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Summer Performance Intensive Program

These two productions are performed by the Youth Repertory Theatre Company. Through the August 7-17, 2014 performance dates, the two productions alternate in true repertory fashion.

By William Shakespeare

HAMLET, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home from university to see his father buried, and his mother married -- to his uncle. When his father's ghost appears and reveals he was murdered by that very uncle, Hamlet teeters on the edge of madness. Caught in a vortex of treachery and deceit, his family and friends, his love, and his own princely soul. Come experience for yourself, perhaps the greatest English language play ever written - Shakespeare's sublime story of revenge and realization.

August 7, 15, 16 at 7:00pm  |  August 9-10 at 2:00pm


Thoroughly Modern Millie
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Book by Dick Scanlan and Richard Henry Morris
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a high-spirited musical that has all of New York dancing the Charleston. Taking place in New York City in 1922, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.

August 8-9, 14 at 7:00pm  |  August 16-17 at 2:00pm





Parents: Looking to pay for your student's tuition to Teen Intensives? Click the button below to take care of payment! Please note that additional items such as t-shirts, photo discs, pizza lunch, or dance shoes are a separate purchase that can be taken care of in office or over the phone at 218-733-7555.



Adult Classes


Adult Acting Class: 8 Week Class

NOTE: Class Date Change!

Feb. 21 - April 11, Saturdays 1:00-2:30 pm
Tuition: $50

Get into your acting groove with Michelle Juntunen, learn how to analyze a scene, build a character, and brush up on some acting technique.


Dance classes with Amber Burns, class placement by instructor approval.

Session A: for Intermediate to Advanced Dancers
February 14-April 25, Saturdays 10-11 AM

Session B: for Beginner to Intermediate Dancers
February 14-April 25, Saturdays 11 AM-12 PM

Session C: Open Ballet Technique
Feb 10-April 21, Tuesdays 5:00 PM-5:45 PM

Session D: Ambers Mixer! A workout mashup, full of high energy cardio,  kickboxing, pilates, and fun!
Feb 10-April 21, Tuesdays 5:45 PM-6:30 PM

Tuition Pricing for Adult Dance Classes
(New: Punch card and Unlimited options, flexible for busy schedules!)

  • Drop in Rate: $7
  • 10 Week Dance Class: $55
  • 12 Class Punch Card: $70 (Choose from Session A,B,C or D; Expires April 18, 2015) 13th class is free!
  • Unlimited: $100



*Register online or call 218-733-7555

Private Vocal, Acting and Dance Coaching: offered through the Playhouse, by appointment only. Contact Kate Horvath at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Playhouse Education Classes

Fall class brochures are coming soon, call 218-733-7555 to get on our mailing list for information on upcoming opportunities! Or join our email list by clicking on the link to the left.

Our mission: The Duluth Playhouse Conservatory is committed to providing exciting, innovative, and quality theatre arts education for the Northeast Region. Theatre is a fully active art form - it engages the mind and body so that learning is layered and lasting. We have an array of creative, fun, and challenging opportunities for all ages to explore the power of performance.

Classes are held at the new PLAYHOUSE CONSERVATORY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS -- 230 West Superior St. (Entrance is on 3rd Ave. West between Superior and Michigan Streets)

Playhouse Education Program

Performance Intensives:

Playhouse Performance Intensives are designed to offer more advanced, challenging, diverse, and educational experiences for young performing artists in our region. There are amazing opportunities in age appropriate categories for youth 8-13 and 12-18.  Those seeking Musical Theatre, Acting, Voice, Dance and even Shakespeare will be challenged and empowered by performing with in our advanced summer program s. 


Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of The Youth Repertory Theater Company!!

Started in 2008, Playhouse Education Director Kate Horvath began the Youth Repertory Theatre Company.  In the last five years, this company has accomplished the goal of teaching all aspects of a show to the students, including stage direction, backstage assistance, technical requirements, costuming, and front of house.  Alternating performances, the cast opposite the performers runs all the technical aspects, creating a complete theatre learning experience for the students.  At the beginning of July, directors Kate Horvath, Liz Larson, and Lee Gundersheimer start working with over 90 students involved in the three productions.

This year’s productions include William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Rent School Edition and Little Women the musical.

William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

An entanglement of love, banishment and hidden identities ensues in one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, As you Like It.

Rent School Edition

Set in New York City, Rent School Edition is based loosely on Puccini’s La Bohéme.  This rock musical is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.

Little Women the Musical

Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel), this story follows the adventures of the March sisters as they grow up in Civil War America. Six Generations have read the story, this one will sing it!


