Classes: Youth & Teen

SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS (ages 5-18): 

The Playhouse School of Performing Arts teaches performance skills that engage the creative mind and develop the talents of young artists. Theatre arts strengthen communication skills, build confidence, and encourage connection. All while having a ton of fun and making new friends!

 

SPRING CLASSES 

 

THEATRE ACTING CLASSES

Explore making choices, building characters and self confidence, along with meeting new friends! 

  • Theatre Acting Classes held at the Depot (506 W. Michigan St) 

 

AGES 5 & 6

Party Animals: Lost in a Rainbow! 

Oh no! All the colors of the rainbow have lost their way. Everything is all mixed up and only Roy G. Biv can set things right.

  • Saturdays, February 26 – May 7 from 9:00-10:00am
  • SHOWCASE: Saturday, May 7 at 10:00am 
  • Tuition $120 
  • Location: Depot Family Theatre

 

AGES 7-9 

Team Escapade: Showdown at the Playground! 

It’s high noon at Dusty Springs Park and some outlaws have taken over the playground. A showdown is a-brewing! Will it be over by bedtime?

  • Saturdays, February 26 – May 7 from 10:30-12:00pm
  • SHOWCASE: Saturday, May 7 at 11:30am 
  • Tuition: $220
  • Location: Family Theatre

 

AGES 10-12

Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew: Goes Underground! 

All are invited to the grand reopening of Echo Cave! After years of being closed local interest has never been higher. But when the Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew hears rumors about a creature living in the caves they have no choice but to investigate.

  • Wednesdays, February 23 – May 4 from 4:30-6:00pm
  • Showcase: Wednesday, May 4 at 5:30pm 
  • Tuition: $220
  • Location: Family Theatre 

 

AGES 9-14

Improv Theatre! 

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. Learning to make strong choices is a cornerstone for any professional acting student who wants to perfect their acting abilities.

  • Saturdays, February 26 – May 7  from 11:30 – 1:00pm 
  • Showcase: Saturday, May 7 at 12:30pm 
  • Tuition: $220
  • Teacher: Jonathan Manchester 
  • Location: NorShor Theatre 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES

Practice and advance singing, dancing and acting skills for musicals. Be in shape for the next round of auditions! 

  • Musical Theatre Classes held at the Depot (506 W. Michigan St) 

 

AGES 7-9

Musical Theatre Song & Dance: “Talk to the Animals” Dr. Dolittle the Musical 

Develop valuable musical theatre skills while learning a musical song and dance combination from the musical Dr. Dolittle!  Condition your voice, and improve audition skills, stage foundation, and dance and acting abilities. 

  • Tuesdays, February 22 – May 3  from 4:30-6:00pm
  • Showcase: Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30pm 
  • Tuition: $240
  • Teacher: Amber Burns 
  • Location: Family Theatre 

 

AGES 10-12 

Musical Theatre Song & Dance: “Good Morning” Singing in the Rain (TAP DANCING) 

Bring your tap shoes and advance musical theatre skills while learning a musical song and dance from the musical Singing in the Rain! Condition your voice, and improve audition skills, stage foundation, and dance and acting abilities. Students do not need to have any tap dancing experience, but must own and bring tap shoes to class (Some tap shoes are available to borrow – contact Amber Burns: aburns@duluthplayhouse.org) 

  • Saturdays, Feb. 26 – May 7 from 9:00 – 10:30am 
  • Showcase: Saturday, May 7 at 10:00am 
  • Tuition: $240
  • Location: NorShor Rehearsal Studios 

 

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL THEATRE TRAINING 

AGES 7-9 

Spring Mini Intensive: The Birthday Party Disaster!

It was supposed to be the best birthday ever. But somehow everything went wrong. What really happened at the party? There are two sides to every story… and sometimes more.

Students must have taken a previous acting class to register. 

  • Mondays, February 21 – May 2 from 4:30-6:00pm
  • Showcase: Monday, May 2 at 5:30pm
  • Tuition: $220
  • Location: Family Theatre Depot Stage (506 W. Michigan St) 
  • Teacher: Cheryl Skafte 

 

AGES 9-12 

Spring Junior Intensive: Disney Broadway Magic!

