A splendid mix of adult and kid plays happening year 'round! It's a true delight to live in a community with such quality theatre productions. Aside from an audience member, i have yet to participate in a show, but i always feel welcome to assist. There seems to be a place for everyone; from ushering, to costumes, to wrangling props, to make-up, to cleaning the popcorn machine, everyone is important. The Grand Marais playhouse is a true asset to our community and beyond. I'd miss it greatly if i ever moved!
This is where I developed my love for theater. I got a college degree in theater and have worked professionally in theater since graduation. It is a place full of people who care deeply for the arts. This place brings the community together and show the special talent they have to offer.
I am a parent of two girls, both involved in plays. Both have had a wonderful time. As a parent I also appreciate the amazing experience they are getting on stage, the support system of a mixed-age group of kids that continues to evolve and the inclusion of back stage experience that helps them see the entire process of putting together a bit of magic. My husband has been involved with stage-building, I have helped with costumes and my youngest daughter and I have written/performed in 10-minute plays. My kids see multiple community members who are involved as well as getting the chance to work with experienced professionals. It is a rich experience to share as a family. It is also an amazing thing to see in a smaller sized community.
I have been involved as both a consumer, volunteer and actor in the playhouse. The quality of productions are awesome. The impact on the kids in the community involved is noticable. I have watched very young kids become confident, artistic teens.
I have been in theatre all of my adult life, and am proud to be involved with the Grand Marais Playhouse. In fact, it is an important reason that I am here in this area. Sue's level of professionalism is stunning, and working with her continues to challenge my own skills- which were honed as a scenic painter in all of the Twin Cities theatres- Guthrie, Minnesota Opera, Children's Theatre, Heart of the Beast, Dayton's, Science Museum, etc. Wherever there was theatre and display, I was there.
I have had the great pleasure to be able to be involved in many great productions. Everything to acting, helping with sets and tech, ushering... the list goes on and on. I have learned so much during every production. I have also been moved by the great people, both staff and volunteers, and the lasting friendships that have been built.
The Grand Marais Playhouse impacted my life at an early age! I started getting involved as a child and have been a huge fan and volunteer for many years. I rarely miss a production and bring family and friends along whenever I can. It is amazing what this theater can accomplish with all local community members. It is a great asset to the area both for locals and for visitors!
I have had the pleasure of acting in plays, working for the GMP during the summer, and helping out as a board member. The Grand Marais Playhouse is a wonderful community theater. There are opportunities for everyone: acting, techie, directing, helping in just about any way possible. The plays for for children, high schooler, and adults. There are musicals, comedies, farces, drama, period pieces, and more. The Grand Marais Playhouse puts out plays that can compete with any theater and most of the time far exceed other performances by other theaters.
I have enjoyed many plays that the Grand Marais Playhouse has professionally performed over the years. What I feel is amazing from this tiny Northern Minnesota town playhouse, is the dedication of its talented staff, volunteers and actors. Who put these productions on for the community with such little funds, yet power pack the stage with such magic. I have volunteered as usher, ticket sales, secured advertisers and donated props. I am presently a board member who sees and believes in the visions of our Grand Marais Playhouse.
I've been in and/or assisted with many productions over the last 20 years & every experience has provided lasting memory-highs! As a result of these positive experiences, I now serve on the board, hoping to help in providing similar experiences for even more community members. I am most impressed with how this organization provides such an inclusive atmosphere, especially with K-12 students, yet maintains high artistic standards. I love how each production is a feast for the eyes with creative set design & costumes. Musicals have been a special treat as I watch community members who are given opportunities to share their incredible talents vocally & instrumentally. I'm thankful for the lasting friendships that have been forged through working together on projects through this organization. I'm also thankful for how the Playhouse is developing a strong educational component. Through its resources with the theater world beyond our little county, we get these incredible opportunities to expand our knowledge of theater craft.