Classes: Youth & Teen

SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS (ages 5-18): 

Whether you are a first-time theatre dabbler wanting to try something new, or a young rising star seeking every opportunity to hone their craft, you want to be at the Playhouse School of Performing Arts!

 

 

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THEATRE ACTING CLASSES

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

 

AGES 5&6 – Party Animals: Get Super Powers!  

Dr. Zany’s new science experiment is super … it gives you SUPER powers! What kind of mischief will the Party Animals get into with their new abilities?

  • February 20 – April 24 (Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am)
    • Performance Showcase: Saturday, May 1 at 9:30am 
  • Tuition $120 
  • Instructors: Cheryl Skafte & Kaylee Peck
  • Class Location: The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.

 

AGES 7-9  – Team Escapade: Don’t Bring an Alligator to School

It is show and tell day at school and everyone has something to share. What happens when someone brings an ALLIGATOR to school? What will the teacher do and how will they get the Gator back to the swamp?

  • February 20 – April 24 (Saturdays, 10:30-12:00pm)
    • Performance Showcase: May 1 at 11:00am 
  • Tuition: $200
  • Instructors: Cheryl Skafte & Kaylee Peck
  • Class Location: The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.

 

AGES 10-12 – Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew Goes Medieval!

It’s time for the renaissance fair. Everyone is excited until a mystery threatens to ruin the fun. Can ye olde Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew save the day?  

  • February 24 – April 28 (Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm)
    • Performance Showcase: May 5 at 5:00pm
  • Tuition: $200
  • Instructors: Rylee Kuberra & Melissa Schroeder
  • Class Location: The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.

 

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.

  • February  20 – April 24 (Saturdays, 1:00-2:30pm)
    • Performance Showcase: May 1 at 1:00pm
  • Tuition: $150
  • Instructor: Christina Stroup Manchester
  • Class Location: The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.

 

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MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES

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

 

AGES 7-9 – Musical Theatre Song & Dance: I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (The Lion King) 

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

  • February 23 – April 27 (Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm)
    • Performance Showcase: May 4 at 5:00pm
  • Tuition: $200
  • Instructor: Amber Burn
  • Class Location: The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.

 

AGES 10-12  – Musical Theatre Song & Dance: Friend Like Me (Aladdin) 

Advance musical theatre skills while learning a musical song and dance from the musical Aladdin! Condition your voice, and improve audition skills, stage foundation, and dance and acting abilities. 

  • February 25 – April 29 (Thursday, 4:30-6:00pm)
    • Performance Showcase: May 6 at 5:00pm
  • Tuition: $200
  • Instructor: Amber Burns 
  • Class Location: The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.

 

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PRE-PROFESSIONAL THEATRE TRAINING 

AGES 7-9  – NEW! – Spring Mini Intensive: Legendary Creatures – Mad Lib Edition! 

In this professional intensive students will develop advanced acting skills! This course models the rigor, dedication, and etiquette expected in professional rehearsal spaces. Students will build foundational techniques while creating stories of legendary creatures and imaginary animals! Students must have taken a previous acting class to register. 

  • February 22 – April 26 (Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm)
    • Performance Showcase: May 3 at 5:00pm
  • Tuition: $200
  • Instructor: Cheryl Skafte
  • Class Location: Family Theatre Depot stage (506 W. Michigan St) 

 

AGES 9-12  – Spring Junior Intensive: Disney Takes Broadway By Storm!  (Audition Required)*

In this professional-level intensive, students will audition and be cast in a musical theatre variety showcase of Disney songs, scenes, and dances. This course models the rigor, dedication, and etiquette expected in high standard, professional rehearsal spaces with an emphasis on learning, retaining, and performing choreography and song. The age range of this course is intentionally reflective of typical casting for Playhouse productions to teach students how to collaborate as an ensemble with a wide age range. Students are expected to have a foundation in basic dance vocabulary and technique. It is also a prerequisite for students to have a mastery of pitch, breath support, and diction.

  • February 20-May 8  |  Tech Week: May 10-14
    • Saturdays, 11:15am-12:45pm & Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm 
  • Intensive Performances: May 15 & 16 (Saturday at 1&4pm, Sunday at 1&4pm) 
  • Tuition: $275
  • Instructors: Amber Burns, Phillip Fazio & Andy Kust 
  • Class Location: NorShor Theatre (211 E Superior Street)

*Auditions will be conducted via video submission, and must be submitted by email by February 15, 2021 at 8:00pm. Click here to download audition materials.

 

AGES 13-18 – Spring Teen Intensive: Broadway Today! (Audition Required)*

Audition and be cast in a musical theatre variety show celebrating the evolution of contemporary musical theatre,
from Wicked, Hamilton, Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hanson, The Prom, and many more. This show presents an impressive contemporary roster, and students will learn choreography, scene work, and songs taught by our professional teaching artists. This course models the rigor, dedication, and etiquette expected in high standard, professional rehearsal spaces. The age range of this course is intentionally reflective of typical casting for Playhouse productions so students can practice collaborating as an ensemble with a wide age range. Students must have a foundation in basic dance vocabulary and technique. It is also a prerequisite for students to have a mastery of pitch, breath support, and diction.

  • February 20-May 15  |  Tech Week: May 17-21
    • Saturdays, 9-10:30am & Mondays, 5:00-6:30pm
    • Intensive Performances: May 21 -23 
  • Tuition: $275
  • Instructors: Amber Burns, Phillip Fazio & Andy Kust 
  • Class Location: NorShor Theatre (211 E Superior Street)

*Auditions will be conducted via video submission, and must be submitted by email by February 15, 2021 at 8:00pm. Click here to download audition materials.

 

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DANCE & WORKOUT CLASSES

AGES 13+ – Express Tap

Get a workout while we practice dancing skills and combinations!

  • February 15 – April 26 (Mondays, 5:15-6:00pm) 
  • Tuition:
    • $8 Drop-In
    • $75 10-Class Pass
    • $150 Unlimited Class Pass
  • Instructor: Amber Burns 
  • Class Location: NorShor Theatre, 211 E Superior Street

 

AGES 13+ – Amber’s Mixer

Mix up your workout in this dance-cardio class!

  • February 17 – April 28 (Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00pm) 
  • Tuition: 
    • $8 Drop-In
    • $75 10-Class Pass
    • $150 Unlimited Class Pass
  • Instructor: Amber Burns
  • Class Location: NorShor Theatre, 211 E Superior Street

 

 

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