More than a year later, Duluth will get its 'Spamalot'

Duluth Playhouse's 2021-22 season includes the Monty Python show that was about to open when COVID-19 shuttered theaters.

The Duluth Playhouse's production of "Spamalot" was just about to open when COVID-19 sparked the closure of theaters. It's back on the schedule for the 2021-22 season. (Photo courtesy of Duluth Playhouse)

The Duluth Playhouse's 2021-22 season includes the musical comedy that was audience-ready in March 2020 when theaters across the country were shuttered to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Monty Python's Spamalot," which opens Sept. 16, is the first show of the season, the theater company announced in an email to season ticket holders. There are six shows scheduled for the theater's mainstage, the NorShor, six for the Family Theatre located at The Depot, and six at The Underground, which leans more experimental.

NorShor Theatre: "Monty Pythons Spamalot" (Sept. 16), "Annie" (Nov. 18), "Clue" (Jan. 27, 2022), "Ragtime" (March 17, 2022), "The Diary of Anne Frank" (May 5, 2022), "Footloose" (June 23, 2022);

Family Theatre: "Roald Dahl's Matilda" (Oct. 1), "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (Dec. 11), "The SpongeBob Musical" (Feb. 18, 2022), "A Year With Frog and Toad" (April 23, 2022), "James and the Giant Peach Jr" (July 15, 2022, junior intensive), "Disney's High School Musical" (Aug. 5, 2022, teen intensive);

The Underground: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (Oct. 29), "The Thanksgiving Play" (Nov. 11), "The Revolutionists" (Jan. 13, 2022), "What She Said Festival" (March 25, 2022), "Make Believe" (May 19, 2022), "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" (Aug. 11, 2022).


'Anne Frank'

Lake Superior Community Theatre also has "The Diary of Anne Frank" on its schedule for 2022. Director Paul Deaner is hosting informational audition meetings for actors ranging from fifth grade to adult at 1:15 p.m. (for students) and 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (for the public) on June 8 at Silver Bay William M. Kelley Auditorium.

Performances are scheduled to open March 24 at the Kelly Auditorium.

This story was updated at 8:55 a.m. May 25, 2021, to include the Duluth Playhouse's production of "Annie." It was originally posted at 7:05 p.m. May 24.

Christa Lawler is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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