Classes: Youth & Teen

Youth & Teen Education Program

The Duluth Playhouse Education Program is committed to providing exciting, innovative, and quality theatre arts education for the Northeast Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin regions. We believe that theatre is a fully active art form- engaging the mind and body so that learning is layered and lasting. Our education program focuses on teaching performing arts skills to engage the creative minds and develop the talents of our students. We have an array of creative, fun, and challenging opportunities for all ages to explore the power of performance. It is more than just a play, it is a life-long skill building experience.

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SPRING CLASSES 2019: 

All 2019 Spring Classes will be held at the NorShor Theatre Rehearsal Studios located at 211 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802, on the Third Floor.

 

YOUTH CLASSES

AGES 5 & 6

Party Animals Under The Big Top

The circus is in town! The ringmasters need acrobats, lion tamers, snake charmers, tightrope walkers and clowns for their show. What will happen when the Party Animals join the circus? In this acting class, students will learn valuable acting skills that will prepare them for the stage!

  • Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am
  • March 2-May 4
    • Final Showcase on Saturday, May 4
  • Instructors: Catherine Dukelow & Cheryl Skafte
  • Tuition: $115

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AGES 5-9

Stage Play: Theatre for Children with Autism

A theatre class for 5-9-year-olds on the autism spectrum with verbal skills and the ability to follow directions with some assistance, this class uses theatrical arts to foster social skills and communication development. This is an ongoing collaboration with the Minnesota Masonic Children’s Clinic for Communication Disorders (formerly known as Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders) and the Playhouse Family Theatre & Education Program.

All caregivers are required to give a brief intake interview so that staff can be better prepared to make this a great acting experience for your child. Contact Tamara Pogin at tamara.pogin@gmail.com.

  • Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
  • January 30-April 3
    • Final Showcase on Saturday, May 4
  • Instructors:
    • Meghan Niagoda & Bailey Boots from the Duluth Playhouse
    • Tamara Pogin from the Mason Clinic
  • Tuition: FREE

Stage Play is made possible by funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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AGES 7-9

Team Escapade and the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler

Claudia and Jamie have decided to run away! Their hiding place: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. What happens while they are at the museum leads them on a remarkable adventure! Students will develop skills for the stage in this fun and challenging acting class!

  • Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • February 26-April 30
    • Final Showcase on Saturday, May 4
  • Instructors:  Cheryl Skafte & Bailey Boots
  • Tuition: $185

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NEW! Do You Want to Be in a Musical? Musical Theater Foundations

This class will prepare you to audition for, and be cast in any Playhouse Family Theatre musical, Singin’ in the Rain Jr. our fall season, and even Matilda! Learn audition skills and stage foundations by working with a choreographer and vocal coach to combine singing and dancing.  Students will perform an ensemble piece and work on valuable audition techniques.

  • Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • February 25-April 29
    • Final Showcase on Saturday, May 4
  • Instructors:  Cheryl Skafte & Bailey Boots
  • Tuition: $185

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AGES 10-14

Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew and the Haunted House

The Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew can’t wait for the school trip to a local historic house. When they get there, they encounter strange noises, misplaced artifacts, and a ghostly sighting. Will the Crew be able to uncover the what is happening and who’s behind it? Students will grow as a performer in this exciting acting class!  

  • Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • February 25-April 29
    • Final Showcase on Saturday, May 4
  • Instructors:  Bailey Boots
  • Tuition: $185

Register Now

 

NEW! Do You Want to Be in a Musical? Musical Theater Foundations

This class will prepare you to audition for, and be cast in any Playhouse Family Theatre musical, Singin’ in the Rain Jr. our fall season, and even Matilda! Learn audition skills and stage foundations by working with a choreographer and vocal coach to combine singing and dancing.  Students will perform an ensemble piece and work on solo audition songs.  

  • Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • February 26-April 30
    • Final Showcase on Saturday, May 4
  • Instructors:  Bailey Boots
  • Tuition: $185

Register Now

 



 

JUNIOR PROFESSIONAL TRACK (ages 9-12)

JUNIOR COMPANY

In this professional training intensive, students will audition and be cast in a musical theatre company that will perform a cabaret showcase. Students will be challenged to expand their skill set in a disciplined and technique-driven atmosphere. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment and independence and will be held to a high standard for focus, work ethic, attendance, and punctuality. In our professional classes, students will have required homework between classes, such as reading articles and scripts, memorizing lines or lyrics, doing independent research, or reviewing choreography.

