Know Your Neighbors: Duluth Playhouse Fall Productions

DULUTH, Minn. – “Once also has some very funny moments, but it’s more of an intimate love story, and I think in the fall it’s going to be the perfect show for Duluth,” said Phillip Fazio, artistic director of the produced by Duluth Playhouse. .

Once tells the story of an unexpected friendship that grows into something more meaningful and complicated through their love for music on the streets of Dublin. the actors are able to take the stage this Friday thanks to a lot of time and effort from the Norshor Theater production team.

“Each show has a run of about half a dozen designers, and then there’s about a dozen or so technicians who build or create those designs. we also have a whole army of volunteers who also help us in our store,” says Fazio.

The production process begins several months in advance with a concept meeting between the director and the designer. the designer takes those ideas from the director and brings back sketches and renders for the group to collaborate on. after a few weeks, an official design is sent to the store where the set is built. once completed, they have about a week to set up the stage set and finalize it for the actors.

“Every design element that I think is important to the storytelling of the show. With set design you can give time, you can give space, you can set the mood, and then if they work in conjunction with our designer lighting, with our costume designer, all of these things help tell a cohesive story,” says Fazio.

“I always love to hear the audience walk into the Norshor, walk in and get a first glimpse of what they see on stage. with many of our productions, we do not have our main curtain, or our show drape, at the top of the show. so as soon as you walk into the theater you see this set and it hits you,” Fazio says.

This year’s productions include a variety of shows, most of which have never been done in Duluth. Anticipation is high for the Duluth Playhouse team as they prepare for the 2022-23 season.

“It’s an interesting and eclectic mix of musicals and plays, contemporary titles, classics that everyone loves. there really is something for everyone this season and we are really looking forward to it.

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