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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.

  • Stage Door Theatre Offers Special “Shirley Valentine” Performances

    The third season production of the Stage Door Theatre Company is the one-woman comedy, Shirley Valentine, directed by Arthur Hopper. This play features Amy Ensign as Shirley, a wisecracking, completely unpredictable English housewife who proves it’s never too late to recapture your dreams.

  • “Murder on the Nile” Opens at Pen Players

    Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile is set to sail at Peninsula Players Theatre for three weeks, Aug. 15 through Sept. 2. Cruising under the Egyptian sun, a river steamer makes its way up the Nile in 1947, carrying stylish honeymooners who find themselves immersed in blackmail, bullets and dead bodies.

  • “Shirley Valentine” at Stage Door Theatre

    The third season production of the Stage Door Theatre Company is the one-woman comedy, Shirley Valentine, directed by Arthur Hopper. This play features Amy Ensign as Shirley, a wisecracking, completely unpredictable English housewife who proves it’s never too late to recapture your dreams.

  • “Side Effects May Include” Performed at Woodwalk Gallery

    At the Woodwalk Gallery on Aug. 12, 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm, Wendy Kaplan, president of MadKap Productions, will present Side Effects May Include written by former Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffe and playwright Eric Coble.

  • “Souvenir” Ends, and “Shirley Valentine” Begins

    Celebrate Stage Door Theatre Company’s production of Souvenir by attending a special cast party and performance on Aug. 10. The party begins at 7 pm with live music in the theater lobby by singer/songwriter Caleb Navarro.

  • “Chicago” Continues through August 12

    The Tony Award-winning, razzle-dazzle hit musical Chicago is currently on stage at Peninsula Players Theatre until Aug. 12. This electrifying musical with book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb is based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins, who based her play on actual events in 1920s Chicago.

  • Questions and To-Do Lists

    It is hard to believe that only eight weeks ago I got rid of my apartment in Chicago, left my job, bought a car, and moved back to Door County to start working as the Managing Director of Door Shakespeare.

  • Behind the of Scenes of “Chicago”

    Scott Boyle, the technical director, takes the drawings for the set from the set designer and uses a CAD (Computer-aided design) program on his computer to turn them into blueprints for the carpenters and interns.

  • All that Jazz!

    In just its first three plays, the Peninsula Players has moved from drama (Opus) to comedy (The Nerd) and on July 25, a musical (Chicago). “It’s a lot of fun,” says Sean Fortunato, who is transforming himself from a socially clueless nerd to a slick and manipulative lawyer in Chicago.

  • Stage Door Theatre Company Presents “Souvenir”

    The second production of the Stage Door Theatre Company, Souvenir, is currently underway at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP). Souvenir is a musical play written by Stephen Temperley.

  • Spaces Available for Door Shakespeare’s Doorways

    Three scholarships and spaces are still available for Door Shakespeare’s educational children’s theatre program, Doorways. The workshop runs July 31 – Aug.

  • Island Players Sponsors Forensics Team at Washington Island School

    In keeping with its mission – “to bring quality theater experiences to the Washington Island community through performances and programs for adults and schoolchildren alike” – Island Players, in cooperation with the Washington Island School, is sponsoring Forensics, a program of interpretive and dramatic events for middle and senior high school students.

  • Theatre Workshops Continue at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP) series of theatre workshops for all ages continues July 21 with workshops led by Amy Ensign (currently appearing in Door Shakespeare’s As You Like It) and Heidi Swedberg (“Susan” from Seinfeld).

  • Stage Theatre Company Opens “Souvenir”

    The second production of the Stage Door Theatre Company, Souvenir, opened on July 19 at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP). Souvenir is a musical play written by Stephen Temperley.

  • As Much a Love Letter as a Farce

    Like a lot of potential theatregoers, my time is pretty crunched. I work all day; I have meetings most nights, and my weekends are never long enough to get everything in.

  • Pen Players Hold Free Saturday Seminars

    Peninsula Players Theatre will present a free public seminar on physical comedy on July 14 from 2:30 – 4 pm. Players actors Lee E. Ernst and Erin Noel Grennan will discuss and demonstrate techniques of physical comedy.

  • Door Shakespeare Presents Doorways: Creating Theatre For Children

    Door Shakespeare is offering an educational summer program for kids called Doorways: Creating Theatre For Children. Last year, over 44 students participated in the camps and delighted audiences with their original plays, The Queen Who Wouldn’t Smile and Shakespeare: The Musical.

  • Education and Entertainment at Peninsula Players

    In conjunction with its productions, the Peninsula Players will offer public tours of its stage house and all-weather audience pavilion. Free backstage tours will begin at 2 pm on July 8 and 29; August 5, 19, and 26; September 9 and 30; and October 7.

  • Sidesplitting Twists and Turns in “The Nerd”

    There are few plays that make you squirm in your seat while your laughing at the antics up on stage. The Nerd, a Broadway hit by Larry Shue, currently playing at Peninsula Players, does just that.

  • Don’t Let That ‘Folklore’ Fool You

    American Folklore Theatre. If you are like me, and you grew up sitting in our outdoor amphitheater in Peninsula State Park, the name alone can conjure up a whole slew of emotions and can even awaken your senses.