After the tent was destroyed, a new venue was a must. While Harold Aleshire and Tom Turner worked on the planning and construction of a new venue, the company moved to the McFarland Auditorium for the summers of 1969-1970.
McFarland Auditorium offered a larger and permanent stage, and expanded seating, as well as protection from the elements. However, although the auditorium's windows could be opened, they let in distracting noises from outside, and were often insufficient to make up for Old Main's lack of air conditioning.
For two years, Minot State College Summer Theatre Company and patrons made do the best they could in McFarland Auditorium. On one occasion, a performane was moved outside because of the extreme heat. Cast, crew and audience members all eagerly anticipated the completion of a new Amphitheatre to house the summer performances.