MARQUETTE — For some, a get–away can be a creative outlet as simple as writing in a journal. For others, it’s painting or singing or acting.

Superior Arts Youth Theater is that outlet for some U.P. kids. Today, those kids made an effort to ensure that outlet thrives.

Superior Lanes in Marquette provided the setting while the kids provided the decorations. Underneath the lights and palm trees of a luau themed bowling fundraiser, members of the Superior Arts Youth Theater, aged four to 18, bowled their hearts out, with 20% of the proceeds going to the arts program.

“Our youth theater really promotes confidence in kids. It gives them a chance to perform on stage. It gives them a chance to be creative,” says Jalina Olgren, the youth program’s managing director.

This was the first fundraiser put on by the youth committee; a group of about ten kids doing their part to push the art community forward through trying financial times.

They’ll be back at it again tomorrow night, too, but on a different stage. Members of the program will perform at the Forest Roberts Theatre in another effort to raise funds. For more information, contact (888) 785-0512, or email