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!

 

FALL 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: Polar Bear Club! 

Grrr! There’s trouble in Antarctica. Those pesky penguins are causing problems at the south pole. Can the polar bears save the day? Actors will focus on teamwork, role playing, and creative games in this interactive class. Theater concepts explored include vocal projection, basic stage movements and expression. 

  • Saturdays, September 18 – November 20 from 9:00-10:00am
  • SHOWCASE: Saturday, November 20 at 10:00am 
  • Tuition $120 

 

AGES 7-9 

Team Escapade: Tanya Timber’s Lumberjack School

It’s graduation day at lumberjack school and all the students are excited, but Tanya Timber has one final test for them. Do the students have what it takes to pass? Actors will focus on teamwork, imagination and problem-solving in this interactive class.  Theater concepts explored include vocal projection, stage blocking, and memorization.

  • Saturdays, September 18 – November 20 from 10:30-12:00pm
  • SHOWCASE: Saturday, November 20 at 11:30am 
  • Tuition: $220

 

AGES 10-12

Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew: Food Fight! 

Lunch Lady Lisa is missing and the cafeteria food just isn’t the same. Are the new recipes responsible for the recent strange happenings at school? The Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew is on the case. Actors will focus on teamwork, concentration, and building confidence in this interactive class. Theater concepts explored include vocal projection, body control, and character development.

  • Wednesdays, September 15 – November 17 from 4:30-6:00pm
  • Showcase: Wednesday, November 17 at 5:30pm 
  • Tuition: $220

 

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, September 18 – November 20 from 1:30-3:00pm 
  • Showcase: November 20 at 3:00pm 
  • Tuition: $220

 

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: “Bikini Bottom Boogie!” Spongebob   

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

  • Tuesdays, September 14 – November 16  from 4:30-6:00pm
  • Showcase: Tuesday, November 16 at 5:30pm 
  • Tuition: $240

 

AGES 10-12 

Musical Theatre Song & Dance: “I Like to Move it” Madagascar (TAP DANCING) 

Bring your tap shoes and advance musical theatre skills while learning a musical song and dance from the musical Madagascar! 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) 

  • Thursdays, September 16 – November 18  from 4:30-6:00pm
  • Showcase: Tuesday, November 16 at 5:30pm 
  • Tuition: $240

 

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL THEATRE TRAINING 

AGES 7-9 

Fall Mini Intensive: Road Trip! 

There’s nothing like a cross country road trip. Especially when it doesn’t go as planned. So buckle up and prepare for one wild ride! In this professional intensive students will develop advanced acting skills and perform a short play! This course models the rigor, dedication, and etiquette expected in professional rehearsal spaces. Students will build foundational techniques while creating stories and imagining animals! Students must have taken a previous acting class to register. 

  • Mondays, September 13 – November 15 from 4:30-6:00pm
  • Showcase: Monday, November 15 at 5:30pm
  • Tuition: $220
  • Location: Family Theatre Depot Stage (506 W. Michigan St) 

 

AGES 9-12 

Fall Junior Intensive: ONE ACT: Castle of Questions 

What’s inside the castle beyond the mist? What will you find in the highest towers? What’s lurking in the deepest dungeons? And what happens when you find the answers? In this professional intensive students will audition and be cast in a one act play! With an emphasis on acting, learning and retaining, this course models the rigor, dedication, and etiquette expected in professional rehearsal spaces. Students are expected to have a foundation in basic acting vocabulary and technique.Students will be held to a high standard for focus, stamina, and work ethic.  

  • Saturdays, September 18 – November 20 from 11:00-1:00pm
  • Performance: Saturday, November 20 at 6:00pm 
  • Tuition: $240
  • Location: NorShor Theatre (211 E Superior Street)

 

AGES 13-18 

Fall Teen Intensive: ONE ACT: Myth Understandings 

Greek Mythology is often myth-understood. The myth-representation of these tales lead to myth-adventure, myth-fortune, and myth-behavior. Don’t myth out! Audition and be cast in a One Act show! With an emphasis on learning, retaining, and performing students will learn advanced acting techniques, scene work, and character building exercises. This course models the rigor, dedication, and etiquette expected in professional rehearsal spaces. Students are expected to have a foundation in basic acting and technique. Students will be held to a high standard for focus, stamina, and work ethic.  

  • Saturdays, September 18 – November 20 from 11:00-1:00pm
  • Performance: Saturday, November 20 at 6:00pm 
  • Tuition: $240
  • Location: NorShor Theatre (211 E Superior Street)

 

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DANCE TRAINING

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

 

Ages 15-Adult (Zoom Option Available) 

Saturday Dance Intensives – JAZZ

Improve technique, rhythm, flexibility, and dancing skills in these fast paced jazz and tap classes!

  • Saturdays, September 11 – November 13 (10 weeks)
  •  10:00-10:45am/ Teacher: Brianna Hall
  • Tuition: See Passes
  • Location: NorShor 

 

Ages 15-Adult (Zoom Option Available) 

Saturday Dance Intensives – TAP

Improve technique, rhythm, flexibility, and dancing skills in these fast paced jazz and tap classes!

  • Saturdays, September 11 – November 13 (10 weeks)
  • 9-9:45am/ Teacher: Naomi Christenson
  • Tuition: See Passes
  • Location: NorShor 

 

Express Tap (Zoom Option Available) 

Get a workout while we practice dancing skills and combinations!

  • Mondays, September 13 – November 15  (10 weeks) from 5:15-6pm
  • Tuition: See Passes
  • Teacher: Amber Burns
  • Location: NorShor Theatre (211 E Superior Street)

 

Amber’s Mixer (Zoom Option Available) 

Mix up your workout in this dance-cardio class!

  • Wednesdays, September 15 – November 17 (10 weeks) from 5:15-6pm
  • Tuition: See passes
  • Location: NorShor Theatre (211 E Superior Street)
  • Instructor: Amber Burns

 

PASSES

Unlimited – $150/ 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