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Prairie Wind murder-mystery sure to have audiences dying of laughter

Published 11:12am Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Inside a little blue building next to the train tracks in Barrett, one group of actors has set out to prove that a little murder never hurt anyone.

Armed with intrigue, love, lust, humor, mystery and, of course, death, the Prairie Wind Players will present their newest production, “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” this Thursday through Sunday.

“It’s a fun script,” said director Kathy Ray “It’s a farce. It’s a kind of murder-mystery comedy. After we had the audition and got such a wonderful group of actors, it’s been a lot of fun.”

The play centers around an unusual New Year’s resolution that weaves the cast of characters through murder plots, hijinks and humorous misunderstandings.

The play’s mystery will have audiences following along as intently as a game of Clue. Its comedy, however, should have them holding their sides.

“It’s going to ask the audience to become involved,” Ray said. “They are going to be watching and listening for clues for the whole thing to come together at the end. They are really going to enjoy watching the characters move through the happenings.”

The play is part of another busy season for the group of small town thespians. With a cast selected from an area that spans across Alexandria to Morris and Fergus Falls, the community theatre is one of wide spread appeal.

“The Prairie Wind Players goes beyond the town of Barrett,” said Executive Director Christy Johnson. “That, at times, certainly makes it more challenging, but so rewarding as well.”

For Ray, who helped form the original Prairie Wind Players 30 years ago, the play has become a prime example of what the group brings artists and theatre enthusiasts in the area. With the humorous world created by everyone on stage and in the production booth, the group enjoys putting the show together.

“It’s just so important for those of us who live in small towns just to have a chance for artistic self expression,” Ray said. “It’s not only for the audience, it’s for those of us who live here but still like to act and paint the set.”

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, general admission seating begins at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. Friday and Saturday will also feature dinner theatre seating, which begins at 6 p.m. On Sunday, general admission starts at 1:15 p.m. with a showtime of 2 p.m.

For more information on the show, the Prairie Wind Players and their future productions, visit prairiewindplayers.org

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