Category: Theater

Door County is renowned nationwide for it’s array of local, independent theater in settings unlike any other. There’s the historic Peninsula Players on the water, Northern Sky Theatre in the woods of Peninsula State Park, and Door Shakespeare in the gardens of Bjorklunden. Plus great performances to be found in venues large and small up and down the Peninsula. Find them all here.

  • Peninsula Players Appoints Higley To Board

    Peninsula Players Theatre ( has appointed William H. Higley to its board of directors for a three-year term.  Higley earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Western Michigan University and eventually served as president of its alumni association. He’s also the former president of Interstate Welding Sales Corporation.  “We have always loved Peninsula Players […]

  • Rogue Presents The Savannah Sipping Society

    Rogue Theater will present The Savannah Sipping Society Oct. 8-17. In this delightful comedy, four Southern women – all seeking to escape the burdens of their lives – are drawn together by fate and an impromptu happy hour. They decide it’s high time to reclaim their enthusiasm for life. Randa (Lola DeVillers), a perfectionist and workaholic, […]

  • TAP Unveils Theater Renovation, New Musical

    Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) is presenting the first production in its newly renovated facility: Gutenberg! The Musical! by Scott Brown and Anthony King. Michael Stebbins, Door Shakespeare’s artistic director, is making his TAP directorial debut. Gutenberg! is a two-person musical spoof in which a pair of aspiring playwrights must perform a backers’ audition for their […]

  • Peninsula Players Welcomes New Artistic Director

    Linda Fortunato succeeded Greg Vinkler as Peninsula Player Theatre’s new artistic director this week. The theater company’s board of directors appointed Fortunato to the post earlier this year, after Vinkler announced that he would step down from his administrative duties at the end of the 2021 season, and Fortunato became associate artistic director in January.  […]

  • TAP Enters Final Renovation Stage

    The renovations at Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay are nearly finished. The elevator is in, and the new technology – about 80 new LED stage-lighting fixtures, a video monitoring system, new sound system and communication system – is being installed. All of these systems will be managed from the tech booth at the back of […]

  • Reflecting on the 2021 Theater Season

    Reduced productions were anything but compromised Not everything has gone back to normal. When we entered the spring and vaccinations were rolling out across the country, summer theaters were busy putting together safety plans and seeking approval from equity unions to see exactly what their 2021 seasons might look like. They all knew certain concessions […]

  • Tap Adds Hearing-Loop System to Renovated Theater

    Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) will unveil its newly renovated theater with a production of Gutenberg! The Musical!, running Oct. 7-31, plus a pay-what-you-can preview performance on Oct. 6. This two-person musical spoof features a pair of aspiring playwrights performing a backers’ audition for their new project: a big, splashy musical about printing-press inventor Johann Gutenberg.  Thanks […]

  • Naked Radio: Pure Performance

    “I’ve got a face for radio, and a body, too.” When I was in college, a good friend of mine had a folk-music show on the college radio station at 9 pm, the second-to-last time slot. I would join him in the studio each week, and we would chat during the songs. When the next […]

  • Less Is More in Northern Sky Theater’s Whatever Happened to Karl Janko?

    A Small-Town Mystery Comes to Life It’s a classic case of whodunnit. Or maybe “whoknowsit” is more appropriate in the the case of Northern Sky Theater’s newest work, Whatever Happened to Karl Janko? Now playing at the outdoor amphitheater inside Peninsula State Park, the musical comedy/mystery written by Matt Zembrowski is one of three original […]

  • Romance in D Is a Treat for The Ears at Peninsula Players

    Love Blossoms from Words, Music There’s something wonderful about sitting two great actors down at a table and letting them act the heck out of a conversation. Good actors can cry on command or make an audience roar with laughter, but great ones can engage you completely in an extended scene of one-to-one conversation. It’s […]

  • Tap Ushers in First Show of The Season

    Tickets are now on sale for Third Avenue PlayWorks’ (TAP, formerly Third Avenue Playhouse) first show of the 2021 season: Gutenberg! The Musical.  Directed by Michael Stebbins, it features Chad Luberger, Doug Mancheski and Ryan Cappleman in a hilarious spoof in which a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project: […]

  • Kira Neighbors’ Hands-On Approach to Stage Management

    Leading with Positivity Although many people who make theater their career have experiences with the art form at a young age – performing in youth or high school productions, for example – many others experience theater’s powerful pull after they’ve already set their sights on a different path.  Such was the case with Kira Neighbors. […]

  • Naked Radio Returns to Northern Sky Theater

    Northern Sky Theater is presenting Naked Radio – its 2017 musical-comedy hit by Paul Libman and Dave Hudson – through Nov. 6 at its indoor Gould Theater, 9058 Cty A in Fish Creek.  Naked Radio tells the story of two DJs who are forced to improvise programming when a snowstorm knocks out their station’s pre-programmed feed. […]

  • Rogue’s Romantic Comedy Offers Plenty of Laughs

    The Rogue Theater stage is playing host to a romantic comedy, A Gentleman and a Scoundrel, Aug. 27 – Sept. 5. In this show, Fred – a young analyst in a financial bind who’s also in love with his boss, Jenny – can’t get a pay raise, so he creates a plan to hire himself as his […]

  • Door Shakespeare Appoints New Board Chair, Members

    Door Shakespeare has elected two new board members, Martha Scully Beller and Dr. Eric Ohlrogge; and appointed Judy Drew as its new board chair. Drew takes the reins from former chair Carl Zapffe, whose tenure included the difficult pandemic months. She has been on the board since  2019 and has been vice chair and development […]

  • Peninsula Players Opens Romance in D

    Love Is in the Air Peninsula Players has opened a romantic comedy that’s the second and final show of its 2021 season: James Sherman’s Romance in D. In it, musicologist Charles (Neil Brookshire) insulates himself from romantic entanglements by remaining occupied with work, casual friendships and food visits from his mother, Helen (Judy Blue), the […]

  • ‘Dad’s Season Ticket’s Makes MKE Debut

    This fall, Dad’s Season Tickets makes its Milwaukee debut and Northern Sky patrons can save 25% on tickets by using code PRESEASON when purchasing tickets. Who will inherit Frank’s treasured season tickets at Lambeau Field? The Kosinski sisters employ every trick in the playbook, on the way to relearning that family isn’t everything; it’s the […]

  • TAP’s Makeover Nearly Complete

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will be the last theater in the county to debut their 2021 season when they open Gutenberg! The Musical! on October 7, and for good reason. TAP’s theater has been undergoing a top-to-bottom-overhaul this summer and will look quite different when audiences take their seats in the fall.  The new theater […]

  • Jarrod Langwinski Steps Up in One-Actor Production Of Hamlet

    The Show Must Go On Who hasn’t seen one of those old movies in which a Broadway star suddenly falls ill during the run of a show, and his young understudy goes on with a moment’s notice and earns rave reviews? Folks, it can happen. And it did happen in the Björklunden garden this summer, […]

  • Northern Sky Premieres Mystery Musical

    Northern Sky Theater will present Whatever Happened to Karl Janko?, a world-premiere mystery musical by Matt Zembrowski, from Aug. 9 to Sept. 18 at the Northern Sky amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. The play tells the story of Karl Janko, who – last seen in his 1976 metallic-green Cutlass Supreme – disappeared from his tiny Wisconsin hometown […]