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“[The Sheldon is] a place where the magic never ends…where there is always more entertainment to keep people intrigued by the variety.” -- Red Wing Republican Eagle

Phoenix Theatre

Just as the legendary phoenix rose from the ashes of the fire that consumed it, Phoenix Theatre rose from the foundation built by several performing arts groups that had served the Red Wing area admirably, especially Red Wing Summer Playhouse which had been the community theater group for decades. In intricate grillwork over the doors to the Sheldon Theatre house, a phoenix has been standing watch since the theatre's birth. It is from that grillwork that Phoenix Theatre took its name and developed its logo.

Marilyn Albrecht, founder and first president of The Friends of the Sheldon and Phoenix Theatre, conceived of Phoenix Theatre as a production arm of the Friends organization and set about to create a theater group that would turn dreams into reality for aspiring performers, crews, and theater audiences. Over the years, the Friends group has remained steadfast with financial and organizational support of Phoenix Theatre.

Phoenix Theatre made its debut on October 21, 1993 at the Sheldon with a production of Hart and Kaufman's great American comedy, You Can't Take It With You. Since its inaugural performance, Phoenix Theatre has brought life and professional respectability to many musicals, comedies, dramas, one acts and revues.

Membership in Phoenix Theatre is open to anyone interested in being part of a community theater organization. It takes myriad people to keep several productions on the marquee each year, so we are always eager to have new talents on board. The group operates under the leadership of an elected board and meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Green Room of the Sheldon Theatre.

Phoenix Board of Directors

Chair, Helene Olson-Reed
Vice Chair, Terese Bjornstad
Co-Secretary, Min Martin Oakes and David Oakes
Treasurer, Marcy Watzl

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Phoenix Productions Through the Years

South Pacific
Holiday Memories
Steel Magnolias
The Fantasticks
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
A Christmas Carol
The Secret Garden
A Marriage Proposal
Halftime at Halcyon Days
Miracle on 34th Street
The Man Who Came To Dinner
Hello Dolly
Inspecting Carol
A Piece of My Heart
42nd Street
The Other Woman
Goodbye Howard
Meet Me In St. Louis
The Laramie Project
Middle-Aged White Guys
Funny Girl
The Rented Christmas
Vagina Monologues
The Foreigners
It's A Wonderful Life
The Music Man
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