Saturday, December 22, 2007

Our Winter 2007/8 Newsletter Is Now Available

Our Winter 2007/8 Newsletter is now available online.

A PDF version is also available.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Register for STARS Winter/Spring 2008 Classes

Registration is open now for Winter-Spring 2008 classes at the Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS).

The new term begins January 7 and concludes May 17. Classes, workshops, and lessons for children, teens, and adults are offered in dance, music, acting, visual arts, and yoga. Brochures listing class times and tuition fees are available at STARS or on the website at

Interested students should register in person at the STARS office weekdays 10 to 7. The STARS office will be closed Dec. 22-Jan. 1.

Class offerings in dance for new students include Movement & Dance, Pre-Ballet, Ballet I, Beginning Ballet/Jazz A-B, and Ballroom dance.

All dance classes are taught by Dianna George.

David Rhinard will be teaching Acting for grades 6-10 and Acting for grades 11-adult.

Karen Hughes will be teaching Tunes for Toddlers for preschool children with parent, Young Singer Vocal Class for children grades 1-5, and Teen/Adult Voice Class.

A new series of Handmade Book Workshops for children grades 2-5 will be taught by Linda Whitetree Warrington.

Lee Carlson will be offering yoga classes for adults.

Private lessons will be available in violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, recorder, trumpet, French horn, trombone, voice, harp, and piano.

Nancy Powers will also offer Suzuki violin instruction for children ages 3 and older.

For more information on any of these classes, lessons, and workshops, contact the STARS office at 534 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 906-632-1930, or email:

STARS is a program of the Soo Theatre Project, Inc.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

STP Presents "A STARS Candlelight Christmas" on Dec 2

The Soo Theatre Project will present “A STARS Candlelight Christmas” on Sunday, December 2, 3 pm. at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 320 E. Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

This second annual concert by the Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS) will feature the Singers United Community Choir, Youth Orchestra, Lake Superior State University Chorus with STARS voice students, Flute Choir, Harp Ensemble, Recorder Consort and the “Not Quite Ready for Prime Time” Players. Suggested donation is adults $5, children $3 and family $12. Donations will benefit the STARS Music Department.

Directors leading this program are Dottie Case (youth orchestra), Michael Drumheller (Singers United), Karen Hughes (harp ensemble and LSSU chorus), Jennifer Parker (recorder consort), Nancy Powers (“Not Quite Ready for Prime Time” Players) and Meg Stevens (flute choir.)

STARS is a community arts center offering instruction in music, dance, theater, visual arts and yoga for students of all ages. STARS is a program of the Soo Theatre Project, housed in the historic Soo Theatre complex. For more information on classes and lessons, call the STARS office, 632-1930.

Photos from the concert

Monday, October 29, 2007

STARS Holds Benefit Flea Market, Bottle Drive

Two benefit activities are planned to benefit Soo Theatre Project's STARS program.

The first is a flea market sale on November 3rd at the Soo Theatre.

The second is a bottle and can drive from now until Thanksgiving. This drive will provide funds for an educational field trip for the adult and teen ballet classes on Thanksgiving weekend. Please bring your returnable bottles, returnable cans, or cash to the STARS office to help with expenses.

Thanks for your support!

Photos from the flea market

Sunday, October 28, 2007

New STARS Classes to Start October 29

New seven-week classes in dramatic arts and yoga will begin October 29 at Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS), 534 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Speech and Dramatic Arts Classes

Speech and Dramatic Arts for children grades 3-6, taught by Dottie Case, will meet Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm. Tuition is $70. Students will develop stories into reader’s theater.

Yoga Classes

Morning yoga classes will meet Tuesday and/or Thursday 9-10:30 am. Tuition is $77 for one class and $140 for both classes.

Lunch hour yoga will meet Monday and/or Wednesday 12:10-1 pm. Tuition is $63 for one class and $112 for both classes.

An evening yoga class will meet Thursdays 5:30-7:00. Tuition is $77 for this class.

Led by Lee Carlson, all yoga classes are open to beginners as well as those experienced in yoga.

Register Now!

Register now for these new classes. Registrations are taken in person at the STARS office, 10 am to 8 pm. For more information, call 632-1930.

