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A new performing arts venue in Crystal, Minnesota.  We are home to Theatre Elision, but also to many other theater companies and performers.  A showcase of local talent and an arts educational resource for youth and adults.

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Shadow Horse Theatre presents:


Shadow Horse Theatre returns with its first MainStage performance in three years to bring this Classical Roman tragedy based on Greek myths to life.  MEDEA is Seneca The Youngers most recognized work based off Euripides original in Ancient Greek, and one of the greatest classical tragedies of all time.  Directed by Matt Kelly.

Only two performances remain!

Friday, February 28th

Saturday, February 29th 

All shows start at 7:30 pm

Comedy Comes to Crystal!

Join us on March 14th for the 2G Comedy Show!  Mother and daughter Ci Ci and Khadijah Cooper are both comedians and they are joining forces to bring the best of the best of Twin Cities comedians to Crystal!

For the inaugural show, Khadijah will emcee.  Elliot Vreeland, Comrade Tripp, and Elise Cole will grace the cabaret stage and Ci Ci will headline! Do not miss this fun night.  

Saturday, March 14th

Doors open at 6:30. Show starts at 7:00.

This 90-minute musical is performed

with no intermission.

Theatre Elision presents:

First Lady Suite

Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa

First Lady Suite is an enthralling look into the lives of some of history’s most neglected figures, the wives of U.S. presidents.  The musical is presented in four vignettes.  The first piece, Over Texas, takes place aboard Air Force One on November 22nd, 1963. Mary Gallagher, the First Lady’s secretary, and Evelyn Lincoln, secretary to the President, are relaxing as they fly into Dallas.  While napping, Mary’s dreams become portentous nightmares as they are haunted by a ghostly Jackie and an eerie Lady Bird.  Where’s Mamie? is a time-travel fantasy as Mamie, melancholic and alone on her birthday, is paid a visit by the celebrated opera star Marian Anderson.  They travel to Algiers to confront Ike about an affair and warn him of the racial strife he’ll face later as President.  Olio presents first daughter Margaret Truman singing at a recital but constantly upstaged by First Lady Bess.  Eleanor Sleeps Here is a heart-rending examination of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok as they’re flown over Washington by Amelia Earhart. 

~ Eight Performances ~

Thursday, March 19th at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 20th at 7:30 pm - Pay What You Can!

Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30 pm

Thursday, March 26th at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 27th at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 28th at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 29th at 2:30 pm

Local Vocal

One night only! Pay What You Can!

March 24th

Tired of factory-made songs? Enjoy a night of fresh music by local composers and writers, performed by vocalist Laurel Armstrong (and a few guest artists) 
Doors and bar opens at 6:00 pm.  

Pre-Show starts at 6:45 with Main Show at 7:00 pm

Accompanists: Jill Dawe (piano), Scott Keever (guitar)

Guest singers: Phinehas Bynum, Natalie Nowytski, Amanda Schnabel,

Colleen Somerville-Leeman

Performing work by: Alayna Barnes, Alan Berks, Joe Chvala, Jared Coffin,

Robert Elhai, Bradley Greenwald, Michael Gruber, Linda Kachelmeier,

Kurt Metzger, Natalie Nowytski, Dominic Orlando, Daniel Pinkerton, Chan Poling, William Reichard, Kathleen Tucker, Max Wojtanowicz, Peter Vitale

Jawaahir Dance Company presents:


Jawaahir Dance Company ignites the stage with a brilliant and colorful assortment of dances, all inspired by the music that is the touchstone of Near Eastern Dance, for which it is renowned. Experience an extravaganza of Arab dance, music, and talent that only Jawaahir can deliver. Jawaahir’s 18 dancers perform stunning contemporary interpretations, in the third Sparkle concert, choreographed by the Jawaahir dancers for the dancers, with an exciting new choreography by Cassandra Shore, Artistic Director. Live music provided by the musicians of Amwaaj, led by Tim O’Keefe, and Laura Harada. All of this – all new choreography, AND a breathtaking solo performance by our guest artist, Luna of Cairo, who performed in the top nightspots in Egypt for many years, now residing in Florida.

~ Five Performances ~

Thursday, April 2nd at 8:00 pm - Post Show Discussion

Friday, April 3rd at 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 4th at 2:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 5th at 2:00 pm

They're Back!

