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.