STARS is a program of Soo Theatre Project, Inc.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Soo Haunted Theatre: Stage Fright Oct 26-27

The second annual Soo Theatre haunting production, Stage Fright, is coming this Friday and Saturday night, October 26 and 27. Directed by Larry McCoy, an expert in all things paranormal, a cast of fifty-plus volunteers has been working all month long transforming the historic downtown theater into a ghoulish playground for the embodiment of dread. Renovations are now complete, and séances have confirmed that the undead are coming.

Monstrosities will be arriving via limousine and walking the red carpet into the Soo Theatre at 5:45 on Friday night and 6:45 on Saturday. Immediately after the macabre inhabitants have entered the Theatre, the public will be dared to do the same. Guides will attempt to keep guests from coming to harm. However, double-checking to make sure that your life insurance policy has not expired is advised. This is not a run-of-the-mill haunting. Guests are guaranteed to witness to things not usually viewed by the public.

All proceeds generated from your courageous participation go to support Soo Theatre Project and Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios. Explore the depths of your nerves and support the local arts at the same time. Do you have what it takes to survive Stage Fright?


Gallery1 (34 images), Gallery2 (20 images)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Yoga Workshop Offered Oct 20 at STARS

Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS) will be offering a workshop, “Introduction to Yoga Basics: The Universal Principles of Alignment” on Saturday, October 20, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Tuition for the workshop is $35. The workshop will be led by Lee Carlson, STARS yoga instructor.

Students will learn and practice universal principles of body alignment to improve posture and promote healing by re-balancing the body’s energy flow. Yoga principles can help relieve discomfort associated with sitting, standing, or driving for long periods of time.

No experience is needed to participate. All levels are welcome.

Registrations are now being accepted at the STARS office, 534 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie. Advanced registration is encouraged. For more information, call (906) 632-1930.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

New Article on Soo Theatre Pipe Organ Plans

John Ignatowski recently contributed an article on the pipe organs that have been donated to the Soo Theatre and plans for the future installation. Check it out!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Don't Miss Tales of Twain at the Soo Theatre September 21-22

Cast of Tales of Twain in rehearsal in DeTour

In July 1895, Mark Twain embarked on a world tour. On this tour was one very notable stop – the Grand Opera House in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Over one hundred years later, Twain's unique style will return to the Soo on September 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. This time the wit and wisdom of Samuel Clemens will be personified by Roger Norton as he narrates Tales of Twain at Soo Theatre. Supporting Norton's incredible impersonation of Twain is an all-star cast of actors who will be performing vignettes from some well known, and not-so-well known, stories and speeches.

It is documented that on Twain's visit to the Soo, "a woman in the audience suffered a heart attack, brought on, perhaps, from convulsive laughing." You will be laughing convulsively too, as the nothing-is-sacred style of Twain pokes fun at politics, America, and human behavior.

Tickets can be purchased at the Soo Theatre office or at the door and are only $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children. Mark September 21 and 22 on your calendars now. Or, should I say Mark Twain them?

(Rehearsal Photos)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sign Up Now for Fall Classes at STARS!

Music! Dance! Theatre! Visual Arts! Yoga! They'll all be happening this fall at STARS and you can be a part of it!

Registration is now open for fall classes at Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS.) Interested students should register in person at the STARS office, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brochures listing class times and tuition fees are available at STARS or at online at

Class offerings in dance include Movement & Dance, Pre-Ballet, Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet/Jazz III, Ballet/Jazz IV, Pre-Pointe and Pointe, Beginning Ballet/Jazz A-B, Beginning Ballet/Jazz C-D, Tap I and II, Jazz I, Adult Tap, and Ballroom I and II. All dance classes will be taught by Dianna George.

Dottie Case will offer Speech and Dramatic Arts for grades 3-6. Acting for teens and Acting for adults will be taught by David Rhinard.

Karen Hughes will be teaching Tunes for Toddlers for preschool children with parent, Elementary Music class, Young Singer Performance Class, Middle School Chorus, and High School/Adult Performance Class. Vocal Techniques for the Church Singer and Arts Appreciation for Homeschoolers will be offered by Ronda McGreevy.

A series of Handmade Book workshops for children grades 2-5 will be taught by Linda Whitetree Warrington. She will also lead a parent-child visual arts workshop entitled “Monet and Me.”

Lee Carlson will be offering yoga classes for adults.

