Theatre announces summer season, by Nikke Nason

The stage is set for Lake Superior Theatre’s (LST) 2007 summer season. This year, the theatre, recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, will present three shows in the Frazier Historic Boathouse. The boathouse is located on Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette.
The summer season will feature three musicals: Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls Jr. and the world premiere of Keepers of the Light by David Hansen. The season begins July 11 and continues through August 19.
The season begins with the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes. The age-old tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications that ensue intrigue every audience. This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Porter’s magical scores. Sailing on the S.S. American are a gangster on the run posing as a minister, a former evangelist who is a nightclub singer, four tap-dancing “angels,” a society miss who is engaged to an English gentleman (also on the ship), and her ex-boyfriend who stows away on the boat to try to win her back. A series of comical mistaken identities ensues as the passengers and crew sing and dance their way across the Atlantic. Porter’s magical scores include “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “All Through The Night,” “Anything Goes,” “You’re The Top” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.” The wonder is that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the ship.
Anything Goes runs at 7:30 p.m. from July 11 through 15 and July 18 through 22.
Lake Superior Theatre has teamed up again with the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s youth theatre program to present the youth musical Guys and Dolls Jr., with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, featuring two different casts.
Guys and Dolls Jr. tells the story of a group of small-time gamblers and the ladies in their lives. Nathan Detroit bets his pal Sky Masterson that he can’t make the next lady he sees fall in love with him, and when the next “doll” happens to be the prim and proper neighborhood missionary Sarah Brown, the stage is set for an evening of high-spirited entertainment, set to the toe-tapping beat of Loesser’s superlative score.
One of the greatest Broadway musicals, the score comprises classic numbers including “I’ll Know,” “Adelaide’s Lament,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat,” “Luck Be A Lady Tonight,” “If I Were a Bell” and the title song.
Guys and Dolls Jr. will run at 7:30 p.m. from July 26 through 29 and from August 1 through 4.
LST ends the season with the world premiere of Keepers of the Light by local playwright David Hansen in celebration of Maritime Month. Lightkeepers are men and women who push back the darkness to light the way for others. Keepers of the Light is the story of three historical lighthouse keepers who found their own light and the courage to help others. Along their journeys they encounter shipwrecks, an Irish wake, Mormons, legends, disguises and weather. Your guide on this adventure is a great old storyteller from not too long ago, Aunt Jane. And for a small pint of vanilla ice cream, she will tell you all about the keepers of the light and why she honors their spirit with her stories. This musical and dramatic celebration of lighthouses and their keepers is destined to become a favorite that never loses its magic.
Keepers of the Light will run at 7:00 p.m. from August 8 through 12 and August 15 through 19.
Lake Superior Theatre has been upgraded since it opened in 1999 with padded seating and air conditioning. These improvements are funded by the annual Lightkeeper fundraiser.
The box office is located in Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park near the water’s edge. Look for the small lighthouse. Box office hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. The box office number is 227-7625.
Ticket prices are $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6.25 for youth eighteen and younger and groups of more than ten are $10 each.
Season tickets are available for $35 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for youth age eighteen and younger and must be ordered by July 1. Season ticket holders receive discounted ticket prices and are offered advance ticket exchanges.
Order by phone with a Visa or Mastercard by calling 227-ROCK(7625). For details, call 228-0472, e-mail nnason@mqtcty.org or visit www.lakesuperiortheatre.com
—Nikke Nason

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