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The Secret Garden

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The Secret Garden at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater

The Northfield Arts Guild and director Lolly Foy present The Secret Garden, a Tony-Award winning musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel.  The Secret Gardenplays at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater weekends April 12 - 28 with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.  The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is located at 411 Third Street W, Northfield.

Mardi Gras Ball March 1st- Vienne Orchestra and Swing Big Band

If you are near Northfield, check this out for Friday night, March 1 check this out.

Northfield Fine Arts Boosters Announce Rock ’n’ Roll Revival Ticket Auction

Once again, the Northfield Fine Arts Boosters is having a “Best Seats in the House” auction for Rock and Roll Revival tickets.


Multiple Auditions at the Northfield Arts Guild


The Northfield Arts Guild will host February auditions for the remaining shows in their Journey Home Theater Season.  Auditions for The Secret Garden are February 3 – 4, and combined auditions for Mansfield Park and The Odyssey are on February 25 – 26. 

Joe Henry Concert Postponed

The Guild regrets to announce that the upcoming Joe Henry concerts in Northfield, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Ann Arbor are all postponed due to a medical issue (non-life threatening) which has made travel impossible. Our sincere apologies. The Northfield Arts Guild show has been rescheduled for Friday, February 15, 2019. Clarence Bucaro will still open the show. Tickets already issued for the November 17 show will be honored on February 15, 2019. Thank you for your understanding and patronage.  For more information visit or contact

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

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