LST to host Light Keeper Special Event Fundraiser

MARQUETTE — Lake Superior Theatre is hosting its annual Light Keeper Special Event Fundraiser at the home of Tom and Sue LeGalley, 1 Marquette Drive, at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“We could not think of a better place to have our salute to the season as attendees envision themselves on the set of ‘Grease’ or Truvy’s hair salon while they go back to the fabulous 50s,” organizers said in a press release.

The event will include beverages, such as milkshakes, and a “scrumptious” supper provided by LST board members Reatha Tweedie and Rita Hodgins, the release said. The fundraiser will also include a sneak preview of the Theatre’s 2017 season.

The mission of Lake Superior Theater Inc. is to provide the community the opportunity to experience live performances with an emphasis on historical musical dramas. In its 19th season Lake Superior Theatre will be presenting “Grease,” “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Superior Cabaret.”

The fundraiser event contributes to the overall operations of the theatre for the summer season, as well as providing matching dollars for the grant received from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for new LED lighting, the release said.

With a “million-dollar view” lobby, the theatre has been the recipient of many awards and comments, the release said.

“I recently made my first visit to the Lake Superior Theatre and fell immediately in love with this atmospheric theatre,” one commenter was quoted as saying in the release. “Upon entering the building, you are transported to another world. Dark and rustic, the character of the boathouse pours from the walls in a deluge of nautical memorabilia. Mysteries from ages past seem to hide in the dust upon the rafters. It possesses a soulful ambiance perfect for an intimate theatre experience.”

Board president Peggy Frazier said she is often asked how the organization is able to bring so many “fabulous” performances to the boathouse each season at “that encourages families to attend — and talk about their unique heritage.”

“We can do so because of your donations and support,” she said.

This year, donations made to the LST will provide matching funds for the grant received from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for LED lighting.

“Every year, families tell us how much they enjoy attending LST walking the bike path to the theatre on a beautiful summer evening,” Frazier said. “Others suggest that coming out of a performance and looking out on majestic Lake Superior makes us realize how lucky we are to live here. Some marvel at how they can leave the opera glasses at home and enjoy amazing live theatre in air conditioned, easy, intimate comfort — almost feeling like an actor on stage. Thank you for helping us to provide outstanding live theatre and making Marquette a desirable place to live, work and play.”

The event will take place at 1 Marquette Drive at 5 p.m.

For further information or to make reservations, call 228-6670 or 227-ROCK or email lstplayhouse @gmail.com. For planning purposes, reservations are requested by June 5.

Need info about the shows or tickets? Visit LST’s website, www.lakesuperiortheatre.com or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lakesuperiortheatre

NMU EZ tickets will again serve as LST’s box office, which includes online sales, phone sales, and in person sales at the Berry Events Center and the night of the show at LST — all seating is reserved. Order by phone: 906-227-1032 or online: www.tickets.nmu.edu.