Teens bring Shakespeare and Fosse to the stage

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For the past nine summers, young actors and actresses ages 13-18 have come together for one month to participate in the Duluth Playhouse Teen Summer Intensive. Here students learn all aspects of theatrical production by acting in and producing two plays, which are performed at the end of the program. This year, they are putting on Bob Fosse’s Chicago and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

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Take a Bow: Saluting our 2016 Seniors

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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’

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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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Welcome to a world of murder, jazz, deceit and foolery.

'Grease' at the Duluth Playhouse, performed by the 2014 Teen Intensive troupe.

‘Grease’ at the Duluth Playhouse, performed by the 2014 Teen Intensive troupe.

This summer the Duluth Playhouse Teen Intensive will be presenting the musical Chicago and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Let’s start with what the Duluth Playhouse Teen Intensive is all about. Each summer young actors and actresses get together to star and produce two shows in a repertory style.

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Diving deeper into Rough Magic and Shakespeare’s First Folio

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Taken by Nicole Modeen Photography

[The following is an excerpt from an article published in the About Town: Twin Ports Arts and Entertainment section of the Zenith News and was written by Phil Fitzpatrick. Read the full article here.]

Imagine a world in which you never laughed at the bawdy drinking scene from Twelfth Night. No chill up your spine when the trio of witches chants, “Double, double toil and trouble,” as they prophesy the ambitious king’s demise in Macbeth. Julius Casear might have uttered his iconic, “Friends, Romans, countrymen: lend me your ears!” but we wouldn’t know about it today.

First Folio will arrive in October and go on display for nearly a month in the Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Meanwhile, you can get your fix when the world premier Rough Magic: a theatrical celebration of Shakespeare’s First Folio is performed at The Underground April 7-9 at 7:30pm.

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Titus and Lovett’s Cooking Corner: Episode 3

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, once again to Titus and Lovett’s Cooking Corner, the weekly cooking program that puts the “family” in “family recipes!”

Now, we’ve got a tragic announcement to make this week… so here’s your host, Nellie Lovett!

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Teen Intensives Behind-The-Scenes: Lights and Sound

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We interviewed Jon Brophy, the advisor for the light crew.

1.) What is your favorite part of working on lights?
My favorite part of being a lighting designer is the collaboration. Lighting is not a stand alone art form for me, it’s part of a large scale project that requires all aspects working in unison to implement successfully. It’s my job to provide a bridge that allows the audience to take that one final step into the fictional world we are creating. Working together, we can create full sensory experiences that tell amazing stories.

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