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Thief River Falls Area Community theater performs Barefoot in the park

Valentine’s Dinner Theater Hosted by TRFACT:  Barefoot in the Park

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word.  After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.  

A Valentine’s Dinner Theater: Barefoot in the Parkwill be presented by the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater on February 12, 13, and 14 at the Eagles Club at 305 Red Lake Boulevard in Thief River Falls.  Tickets are $25 each and are available at Digikey’s East Entrance in Thief River Falls during business hours and online at www.trfact.org

Seating is general admission, and the doors will open each evening at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00 p.m.

The romantic comedy classic by Neil Simon will be performed by an all-star cast that includes Rob Burkel, Sherry Knott, Scott Pream, Carl Dahlberg, Jon Mansk and Alyssa Novak.   Directed by Gretchen Weinrich, with lighting and sets by Carl Dahlberg, costumes and props by Jane Anderson, and sound by Bruce Elseth.

The menu will feature a pasta bar with both red and white meat sauces, salad, bread sticks and dessert of brownie bites and mini cheese cakes. A cash bar is also available.  Catering is by Becky Carlson of Broadway Station.  

Listen to Director Gretchen Weinrich on Pioneer 90.1 on Tuesday, February 5 at 3:05 pm or to the podcast on our website afterwards!


“Critic weeps joyfully…I don’t think anybody stopped laughing while the curtain was up last evening.” – New York Daily News

This production is made possible in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council with Legacy Amendment funding through the vote of Minnesotans in 2008.

For more information about the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, visit our webpage at www.trfact.org or join us on Facebook.

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater to Open The Sound of Music


The stage is built, the costumes are sewn, and the lights are focused:  the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is making final preparations for The Sound of Music , which will open Tuesday, August 1 and run for three performances.

This production is part of the youth summer performance program  in which the entire cast is made up of teens.  It is group- directed by Jane Anderson,  Lacey Simoneau, Kristin Buckley,  Samantha Buckley and Laura Brickson.  The cast has been learning the dialogue and music from the show in a workshop atmosphere, in which they are receiving small-group voice, acting and dance instruction and are working on  large group improvisation and theater basic skills.  According to Jane Anderson, TRFACT executive director, “Musical theater requires a combination of many skills.  Oftentimes in the theater, we focus solely on  learning lines  and notes to the songs.  But there is so much more.  Movement, character development, and really learning how to ‘play’ on stage are what make a good actor a great actor. That’s what we are doing  with students in this program.”

Members of the cast of The Sound of Music were selected by audition and include Elise Kalsnes as Maria; Aly Karow: Sister Berthe; Molly Halsa: Sister Berthe; DeVyne Sieckert: Sister Sophia;  Laura Waldorf: The Mother Abbess; Wyatt Halverson: Captain von Trapp;  Olivia Mooney: Frau Jung;  Emma Anderson:Frau Schmidt.   The role of Rolf is played by Ethan Osowski, Max Detweiler by Coby Skjerven, Herr Zeller: David Miller, Admiral von Schreiber : Spencer Wittman, and Baron von Elberfeldt:  Nate Sedlacek.

The Von Trapp Children are played by  Irisah Mogen, Austin Wittman, Eleanor Brickson, Aiden Warne, Brooklyn Bakke, Brynn Olson, and Julianna Armentrout.

Other members of the ensemble include Olivia Wojahn, Carter Johnsrud, Becca Ballard,Kendra Mehrkens,  Alaina Lunsetter,Hailee Eidelbes,Kendal Rantanen, and Madeline Petrovich,

Performances of  The Sound of Music will take place at the Northland College Theater in Thief River Falls  on August 1, 2, and 3  at 7 p.m. each evening. The show runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with an intermission, so it is the perfect venue for small children. (But it will entertain adults, as well!)

Tickets are available at  Digikey Corporation during business hours, and at Pennington Square and Pennington Main. Tickets are also available at the door each night of the performance. Check us out on Facebook or log on to www.trfact.org for more information about the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater.




Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Announces 2017 Season Auditions

Are you interested in performing on stage?  Have you always wanted to give it a try?  The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is inviting you to open call auditions for their summer 2017 season shows.  Shows being auditioned for at this time include The Drowsy Chaperone (June 20-24), a hilarious modern musical written that takes place in the 1920s, directed by Gretchen Weinrich and Sherry Knott; and a small-cast  play entitled  The Boys Next Door (July 18-20) written by Tom Griffin and directed by Teresa Rankin McGriff.

Auditions will take place at the Thief River Falls United Methodist Church, located at 116 North Horace Avenue, on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  Come any time during those hours.  For The Drowsy Chaperone, you will need to have a song prepared.  An accompanist will be provided, but you must bring sheet music with you.  There will also be several song books available, if you should need them. Teens through adults of all ages are welcome and encouraged to audition.  For The Boys Next Door, you will be asked to read from the script.  Samples are available on their website:  www.trfact.org

The TRFACT will also be hosting two shows for teens and children during summer 2017:  The Lion King KIDS  and The Sound of Music.  Auditions for those shows will take place in April.  Those interested should watch their website: www.trfact.org or their Facebook page (Thief River Falls Area Community Theater) for all the latest information and updates.

Questions?  Contact TRFACT Executive Director Jane Anderson at mjander@mncable.net

TRFActs! Into the Woods! June 20-25, 2016

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater


Stephen Sondheim’s


June 20-25 – 7PM, NCTC Theater


Into the woodsStep into a magical world where storybook characters come to life and weave their stories into a musical tale when the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater brings Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece “Into the Woods” to the Northland College Theater from June 20-25 at 7 p.m. each evening.

ITW princess and CinderWith a cast of 20 veteran performers under the direction of Gretchen Weinrich (general director), Sherry Knott (vocal director) and Phil McKenzie (orchestra), “Into the Woods” is bound to please audiences of all ages. Brianna Helm will serve as piano accompanist in the orchestra pit.


The cast includes Jonathan Mansk-Mysterious Man/Narrator; Brenna Skallet-Cinderella; Andrew Hanson-Jack; Diane Krause-Jack’s Mother; Isaiah Burkel-Baker; Leah Wattenphul-Baker’s Wife; DJ Parenteau-Cinderella’s Stepmother; Nicole Rairdon-Florinda; Anna M. Barth-Lucinda; Scott Pream-Cinderella’s Father; Jocelyn Hams-Little Red Ridinghood; Jane Anderson-Witch; Sherry Knott-Cinderella’s Mother/Giant; Ginger Kirkeby-Stumbo- Rapunzel; Tyson Panek-Rapunzel’s Prince; Max Kuhlhammer-Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince; Alexis Lane-Steward; Rene Mooney-Granny; Grace Brickson-Snow White; and Shelby Pahlen-Sleeping Beauty.

ITW Jack and cowEmma Halvorson will serve as stage manager, with costumes by Jane Anderson, prop and set design by Philip Hoks, lights and sound by Max Anderson and Liam Liden.


ITW WitchTickets are on sale now and may be purchased at Pennington Main, Pennington Square, Digikey’s East Entrance during business hours, and at the door. Also, patrons may purchase a Flexpass good for three performances of bearer’s choice. Flexpasses are only available at Digikey.

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund.

ITW full cast