Lipstick Optional: Celebrating the Women of Northern Sky | Northern Sky Theater

Lipstick Optional: Celebrating the Women of Northern Sky

Premiering Saturday, October 17

Welders. Doctors. Politicians. Football fans. Single mothers. Cherry farmers. Lumberjacks. These are just a few of the many memorable women Northern Sky playwrights have written into existence over the years. It’s a rich history, and we’ll revel in it Saturday, October 17 at 7 p.m. when we premiere Lipstick Optional: Celebrating the Women of Northern Sky

Just walking down the rows of our costume shop gives you a sense of all the different women Northern Sky has brought to life: flannel, welding masks, and Packer gear right up next to sharp business suits and 19th-century calico. In putting together Lipstick Optional, we combed our archive to find clips (songs, stories, and dance) of the fantastic women who have crossed our boards over the years. It’s a way to celebrate the characters themselves–plus the women who have played them, written them, designed their sets and costumes, and choreographed and directed them.

There will be a Zoom talkback with many of these Northern Sky actors and creators immediately following the premiere event.

To join us for this event:

In gratitude for a donation of $30 or more, donors will receive a private web link to the show. Lipstick Optional will also be available on demand after the event premieres.


Clips are taken from 15 different productions ranging from 1993 to 2019, including Bing! The Cherry Musical, Bob Dumkee’s Farm, Dad’s Season Tickets, Dairy Heirs, Doctor! Doctor!, Fishing for the Moon, Loose Lips Sink Ships, Lumberjacks in Love, Marlarkey!, Northern Lights, Oklahoma in Wisconsin, Our Night in Frog Station, Victory Farm, We Like It Where? and Windjammers.