DJT Heads North!!
August 2 & 3

Minneapolis 2014 at the Guthrie Theatre

Minneapolis 2014 at the Guthrie Theatre

My oh my, this trip is going to be another great DJT adventure!  The great city of Minneapolis awaits!

Led by DJT staff and our very own Artistic Director, Daniel Sheridan, this trip is loaded with amazing theatre companies, behind-the-scenes tours, conversations with professional artists, great food, beautiful city walks, and one giant awesome charter bus all to ourselves!! 

DJT’s founder, Mary Fluhrer-Nighswander, believed all DJT students should travel to see great American theatre.  For decades, Mary specifically took students to the Guthrie Theatre.  She knew that by kids seeing great theatre and amazing places, they would be inspired by what theatre can do and who they can become.  That too is our goal today.

So what all will we be doing?!?  Here are some details for our adventure!


Places to Visit

Guthrie Theatre : Minneapolis, MN
SHOW = Guys & Dolls

Students will get a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Guthrie Theatre, specialized for our group!  The Guthrie theatre is a 9 story facility on the Mississippi riverfront in downtown Minneapolis.  It holds 3 theatre (thrust, proscenium, & black box), rehearsal studios, state of the art design studios (sound, props, costumes, lights, etc.), educational studios, 2 restaurants, a coffeeshop, amazing views of Minneapolis, and more!  The Guthrie Theatre itself is considered an architectural masterpiece and is a prominent image of the cityscape.


Students will see a production of “Guys and Dolls.”  This American classic will be on the Wurtle Thrust stage.  Experiencing professional acting & design at this high level will be remembered for a lifetime.


Our Artistic Director, Daniel Sheridan, worked with the Guthrie Theatre in the Summer of 2007.  He still has strong relationships with many professionals, which will allow us to personally meet and talk to some of America’s leading theatrical professional directors, actors, designers, managers, and more.  And guess what?!?!  Some of the Guthrie staff today first experienced theatre at DJT.  How cool!

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Beautiful Downtown

Minneapolis is a great town!  It is the big city environment, with a Midwest sensibility. 

As an arts community, there are more theatre and arts organization per number of citizen than anywhere else in the world.  The Guthrie Theatre itself is in the old millhouse district, which is full of history.

We’ll get the chance to walk across the pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi, visit the sculpture gardens, checkout open air markets, and much, much more. We will even get to explore downtown Minneapolis itself!

Brave New Workshop - The Founders of Improv!


The Brave New Workshop has been performing original satirical sketch comedy and improvisation since 1958, longer than any other theatre in the United States. The Brave New Workshop began after Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus aerialist Dudley Riggs survived a near-fatal fall from a trapeze. He decided, for obvious reasons, to move to a less risky career and started his own “Instant Theatre Company” with a cast assembled from the circus and vaudeville circuits.

They opened off-Broadway with a show consisting of vaudeville-style sketches, burlesque blackouts, and something completely new: the use of audience input in the creation of “instant theatre.” That was the beginning of comedic improvisation, as it’s widely known today. After touring nationally, Dudley and his “Instant Theatre Company” found a permanent home in the Twin Cities in 1958, and the name, Brave New Workshop, was added in 1961.

The Junior Theatre gang will get a special 2-hour show / workshop with the professional performers of the Brave New Workshop! Their approach to improvisation and sketch theatre is drastically different from ComedySportz. We’ll also get to hear and learn more about how this theatre company works!



Travel by Charter Bus

We will journey in a professionally hired charter bus from CIT Charter Inc.  Be ready to leave bright and early by 4:30am!  To get to our destinations on time and make the most of the trip we have to hit the road early!

Our bus will have wi-fi and restrooms on board.  So we should be riding in style.  Checkout these pics of our chariot.



Crowne Plaza Hotel

Our group will be staying at the Crown Plaza : Minneapolis Downtown Northstar.  This high quality hotel will give us access to the heart of Minneapolis. 

As a group, we will explore the Hennepin Shopping District.  This indoor / outdoor shopping mall is connected by bridges and walkways over many streets right in downtown! 

Students will be assigned to rooms with two queen size beds.  Students will sleep 4 per room.  Students will be grouped by gender and like ages.  Boys and girls will not be in the same room. 

Our hotel rooms will be blocked together in a group, with chaperone rooms on each end.  This ensures even greater security.

As added assurance, Junior Theatre Inc carries extended insurance to cover this trip.  All chaperones will be DJT Staff and Board Members, known well by our students. All adults will have full background checks prior to the trip.

We will have 37 students and 10 chaperones on the trip for a total of 47 members.


Event Schedule (Subject to Change)

Friday, August 2nd

Check In @ DJT :       4:30am

Parent/Student Meet:  4:40am

Arrive Minneapolis:    11:00am

Downtown/Sculpture: 11:00am-3:00pm

            (note, we may have some special group surprises during this time!)

Check-In Hotel:          3:15pm (Crowne Plaza : 618 Second Avenue South)

Dinner Time:               4:15pm-5:45pm

Workshop:                   6:00pm-8:00pm (A Brave New Workshop : Student Union facility-727 Hennepin)

Desert Time!!!             8:00pm-9:00pm

Return to Hotel:          9:00pm

Lights Out:                  11:00pm

Saturday, August 3rd

Pack Up Bus:              7:15am

Depart for Market:      7:30am (walking on foot)

Mill Town Farm Mkt: 8:00am-9:15am (Breakfast at the Farmer’s Market)

Tour Guthrie:              9:30am-10:30am

Lunch & Explore:       10:45am-12:30pm (Riverfront Areas, eat as group)

Return to Guthrie:       12:45pm

Guthrie Show:             1:00pm (Guys and Dolls)

Show Ends:                 3:30pm

Dinner:                        4:00pm

Depart Home:             6:00pm

Arrive Home:              Midnight (will call within 90 minutes of arrival)


The Details

Food & Purchases

No food will be provided on the trip, except in the following ways. 

Lunch will be provided on Saturday afternoon as part of the trip.

Four Meals not included: Lunch Saturday, Dinner Saturday, Breakfast Sunday (Farmers Market), Dinner Sunday

Students are encouraged to pack their own snacks and expected to purchase meals.  We will be going to affordable places to eat as a group. 

Should someone lose their money or debit/credit card, no problem. We will gladly cover any costs associated with your child’s experience in the event of an emergency.

No monies will be provided for purchases, keepsakes and gifts.  Students will have to bring their own money for additional purchases.

Recommended minimum spending allowance for food and others is $80.00. 

Trip Cost

The Junior Board of Davenport Junior Theatre consists of students in the 6th grade and up who have successfully completed a Mainstage Show.  These students fund raise all year long at our events and performances.

The Junior Board will be contributing $2,500 to offset the cost of the trip!  This greatly lowers the cost per student! 

Registration cost per participant = $145.00 per enrollment

Registration Guidelines

Deadline to register is Monday, July 1. 

Trip is for Junior High and High School students ONLY.  6th grade and up (grade in 2018-19 school year, not next year)

All students who register for this trip must have participated in a Mainstage production

There are only 37 spots available for students!  It is first come, first serve on registration.  So don’t wait!  DJT trips are extremely popular.

A few days prior to the trip, DJT will send you a packet with even more info!  This packet will also include participation forms that will need to be completed.

$145.00 per enrollment

*Reminder that food and spending money is not included in cost of registration.

Thanks all !  We are looking forward to the adventure!

Be sure to checkout DJT's Mainstage Camp!  We have an awesome lineup of amazing instructors this summer. 

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