Duluth-area Theater Primer 2015-2016

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Theater season is upon us, and the Duluth/Superior area has you covered. There are a variety of shows happening every month, ranging from comedy to drama and something for the kiddos.

In addition to the works of Duluth/Superior theater companies listed below, a smattering of other productions are scheduled around the region, including community theater by the Grand Marais Playhouse, Grand Rapids Players and County Seat Theater Company in Cloquet, troupe-for-hire shows by Change of Pace Productions, random shows at StageNorth Theater & Bar in Ashland touring shows promoted by Myles Reif Performing Arts Center (staged off-sight while construction continues at the Reif). And, of course, we’ll no doubt be hearing soon about high school productions.
Duluth Playhouse 2015-16

The Duluth Playhouse was founded in 1914 and is one of the nation’s oldest community theaters, producing a year-round season of dramas, musicals and children’s productions.

The Foreigner
Opens Sept. 17, 2015

Mary Poppins
Opens Dec. 3, 2015

Broadway Bound
Opens Feb. 18, 2016

42nd Street
Opens April 21, 2016

Opens June 2, 2016

Rock of Ages
Opens July 14, 2016
Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre

Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theatre produces shows for all ages and has two branches: CTA (Children’s Theatre Arts) showcases the talents of young artists and TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) is an adult, professional company performing for young audiences.

Aladdin Jr. (CTA)
Opens Oct. 16, 2015

James and the Giant Peach (TYA)
Opens Jan. 15, 2016

Fame the Musical (CTA)
Opens March 10, 2016

Some Sneaky Sheep (TYA)
Opens May 14, 2016

Seussical Jr. (CTA)
Opens June 24, 2016

Imaginarium: Mad Science (TYA)
Opens July 9, 2016

Chicago the Musical and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night  (CTA)
Opens Aug. 11, 2016

Lyric Opera of the North channels its collaborative efforts exclusively to the grand art of opera.

The Barber of Seville, Rossini
Opens Oct. 8, 2015

Les Uncomfortables
Opens June 23, 2016

Red, White, and LOON
Opens July 7, 2016
Renegade Theater Company

Renegade Theater Company is committed to introducing the area to the boldest, newest and most imaginative works in theater.

The Birds
Opens Oct. 8, 2015

(More Renegade shows in 2016 yet to be announced.)

Rubber Chicken Theater was founded in 2008, and produces original theater created by local artists, typically within the realm of comedy.

Eighth Annual Holiday Revue
Opens Dec. 4, 2015
St. Scholastica Theatre

St. Scholastica Theatre performs shows based in the liberal arts tradition of the college.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Opens Nov. 6, 2015

Opens Feb. 12, 2016

Boy Gets Girl
Opens April 15, 2016

Twin Ports Stage is a professional nonprofit theater company, producing theatre, film, music, web content and other creative projects.

Twin Ports Live Radio Soap Opera
Opens Oct. 20, 2015

Kitchen Witches
Opens Nov. 6, 2015
UMD Theatre

UMD Theatre provides academic and professional training in the theater arts.

Spoon River
Opens Oct. 1, 2015

Opens Oct. 22, 2015

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
Opens Nov. 19, 2015

All’s Well That Ends Well
Opens Feb. 4, 2016

Opens March 3, 2016

Spring Awakening
Opens April 14, 2016
Duluth Underground

The Underground is a satellite theater of the Duluth Playhouse. It hosts Duluth Playhouse productions and performances by other theater groups, as well as serving as a multi-purpose event center and performance space.

Gruesome Playground Injuries
Opens Oct. 1, 2015

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Opens Oct. 30, 2015

Ten November
Opens Nov. 5, 2015

The Last Five Years
Opens Jan. 28, 2016

Opens March 3, 2016

Motherhood Out Loud
Opens March 17, 2016

Rough Magic
Opens April 7, 2016

Opens Aug. 4, 2016

American Idiot
Opens Sept. 8, 2016

Opens Oct. 13, 2016

Opens Nov. 3, 2016
University Theatre at UWS

University Theatre at UWS is an active and growing program, emphasizing personal attention and active student participation.

The Underpants
Opens Nov. 11, 2015

Suds: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera
Opens April 15, 2016
Wise Fool of Duluth

Wise Fool Shakespeare is Duluth’s premiere classical theater company.

Dancing at Lughnasa
Opened Sept. 11, 2015

A Christmas Carol
Opens Dec. 4, 2015

Romeo and Juliet
Opens March 11, 2016

Wind in the Willows
Opens May 20, 2016


Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

A note about UMD Theatre's upcoming performance of Spoon River via news release:

"Because Spoon River is a portrait of small-town America — especially small towns in the American Midwest — we want our production to include YOU. Our intention is to end the performance each evening (Oct. 1 - 10) with projected images of community members alongside someone special to them. Maybe that’s someone who passed away; maybe it’s someone still alive you want to honor. In either case, we honor the living and the dead, those we know and those we want to continue to remember - just as the play honors and remembers others," stated director Tom Isbell. Please email your photo to: umdspoonriverphotos @ gmail.com. Our deadline to receive the pictures is Monday, Sept. 21 by 5 p.m.

Amber Goodspeed

about 5 years ago

Thank you for this! It's a great resource for my students.

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