On Stage: Experience
Door County Theater in 2018

On Stage: Experience Door County Theater in 2018

Door County theater is a man of many faces. From full-fledged productions to stripped down shows in the outdoors, every theater fan can find something to love.

The peninsula is home to five theater companies, a handful of community theater groups, and has performance venues that host touring theater programs throughout the year. The local groups pack their summer schedules with shows, with new offerings almost monthly. Here’s what’s coming to the stage this summer in Door County.

Door Shakespeare

Door Shakespeare

Theatre in a garden? Yes please.

Door Shakespeare performs two works by William Shakespeare each summer with performances in the garden at the Bjorklunden Campus, just south of Baileys Harbor.

This beautiful hidden gem of a property is a retreat for Lawrence University staff and students, but has also been home to Door Shakespeare for more than 15 years.

The 2018 season runs June 28 - Aug. 18, with Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors.

Northern Sky Theatre

Northern Sky Theater

There’s something magical about hiking down a trail to find a theatre in the trees. That magic is what Northern Sky Theater is all about.

Formerly known as American Folklore Theatre, this open-air theatre in Peninsula State Park blends seamlessly into its surroundings, including the backdrop made of pillars that mimic the cedars enveloping the stage and the audience.

Enjoy original musicals and great laughs all season, which runs June 13 – Aug. 25. This year’s slate includes Boxcar, Dairy Heirs, and Lumberjacks in Love.

Dairy Heirs and Boxcar both celebrate their world premiere this summer, plus, an old favorite returns in Lumberjacks in Love.

Peninsula Players

Peninsula Players

This summer theater has been awing fans for more than eight decades. You’ll make your way down a rural road between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek and stop only when the road ends at the theater on the lakeshore.

Enjoy a drink from the bar nestled into the cedars, then soak in the sunset over the bay before heading in to one of the country’s great professional summer residence theaters. Performances begin June 12 and run through Oct. 14. This year’s schedule includes Now and Then, Miss Holmes, The Drowsy Chaperone, Living on Love, and Salvage.

Third Avenue Playhouse

Located on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, this theater known as TAP to the locals creates an intimate experience. Once the home of the local movie theater on this historic stretch of the city, it’s now a year ‘round theater destination just steps from great dining, drinks, shops, and the bay of Sturgeon Bay.

The theater performs everything from comedies, dramas, musicals, and opera bringing the audience face-to-face with the action. Upcoming performances include Lungs, and Shinbone Alley.