Comedy Sportz Twin Cities returns to the Playhouse on Saturday, April 18th at 7:30 pm.  

If you've been to a show you know how fun this is -- and you'll want to come back.  If you missed it . . .  well, don't miss it again!

Registration for the Spring Session of the

Triple Threat Workout is now open!

For ages 6-16!

Five Sessions - April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, and May 16

Saturdays ~ 9:30 - noon

Performance on the final day!

The musical theater “triple threat” is someone who can act, sing and dance! Our triple threat workout provides an opportunity to work on all three areas in a single class – with a particular musical theater focus. Students rotate through the acting, singing and dance disciplines with teachers who are professional performers in the Twin Cities. 

Registration Fee: $150.00

Residents of Crystal, Robbinsdale and New Hope:  $125.00

The Guild of Middle Eastern Dance presents:

Spring Spectacular

A Weekend of Workshops and Shows!

Mark Your Calendar for April 25th and 26th


Theatre Elision presents:

We Foxes

Words and Music by Ryan Oliver Scott

We Foxes is a southern Gothic musical thriller set in the mid-1940s. Willa is left alone when her brother is conscripted into the army after being falsely accused of theft.  She is taken in by the Sheriff’s wife, Vesta Quimby -- the most beloved and powerful woman in town. When Willa discovers dark secrets, she must fight to survive.  We Foxes is a story of intense human struggle, deliverance, and the great salvation found only in oneself.  

~ Eight Performances ~

Thursday, May 7th at 7:30 pm

Friday, May 8th at 7:30 pm - Pay What You Can!

Saturday, May 9th at 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 10th at 2:30 pm

Thursday, May 14th at 7:30 pm

Friday, May 15th at 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 16th at 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 17th at 2:30 pm

This two hour musical is performed with one intermission.

Shooting Starz Productions presents:

High School Musical

Shooting Starz Productions will be back again May 30th - June 2nd with their production of High School Musical!  Watch for more information!

They're Back!

Comedy Sportz Twin Cities returns to the Playhouse on Saturday, June 13th at 7:30 pm.  

If you've been to a show you know how fun this is -- and you'll want to come back.  If you missed it . . .  well, don't miss it again!

Dorothy Doring presents:

Songs from The Roaring 20s

Twin Cities vocalist Dorothy Doring pays tribute to the songs of “The Roaring 20s”. These one hundred-year-old songs by the likes of Irving Berlin, the Gershwins and Fats Waller serve as a nostalgic look at our country’s history and culture.  Dorothy adds her own interpretation to these century old classics, breathing new life into these timeless standards from the Great American Songbook.

Sunday, June 14th at 2:30 pm

General Admission - $25

Neighborhood Discount for residents of Crystal, Robbinsdale and New Hope - $20

This show runs 90 minutes with intermission

Theatre Elision presents:


Music by Marvin Laird; Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley

We opened the Playhouse in 2019 with a production of Ruthless.  We are celebrating our one year anniversary with a special encore presentation for three nights only! Ruthless is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner.  This all-female production spoofs Broadway musicals, like Gypsy and Mame, and movies such as The Bad Seed and All About Eve.  It is the story of Tina, a precocious eight-year-old who knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking in her school play, and will do anything to get the part, including murdering the leading lady! This production features some of the leading ladies of the Twin Cities stage!  This is a show not to be missed!

~ Only Three Performances ~ All shows start at 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 16th

Friday, July 17th

Saturday, July 18th

This 90 minute musical is performed with no intermission.


119-seat theater
60-100-seat cabaret space

The Studio
Rehearsal Room
Practice Rooms

Youth programs



6105 42nd Ave N
Crystal, Hennepin County 55422

Parking information:  Elision Playhouse has a free adjacent parking lot.  If that is full, there is also street parking along Brunswick Avenue (east of the building) behind the back entrance of our parking lot.  There is NO parking between 42nd Avenue and our back driveway, but it is fine to park beyond that.  The Brunswick United Methodist Church has also graciously offered the use of their parking lot behind the church for overflow parking.  Other nearby street parking is also available. Thanks to Terrence Joyce for the great map below!