Take a Bow: Saluting our 2016 Seniors


As we are about to open not one, but two, performances this weekend as part of our summer intensive programming, the Duluth Playhouse prepares to say good-bye (for now) to 11 seniors taking the stage one last time with the Children’s Theatre and the Teen Intensive program. We want to recognize those seniors who’ve brought so much to our productions over their years with us and let them tell you about their experiences with the Duluth Playhouse.

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The Beatles and The Bard collide in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’


This summer the Duluth Playhouse Teen Summer Performance Intensive is producing Chicago: The Musical and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from August 11th to the 21st. Both shows have fascinating concepts. We’ve already shared Chicago’s criminal justice-themed concept.  Today we would like to introduce the world of Illyria; the fictional setting of Twelfth Night, Or What You Will.  This year the Bard celebrates the art and culture of the 60s, a time of transformation, revolution, mod fashion, freedom, love, and the iconic music of The Beatles.

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Announcing the 2016-2017 Seasons!

Thank you so much to the enthusiastic crowd that came out to the Underground yesterday afternoon to celebrate the Playhouse and hear what’s coming to our stages in 2016-2017!

Along with announcing the Depot main stage, Underground, Children’s Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) series, there was also information and applications available on the 2016-2017 Playhouse Resident Company, updated Nor Shor theatre floor plans to view, and a plethora of opportunities to become more involved with the Playhouse from part-time paid positions to volunteering!

Now, without further pause, click the’ Read More’ button to see what’s coming to our stages in 2016-2017!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to P.A.!

FAME – THE MUSICAL retakes the main stage tomorrow night thru Sunday (March 17-20, with two shows on Saturday). Don’t miss this 80s poptastic production with a rocking band, show-stopping dances, and a cast that truly lights up the stage like a flame. Enjoy a few photos, then call 218.733.7555 to make your ticket reservations over the phone, or get them online at duluthplayhouse.org!

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Sneak Peek: James and the Giant Peach!

Poor young James’ parents meet the wrong end of a rhinoceros, and he is sent to live with his awful aunts, who treat him terribly. So he’s pretty eager for this potion an elder gent tells him about. It’s said to provide happiness and adventure.

Through a series of mishaps involving the recipe, he ends up with a giant peach in his yard, and its occupants ride along as he goes on a magical trip.

Named one of this week’s Best Bets inside the Duluth News Tribune, check out a few behind-the-scenes as well as production photos of the show!

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Teen Intensive Senior Salute

This summer, the Duluth Playhouse has six graduated seniors in its Teen Intensive program. As this is their last intensive and/or Children’s production of their theater career, we decided to have each individual write a brief tribute describing their experience at the Playhouse.

Heather Linn Montavon
My time at the Duluth Playhouse has radically changed my life for the better. Not only have I developed as a performer, but I have also grown as a person. The past three years have been memorable, and I’m ready to take the next step of my life with the skills and confidence I have received.


Click on over to read more about these graduating teens and their Playhouse experience!

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Teen Intensives Behind the Scenes: Blood!

For today’s blog we interviewed Sophia Geerdes, the team lead for stage managers and assistant stage managers, on the fake blood used in the show.


1.) What was the process of choosing which fake blood to use?

I looked up some recipes and made samples for Margo (costume designer) to test with different fabrics. We decided that the best recipe would be laundry detergent and red dye #40. We also had to figure out what we were going to use for the edible blood. Luckily, they did a show with it recently enough that we had some left over. That was also tested and approved by Margo. When it came to how to make the blood work in the show, it was a lot of trial and error before we found the methods we are going to use.

2.) What factors did you take into consideration?

I knew that the blood would end up on all of the costumes so I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t stain. Corn syrup can get very sticky so I wanted to avoid that at all costs. I found the laundry detergent recipe, and that seemed very helpful because the cleaning product is in the blood.