Summer theater season opens July 5

Tonight is opening night for the summer season of the Lake Superior Theatre. The 15th season will begin with the inaugural historical musical Beacon on the Rock running July 5-7 and July 10-14.    

The planning process and creation of Lake Superior Theater began as a joint effort with Northern Michigan University and the City of Marquette during their Sesquicentennial Year in 1999. Dr. Shelley Russell, a Theater Professor at Northern Michigan University wrote the historical musical, Beacon on the Rock, for the city’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1999. 

It’s described as a ” musical celebration of our diverse heritage, and the human spirit it is a story about people who came to this isolated region and found a way to survive the natural and social challenges. It is a story of courage, of desperation, of vision. It is also a story of hope, of pride, of
laughter and tears, of the past and the future and about individual
freedom and communal ties. Most of all, it is about the thousands of
families who left their homelands to carve out a home from unforgiving

Other performances at Lake Superior Theatre this summer include:

“Pirates of Penzance” – 7:30 p.m. July 17-21 and July 24-28.

“Honk Jr” – 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-4 and Aug. 7-10 by Lake Superior Youth

“Superior Broadway” – 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14-16

“A Man Named Marquette” – 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 20

Lake Superior Theatre is at 270 Lake Shore Blvd., Marquette. Parking
is available at Mattson Lower Harbor Park, a short walk from the
theater. For information or reservations, call 906-227-7625 or visit

The box office is at Lower Harbor Park near the water’s edge; look for
the small lighthouse. Box office hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4
to 7 p.m. seven days a week, beginning June 24. Tickets cost $15 for
adults, $12 for seniors/students and $7.50 for age 14 and younger.
Cost is $10 per person for groups of 10 or more.  Tickets can be
ordered by mail or phone before June 24.

Season tickets cost $50 for adults, $40 for seniors/students and $25
for youth ages 14 and younger. Season ticket holders receive
discounted ticket prices and are offered ticket exchanges if in
advance. To order by phone, call 227-7625.