Wednesday, August 17, 2005

S.T.A.R.S. Will Open Its Doors on September 12

For immediate release

SAULT STE MARIE - Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS) will open its doors on September 12. Information and registration for classes at STARS will be available in the lobby of the Soo Theatre starting on Thursday, September 1.

Dance classes will be offered in ballet, lyrical, pointe, jazz, and tap. There will be classes for everyone from beginners at age 3 to adults who always wanted to learn to dance. Beginning to advanced theatre classes will also be offered. Introduction to oils and landscapes will be included in the curriculum. Most dance, theatre, and art classes will be limited to 10 students. STARS music studios will offer private instruction and small classes in cello, violin, viola, piano, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, voice, harp, and flute. All classes at STARS will be taught by professional teachers with degrees or years of experience in their fields.

Sign up any weekday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Soo Theatre. Class schedules, fees, and faculty information will be available at that time. Pre-registration is preferred, but some classes and private lessons can be joined after the starting date of September 12. Interested persons can make appointments for other times to register by calling the Soo Theatre at 632-1930 during the hours of 3 to 6p.m. Information is also available on our website at

Monday, August 15, 2005

"Cool Cities" Program News

Excerpts from The Evening News, August 15, 2005

Year-Old Program to Make Cities Cool Only the Start for Some

PORTLAND (AP)—Riverside boardwalks. Renovated storefronts. Loft apartments.

Those are among the improvements paid for by state grants last year under Gov. Jennifer Granholm's plan to make urban areas across Michigan more appealing to young professionals.

Nineteen projects across the state received grants worth $100,000 in the first year of the "Cool Cities" program. A few cities now have newly renovated buildings. But others still are getting permits or continuing to raise money to supplement the state grants.

Residents in some of the 16 cities that won a grant last year are enjoying new amenities, including parks, river walks and art centers, and their new "Cool City" status.


Some officials in cities that received grants in the first year of the program say the awards gave them easy access to state officials who handle permits for urban renewal projects and opened doors to other funding and donated services.

In Sault Ste. Marie, the campaign to restore a 1930s-era theater and improve neighboring storefronts has received about $100,000 in donated services, including most of the work needed to tear down a wall that split the theater stage.

"Our architect estimated the project will cost $3 million, but I think we can do it for less because there already have been so many in-kind contributions," says Colleen Arbic, one of the project organizers. She expects the restoration to take three to five years.


See the complete news story

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Soo Theatre Performances Bring Community Together

From Sault Sunday, August 14, 2005:

SAULT STE. MARIE—Anticipation was in the air Friday night, August 5, and Sunday afternoon, August 7, as approximately 500 people each day filed through the doors of the historic Soo Theatre. For the first time in years, lines snaked down the block on Ashmun Street as people waited for the doors to open.

On stage, the show opened with the Board of Directors of Soo Theatre Project, Inc. singing " I Fell in Love In Sault Ste. Marie," followed by the Footlight Dancers in a number choreographed to the song "The Curtain Can Go Up Because the Wall Came Down." Lise White and the Ain't Misbehavin' Ensemble accompanied the Board and sang the "curtain" song, also entertaining the audience later with a mini-concert after the play.

The crowd was exuberant as the Lock Cities Chorus of Sweet Adelines and Singers United performed "Songs Through History." Singers United featured one number directed by Mary Wood, whose chorus grace the stage of the Soo Theatre many times in the past.

Time Capsule: Sault Ste. Marie, a play written by Steve Welch to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Soo Locks, was performed by a cast from Sault Community Theater and directed by Michelle Breen. A step into the past celebrations of the Soo Locks, it was both entertaining and informative.

On August 7, Time Capsule: Sault Ste. Marie was presented again, much to the delight of the audience. The cast included Frank Breen portraying Peter White, JT Byrd as Dr. Innafix, Colleen Lavey as Mrs.. Innafix, Ed Woodall as Jonathan Smith, Brooke Wagner as Miss Barbara Hank, Oliver Beaudoin and Michelle Willis as Ojibwe Warrior and Princess, and Jason Markstrom portraying a Jesuit Priest. Taylor Brugman was the technician for all performances.

A Musical Variety Show was also presented by Soo Theatre Project that day. The Board of Directors and Footlight Dancers (Elise Beaudoin, Allison Dale, Kelly Kaunisto, and Kara Pingatore) repeated their Friday night appearances. Following that was a stellar line up of local talent including Karen Hughes, Richard Morrison, and Enoch Jacobus performing numbers from the Cedarville production of My Fair Lady.

Theresa Zednicek and James Warner Smith sang a Gilbert and Sullivan song; St. Mary's Schola Cantorum presented their version of Gregorian jazz; Susan Askwith and Dave Stanaway sang original historic songs; George Snyder entertained with two humorous original songs; and Bahweting Middle School Students performed a number from their production of Shake, Ripple and Roll and presented the Soo Theatre Project with a check for the proceeds from that production. Singers United sang songs from Oliver and gave a rousing finale to the program with "It's a Grand Old Flag," with the Footlight Dancers adding the final touch.

The excitement of the audience was palpable for all the performances in the old theatre. This was a nostalgic trip into the past for many in the audience and on stage, when live performances were a regular feature. Others are anticipating the chance to come to future performances, both live and on film. Many parents and grandparents dream of seeing their children performing on stage, or bringing children to events planned especially for families.

Friday, August 5, 2005

A Really Big Shew, Live, in the Soo Theatre!

Two Special Shows at the Soo Theatre, 534 Ashmun Street

  • Friday, August 5th at 6:00 p.m. and
  • Sunday, August 7th at 1:00 p.m.

Featuring: "Songs Through History" and "The Soo Theatre Variety Show," with special performances by the Soo Theatre Project, Inc. Board of Directors, The Ain’t Misbehavin’ Ensemble, and The Footlight Dancers.

And Look! There's More! An original play for the Soo Locks Sesquicentennial Celebration!!

Sault Community Theater presents... Time Capsule: Sault Ste. Marie, written and produced by Steve Welch and directed by Michelle Breen. Time Capsule: Sault Ste. Marie follows eccentric inventor Dr. Innafix as he explores the history of Sault Ste. Marie. After creating a time machine, Dr. Innafix visits 1855, 1905, and 1955 Sault Sainte Marie and inadvertently brings the people he meets in the past to present day. Written especially for the occasion of the Soo Locks Sesquicentennial Celebration, this production will take place as part of a Variety Show live on the stage of the Historic and Beloved Soo Theatre.


Other featured performers include:

  • The Sweet Adelines
  • Singers United
  • Karen Hughes
  • Theresa Zednicek and James Warner Smith
  • St. Mary's Schola Cantorum
  • Susan Askwith and Dave Stanaway
  • George Snyder
  • The Bahweting Middle School Shake, Ripple and Roll Players
  • The Sault Swing Band.

Two shows, live on stage: 6 p.m. August 5 and 1 p.m. August 7, 2005.

FREE ADMISSION! Donations gratefully accepted.

Don't miss this opportunity to see the stage of the historic Soo Theatre in use as it hasn't been seen in decades!

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