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Come see The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company perform at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival - throughout the Festival and in Sherwood Forest.

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is open from 9am to 7pm rain or shine:

  • Weekends from August 22 to October 4
  • Labor Day - September 7
  • Festival Friday - October 2


Make Way for McCloskey

A theatre workshop for youth ages (appx) 6- 14.


Focusing on the basics of acting and storytelling, youth will develop their own production, incorporating parts of different stories by award winning author Robert McCloskey. The production values will be simple -- minimal costuming and set -- with concentration on the acting experience and creating stories. Rehearsal time will also be limited to twice a week, up until the week before the show, when it will be every evening.

Planning Meeting    September 22  7-8pm 
Auditions    October 6
University Center Rochester
851 30th Ave SE
Sports Facility   Room 204

Rehearsals* Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning October 13. 3:30 - 6:30pm. (There may be variations within these times for different cast members.)
Rehearsals the week prior to the performance will be every evening, 3:30 - 6:30pm.
Performances    November 13, 14 & 15
Tuition  $250 per child. (Family cap of $500.)
              $125 per child for supporting members.**(Family cap of $250.)
              Tuition includes a cast t-shirt.

**Supporting members are donors who give to our work year round.  If you are not yet a monthly donor, join us today and receive immediate discounts on classes this semester (and quarterly newsletters and other benefits, listed on our website).  You can sign up via to donate on-line, or make arrangements through your financial institution to issue a check each month. (Please let us know if you have any questions.) Ongoing, monthly support is what enables us to keep doing our work, and to know how to plan.  THANK YOU, MEMBERS!

  • Northland Words is a 501(c)(3) organization. Membership and donations are 100% tax deductible.
  • Tuition may be eligible for Minnesota education tax credit.
  • Monthly payments accepted.
  • Scholarships available. Northland Words is committed to not turning anyone away for financial reasons.

SkyVault Apprentice Training

Ages 10 - adult
October 2015 - June 2016*

The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company is the touring and professional-level performance group of Northland Words. Actors are typically age 17 thru adult.

Beginning this fall, we'll offer training opportunities for actors wanting to pursue SkyVault involvement, which would include our spring Shakespeare production and late summer Renaissance Festival participation. Director Daved Driscoll will interview those interested in such training, and actors will be divided into groups depending on experience, ability and commitment level. (We're offering this same training in the Twin Cities metro area this fall, as we seek to expand the SkyVault troupe.) The SkyVault training will focus on improv, music, physical acting, and audience interaction.

SkyVault Informational Meeting   October 1  6:30 - 8:30pm
University Center Rochester
851 30th Ave SE
Sports Facility    Room 204

For anyone interested in finding out more about this training, tuition and time commitment. Parents of any youth interested should plan to attend this meeting with your child/ren.

Individual interviews with Daved Driscoll will be scheduled for the following week.

*Location of rehearsals is currently being negotiated. We will inform participants of the venue, directly, and will also have that information on our website.

Eighth Annual Original Short Play Festival

Join us at the Eighth Annual Short Play Festival, October 23 & 24 at the C4 Creatives Salon, downtown Rochester.  7pm

(In consultation with Dramatist Guild representatives, we’ve developed modified guidelines for subsequent years of the Festival.)





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