The art-centered culture of the peninsula has fostered a thriving theater community. This means there will be plenty of wonderful productions to choose from, especially during the summer season! If you are a lover of the theater and are searching for unique experience, you’ll hardly do better than the Northern Sky Theater. This seasonal outdoor theater makes it their mission to create, develop and present professional musical and dramatic productions that will further the appreciation of the United States’ culture. Here is everything you need to know about this Door County musical treasure!
The Northern Sky Theater in Door County is only one of the many entertainment options to enjoy this summer. Request your free copy of our Door County Vacation Guide for more local entertainment as well as dining, shopping, attractions, and more.
History of the Northern Sky Theater
Located in Peninsula State Park, the Northern Sky Theater has told stories about some of America’s most interesting people since 1970. It all began when a Madison, WI professor by the name of Dave Peterson went camping in the park. During his visit, he discovered a pine-rimmed theater with a tree vaulting through one side of the stage. He learned the theater was mainly used for nature programs and the occasional slide show.
Feeling inspired by what he saw, Peterson put together a small cast of 18 singers and instrumentalists to perform an epic that some of his own students had written called “Song of the Inland Seas.” They performed the show for two weeks during the summer of 1970, and it immediately became a huge hit. During the next 20 years, the same cast and crew performed original plays covering many aspects of Midwestern lore. The ensemble eventually began to grow as the theater became more popular. Some of the actors who joined the troupe became household names such as Fred Alley, Jeff Herbst, and James Kaplan.
After many years of success, the founders of the Northern Sky Theater have shared their secret. It’s the ability for everyone to work together and share the same vision for telling stories about America’s history. Although most of the troupe spends their time writing and performing for other theaters during the off-season, the summer season at Northern Sky Theater is usually the highlight of their year! They look forward to telling more fascinating tales for you this year.
Upcoming Shows at the Northern Sky Theater
Oklahoma in Wisconsin
This charming musical homage highlights the quirkiness of a family run inn in the 1950s. When a Hollywood scout comes to town, the hilarious clash of the big city and small town cultures are born, along with the tourist fish boil. Oklahoma in Wisconsin is an original show you won’t want to miss!
When longtime physician Doc Olsen decides to retire, the entire community of Sister Harbor is thrown into an uproar. However, when Olsen’s younger and much more modernized nephew decides to take his place, it will take a lot more than a spoonful of sugar for the residents to warm up to him. Doctor! Doctor! is your prescription for laughs this summer.
Lumberjacks in Love
As one of Northern Sky Theater’s box office hits, Lumberjacks in Love is a must for your summer bucket list! Four burly lumberjacks live in a world of manly bliss at the Haywire Lumber Camp in Northern Wisconsin. That is until an encounter with a plucky mail order bride interrupts life as they know it. The result is big belly laughs and beautiful music.
Written with tenderness and humor, Victory Farm is a story deeply rooted in Door County’s cherry orchard history. During WWII, Edna and her daughter, Dottie, aren’t sure how their farm will make it through. Suddenly, help arrives in the most unexpected way. It’s a funny and uplifting tale about family, forgiveness, and the fruits of our labor.
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