'Hamlet,' to be

Wise Fool Theater, a company that has spent the past 10 seasons presenting classical theater and the occasional reimagining of Judy Blume, returns with Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” The gist: A ghost tells the title character to avenge his death by killing Claudius. Hamlet weighs it, while Claudius plots to kill him. Stars Bradley Damon as Hamlet, Jennie Ross as Ophelia and Andrew Kirov as Claudius. Directed by company founder Chani Ninneman.

"Hamlet" courtesy of Wise Fool Theater
"Hamlet" courtesy of Wise Fool Theater

Wise Fool Theater’s “Hamlet” is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5, Oct. 10-11; 2 p.m. Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. Third St. Tickets available at wisefooltheater.com. (Sundays are pay-what-you-can.)

Luke Moravec as Dracula and Shayna Schafter as Mina. (Crystal D Photography)
Luke Moravec as Dracula and Shayna Schafter as Mina. (Crystal D Photography)

Vampire vs. vampire hunters

Among the first creepy things of the creepiest season: “Dracula.” Luke Moravec stars as the Transylvanian count in the Steven Dietz take, billed as “fast-paced,” on the Bram Stoker story. Van Helsing is out to kill Count Dracula, and Jonathan Harker, a solicitor, gets dragged into the scene. There will be blood, according to director Justin Peck.

“Dracula” is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Oct. 3-19 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: Available at duluthplayhouse.org.

Lynn Harrell photo by Chad Batka
Lynn Harrell photo by Chad Batka

Double dose of cellist Lynn Harrell

Lynn Harrell, a Grammy Award-winning American cellist the Washington Post described as having “a sensitive musical imagination and commanding technique” joins the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra for the season opener. He will perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. Also on the program: Leshnoff’s Starburst, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini.

Harrell will also help Matinee Musicale open its 120th season with a concert on Tuesday at the College of St. Scholastica. He will be joined by pianist Victor Asuncion on piano.

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s concert is at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Symphony Hall. Tickets: Available at DSSO.com.

Matinee Musicale concert featuring Lynn Harrell is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Mitchell Auditorium. Tickets available at matineemusicale.org.

Duluth Dolls 2018 file/ News Tribune
Duluth Dolls 2018 file/ News Tribune

Strips and smooth vocals

Fall for the Dolls is a performance combining the burlesque troupe Duluth Dolls and Tender Ness Trio. The former is a group that performs neoburlesque: artful stripteases, combined with costumes, theater, sometimes humor and gymnastics. Tender Ness Trio is a smooth and oozy lounge-y jazz act fronted by artist Peter Witrak.

Fall for the Dolls is at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at The Rathskeller, 299 E. Michigan St. Tickets: store.fitgersbrewhouse.com.

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" photo by Brett Groehler, UMD
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" photo by Brett Groehler, UMD

Spell-off at UMD

The University of Minnesota Duluth’s theater department kicks off the season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a Tony Award-winning musical. The story is about the quirky competitors who spout some adult content in the annual spelling bee.

UMD’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 9-12, 2 p.m. Oct. 6. Tickets: Available at tickets.umn.edu.

UMD hosts Rainbow Concert

The 3rd annual Rainbow Concert at the University of Minnesota Duluth is billed as “an intimate journey honoring these remarkable musicians personal stories of the rain and shine, sun and storm of life.” It features professional performers from the region, including faculty from UMD, the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The program includes excerpts from “Considering Matthew Shepard” with guest soloists from the Twin Ports Choral Project.

Rainbow Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Weber Music Hall at UMD. Free, open to the public.