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BOLD-choice Theatre's new production of Whodunit? is more than just a ... well, a whodunit.  It's a chance to get some conversation going ... some change going ... and for some kids, discover the magic of people who look like them up on stage.

Chris Harwood talks with Merry Renn Vaughan, the director of the theatre program at the College of St. Scholastica, about Hamilton: An American Musical. With a hip hop score and a cast reflecting a broad palate of American ethnicities, Hamilton has stuck a chord with its broad, multigenerational fan base.  

Radio Theatre is supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Kate Horvath has been teaching theater for a long time ... but the artistic director of the Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre says every time a new batch of kids roars through the doors for the summer camps, it's a brand new ballgame.

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More than half a quarter-century after its triumphant debut, Colder By the Lake and the Lyric Opera of the North revive Les Uncomfortables,  starring some of the original cast members (who have aged well)  and some brand new faces.

Original music by Tyler Kaiser and libretto by Margie Preus and Jean Sramek.

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Crystal Pelkey of the Duluth Playhouse on people-watching ... after the show is over.

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UMD's Tom Isbell takes off his director hat come May ... and usually, he puts on his novelist hat.

But this summer, inspired by the "One River, Many Stories" community-wide journalism project, he's  pulled out his scriptwriting hat (a pirate hat, with a plume, he says) and has begun dramatizing some of the stories for performances in late September of what he calls "documentary theater."

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Before they leave for the cabin this summer, Twin Ports Stage is sponsoring an evening of old time radio plays with  University Theatre at UWS  and Time Arc Theatre.  Plus an explanation of why, with a plethora of cool old buildings from which to choose, TPS can't find the one that meets their needs.

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Brian Matuszak contemplates the next season of Rubber Chicken Theater, the passing of the Holiday Revue baton and turning angst into art.

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Renegade Theater Company is not just in the middle of three shows right now: Seminar runs through May 14, Marie Antoinette opens in July and auditions are coming up for Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.

They also hope to set the 2017 season by next month ... and Development Director Andy Bennett says the emerging theme of their season selection seems to be people going after their dreams despite unexpected obstacles -- but, of course, with a Renegade twist.

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When KUMD's Northland Morning host attended a Live in HD performance of the Metropolitan Opera's Roberto Devereux a few weeks ago ... she couldn't wait to get back to Duluth and talk about it with her friend, UMD Voice Instructor and opera singer, Elias Mokole. 

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Shad Olsen left the Northland at 18, bound for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the bright lights of the Big Apple.

Sixteen years later, he's back - and loving it! -  and closer to fulfilling his dream than ever.

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How do you successfully marry history and theater?

1) have the physical theater

2) have amazingly talented and dedicated volunteers

Tony Tracy with a look forward to some of the enticing intersections of history and theater coming up this summer at the Douglas County Historical Society.

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Director Kelly Mullen takes us behind the scenes of Boy Gets Girl, the next production of the St. Scholastica Theater Department.

It's a show chosen to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but the young actors discovered, to their surprise, that when they talked about the show to their family and friends, everyone had a story - to one degree or another - related to stalking or sexual violence.

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Crystal Pelkey is a playwright, performer, director - she's even been a guest honoree in KUMD's Women's History Month episodes.

She has a new gig now at the Duluth Playhouse: Director of Patron Services and Special Events, but in her inimitable style, she'll be making up the rules - and writing the lexicon - as she goes.

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Fresh off their triumph with Spoon River this fall, UMD students and four staff members, including director Tom Isbell, journied to Paris as part of an exchange program between UMD's School of Fine Arts and the Conservatoire de Lyon.

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