairie Wind Players have been bringing great community theater to western Minnesota for over 30 years.

“Everybody loves Earnest- but nobody’s quite sure who he really is.”

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