In this professional intensive students will audition and be cast in a musical theatre variety showcase of Disney songs, scenes, and dances! With an emphasis on learning, retaining, and performing choreography and song, this course models the rigor, dedication, and etiquette expected in professional rehearsal spaces. Students are expected to have a foundation in basic dance vocabulary and technique. It is a prerequisite that students have a mastery of pitch, breath support, and diction. Students will be held to a high standard for focus, stamina, and work ethic.   

  • Thursday, Feb. 24 – May 5 from 4:30-6:00pm 
  • Performance: Saturday, May 7 at 5:00pm  
  • Tuition: $240
  • Location: Depot Family Theatre 
  • Teachers: Amber Burns & Kyle Picha  

 

AGES 13-18 

Spring Teen Intensive: Broadway Theatre Project! 

Audition and be cast in a musical theatre variety show celebrating the evolution of musical theatre! From the Golden Age to Contemporary times actors will learn songs from shows like: Oklahoma, Six, Tuck Everlasting, Tik Tik Boom, Spring Awakening and many more! With an emphasis on learning, retaining, and performing students will learn choreography, scene work and songs.This course models the rigor, dedication, and etiquette expected in professional rehearsal spaces. Students are expected to have a foundation in basic dance vocabulary and technique. It is a prerequisite that students have a mastery of pitch, breath support, and diction. Students will be held to a high standard for focus, stamina, and work ethic.  

  • Saturdays, February 26 – May 7 from 11:00-1:00pm
  • Performance: Saturday, May 7 at 5:00pm  
  • Tuition: $240
  • Location: NorShor Theatre (211 E Superior Street)
  • Teachers: Kyle Picha, Amber Burns

 

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DANCE TRAINING

  • All Dance classes Location: NorShor Theatre (211 E Superior Street)

 

Ages 15-Adult (Zoom Option Available for all Dance Classes) 

Adult Beginner Tap Dancing  

Never tapped before and want to try? This class is perfect for beginners who just want to move their bodies and learn some fun tap steps in the process!

  • Saturdays, Feb. 19 – April 30 from 9:00-9:45am
  • Tuition: 10 Class Pass $75/ Drop in pass – $8.00 – Good for all adult dance and workout classes
  • Teacher: Naomi Christenson
  • Location: NorShor Rehearsal Spaces 

 

Ages 15-Adult 

Adult Intermediate Tap Dancing 

 Improve technique and rhythm while learning fun tap routines and skills! 

  • Saturdays, Feb. 19 – April 30 from 10:00 – 10:45am 
  • Tuition: 10 Class Pass $75/ Drop in pass – $8.00 – Good for all adult dance and workout classes
  • Teacher: Naomi Christenson
  • Location: NorShor Rehearsal Spaces 

 

Adult Beginner/ Intermediate Jazz Dancing

Explore fun jazz routines, strengthen technique, and condition your body in this jazz class for all levels! 

  • Saturdays, Feb. 19 – April 30 from 11:30 – 12:15pm 
  • Tuition: 10 Class Pass $75/ Drop in pass – $8.00 – Good for all adult dance and workout classes
  • Teacher: Brianna Hall 
  • Location: NorShor Rehearsal Spaces

 

Improv Theatre! (Ages 15 – Adult) 

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. Learning to make strong choices is a cornerstone for any professional acting student who wants to perfect their acting abilities.

  • Saturdays, February 26 – May 7  from 10:00 – 11:30am 
  • Showcase: Saturday, May 7 at 2:00pm 
  • Tuition: $200
  • Teacher: Jonathan Manchester 
  • Location: NorShor Theatre 

 

PASSES

 10 Class Pass $75/ Drop in pass – $8.00 – Good for all adult dance and workout classes


 

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

Need assistance in paying for your child’s classes? Download our Scholarship Application below and submit it:

  • By Email. Send to Amber Burns at aburns@duluthplayhouse.org.
  • By Mail. Send to The Duluth Playhouse, Attention: Amber Burns,  211 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802.
  • In-Person. Drop off at the Box Office at the NorShor Theatre at 211 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802 (currently closed).

Download the School of Performing Arts Scholarship Application