Save My Seat – Year End Giving Campaign

It has truly been a year unlike any other. We know that nothing will ever replace coming to the NorShor, Family and Underground Theatres to experience the amazing live performances for which the Playhouse is known.

We have a very special request.

Since closing last March, the Playhouse has had to cancel 17 productions and 4 special events – that adds up to:

  • 130 canceled performances, and
  • 40,000 seats unsold

Unfortunately, indoor theaters will be one of the last industries to restart. The financial impact of such a prolonged closure is devastating.

Here’s our idea: Will you help us sell-out our venues once again, as we often do with live performances, in this time of darkness? Our goal is to raise $100,000.00. With 600 seats at the NorShor Theatre, 300 seats at the Family Theatre, and 100 seats in the Underground, the Playhouse fills 1,000 seats performance after performance.

If 1,000 people donated $100 each to SAVE YOUR SEAT, we will fill our theatres once again, if only in our hearts. Mostly, your donation will help the Playhouse recover from the significant loss of show-related income. As always, donations of any amount are much appreciated and will help us reach our goal.

Funds raised from the SAVE YOUR SEAT campaign and holiday streaming productions will go directly toward sustaining The Duluth Playhouse as we push through this pandemic and plan for better days ahead.

To SAVE YOUR SEAT, click the button below to make your donation online or mail it in using the print-at-home donation form (found below).



With 106 years of bringing entertainment and opportunities to our community, the Playhouse will prevail because of you and your support. We hope you will keep the arts in your hearts and continue to support us through this very difficult time.

Thank you, dear friends. We miss you and look forward to raising the curtain upon your smiling faces once again. The shows will go on!

Wishing you and yours a warm, safe, and healthy holiday season,


Christine Gradl Seitz, Executive Director



We know that nothing will ever replace coming to the NorShor, Family and Underground Theatres to experience the amazing live performances for which the Playhouse is known.

We cannot wait to bring our Playhouse family back together in-person. But now is not a safe time. This doesn’t mean we can’t continue to bring a little Playhouse magic to you in the comfort of your own homes.

In keeping with the Playhouse holiday tradition, tune in this December to two very special and original virtual productions. The NorShor Theatre presents Songs of the Season, featuring classic holiday songs performed by your favorite professional community artists: Carolyn LePine, Gabriel Mayfield, Shad Olsen, and Christina Stroup. The Family Theatre presents My Christmas Wish For You, showcasing the talents of our young budding artists, fun for all ages!

Both shows will be streamed on our YouTube channel for a limited time. We hope you will donate what you can to access these upcoming performances.

You can find more information on each virtual performance below, and we can’t wait to “see” you at the show!



Premiering Thursday, December 10 @ 7:00pm

  • Directed by Phillip Fazio, the NorShor Theatre’s new artistic director
  • Musical direction by Andy Kust
  • Featuring local professional artists Carolyn LePine, Gabriel Mayfield, Shad Olsen, and Christina Stroup

Our cast of Playhouse favorites cannot wait to welcome you back (virtually) to the NorShor Theatre and celebrate the season together!

Featuring inspirational stories and classic songs like Silent NightIt’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and All I Want for Christmas Is You.




Premiering Thursday, December 17 @ 7:00pm

  • Directed by Amber Burns, artistic director of the Playhouse Family Theatre
  • Musical direction by Andy Kust
  • Featuring the talents of our young budding artists: Jackson Chederquist, Greyson Holste, Logan Johnsrud, Reagan Kern, Larisa Miller, Mia Patronas, Lussi Salmela, Sofia Salmela, Abrianna Schmidt, Madeline Watts & Grace Wilson

An original story about a group of friends making it through the holidays in this time of quarantine and uncertainty.

Tag along as these pals discover the ups and downs of their current COVID life, find their joys, and realize friendship can be the saving grace.

With upbeat songs, dancing, and a heartwarming story, this modern virtual holiday show is sure to have everyone in the holiday spirit!



Questions about the SAVE YOUR SEAT campaign or our virtual productions? Please contact Ashlee at or call 218.733.7555.