Classes: Youth & Teen

SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS: Youth & Teen programs

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.

 



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
  • April 24-June 26
    • All Stage Play classes are located on the Family Theatre Stage at the Depot (506 W. Michigan St.)
    • Final Showcase on Wednesday, June 26
  • Instructor: Tamara Pogin from the Mason Clinic
  • REGISTER HERE for Stage Play

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

 



SUMMER CAMPS 2019: 

Check out our summer offerings for ages 5-14! 

All camps will have a Final Showcase at 4:00pm on the Friday of each week.

A Summer Camp Open House will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 4:30-6:00pm at the NorShor Theatre rehearsal studios. All are welcome to attend to meet camp instructors, see the rehearsal studios and where to park (Superior Street construction starts April 8, so front door drop-off will not be an option this summer), and receive $10 off camp tuitions.

 

JUNE 10-14

The Teddy Bear Adventures

Ever wonder what your teddy bear does when you’re fast asleep?  Find out what happens in this late-night teddy bear adventure.

  • For ages 5 & 6
  • 9am-Noon (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $115
  • REGISTER HERE

 

The Egypt Game and the Hidden Hieroglyphs

Ancient gods and lost temples take center stage in this story of friendship and mystery.

 

JUNE 17-21

Around The World…In A Bathtub!

What’s more fun than visiting new places? Getting there in a magic bathtub, of course!  The fun will “bubble” over in this camp.

  • For ages 5 & 6
  • 9am-Noon (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $115
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Around The World…In A Bathtub!

What’s more fun than visiting new places? Getting there in a magic bathtub, of course!  The fun will “bubble” over in this camp.

  • For ages 5 & 6
  • Noon-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $115
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Wands Up! A Hogwarts Adventures

The students at Hogwarts discover what happens when a magic spell goes wrong. Can they undo their spell before the teachers find out?

  • For ages 10-14
  • 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $215
  • REGISTER HERE

 

JUNE 24-28

There is a Monster at the End of This Play

Everyone in acting class is scared! There is a monster waiting at the end of their play. Will they be able to finish their story?

  • For ages 5 & 6
  • 9am-Noon (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $115
  • REGISTER HERE

 

There is a Monster at the End of This Play

Everyone in acting class is scared! There is a monster waiting at the end of their play. Will they be able to finish their story?

  • For ages 5 & 6
  • Noon-3:00pm  (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $115
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Captain Underpants: Summer School Edition

Summer school at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School is so boring … that is until Captain Underpants shows up!

  • For ages 7-9
  • 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $215
  • REGISTER HERE

 

JULY 15-18

The Egypt Game and the Hidden Hieroglyphs

Ancient gods and lost temples take center stage in this story of friendship and mystery.

 

I Spy: Lessons in Being a Secret Agent

Monika and Miles are looking forward to their first mission as secret agents. But will their first globe-trotting spy mission also be their last?

 

JULY 22-26

The Teddy Bear Adventures 

Ever wonder what your teddy bear does when you’re fast asleep?  Find out what happens in this late-night teddy bear adventure.

  • For ages 5 & 6
  • 9am-Noon (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $115
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Captain Underpants: Summer School Edition

Summer school at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School is so boring … that is until Captain Underpants shows up!

  • For ages 7-9
  • 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $215
  • REGISTER HERE

 

JULY 29-AUGUST 2

The Egypt Game and the Hidden Hieroglyphs

Ancient gods and lost temples take center stage in this story of friendship and mystery.

 

Wands Up! A Hogwarts Adventures

The students at Hogwarts discover what happens when a magic spell goes wrong. Can they undo their spell before the teachers find out?

  • For ages 10-14
  • 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $215
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Additional Info About 2019 Summer Camps

All 2019 Summer Camps 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.

 

SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE

  • Thursday, May 23 from 4:30-6:00pm at the NorShor Theatre rehearsal studios
  • All are welcome to attend to meet camp instructors, see the rehearsal studios and where to park (Superior Street construction starts April 8, so front door drop-off will not be an option this summer), and receive $10 off camp tuitions.

 

FINAL CLASS SHOWCASES

  • All camps perform in a final showcase on the Friday of their camp week at 4:00pm on the NorShor Theatre stage.
  • Showcase tickets are $5 each and sold at the door (children ages 4 and under are free).

 

QUESTIONS?

 



SPRING CLASSES 2019

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

 

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
    • All Stage Play classes are located on the Family Theatre Stage at the Depot (506 W. Michigan St.)
    • Final Showcase on Wednesday, April 3
  • Instructors:
    • Meghan Niagoda & Bailey Boots from the Duluth Playhouse
    • Tamara Pogin from the Mason Clinic

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

 

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

 

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:  Isabella Wurm & Amber Burns

 

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
  • Instructor:  Bailey Boots

 

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:  Isabella Wurm & Kelly Sue

 



 

JUNIOR PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM (ages 9-12)

JUNIOR PERFORMANCE 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 Program Bundle)

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.

Register Now

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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.

Register Now

 

JUNIOR PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM BUNDLE: 

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

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

 



 

TEEN PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM (ages 13-18)

TEEN PERFORMANCE 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 Program Bundle)

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 Program Bundle)

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.

Register Now

 

TEEN PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM BUNDLE: 

Sign up for two or all three classes in the Teen Professional Program:

1 class = $185  // 2 classes = $250 // 3 classes = $300

 



Additional Info 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 10-week classes perform in a Final Showcase, scheduled for May 4. Time TBD.
  • The Junior & Teen Professional Program final showcases are scheduled for May 25 @ 7pm.
  • 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.