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The Wizard of Oz AUDITIONS at the Northfield Arts Guild

Student Audition and Interviews


Purple Door Youth Theater, an educational branch of the Northfield Arts Guild, will host auditions and technician interviews for the non-musical version of The Wizard of Oz  from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec 10 and Wednesday, Dec 12.  Auditions for the all-student production of this beloved classic tale take place at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street W., Northfield. 

Last season’s Purple Door Youth Theater production of Les Misérables School Edition won Best Theater Production from Southern MN Scene magazine. 

Three-time Grammy Award Winning Producer and Singer/Songwriter in Concert

Joe Henry is in concert at the Guild Theater on November 17.

The Northfield Arts Guild presents three-time Grammy award-winning producer and singer-songwriter Joe Henry on Saturday, November 17, 7:30pm at the Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield. 

Based in Los Angeles, Henry has released 13 studio albums and produced multiple recordings for other artists.  “Joe Henry is in a league of his own as a producer and musician,” says 411 Concert Series co-producer Dan Rustad.  “He has won multiple Grammy awards and his musical partners have included Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Solomon Burke, Ani DiFranco, and upcoming 411Concert Series artist Mary Gauthier. He is among the most gifted and reflective artists of his generation.”

DJJD Musical Theater Revue

We're having a blast and so will you!

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater presents CASTastrophe, a new delightful musical revue for the entire family, during Defeat of Jesse James Days (DJJD).  Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 6 – 8,  7:30pm, at The Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield.  

CASTastrophe is a marvelous mix-up of melodies and monologues where performers play roles in which they’d normally never be cast due to gender, age, race, etc.  The show is appropriate and fun for all ages and only runs about 75 minutes.

Next to Normal- A Bold, Brave, and Breathtaking Musical

"It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel everything musical." -New York Times

The Northfield Arts Guild and director Eric Parrish will present the Tony and Pulitzer Prize - winning musical Next to Normal (Music by Tom Kitt with Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey) at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield. Performances will take place on July 27, 28, 29 and August 3, 4, 5 with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. 

June film festival explores the past and future of the Palestinian story


Documentary films exploring the past and future of Palestine are the selections for the 2018 NJP Palestine film series.

 All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 5, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.

Call for Submissions - Writers' Night: Community


Writers are invited to submit poetry or prose on the theme of COMMUNITY (broadly or narrowly construed) for a reading at Imminent Brewing to kick off the First Friday Art Nights series sponsored by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC), the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, and the City of Northfield.

Up to 750 words of prose or three pages of poetry can be submitted to:

Submissions to be read at the event will be selected by a panel of judges. Please send your submission as a Word document or in the body of your email.

Submission deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018.

Preparing for Art Festivals


Many artists are looking for new ways to show their work, and will be participating in outdoor art festivals this year.  For juried festivals, what do successful artists do to get accepted into the festival?  Once you’re in, what makes an effective booth set up? 

The Northfield Arts Guild is here to help!  A panel of experts: Heather Lawrenz, Patsy Dew and an artist tba will lead a conversation focused around preparing for art festivals on April 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Northfield Public Library Pye Room. During this conversation attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share their tips and experiences.  

Interested in attending? Space is limited, please reserve your seat by emailing or calling (507) 645-8877.

Auditions for "Next to Normal" at Northfield Arts Guild Scheduled in May

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Auditions for Next to Normal, the rock and roll musical story with book by Brian Yorkey, music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, are coming up in May.The show is about a suburban mother with bipolar disorder and the effects of her illness on her family

The Northfield Arts Guild is committed to building a creative and dynamic theater that celebrates individual differences and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. The Guild encourages all – beginners or established artists – to audition for roles and to volunteer for technical positions.

This is part of The Guild's 2017-18 Striking Conversations Theater Season.  Eric Parrish, and opens will direct it July 27, 2018.

Lysistrata to be performed in June in Central Park

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The Northfield Arts Guild Theater presents Lysistrata, by Aristophanes’.   This bawdy, comic masterpiece of war and sex proclaims. "make love, not war!”  With the Peloponnesian Wars raging, the distressed women of Athens take matters into their own hands, refusing to make love with their husbands until the war is over.

Not Afraid to be Creative or get a little Dirty? The Y is Hiring Summer Counselors!

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The Y is Hiring ! 

To view all open positions and to apply, visit our website by clicking here

Are you...

Graduating this year or home for the summer?  Looking to make a difference? Good with Kids? Not afraid to be creative or get a little dirty?  Apply to join the Y's summer camp staff team.

Duties: Serve as a lead for a group of 8-10 campers each day; oversee the health, safety, and welfare of the campers; provide supervision, direction, enthusiasm, and positive reinforcement for the campers; demonstrate patience and positive role-modeling and teach daily skill session activities. Works 20-35hours/week.

Tom Brosseau in Concert

Tom Brosseau performs at The Guild Theater on April 21.

Folksinger and songwriter Tom Brosseau performs as part of the 411 Concert Series on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West. Brosseau comes from a working family with a musical background; his grandmother taught him the acoustic guitar while he was in grade school.  He has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theaters, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton. Ray Coudret is opening for Tom Brosseau.

Imagination Celebration at the Northfield Arts Guild


The public is invited to the annual Imagination Celebration event, a free day of art and performances on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10 am- 2 p.m. at the Northfield Arts guild. This family-friendly event features the All-School Show in the Main Gallery, mini performances, demonstrations, and hands-on art activities in the Art Studio, Clay Studio, and Dance Studio. This celebration of all things great about art is a popular, long-running event drawing hundreds of people to the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts.

Backyard Bird Feeding and Information Session about the 2017 National Audubon Christmas Bird Feeder Count


Join us on Saturday December 9th from 10:00 am -12:00 pm in the Northfield Public Library Bunday Room for what promises to be a wonderful, informative program. 

Deb White of Paddington's Seed and Feed in Faribault will talk about birds that reside in Minnesota the year around, an explanation of the different types of bird feeders, types of bird seed, backyard habit for attracting birds and more.

Gene Bauer will share information about how you, your friends and family, can participate in the 118th National Audubon Christmas Bird Feeder Count.  The count area is a fifteen mile radius and includes Northfield, Faribault and locales in-between.  Participating in the annual bird feeder count program is easy, fun and scientifically important. 

Coffee and donuts will be served at this family friendly event.

For further information please contact Jamie Stanley at the Northfield Public Library, 507-645-1802 or

Northfield Rotary Free Range Turkey Trot (even if you are out of town)


Participate long distance in Rotary’s 17th annual Turkey Trot

You’re not going to be in town for the 17th Annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot? No worries. Join us long distance through our Free Range Turkey Trot option.  

Gather friends and family wherever you are on Thanksgiving Day and run or walk your own 5K to support the important causes supported by this event and show your solidarity with the 1,000-plus runners and walkers making their way through the friendly neighborhoods of Northfield.

Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.

Join us (all family members (and the dog too)): Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning.


The 17th annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot is an opportunity to have fun while doing good.

The 5K Run-Walk Thanksgiving morning in Northfield raises funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and for Northfield’s successful youth exchange program. And don’t forget the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring a food item to replenish the store.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per participant if you register by Thursday, Nov. 9, or $20 if you register after that. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event. Canines will be recognized with a bandana complements of Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, one of the Turkey Trot’s major sponsors.

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