Duluth Playhouse Children's Theater

We speak with Kate Horvath, the Children's Theater & Education Program Director of the Duluth Playhouse, about how bringing children to the theater can educate while it entertains.

©Nicole Modeen/The Duluth Playhouse Childen's Theatre

If you're hoping to get in to see the Duluth Playhouse's production of Disney's The Lion King JR., well, Duluth has sold out shows just like the Big Cities ... and rush lines (or lists), too.

©Nichole Modeen/The Duluth Playhouse Childen's Theatre

"We as a community and a culture have a
great responsibility to model what we'd like our
children to become and provide them with
opportunities to see the best of us." ~ Kate Horvath

©Nicole Modeen/The Duluth Playhouse Childen's Theatre

Kate Horvath is a tiny little concentration of energy as it is.  But even after a summer of theatre camp, she says she's still -- and always -- kid-powered.

Kate Horvath has been teaching theater for a long time ... but the artistic director of the Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre says every time a new batch of kids roars through the doors for the summer camps, it's a brand new ballgame.

courtesy Robert Lee

Robert Lee has the challenge of bringing the world of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach to life (complete with human-sized bugs and a house-sized giant peach) in front of a live audience.

But the director of the Duluth Playhouse's Theatre For Young Audiences program knows that when it gets right down to it, you don't need CGI or fancy special effects when you've got actors.

Duluth Playhouse

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We sidetracked Kate Horvath of the Duluth Playhouse Children's Theater with questions about the perennial favorite Halloween flick ... but she got back on track with just a jump to the left ... and then a step to the right.

Kate Horvath is planning a busy summer. 

She finally found time to act in a show herself (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, opening June 4 at the Duluth Playhouse) but she'll be spending most of her time teaching.  "Acting camps" run for a week, and students from 5 to 14 have a chance to take their star turn in a play.

But for the kids Kate terms "hardcore," there are the "theater intensives": a month's worth of planning, designing, building, casting, costuming - and eventually - putting on a show.