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Published July 16, 2013, 09:53 PM

One theatre program has found their home in North Dakota

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The population of Barney, North Dakota is practically doubling this week.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The population of Barney, North Dakota is practically doubling this week.

That's because the group "SEND," a local theatre program is in town. And they're planning to stay.

For years, they've been looking for a more permanent place to call home.

Finally, they've found it.

Jean Hoerer- “SEND” Theatre Director: "it was really difficult to make it work."

For Jean, theatre isn't just a hobby.

Hoerer: "there's a lot of talent in this community."

It's her way of life. So, taking her show on the road, hopping from place to place didn't exactly feel like living.

Hoerer: "we have not really had a place to do our shows. We've just found spaces that were available"

After years of searching Jeane, the director of SEND, stumbled across this building.

Hoerer: "it's one of the few that's here."

An old, broken down VFW in Barney, North Dakota. But, it'd have to do.

Virginia Goerger- “SEND”: "We didn't have a home."

Two years ago, work began. And today,

Goerger: "it definitely is a cooperation of many, many people."

Air conditioning is up and running. Electric work is complete. And the play is almost ready to present.

This building is nearing 100 years old. It was originally built back in the early 1900's for nothing other than play productions.

Goerger: "it's the most awesome building because the acoutics are so wonderful."

Over 10 thousand dollars has been spent, but work is far from finished.

Hoerer: "it takes time to put on a production. It takes time to build a set. And those kinds of things were just not possible when we maybe only had a week to set up."

The 30 plus people involved in this play, they're just happy to be home.

Goerger: "having an opportunity to have a place where you have a month to work is wonderful."

SEND will lift the curtain to present their play "The Ransom of Red Chief" beginning tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. Showings will run through Saturday.