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! Featuring our Children’s Theatre Arts and our Theatre for Young Audiences productions.

  • 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

The sassiest and cleverest cat in the kingdom!

January 19-February 3


Saturdays @ 1pm & 4pm | Sundays @ 2pm

An original adaptation written and developed by the Duluth Playhouse’s Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) ensemble


Tom, the miller’s son, is left his father’s cat for an inheritance. He’s also expected to get the family mill. Unfortunately, that went to his bossy elder sister, Gabrielle. The cat, however, is no one’s fool. He promises that if Tom gets him a pair of boots, he will make his fortune.

Once he has the footwear and becomes Puss in Boots, the cat sets out on an amazing adventure. It involves meeting the King, the Queen and the lovely Princess Pam, who Puss thinks will make a nice wife for his master! There is only one real obstacle to the cat’s brilliant scheming:

The Great Ogre!

  • Directed by Jonathan Manchester
  • Performed by TYA’s adult acting company
  • Performed on the Depot Theatre stage

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The delivered the papers until they made the headlines.

February 28-March 10


Thursday-Saturday @ 7pm  | Saturday &  Sunday @ 2pm

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White

Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy, and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken featuring the now-classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe.” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

  • Performed on the Depot Theatre stage



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Picture the cutest pet trick you can imagine...

Tuesday, April 9



…You’ll see it here!

From dogs jumping rope to cats pushing strollers, this show is ideal for kids and kids-at-heart.

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of former Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets.

His entourage consists of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony and over 30 performing pets including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), geese, white doves, and parrots.

  • Performed on the Depot stage
  • Standard Ticket – $25
  • Youth Ticket – $20


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Let's begin by taking a smallish nap or two

May 11- 26, 2018


Saturdays @ 1pm & 4pm  |  Sundays @ 2pm

Based on the book by A.A. Milne
Adapted for the stage by Kristin Sergel

This honey-filled delight is as sweet as it is fun, based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne.

Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course… sharing snacks.

  • Performed by TYA’s adult acting company
  • Presented on the Depot Theatre stage
  • Presenting Sponsor:  Western Bank


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Tap your toes and make a splash!

June 28-30


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.

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.


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A romantic comedy for anyone who has ever been in love

August 8, 10, 15 & 17


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

August 9, 11, 16 & 18


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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October 26-November 4


This heartwarming story is perfect for kids and adults alike!

John Dolittle is a wacky, but kind, doctor who hasn’t had the most success treating humans. With a natural skill of learning animal languages, Dr. Dolittle becomes one of the greatest animal doctors around.

His journey takes the audience from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail and any animal, or human, he can help along the way.

Performed by youth actors ages 8-18, and is perfect for youth ages 3-13 to watch.

  • Directed by Cheryl Skafte
  • Bring the kids dressed in their Halloween best; we’re having a costume parade at the beginning of every show!
  • The Lake Superior Zoo will be bringing friendly critters with their zoo-mobile for patrons to see and pet in between our Saturday performances!


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