Family Theatre

LET THE MAGIC BEGIN FOR ALL AGES!

 

  •  The Playhouse Family Theatre, located at the Depot (506 W. Michigan St., Duluth MN 55802), is the home of family-friendly theatre productions. Our 280-seat theatre features great views from every seat – no matter your height.
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A romantic comedy for anyone who has ever been in love
Dates

August 15 & 17


Showtimes

Thursdays & Saturdays @ 7:00pm


Written by William Shakespeare

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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.

This production is presented by youth artists ages 13-18.

  • Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency
  • Directed by Christina Stroup
  • This performance alternates dates with Xanadu JR
  • Tickets
    • Standard: $17
    • Youth: $15

 

 

 


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

August 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

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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.

This production is presented by youth artists ages 13-18.

  • Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency
  • Directed by Robert Lee
  • This performance alternates dates with Much Ado About Nothing
  • Tickets:
    • Standard: $17
    • Youth: $15

 


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THE MOUSEHOLE CAT
Dates

Saturday, October 5


Showtimes

1:00pm & 4:00pm


Cornwall based professional theatre company Cousin Jack’s present a magical puppet and live-action production of classic Celtic Cornish children’s story, The Mousehole Cat.

Inspired by the ancient folklore of the land this stunning show tells the story of a brave fisherman’s attempts to save his village from famine. The twist in the tale? The story is told from the perspective of his faithful cat, Mowzer. But who will win the great battle between the Great Storm Cat and Tom the fisherman?

Based on a well-known Cornish legend Antonia Barber’s uniquely heartwarming story of the friendship between a fearless fisherman and his devoted cat is sure to warm the cockles of your heart almost as much as an ‘efty portion of, Cornish delicacy, stargazy pie!

  • Tickets on sale the first week of September 2019.

 


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The 2019-2020 Family Theatre Season
Dates

October 25-November 3, 2019


Showtimes

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


Set sail with young Jim Hawkins, the larger-than-life Long John Silver and a crew of swashbuckling rogues, as Treasure Island explodes like a cannonball onto the stage, regaling thrill-seekers of all ages with a story both epic and funny.

Adventure beckons when a mysterious blind man delivers the dreaded Black Spot to the aging sea captain, Billy Bones. Now, Jim is plunged into a desperate race for buried treasure armed with only his wits against a crew of pirates!

  • Performed at the Depot
  • Directed by Michael Kraklio
  • Great for ages 3+
  • Running Time: 1.0 hrs

 


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Dates

January 10-26, 2020


Showtimes

Friday @ 7pm, Saturday @ 1pm & 4pm, Sunday @ 1pm & 4pm


For the first time in forever, the Disney Broadway musical nominated for three Tony Awards graces the Family Theatre stage.

Tucked away in the kingdom of Arendelle live Princesses Anna and Elsa. Anna is a fearless, spirited dreamer, and Elsa, while timid, harnesses magic in her fingertips capable of creating worlds of ice and snow. When an icy outburst causes a never-ending winter and Elsa makes a quick retreat, Anna sets out to find her. Along the way, she meets ice salesman Kristoff, his reindeer sidekick Sven, and a loveable snowman named Olaf.

Young and the young at heart will fall in love with this story of discovering your true power.

 


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Dates

March 5-22, 2020


Showtimes

Thursday-Friday @ 7pm, Saturday @ 2pm & 7pm, Sunday @ 2pm


Inspired by the genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Matilda: The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.

Armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, Matilda proves that everyone has the power to take a stand and change their story. All with the help of a kindly teacher, her friends, and, of course, a little magic!

  • Performed at the Depot
  • Great for ages 4+
  • Running Time: 2.0 hrs

 


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Dates

May 16-24, 2020


Showtimes

Saturday @ 1pm & 4pm, Sunday @ 1pm & 4pm


An unlikely friendship blossoms between the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad as they travel through four fun-filled seasons. They plant gardens, swim in swimming pools, rake leaves, and go sledding down snowy hills, all the while learning many life lessons along the way.

Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books and set to song, these two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make their friendship so special.

  • Performed at the Depot
  • Great for ages 3+
  • Running Time: 1.0 hrs

 


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Dates

June 26-28, 2020


Showtimes

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


Instead of chopping down the old fruit tree as his conniving aunties ask, James discovers a magic potion that makes an old peach grow to an enormous size.

Finding a door to climb inside, James meets a group of outrageous oversized insects who’ve made the peach their home.

Based on Roald Dahl’s original tale, James and his new friends roll their peach into the ocean and embark on a fantastic voyage!

  • Performed at the Depot
  • Great for ages 3+
  • Running Time: 1.0 hrs
  • Presenting Sponsor: Western Bank
  • Performed by youth actors ages 8-13.

 


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Dates

July 31, August 1, 7 & 8, 2020


Showtimes

Thursday & Saturday @ 7pm


Tempted by spirits, teased by sprites, and tormented by a monster, a shipwrecked king and his party face the wrath of the conjurer, Prospero — a man they marooned on the enchanted island years ago.

But revenge brings redemption in William Shakespeare’s magical, tempestuous journey. Passions are unleashed, villains are thwarted, and a family is reunited in a funny and cathartic tale of romance and new beginnings.

  • Performed by youth actors ages 13-18 at the Depot
  • Great for ages 7+
  • Running Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Presenting Sponsor: Otis-Magie Insurance Agency

 

 


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Dates

August 1, 2, 8, & 9, 2020


Showtimes

Saturday @ 2pm, Sunday @ 2pm


Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Mary Poppins JR will capture your heart.

Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach
the family members how to value each other again.

While Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical adventures, Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect.

  • Performed by youth actors ages 13-18 at the Depot
  • Great for ages 4+
  • Running Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Presenting Sponsor: Otis-Magie Insurance Agency

 

 


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