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Duluth Playhouse Doing Double Duty

The Duluth Playhouse Family Theatre is preparing two productions that are scheduled to open next week: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Xanadu JR.’ The Duluth Playhouse Family Theatre is preparing two productions that are scheduled to open next week: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Xanadu JR.’ |  Photo: Duluth Playhouse

Created: August 02, 2019 09:52 AM

The Duluth Playhouse Family Theatre is preparing two productions that are scheduled to open next week: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Xanadu JR.’

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Much Ado About Nothing, which is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, opens on Thursday, August 8. The playhouse has modernized the classic play. Instead of the past, the production takes place in present time in the ‘Hotel Pedro.’ In addition, the ‘Prince’ is the owner of a high-end hotel chain. It tells the quirky love story of Beatrice and Benedick.

“There’s just some shenanigans that happen with their love story,” actress Shayni Gustafson says. Gustafson plays Beatrice in ‘Much Ado About Nothing.

The other production, Xanadu, opens Friday August 9. It's a musical spoof of the 1980 movie. Those with the production say there are many references to the original film and to the 80s in general.

The two plays are part of the playhouse’s Summer Teen Intensive Program, which gives cast members a chance to have an acting role in one production, and a stagehand in the other. Sophia Brenner, who plays Melpomene in Xanadu, says it’s like a backstage theater experience that you won’t get anywhere else.

Shows are performed on the main stage at the Depot in Duluth. Click here to buy tickets.

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