Update on NorShor Theatre and the Mystery Mural

Renee Passal
May 31, 2017 08:03 PM

The NorShor Theatre is undergoing a magnificent transformation. And during the construction, crews found a mural that is likely from when the original theater opened in 1910.

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The work didn't slow down one beat on Wednesday, even though the press were invited to hear an update about the construction.

Standing inside the NorShor, you can tell that they are making progress.

"It's pretty impressive what the team has done," explained Rich Kiemen, from Sherman Associates, which is the developer.

They are going to be pouring the concrete for the stage soon. Dressing rooms are done. And crews will be placing the steel soon for the skywalk connection.

Back in September, they made the discovery of a unique mural hanging in the balcony area.

"It's miraculous to find something that dates back to the 1910 original theater," exclaimed Christine Gradl Seitz, the executive director of the Duluth Playhouse.

"We hope to restore it, and place it in the lobby of the NorShor. We are seeking community support to learn more about the identity of this mural and its history," she added.

The mural is of a woman in shades of red, holding what looks like a garland. She looks like the women sometimes featured on the playbills back in the 1900s.

And the playbills of the future will be coming out soon. In 245 days, the first show at the NorShor will open. And it's Mamma Mia! Tickets are already being sold.

But the fundraising work is not over yet.

Seitz said they have 90% of the money they need for the project, and are working on the final 10%.

You can do your part by buying a seat in your name!

To donate, or for information about tickets, or to share about the mural, please call the Playhouse: 218-733-7555 or


Renee Passal

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