Private Vocal Study: By Appointment.

Private Acting Coaching: By Appointment

Call the Education Director, Kate Horvath at 218-733-7574 for more information



There are currently no upcoming classes for adults.

Adult Education Classes
ACTOR’S GYM: Flex your performance muscles at The Playhouse!
Our new ACTOR’S GYM program is a training ground for both experienced & novice performing artists to flex their muscles. Look for classes and workshops in Acting, Voice, & Movement, Musical Theatre and Dance to stretch your imagination and your skills...


There are currently no opportunities for adult classes.  Get on our email list about our upcoming opportunities!


Call 218-733-7555 to get on our mailing list for information on upcoming opportunities! Or join our email list by clicking on the link to the left.

Private Vocal Study & Acting Coaching:
Private Vocal Study: by appointment
Private Acting Coaching: by appointment

NEW: Private Actor Coaching Introductory Offer
Get two private acting tutorials with Julie Ahasay for $25, prep for an audition, work on a character you have dreamed of, or dive into a challenging new script. Book two sessions and have some fun!

Are you an expert teacher in voice, an instrument, acting, or dance or have a workshop in mind? Let’s talk about what you might want to teach! Contact Education Director Kate Horvath at 218-733-7574 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Registration Information
Classes are open to all artists

If class fees are a financial hardship, did you know that you could exchange tuition for volunteer work in productions, the office or children's theatre assistance? Ask Kate for more details by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Contact Information:
Kate Horvath, Education Director
phone: 218-733-7574
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ACTOR’S GYM Workshops:
Look for upcoming specialty workshops in the following…
Actor’s Gym Classes
Physical Comedy



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learn about opportunities this spring!



Auditions! Summer Performance Intensive:

March 26 & 27 6-8pm (if unavailable for audition dates, please call for a private appointment 218-733-7574) Please prepare two 16-32 bar musical selections. *Please note dates and times are subject to change.

Fame Jr.
Conceived and Developed by  David De Silva, Book  José Fernandez, Lyrics  Jacques Levy, Music  Steve Margoshes
Title song "Fame" written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore

Jr. Intensive: Ages 8-13
Rehearses: June 11-July 1
Performs June 29, 30, July 1

Youth Repertory Summer Intensive
Rent School Edition and As You Like It
Rent Book, Music, and Lyrics  Jonathan Larson
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
360° Theatre: Ages 12-18
Rehearses: July 9-August 10
Performances August 10-19

About our classes:

For the 5 & 6-year-olds, our classes offer an environment for fostering imagination and enhancing self-confidence. These classes are ideal for young kids looking to play with performance. Our series for 7- to 9-year-olds offers fundamental theatre training in a relaxed atmosphere, ideal for elementary students seeking a creative outlet or for those seeking the spotlight! The material for our older groups (10 years and up) is slightly more advanced and geared toward engaging middle and high school students together in the nitty-gritty of stage and film acting.

The Power of Story is the overall theme for the Summer 2011 Children’s Theater Camps.  Through-out time, people have used story to understand themselves and their experience of the world.  We pass along our wisdom and our beliefs through story.  History, whether oral or written, is often converted to story so that while the arguable facts of the event may reshape themselves over time, the essence remains, becoming legend perhaps, or myth.

We are shaping the story of our lives as we live them.  Sometimes, we need to change it up, shape-shift it into one that is greater, more meaningful, whole.  Maybe we do this in order to heal a hurt, or, to overcome fear so that we can courageously do things that are difficult for us.  The Summer 2011 Camp classes offer students opportunities to develop their creativity in the context of theater, stretch and grow their personal and social skills, and have a lot of fun in the process.  We hope you’ll join us!

All classes held at the Playhouse Conservatory (230 W Superior St.)

Weekly Showcase Performances at 5 p.m. on the Playhoues Main Stage in the Depot!

Costume Rentals

Contact the Playhouse Costume Manager Michlynn Zagar to schedule an appointment. Call 218.733.7555.



The Playhouse Conservatory Rental Information

The Playhouse Conservatory has 4 spacious rooms, equipped with mirrors, a sound system with ipod hook up, and sport court (when available). This space is ideal for workshops, rehearsals, and the like. Specific furniture available upon request.

For additional information on renting the Conservatory space, please contact Sarah Diener at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Avenue Q Puppet Rental Information

Princeton Kate Monster Bad News Bears Lucy the Slut
Princeton Sex Puppet Kate Monster Sex Puppet Mrs. Thistletwat Nicky
Ricky Rod The Newcomer Trekkie Monster

For additional information on pricing, please contact Jeff Brown at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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