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!

 

  • 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


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.

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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.

A Junior Summer Intensive performance presented by youth actors ages 8-13

  • Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency
  • Performing on the Family Theatre stage at the Depot
  • Tickets:
    • Standard: $17
    • Youth: $15

 


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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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The 2019-2020 Family Theatre Season
Dates

October 25-November 3, 2019


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Jim Hawkins lives a quiet life until the sudden death of Billy Bones, an old tenant of his mother’s inn. Snatching a worn map from Bones’ possessions, Jim is thrust into the adventure of a lifetime, complete with cutthroat pirates, his treasure map and an island of buried riches.

From a harrowing voyage on the high seas to plotting pirates to the legendary Captain Long John Silver, Jim finds himself on the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime to Skeleton Island.

A thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, audiences will be taken on a timeless journey of unimaginable proportions!

 


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Dates

January 10-29, 2020


Showtimes

The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready to bring Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life!

Tucked away in the kingdom of Arendelle live Princesses Anna and Elsa. Anna is a fearless, spirited dreamer. Elsa is timid but kind and unlike other royalty; she harness 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, and a loveable snowman named Olaf.

Young and the young at heart alike will fall in love with this story of sisterhood and discovering your potential.


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Dates

March 5-15, 2020


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From the amazing mind of Roald Dahl comes the beloved magical misfit to the Playhouse Family Theatre in the hit musical that swept up five Tony Awards!

Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl genius armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination. With the help of her kindly teacher, her friends, and a little magic, this miraculous girl proves that everyone has the power to take a stand and change their story.


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Dates

May 15-24, 2020


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Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

They plant gardens, swim in swimming holes, rake autumn leaves, go sledding down snowy hills, and learn life lessons along the way.

The two best of friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique but also makes their friendship so special.


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Dates

June 26-28, 2020


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When James is sent by his conniving aunt to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach…and launches a journey of enormous proportions!

James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s poignant quirky story, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

  • Performed by youth actors ages 8-13.

 


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Dates

July 30 – August 9, 2020


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Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Mary Poppins JR will capture your heart in a whole new enchanting way.

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.

 


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Dates

July 30 – August 9, 2020


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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.

 


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