Meet Bill of Mamma Mia: Justin Peck

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Justin Peck: Bill:

What got you involved in the Duluth Playhouse?

  • My family has been actively involved in theater since my kids were little, so when we relocated to Duluth several years ago, we were excited by the vibrant theater scene. Several of my kids had been involved in the Playhouse’s outstanding youth program, so our involvement with the Playhouse was a natural extension of that.

You shoot video, how did you get involved with that?

  • I’m a movie geek. I grew up watching Charlie Chaplin movies with my dad and pouring over filmmaking books. I eventually studied film at university, and I’ve been running movie events and giving presentations about the art of film for about a decade. (Seriously, don’t get me started about movies. I won’t shut up.) Shooting and editing video is one of my hobbies, and when I saw that the Playhouse might be able to use some video assistance, I volunteered.

What has been the best part of 2018 for you?

  • We’re only a week into 2018 (at the time of writing this), but so far it has been great. I welcomed the new year surrounded by family and friends, we are in the heart of awards-season film releases so I’m seeing lots of good movies, and Mamma Mia rehearsals are going really well. Even if the rest of the year is rotten, I’ll still feel lucky.

What excites you about the NorShor?

  • I stepped onto the NorShor stage a couple days ago and looked out at the nearly finished theater. I got more than a little teary-eyed. It’s so beautiful, and it’s hard to believe we have a performance venue like this, but what makes me even happier is what this says about Duluth. We are a city of forward thinking citizens who proudly support our local arts and local businesses. The NorShor is going to be an important pillar of that local pride for years to come.

What food can you not live without?

  • Popcorn, of course. 🙂


Mamma Mia! might be sold out, but here are a couple of options to try and see the show still:

  • Call the Box Office and get your name on the Wait List. If tickets open up during business hours, we’ll start at the top of the list and make our way down until the tickets are claimed.
  • Show up an hour prior to a night’s performance (6:30pm for evening shows, 1:00pm for matinees) and get in the Rush Line. If tickets are available due to last minute cancellations or no-shows, we will sell open seats on a first come, first serve basis. No guarantee of seat location, how many seats will be available, or if seats will even be available.

Good luck!