Lake Superior Theatre Announces 2019 Season

Posted on May 13, 2019

Lake Superior Theatre (LST) presents delightful summer adventures in a unique working boathouse right on Lake Superior in the Lower Harbor, Marquette. Now presenting its twenty first season, LST has established itself as an integral part of Marquette’s summer fun as it celebrates regional history and culture.

LIGHTKEEPER FUNDRAISER SPECIAL EVENT

The annual Lightkeeper Fundraiser will kick off this super-special season for Lake Superior Theatre. This fundraiser keeps ticket prices affordable as well as funds all of the much needed enhancements to the working boathouse, from new seats to air conditioning, a new stage, professional lights, an improved sound system, and further enhancements to the bathrooms.  All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law and are gratefully acknowledged in the season program.

This year the event will take place at 460 E. Ridge St. so attendees can overlook the roof of the Boathouse. Board members have planned another gastronomic delight and the rest of the cast and crew are enthusiastically preparing a sneak preview that will make it a magnificent happening. Click on lakesuperiortheatre.com for information and for reservations call LST at 906-227-7625 or click lstmqt@gmail.com.  In honor of Into the Woods, attendees who bring a plant for the boathouse will be entered in a drawing for a special prize.

This summer LST opens its season with Fiddler on the Roof July 9-20. Director Amy Malaney brings a fresh take on a beloved masterpiece come to life. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including Tradition; Sunrise, Sunset; If I Were A Rich Man; Matchmaker, Matchmaker; and To Life (L’Chaim!), this production is fresh, funny, gorgeous and a reason for celebration. Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives and life, love and laughter. Featuring a talented cast and live music, Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

Following July 23-26 are shows that will salute Marvelous Magical Marquette Artists with a return of Jack Deo with a historical program “What’s up Doc(k)” and groups like Lumi. Lumi is a homegrown, six-piece band based in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, fusing funk, dub reggae, progressive rock, and jazz to make tasty, groovy jams. Attendees will be dancing in their seats. The last night in this series features Marquette artists such as Jim Pennell and Ray Dollar, also known as Jim & Ray, who have been performing together for more than 35 years.

Into the Woods takes the stage from July 30 to August 10 and is the LST collaboration with Superior Arts Youth Theater (SAYT). Be careful what you wish for, seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical.  An epic, enchanting musical saga about daring to venture Into the woods; it is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife and their wish to begin a family.

The Dixie Swim Club runs August 13-25 and features the return of the popular Steel Magnolias cast directed by Denise Clark. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo, but her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette is acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging) that life flings at them. When fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. The Dixie Swim Club is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

Last but not least August 27-30 is Miscast Musical produced by Dave Dagenais and Monica Nordeen. It’s Broadway show tunes with a twist, when the performers let their inner selves shine and perform songs that maybe they were not meant to sing or could expect to be cast in.  Octaves change, genders switch and fun follows.  Fabulous fun featuring songs from some of your favorite actors performing memorable Broadway shows.

INFORMATION AND TICKETS

Join LST for a season that will capture your heart and imagination – an amazing value. Visit the Berry Events Center for your tickets; call (906) 227-1032, or book your reserved seat online directly at tickets.nmu.edu. Please note that if you book online and choose an E ticket (print at home or on your mobile device) there are no additional charges.  All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. except for the 3 p.m. Sunday matinees for Dixie Swim Club. Parking is at Mattson Lower Harbor Park so you can soak in the Superior vistas and our million dollar lobby view.

If you need special accommodations for seating or parking, be sure to let their staff know and they will make sure you are taken care of.

The transition from working boathouse to treasured theatre is no easy task, but each year as LST toils away, they are reminded of Henry Ford’s comment that: If you think you can do it, or you think you can‘t do it, you are right. LST hopes that you can visit the theatre this summer. Whether you are returning to their unique working boathouse right on Lake Superior for the twenty first season, or coming to a delightful summer adventure for the first time, they know you will enjoy the water views and amazing live theatre in easy, air conditioned, intimate comfort!

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For More Information:

Lake Superior Theatre    (906) 227-7625          lstmqt@gmail.com

Peggy Frazier                (906) 227-7625         frazier@chartermi.net