Northern Sky Debuts
New Creative Center

Northern Sky Theater Debuts Brand New Theater Venue

For the first time, Door County’s Northern Sky Theater will welcome guests to its fall season, with another world premiere musical, held indoors at the Barbara & Spencer Gould Theater. The theater is part of a brand new Creative Center located at 9058 County Road A in Fish Creek.

The Gould Theater is a professionally equipped, intimate 248-seat venue located in Northern Door County that serves as an ideal home for the company's fall and winter shows. It is truly a setting like no other and pays homage to its summer home in Peninsula State Park. Take a path through the woods to the outdoor gathering space, view the surrounding woods from the lobby and performance space, and enjoy the state-of-the-art sound and comfort of this one-of-a-kind venue that is uniquely Northern Sky.

Photo by Len Villano.

Photo by Len Villano.

Northern Sky Theater had its beginnings in 1970, when a small troupe of talented college students, the Heritage Ensemble, began performing folk revues for an audience of mostly campers in Peninsula State Park. Over the decades, a dedicated group of artists with Wisconsin roots transformed the company into a regionally acclaimed, professional theater remarkable for its commitment to developing and performing its own material. Northern Sky's ongoing mission of creating original shows has given the company a unique identity with a history of over 50 world premieres. Each year over 40,000 people attend the theater annually, comprising a remarkably loyal following. 

The Gould Theater itself features 28-foot windows, allowing audience members to feel like they are sitting amid the trees with custom-built shutters that can be easily closed or opened, depending on the needs and setting of the performance. While Northern Sky will consolidate many of its operations under one roof at the Creative Center, allowing for a year-round presence in this new facility, the company plans to continue to perform its summer season in Peninsula State Park.

Ray Jivoff. Photo by Len Villano.

The company’s first performance in the Gould Theater will be Dad's Season Tickets, written by Matt Zembrowski. It is a musical comedy celebrating family, folly, and football. Frank's three grown daughters learn that one of them will inherit Dad's treasured Green Bay Packers season tickets. The Kosinski sisters employ every trick in the playbook on the way to relearning that family isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.

Matt, a one-man musical theater writing machine, returns after writing Doctor! Doctor! for the Northern Sky 2016 world premiere. Matt is one of the few people brave enough to take on all three elements of a musical—book, lyrics, and music. In writing the show, Matt tried to bridge the seemingly insurmountable gap between his two life-long loves: sports and the performing arts.

Matt drew inspiration from his own family when creating the Kosinski family. He also tried to create characters that were recognizable and relatable to everyone, especially in their foibles and shortcomings. Dad’s Season Tickets is Matt’s love letter to growing up in Wisconsin in the 1990s and to family traditions (be it football or otherwise). The show is set in 1996 as the Packers march inevitably toward football’s ultimate prize.

The company's fall season runs through October 26th. Dad's Season Tickets is a world-premiere musical comedy in a brand-new theater—you don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend!

The show is funded in part by a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation and sponsored by: Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Main Street Market, On Deck Clothing Company, White Gull Inn.

For tickets contact the Northern Sky box office via phone at (920) 854-6117 and online at  

Doug Mancheski, Kelly Doherty, Ray Jivoff, Jamie Mercado, Anna Cline, Chase Stoeger. Photo by Len Villano.