Family Theatre

The Playhouse Family Theatre presents wildly imaginative entertainment appropriate for the entire family. Bring your 3-year-old, and grandma and grandpa, too! Featuring our Children’s Theatre Arts and our Theatre for Young Audiences productions.

  • The Playhouse Family Theatre performs on the main stage at the Depot (506 W. Michigan St., Duluth MN 55802).
  • Need Box Office assistance with a Family Theatre show on the weekends?
    • Please call 218.733.7571. Our Box Office opens 2 hours prior to the show.

 


 


Current Season


NEW FAMILY THEATRE SEASON! The doctor is in, and he doesn't just talk to animals
Dates

October 26-November 4


Showtimes

Friday @ 7pm  |  Saturday @ 1pm & 4pm  |  Sunday @ 2pm


Book by Leslie Bricusse
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Based on the Doctor Dolittle stories by Hugh Lofting and The Twentieth Century Fox film.

The classic tale of kindness to animals trots, crawls and flies onto the stage in Doctor Dolittle JR with the kids of the Children’s Theatre Arts program with the Playhouse Family Theatre!

This musical tells the classic tale of a wacky, but kind, doctor who can talk to animals, taking the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. When Doctor Dolittle attempts to help a seal named Sophie, he’s wrongly accused of murder and stands trial before General Bellowes. Once pronounced innocent, Dolittle is free to continue with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth.

  • Bring the kids dressed in their Halloween best; we’re having a costume contest at intermission of every show!
  • The Lake Superior Zoo will be bringing friendly critters with their zoo-mobile for patrons to see and pet in between our performances on Saturdays!
  • Performed on the Depot Theatre stage.

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The sassiest and cleverest cat in the kingdom!
Dates

January 19-February 3


Showtimes

Saturdays @ 1pm & 4pm | Sundays @ 2pm


An original adaptation written and developed by the Duluth Playhouse’s Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) ensemble

Tom, the miller’s son, is left his father’s cat for an inheritance. He’s also expected to get the family mill. Unfortunately, that went to his bossy elder sister, Gabrielle. The cat, however, is no one’s fool. He promises that if Tom gets him a pair of boots, he will make his fortune.

Once he has the footwear and becomes Puss in Boots, the cat sets out on an amazing adventure. It involves meeting the King, the Queen and the lovely Princess Pam, who Puss thinks will make a nice wife for his master! There is only one real obstacle to the cat’s brilliant scheming:

The Great Ogre!

  • Performed by TYA’s adult acting company
  • Performed on the Depot Theatre stage

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The delivered the papers until they made the headlines.
Dates

February 28-March 10


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7pm  | Saturday &  Sunday @ 2pm


Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White

Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy, and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken featuring the now-classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe.” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

  • Performed on the Depot Theatre stage

 

 


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Let's begin by taking a smallish nap or two
Dates

May 11- 26, 2018


Showtimes

Saturdays @ 1pm & 4pm  |  Sundays @ 2pm


Based on the book by A.A. Milne
Adapted for the stage by Kristin Sergel

This honey-filled delight is as sweet as it is fun, based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne.

Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course… sharing snacks.

  • Performed by TYA’s adult acting company
  • Presented on the Depot Theatre stage
  • Presenting Sponsor:  Western Bank

 


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Tap your toes and make a splash!
Dates

June 28-30


Showtimes

Friday @ 7pm  |  Saturday @ 2pm & 7pm  |  Sunday @ 2pm


Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Songs by Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown

Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.

Singin’ in the Rain JR has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers!

In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

 


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A romantic comedy for anyone who has ever been in love
Dates

August 8, 10, 15 & 17


Showtimes

Thursdays & Saturdays @ 7:00pm


Written by William Shakespeare

Beatrice and Benedick are locked in a battle of wits, but share a mutual disdain for love. Their friends undertake a scheme to trick them into falling for one another during the preparations for Claudio and Hero’s wedding. But, as that plan starts working, so does another scheme…

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing treats the audience to a hilarious battle of wits and words with the original romantic-comedy couple.

  • A Teen Summer Intensive performance with youth actors ages 13-18
  • Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency
  • This performance alternates dates with Xanadu JR

 


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Slap on your roller skates, pump up the glitter, and get hip
Dates

August 9, 11, 16 & 18


Showtimes

Fridays @ 7:00pm  |  Sundays @ 2:00pm


Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar
Based on the Universal Pictures film with a screenplay by Richard Danus & Marc Rubel

The laugh-out-loud musical stage adaptation of the 1980 film, Xanadu JR is the rare musical with a big heart, an even bigger funny bone, and a tongue stuck firmly in its cheek.

Xanadu JR follows Clio, the lovely and precocious Greek muse who decides to put on some roller skates, legwarmers, and an Australian accent in order to help Sonny Malone, a chalk artist with half a brain and a heart of gold, rediscover his own creativity. With both help and hindrance from the other muses — and from a clarinetist-turned-real estate mogul named Danny Maguire — Sonny and Clio work to rebuild their “apex of the arts”: a roller disco.

  • A Teen Summer Intensive performance with youth actors ages 13-18
  • Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency
  • This performance alternates dates with Much Ado About Nothing

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