Job Openings!

Renegade is hiring all tech and design positions for our June production of Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute, directed by Nikki Swoboda. Looking for scene, costume, lighting, prop designers, and stage management. Please contact Katy Helbacka at for more information.

reasons to be pretty
by Neil LaBute
Directed by Nikki Swoboda
Northland Premiere

Greg truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfections, and when he casually mentions them, all hell breaks loose. Greg’s best buddy, Kent, and Kent’s wife, Carly, have problems of their own. As these relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth?

America’s obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this brutal and exhilarating work, which was nominated for three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Play. Now, Neil LaBute’s bristling new comic drama comes to Renegade.

June 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
All shows at 8 p.m.

WILD PARTY Auditions

Renegade Theater Company announces auditions for the second musical of their exciting 2011 Season, THE WILD PARTY.

General auditions will be held from 6pm-9pm on Friday, March 11th, 2011. Sign up in advance for a 5-minute audition slot by visiting the Renegade offices between the hours of 9am-5pm on weekdays, by calling 218-722-6775 or by emailing Artistic Director Katy Helbacka.

Prepare 16-32 measures of an up-tempo song in the musical theatre style.  Please also prepare a ballad (approx. 16 measures) – as it may be additionally requested by director.  Accompanist will be provided.

Callbacks will be held at 5pm on Saturday, March 12th. You will be asked to sing from the show.

To visit THE WILD PARTY show page, click here.

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Wild Party Audition Notice

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Wild Party Audition Packet

More PARADE Production Pics

We’re about to start the final weekend of our production of PARADE. It’s been a smashing success for us, and if you haven’t yet reserved your tickets … well, too bad. We’re sold out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

You can certainly come on down to the Teatro, get your name on the waiting list and hope for some cancellations, but online and phone reservations are gone, gone, gone.

We’re so very proud of this show, and we wanted to share with you all some more of the fantastic production photos taken by the incredible Ken Kollodge. He’s been taking our production photos for a while now, and we are so incredibly lucky and grateful to have him and his wife as members of the Renegade family.

Check them out in the album below, and we’ll see those of you who planned ahead at the show this weekend! And don’t forget, Improv Friday and Saturday night at 10:30!

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Season Selection Begins

The first show of our 2011 season, PARADE, hasn’t even finished yet, and we’re already looking forward to 2012. We’ve cautiously stuck our collective toes in the season selection pool, and as we begin the process of reading a ton of scripts, we’re wondering if there’s any you’d like us to consider.

We pride ourselves on being the place to see the boldest, bravest and most imaginative theater in town, but we also pride ourselves on giving our audiences the types of shows they love and want to see.

So feel free to name-drop some shows in our comments section below, or if you want to get really fancy and professional about it (which we’d love), Download this Season Selection Form, fill it out, and bring or mail it, along with a copy of the script, to our offices.

Right now the field is wide open. And we’re always on the lookout for the next knockout, home run script. If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

Thank You

Happy day after opening, blog readers!

Last night was a truly wonderful night for all of us here at Renegade Theater Company. The 2011 Season Kickoff and Silent Auction was a wonderful time with some wonderful people and raised a lot of money for the company.

And then came show time. And what a blast that was. We’re already dreading that we only get to do this show 8 more times. It’s one of the more powerful, moving evenings of theater we’ve been a part of, and we love sharing it with audiences.

Oh, and since we’re only doing this 8 more times, we suggest you GET YOUR TICKETS now. Like right now. Yesterday would’ve been better. We don’t expect them to last long.

But we would like to say thank you to everyone who came out in support of Renegade last night, and who will do so in the following weeks. Your support means everything to us. You are why we do what we do. You are the most vital part of the company in Renegade Theater Company.

We also need to give a big thank-you to one of our own, Evan Kelly, for setting up and executing the Season Kickoff and Silent Auction. He works really hard for Renegade, and we’re very lucky to have him. Thanks also to the events committee and every volunteer who lent a hand. We love you guys.

Below is our review in this morning’s Duluth News Tribune (which you can also read on their site by CLICKING HERE).

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Opening Night!

It’s finally here: Opening night of our 2011 season, and our production of the Tony Award-winning musical PARADE.

The show’s at 8pm, but don’t forget to swing by the Teatro Zuccone for our 2011 Season Kickoff Party and Silent Auction from 5-7:30, we’ve got some incredible auction items, food from the Zeitgeist Cafe and live music from Phil Jents!

Below, check out the first look at our production photos, taken by the always excellent Ken Kollodge.

The Ensemble sings the opening number, “The Old Red Hills Of Home.”

(Top L to R) Andrea Schmidt, Jessie Pellowski (Bottom L to R) Abbey Hegerfeld and Lacy Habdas watch the Parade.

Steven Douglas as Frankie Epps leads the Ensemble in “It Don’t Make Sense.”

Steven Douglas as Frankie Epps and Amber Burns as Mary Phagan.

Jenna Kase and Adam Sippola as Lucille and Leo Frank sing “All The Wasted Time.”

One Day Away!

PARADE opens tomorrow. That’s right, tomorrow. And while the cast and crew is very much looking forward to Sunday morning, as it will be our first chance to get some meaningful sleep in far too long, we are so very excited at the progress that’s been made this week, and we can’t wait to open the doors on Thursday night and let you see the show we are so very, very proud of.

If you want to see the show, but are a little strapped for cash, we’d love to have you usher. You just need to show up at 7pm, help get the theater set up, stuff programs, tear tickets and help people find seats. In return you get to see the show for free and you gain our undying love and affection. Which in this economy is better than cash anyway.

If you’re interested in ushering, send an email to Katy Helbacka, and she’ll help you select a date!

Also, don’t forget that the 2011 Season Kick-off and Silent Auction is tomorrow from 5-7:30 pm, right up until we open the doors for opening night of PARADE!

See you all there!