Top Hat Theatre offers performance based training to youth ages 4-18 years, plus auditions and performance opportunities for both youth and adults. Founded in the summer of 2000, husband/wife team, Todd and Pamela Russell developed the company in an effort to stay actively involved in musical theater while raising their children. Bringing their own children, and inviting others into their area of love and expertise, was a great way for the family to play together and get connected to the community!
The duo has written and produced over 50 musicals in the Twin Cities area and is thrilled to know the thousands of people who have been a part of this journey so far. Through being a student, a teacher, an adult actor, a musician, a choreographer, a set builder, painter, a supportive friend, or a member in the house... we have ALL created a theatrical space to grow within and be a part of.
In August of 2019, they made a leap in a new direction and purchased Long Lake Theater (WAY up North in Park Rapids, MN) and will be often rehearsing shows here in Minneapolis that will make its way to Long Lake to be performed. Being a lovely resort town, most shows for that space will take place during the summer months with an annual Christmas Musical playing in December and starting in 2020, an interactive dinner theater presentation in the early fall. Top Hat has also had a long, happy 8 year relationship with the fantastic Nonna Rosa's Ristorante Italiano in Robbinsdale. We have annually partnered in a Murder Mystery Dinner and are so happy to be back again this year!
2019-2020 is Top Hat Theatre's "Year of the Chameleon" as we are undergoing structural changes in our program, searching for a permanent home for the theater in Minneapolis, and performing for the first time in our new rental spot in Maple Grove. SO MUCH CHANGE.... but change can be good! We hope you'll be a part of it!
Memories of Dracula's Castle, starring Josiah Gulden and Quinn Shadko.
Mina and Renfield
Lucy and Mina
Dracula and Lucy