  • Saturdays, 12:30-2:30pm
  • March 16-May 18
    • Final Showcase on Saturday, May 25 @ 7:00pm
  • Instructors: Christina Stroup, Amber Burns & Kyle Picha
  • Tuition: $185 (or part of the Junior Professional Track Package)

Register Now

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JUNIOR DANCE: Musical Theater Audition Prep

Be prepared for upcoming musicals, such as Singin’ in the Rain Jr.Xanadu, and next season’s Matilda on the NorShor stage!

In this Professional Training Dance Class, learn valuable dance technique and vocabulary in this rich dance experience. Work on strength, flexibility and specific dance skills that will carry you far in any dance musical. In professional training classes, students will have required homework between classes, such as reading articles and scripts, memorizing lines or lyrics, doing independent research, or reviewing choreography.

  • Saturdays, 2:30-4:00pm
  • March 16-May 18
    • No final showcase
  • Instructors: Nicole Elysian & Amber Burns
  • Tuition: $185 (or part of the Junior Professional Track Package)

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JUNIOR IMPROV: Making Strong Choices

Learning to make strong choices is a cornerstone for any professional acting student who wants to perfect their acting abilities. Strengthen your imagination, focus your concentration and hone your listening skills by delving into the creation of original and scripted characters. This class will explore a variety of approaches for character development and empower you to find your unique approach to character work through improvisation. In our professional classes, students will have required homework between classes, such as reading articles and scripts, memorizing lines or lyrics, doing independent research, or reviewing choreography.

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JUNIOR PROFESSIONAL TRACK BUNDLE: 

Sign up for two or all three classes in the Junior Professional Track:

2 classes = $250 // 3 classes = $300

 



 

TEEN PROFESSIONAL TRACK (ages 13-18)

TEEN COMPANY

In this professional training intensive, students will audition and be cast in a musical theatre company that will perform a cabaret showcase. Students will be challenged to expand their skill set in a disciplined and technique-driven atmosphere. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment and independence and will be held to a high standard for focus, work ethic, attendance, and punctuality. In our professional classes, students will have required homework between classes, such as reading articles and scripts, memorizing lines or lyrics, doing independent research, or reviewing choreography.

  • Saturdays, 10:15am-12:15pm
  • March 16-May 18
    • Final Showcase on Saturday, May 25 @ 7:00pm
  • Instructors: Christina Stroup, Amber Burns & Kyle Picha
  • Tuition: $185 (or part of the Teen Professional Track Package)

Register Now

 

TEEN DANCE: Musical Theater Audition Prep

Be prepared for upcoming musicals, such as Singin’ in the Rain Jr., Xanadu, and next season’s Matilda on the NorShor stage!

In this Professional Dance Class, learn valuable dance technique and vocabulary in this rich dance experience. Work on strength, flexibility and specific dance skills that will carry you far in any dance musical. Explore iconic choreography styles and learn fun, dynamic combinations. In professional classes, students will have required homework between classes, such as reading articles and scripts, memorizing lines or lyrics, doing independent research, or reviewing choreography.

  • Saturdays, 8:30-10:00am
  • March 16-May 18
    • No final showcase
  • Instructors: Nicole Elysian & Amber Burns
  • Tuition: $185 (or part of the Teen Professional Track Package)

Register Now

 

TEEN IMPROV: Creating Strong Characters

Creating strong characters choices is a cornerstone for any pre-professional acting student who wants to perfect their acting abilities. Strengthen your imagination, focus your concentration and hone your listening skills by delving into the creation of original and scripted characters. This class will explore a variety of approaches for character development and empower you to find your unique approach to character work through improvisation. In professional classes, students will have required homework between classes, such as reading articles and scripts, memorizing lines or lyrics, doing independent research, or reviewing choreography.

  • Saturdays, 12:30-2:00pm
  • March 16-May 18
    • No final showcase
  • Instructors: Jonathan Manchester
  • Tuition: $185 (or part of the Teen Professional Track Package)

Register Now

 

TEEN PROFESSIONAL TRACK BUNDLE: 

Sign up for two or all three classes in the Junior Professional Track:

2 classes = $250 // 3 classes = $300

 



FALL CLASSES 2018: 

YOUTH CLASSES

AGES 5 & 6

Party Animals Become Pirates

Arrgh! It’s fun to live the pirate life – sailing the high seas, singing sea chanteys and epic food fights. “X” marks the spot when the Party Animals turn into pirates.

  • Saturdays, 9am-10am
  • September 29-December 1
    • Final Showcase on December 8

 

AGES 7-9

Zombies, Monsters and Scares, Oh My! A Play of Twisted Fairy Tales

What happens when our favorite fairy tales get a spooky twist? Cinderella as a zombie princess? The three little pigs as goblins? Goldilocks as a werewolf? Anything is possible when these classic stories are brought to life like never before!

  • Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 2-December 4
    • Showcase on December 8

 

Team Escapade Acting Skills: 5-Week Class

Tackle fundamental skills for the stage in a fun and supportive environment! Through theater exercises and acting basics, students will develop skills to take risks, make strong character choices, collaborate, build self-confidence and “set the stage” for performance-based participation. We recommend this class to beginners and students wanting to brush up on their techniques.

  • Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 2-30
    • No Final Performance Showcase

 

AGES 10-14

Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew Unravels Shakespeare

“To be or not to be.” It’s time for the school play! Everyone is excited, but when an actor goes missing during a performance, only the Sloppy Joe Adventure can “saveth” the day

  • Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 1-December 3
    • Showcase on December 8

 

Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew: 5-Week Class

Tackle fundamental skills for the stage in a fun and supportive environment! Through theater exercises and acting basics, students will develop skills to take risks, make strong character choices, collaborate, build self-confidence and “set the stage” for performance-based participation. We recommend this class for beginners and students wanting to brush up on their techniques.

  • Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 1-29
    • No Final Performance Showcase

 

AGES 10-18

Intro to Musical Theatre: Song & Dance

Learn valuable dance technique and vocal skills this rich dance and singing experience. Prepare an audition song, learn to dance and sing in a group, and strengthen you audition techniques.

  • Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 1-December 3
    • Showcase on December 8

 

TEEN CLASSES

AGES 10-13

NEW! 360 Junior: Jazz and Tap Technique

Learn valuable dance technique and vocabulary in this rich dance experience. Work on strength, flexibility and specific dance skills that will carry you far in any dance musical. Explore iconic choreography styles and learn fun, dynamic combinations. No dance experience required.

  • Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 4-December 6
    • Showcase on December 8

 

NEW! 360 Junior: Improv

Learn the basics of improv, storytelling, and staging through improv games and acting exercises! Our improv class is fun and engaging while instilling great listening skills, team-building, and creative thinking.

  • Saturdays, noon-1:30pm
  • September 29-December 1
    • No Final Showcase Performance

 

AGES 13-18

360 TEEN: Section A – Dance Technique

Learn valuable dance technique and vocabulary in this rich dance experience. Work on strength, flexibility and specific dance skills that will carry you far in any dance musical. Explore iconic choreography styles and learn fun, dynamic combinations. No dance experience required.

  • Saturdays, 8:30-10:00am
  • September 29-December 1
    • No Final Showcase Performance

 

360 TEEN: Section B – Improv

Learn the basics of improv, storytelling, and staging through improv games and acting exercises! Our improv class is fun and engaging while instilling great listening skills, team-building, and creative thinking.

  • Saturdays, 10:30am-Noon
  • September 29-December 1
    • No Final Showcase Performance

 

360 TEEN: Section C – True Colors: Adapting Queer Stories for the Stage

What if the prince didn’t marry the princess, but chose the brave knight? What if the Queen knew he was really a King? Everyone can have their “Happily Ever After”! Join our 360* actors as they adapt queer children’s books into theatre for all ages, while exploring themes of empathy, activism, self-expression, and the power of individuality!

  • Saturdays, 12:30-3:00pm
  • September 15-November 10
    • NOTE: This class starts earlier than others.
    • Showcase on November 11

 



Additional Information about Spring Classes

All 2019 Spring Classes will be held at the NorShor Theatre Rehearsal Studios located at 211 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802, on the 3rd Floor.

REGISTRATION TIPS

  • Receive a multi-camp or multi-child discount of $10 when registering either for multiple camps or multiple children.
  • There will be no refunds after the first day of any Playhouse experience.
  • Register early as classes fill very quickly and we cannot guarantee placement. We will begin waitlists if needed.
  • Register online, call 218.733.7555 to enroll over the phone or mail this registration form.
  • Need-based scholarships are available. Please see ‘Financial Assistance & Scholarship Information’ below.

 

FINAL CLASS SHOWCASES

  • Most classes perform in a Final Showcase, scheduled for May 4. Time TBD.
  • Showcase tickets are $5 each and sold at the door (children ages 4 and under are free).

 

QUESTIONS?

 


Financial Assistance & Scholarships

If interested in a scholarship to assist in helping pay for your child’s classes, please download and mail in our Scholarship Application.

Email the Box Office at boxoffice@duluthplayhouse.org or call 218.733.7555 for further details.