Local summer musical lineup will keep your family entertained

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Visitors come to Upper Michigan from all over the country during this time of year to take in all the unique outdoor activities the Upper Peninsula has to offer. However, U.P. weather can often through a wrench in your outdoor adventure plans.

So, if you're looking for something to do this summer, local theater could be your source for fun.

On the campus of Northern Michigan University, the staff at the Forest Roberts Theatre is busy preparing their set for Mamma Mia! Choreographer, Jill Grundstrom says the show opens Thursday, June 20th.

"The musical takes place on a fictitious Greek Island where Donna, the mother has found herself with her daughter, Sophie. The premise of the musical is that Sophie has three possible Dads," Grundstrom announced.

Sophie then finds her mother’s diary and she invites all three of her dads to the island for her wedding in order to try and determine which one is her actual father.

"Of course, chaos ensues,” Grundstrom implied.

You'll hear all your favorite Abba hits, according to Grundstrom.

"Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, SOS, all of those songs are power packed in there," Grundstrom declared.

With plenty of acting, singing and dancing, you’re sure to have a ton of fun.

"We've put I think a little bit more realistic twist on it and really cultivated the relationships within the characters in the story lines to kind of flush out some of those real emotions and we've come up with a really great performance because of it,” stated Grundstrom.

Mamma Mia opens Thursday, June 20th at 7:30 pm at the Forest Roberts Theatre. There's also an opening night party immediately following the show. There’s also a Theater For All Performance with sensory-based theatrical experiences. Click here for ticketing and additional information.

Superior Arts Youth Theater also has a busy summer planned. Right now they're rehearsing for two musicals. SAYT Executive Director, Jalina McClain says both their musicals will be fun for all ages.

"The first thing we start with is Legally Blonde JR. which is what we're rehearsing today actually," McClain asserted.

It's the junior version, so it’s more family-friendly than the movie.
"But it’s the musical version. So we have a singing Elle Wood and a signing Warner and a signing Vivian."

McClain says it makes the performances more fun for these child actors which naturally will make the performances a lot more fun for the audience.

"Getting up on stage, singing, dancing and really putting yourself out there and performing, it’s a huge physical activity for them. So all these kids are learning their music and all their lines and blocking and then we're throwing choreography at them," McClain argued.

Legally Blonde JR opens Tuesday, July 16th at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Lake Superior Theatre.

Their other summer production, Into The Woods JR opens at Lake Superior Theatre,Wednesday, July 31st and runs for two weeks with two separate casts.

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