Category: Performance

Door County is home to a selection of performance venues and ensembles unmatched by any other small communities in America. Birch Creek brings jazz and classical music to a rustic barn, Midsummer’s Music Festival tours the peninsula for intimate concerts, and the Peninsula Music Festival awes visitors and locals alike at the Door Community Auditorium each august. Find schedules for these and many other venues here.

  • Radio Play Reading By Bayside Reader’s Theatre

    Door County-based theatre troupe Bayside Reader’s Theatre will put on its second-ever performance, a reading of the radio play The 39 Steps, on Jan. 19, 7 pm. The six-member troupe consists of Mark Moede, Bruce Newbern, Vance Toivonen, Christopher Powless, Lynda Szczepanik and founder Cherryl Fonfara, all of whom came together to do readings from […]

  • TAP By The Numbers

    Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay recapped 2023 with a by-the-numbers synopsis as follows:  One world-premiere play Nine TAP stage debuts 40+ artists hired 80 nights of performance 200+ people participated in TAP’s library ticket program 7,200 people saw a show at TAP (an all-time best for the theater) $8,000+ raised for TAP’s community […]

  • “Two And A Half Belgians” At Southern Door Community Auditorium

    Green Bay theater company Let Me Be Frank Productions marked 25 years of entertainment in 2023. To celebrate, they will revive one of their most successful shows, Two and a Half Belgians, with a performance at the Southern Door Community Auditorium on Feb. 18, 3 pm.  Two and a Half Belgians takes place at Dyckesville’s […]

  • Rogue Theater Announces 2024 Season

    Community theater troupe Rogue Theater will perform six shows from March to December 2024.  The season starts with Rogue’s annual murder-mystery dinner show, which supports local restaurants during the off-season. This year’s show is Sam Club, Private Eye, in The Case of the Malted Falcon. The titular investigator is guarding a priceless chocolate sculpture when […]

  • Midsummer’s Music’s Composer Receives Award

    Midsummer’s Music’s composer-in-residence, Will Healy, received the 2023 Leonard Bernstein Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation. The Bernstein family gives the award to one composer each year. Photo courtesy of Midsummer’s Music.

  • TAP’s 2024 Season Lineup

    The plays featured in Third Avenue PlayWorks’ (TAP) 2024 season will span genres from murder-mystery to comedy to drama to chamber musical.  The season starts May 1-19 with Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B by Kate Hamill, a rollicking murder-mystery that’s filled with suspense and unexpected twists. Stones in His Pockets by Marie […]

  • DCA Announces Winter 2024 Lineup

    Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) 2024 winter season will include the Door County Talks morning lecture series, three Coffeehouse Concerts by local musicians and several main-stage shows. Passport Program Main Stage Shows DCA’s first main-stage show of 2024 will be a  Jan. 30 performance by interactive prehistoric puppetry troupe Dinosaur World Live at 6 pm. Next, […]

  • Griffon String Quartet To Host Second Winter Strings Retreat

    Midsummer’s Music’s resident ensemble the Griffon String Quartet (GSQ) will host a second annual winter retreat on Jan. 5 and 6, 2024, featuring Suzuki Strings of Madison (SSM). SSM provides Madison-area children with musical education based on the teachings of Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese pedagogue. Suzuki believed that through encouragement, a rich musical environment, and […]

  • Dance Classes For All Ages At Studio234

    Professional dancer and dance educator Elena Santiago will teach beginning and intermediate/advanced ballet classes for adults and teens 13 and older during two 12-week sessions at Sturgeon Bay’s STUDIO234. The sessions take place on Mondays Jan. 8 through April 1, with no class on March 25. The intermediate/advanced session takes place 4:30-5:30 pm and costs […]

  • The Year in Theater & Performance 2023

    A New Twist on Broadway Classics Members of Northern Door Pride performed songs from Wicked, Heathers, Mean Girls and more during Broadway with a Twist: A Cabaret at the Kress Center this January. Actors Collaborative Door County Performs First Show A newly-formed classical theater company, Actors Collaborative Door County, performed its first show, Hello Out […]

  • The Year in Music 2023

    Summer Music Preview We’ve got music in Door County. If anyone doubts this, they could spend a couple weeks in our office as we’re putting together the weekly paper and its variety of musical offerings. Week in, week out there’s plenty of music to catch, even during the “off-season” winter months. This year was no […]

  • TAP Adds Matinee Showtime For It’s A Wonderful Life

    In response to increased ticket demand, Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) added an additional matinee showtime for It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play on Dec. 30 at 2 pm. Visit or call 920.743.1760 to purchase tickets. TAP is located at 239 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.

  • More Holiday Events for December

    A Christmas Past At Big Creek  Dec. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 The Door County Historical Society hosts its inaugural event, A Glimpse of Christmas Past, at Heritage Village at Big Creek throughout the month of December. This holiday celebration invites the community to step back in time and experience the rich history and festive traditions of Door […]

  • Inside “It’s A Wonderful Life”

    A Q&A with director Jacob Janssen By THIRD AVENUE PLAYWORKS STAFF Q: Why should patrons see It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play?  A:  You may have seen It’s A Wonderful Life, but you’ve probably never seen it – or rather, heard it – as a radio play. The story and characters are the […]

  • Fundraising For High School Trips

    Gibraltar Music Boosters, the fundraising arm of the Gibraltar High School music program, is raising funds to enable students to participate in programs offered by the Disney Imagination Campus (DIC) in Orlando, Florida. Their upcoming Florida trip is scheduled for  March 13-19, 2024. Band and choir students at Gibraltar can participate in innovative-learning workshops and […]

  • Free TAP Tickets Through Door County Libraries

    Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) is collaborating with Door County Libraries to help patrons “check out” TAP. Coupons are available at all eight of our Door County Library locations while supplies last. Coupons come out by show and each admits up to two theatergoers. Pick them up before they are gone. Contact TAP for show time […]

  • Gibraltar Secondary Schools Concert At DCA

    The choirs at Gibraltar Secondary Schools will present their fall concert on Dec. 12, 7 pm. Led by choir director Sara Bong and accompanied by pianist Janet Anderson, sixth grade, eighth grade and high school choirs will perform seasonal selections by composers like John Leavitt, Emily Crocker, Joseph Martin and John Rutter. Gibraltar staff and […]

  • Peninsula Players Announces 2024 Season Lineup

    Peninsula Players Theatre will perform five plays during its 89th season, which will take place from June 18 – Oct. 20, 2024. The season will start with I Ought to Be in Pictures, performed June 18 –  July 7. Written by Neil Simon in 1980, the play is a poignant comedy about a burned-out Hollywood […]

  • Help Fund Death’s Door Dance Festival

    Death’s Door Dance Festival [DDDF] is requesting donations to ensure its free, yearly dance event can continue into 2024. The organization’s goal is to collect $20,000 by Jan. 5, 2024. If it reaches this goal, DDDF’s 2024 event will look much the same as previous years. If it only reaches $15,000, DDDF’s return will be […]

  • Dorothy Scott Kicks Off Art Of Music Concert Series

    On Dec. 8, Dorothy Scott and the Peacekeepers will kick off the Kress Pavilion’s Art of Music winter concert series with a blend of pop, folk and blues favorites. Scott complements her fierce, passionate vocals with acoustic guitar and keyboard, while Tony Besson’s electric guitar, Paul Sowinski’s bass and Adam Cain’s drums round out her […]