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.

  • ‘Absolute Brightness’ Now Running at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) continues its 2019 season with The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written by James Lecesne and directed by Robert Boles. The show had a pay-what-you-can preview on May 15 and opened on May 16. The story centers around Chuck DeSantis, played by Alan Kopishcke. He’s a brash, New Jersey detective who’s […]

  • Alan Kopischke Performs in TAP’s ‘Absolute Brightness’

    James Lecesne’s The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey is set to open at Third Avenue Playhouse next week, with Robert Boles directing and Alan Kopischke playing Chuck DeSantis: a brash New Jersey detective who’s eager for a case that gets him out from behind his desk. On one extraordinary day, he finds it: the disappearance […]

  • Isadoora Theatre Company Holds Open Auditions

    Isadoora Theatre Company is holding open auditions for its 2019 season on May 11, 4:30-7 pm; and May 14, 5-7 pm, in the Inside/Outside Space at the Margaret Lockwood Gallery, 7 S. 2nd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The company also needs backstage, light and sound technicians – just stop by the auditions to get more […]

  • Door Kinetic Arts Festival Merges Stage, Cocktail Scenes

    Ringing in its fourth year on the peninsula, the Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) will present its lineup of artists and cocktail connoisseurs June 9-14. This year’s festival will feature an exciting range of evocative artists on the screen, stage and behind the bar. Harold Green is a Chicago-based, multidisciplinary spoken-word poet and performer who’s […]

  • SummerSongs Musical-Theatre Program

    The Algoma Performing Arts Center is offering the musical-theatre program SummerSongs for students 14 to 18 years old. Taught by UW-Stevens Point associate lecturer Lisa Golda, SummerSongs will feature two five-week sessions of private voice lessons, dramatic coaching and group workshops, with a public performance at the end.   Golda has worked in Chicago, Milwaukee, […]

  • Northern Sky Provides Free Tickets to DC Students

    Northern Sky Theater ( will once again invite all Door County students to a complimentary evening of entertainment under the stars by distributing nearly 4,000 free tickets. Every elementary, middle and high school student in all five Door County school districts, as well as area homeschool students, will receive a ticket, which includes an opportunity […]

  • ‘Absolute Brightness’ Opens at TAP May 15

    Rehearsals are under way for The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, the next show at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP). Written by James Lecesne and directed by Robert Boles, it will feature Alan Kopischke as Detective Chuck DeSantis. Kopischke recently directed Julius Caesar at UW-Green Bay, where he teaches acting. His many TAP credits include Jacob […]

  • Musical Comedy ‘Hello! My Baby’ Will Charm at DCA May 3-5

    Remember those exciting days a hundred years ago on Tin Pan Alley in New York City when musicians such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Eubie Blake began their careers as teenagers, plugging their latest songs by hawking sheet music on street corners, in shops and saloons? No, probably not. But you can […]

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Announces Summer Season

    Third Avenue Playhouse has announced its acting company and student interns for the 2019 summer season. The season begins with The Absolute Brilliance of Leonard Pelkey, May 16 – June 9. A detective unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant 14-year-old boy who goes missing. Alan Kopischke stars, and Robert Boles […]

  • St. John Bosco Presents ‘Little Mermaid Jr.’

    A cast of 41 St. John Bosco students led by teacher and director Bruce Newbern will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. in the St. John Bosco school gym on April 26, 7 pm; and April 27, 2 pm. The fun, 70-minute “Under the Sea” musical is designed for middle-school-aged performers and is based on […]

  • Record Crowd at Peninsula Players Reading

    Peninsula Players Theatre’s reading of The Gentleman Thief – a new romantic comedy-caper by award-winning playwright Mark Brown – not only entertained the April 1 crowd at Björklunden, but it also broke attendance records.   “We were very enthusiastic about presenting this new comedy with screwball characters on April Fools’ Day to Door County audiences,” […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Presents ‘School of Rock’

    Based on the iconic movie School of Rock, this irresistible musical follows a failed, wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to earn a little cash. There he turns his straight-A pupils into a guitar-shredding, mind-blowing rock band, but can he get them to the Battle of the […]

  • Past Lives Collide in the Present in Touching ‘Shooting Star’ 

    An airport in middle America is the setting, but the two characters in Steven Dietz’s Shooting Star won’t be flying anywhere. Instead, they travel back in time through the memories they forged together during their years (or, rather, 18 months) of dating two or so decades ago. The pair first met as their younger selves […]

  • ‘The Living Last Supper’ at Prince of Peace

    The Community Choir of Door County will present The Living Last Supper – an interpretation of Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples – on April 14, 3 pm, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. The Last Supper is one of Christianity’s most significant events, first portrayed centuries ago by Leonardo […]

  • Northern Sky Theater’s Summer-Season Lineup

    Northern Sky’s summer season comprises three musical comedies playing in rotating repertory from June 12 through August 24 at the outdoor amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. Returning company members include Corrie Beula Kovacs, Alex Campea, Doug Clemons, Lachrisa Grandberry, Fred “Doc” Heide, Jeff Herbst, Doug Mancheski, Molly Rhode, Isaiah Spetz, Chase Stoeger and Bill Theisen. […]

  • Door County Community Musical Returns: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

    The Southern Door Community Auditorium (SDCA) announces the rebirth of the Door County community musical: Little Shop of Horrors, July 19-21. Open auditions – for adult performers, including high school students graduating in 2019 – will be held on May 19, 2-7 pm; or May 20, 6-9 pm, at the SDCA. Individuals do not need to […]

  • TAP’s ‘Shooting Star’ Opens

    Third Avenue Playhouse ushers in its 2019 season April 4-20 with Steven Dietz’s romantic comedy Shooting Star, featuring Doug Mancheski and Amy Ensign. Snowed in overnight at an airport, former college lovers Elena Carson and Reed McAllister have an unexpected and life-altering reunion years later. As the night gives way to laughter, banter, reminiscence and […]

  • Peninsula Players’ ‘The Gentleman Thief’

    Peninsula Players Theatre ( is concluding its 2019 The Play’s the Thing series with a reading of The Gentleman Thief — a new romantic comedy/caper by award-winning playwright Mark Brown — on April 1, 7 pm, at Björklunden. The Gentleman Thief features handsome millionaire Jimmy Pitt, who makes a bet with a friend that he […]

  • Rogue Theater Offers Annual Murder-Mystery Series

    Rogue Theater kicks off its seventh season with its annual murder-mystery dinner-theater series. Dead Tuesday, written by Scott Cherney, is filled with voodoo, deception, jealousy, romance, laughs and, of course, murder.   Directed by Stuart Champeau, Dead Tuesday takes place during Mardi Gras at Bob and Bunny Boudreaux’s New Orleans mansion. All of their guests […]

  • ‘Tales of Men and Ghosts’ Read to Full House

    On March 4, Peninsula Players Theatre presented a reading of Tales of Men and Ghosts – three stories by Edith Wharton that were adapted by Steve Pickering – to a capacity crowd at Björklunden as part of the Players’ winter program, The Play’s the Thing.    “It was thrilling to hear audible reactions from the audience […]