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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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If you're a theater company looking for a permanent space - and the money to acquire one - what do you do?

If you're Twin Ports Stage in Superior, you plan a No Class Prom for May.  And promise to take photographs.

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Brian Matuszak, the founder and leading (lime) light of Rubber Chicken Theater may have stepped off the stage as an actor, but he's stepping out - in snowshoes.

We talk with Rebecca Katz Harwood, Associate Professor in the UMD Department of Theatre about adaptation, transforming a story originally in another form into a play or film.  Citing several recent Broadway musical adaptations - Hamilton, Mary Poppins, The Producers, and The Lion King, to name a few - we explore whether adaptations can or should remain true to the original source, and ways that an adaptation may enhance or even shed new light onto the original material.  

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Set designer Ann Gumpper on the challenges of set design, particularly for opera.

Christine Seitz of the Duluth Playhouse on the adventure that is tech rehearsal.

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Tony Tracy whiles away the long winter at the Douglas County Historical Society catching up on the maintenance and work from the busy summer ... but even in the depths of January, his thoughts are turning to summer and the new crop of characters he'll bring to life for the Greenwood Cemetery Walking Tour.

Illustration by Romy Blumel for the Saturday Review

We take a look at the theatre curriculum at the College of St. Scholastica, and in the process, learn about the difference between drama and theatre (it may very well be the roots of the ancient argument, "Which was better: the book or the movie?") and what it takes to be a game show host.

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