Private lessons will be available in violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, recorder, voice, harp, and piano. Nancy Powers will also offer Suzuki violin instruction for students ages 3 and older. Individual and group lessons with parent involvement are a part of the Suzuki program.

For more information on any of these classes, lessons, and workshops, contact the STARS office, 534 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 906-632-1930, or email:

STARS is a program of Soo Theatre Project, Inc.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Children's Ballet Theatre of Michigan Returns to the Soo Theatre

The Soo Theatre Project announces that the Summer Performance Company of the Children's Ballet Theatre of Michigan, directed by Gregory M. George, will perform at the Soo Theatre.

The performance will be Friday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Soo Theatre, 534 Ashmun St, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 8 and under, and FREE for STARS students when accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets are available at the Soo Theatre box office (906-632-1930).

Photos from the performance

Friday, August 10, 2007

Annie: This Weekend Only! Don't Miss It!

The cast sings "Tomorrow" during the curtain call of Thursday night's performance of the Soo Theatre's production of Annie at the Soo Theatre.
The Soo Theatre's triumphant production of Annie continues Friday and Saturday nights (August 10 and 11) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon (August 12) at 3:00 p.m. Get more details and ticket information.

More photos from Thursday night's performance.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Taking It Off for Annie

Dave Rhinard (Oliver Warbucks) gets his head shaved by Clarissa Carroll at A Cut Above the Rest as Karen Hughes (Grace Ferrell) and Dianna George (Miss Hannigan) look on—all for the Soo Theatre production Annie, which opens at 7:30 p.m. August 9.

may be a box office hit at the movie theaters, but hairspray is not needed at the Soo Theatre—at least not for Dave Rhinard. Playing the role of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in the Soo Theatre's production of Annie, Rhinard agreed to do more that just let his acting prowess shine—he's allowing his well-shaped head to shine too. That's right, the classic character of Warbucks sports the no-hair look and so does Rhinard now.

No stranger to the stage, Rhinard is both acting in and directing the Broadway hit musical. With a talented cast of sixty-four humans and two canines, it's no small feat balancing the demands of actor and director. But Rhinard embraces the dual responsibilities with a professionalism that shows. Fellow performer Melanie Case is, “inspired by Dave's dedication to his character and to the show.”

The Greater Sault Area is in for a treat as the curtains open for Annie. Show times are August 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. and August 12 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Soo Theatre office or by phone (906-632-1930): $20 for reserved seating, $15 general admission, and a $5 discount is available for children 8 and under.

Annie Shines at the Soo Theatre August 9-12

Everyone's favorite irrepressible orphan shines on the main stage at the Soo Theatre's production of Annie. In addition to the wholesome yet pugnacious Annie, the Broadway hit comes alive with a cast of sixty-four supporting characters, plus a canine.

The musical is set in a Depression-ravaged Hooverville and an opulent 5th Avenue, both in New York City. Annie lives in an orphanage operated by the cruel Miss Hannigan. During a daring escape from the orphanage, Annie befriends Sandy, who becomes her loyal canine companion. Meanwhile, multigazillionaire Oliver Warbucks launches a campaign to improve his image by inviting an orphan to spend one week at his mansion. As fate would have it, Annie is chosen to be the lucky orphan. Through her charm, Annie wins over the hearts of the mansion's servants and even begins to breakdown the tough exterior of Oliver Warbucks. Alas, life is never that easy, and Annie and Oliver Warbucks are thrown into a crazy escapade that requires help from the FDR, the President of the United States.

Annie is a timeless tale that will thrill audiences of all ages. The musical numbers will have you humming, while the characters melt your heart.

Annie will be featured on the big stage at the Soo Theatre from August 9th through the 12th. Tickets are only $20 for reserved seating and $15 for general admission, and may be picked up at the Soo Theatre office or at the door.

Photos from the performances:
Photos 1, Photos 2, Photos 3, Photos 4, Photos 5

Monday, July 30, 2007

Mark Anton Pevarnic to Perform at Soo Theatre Benefit, Friday, August 3

Hometown hero, Mark Anton Pevarnic, returns to the Soo for a concert of American popular song to benefit the Soo Theatre Project. The Soo Theatre will be filled with wonderful music on Friday, August 3 when Mark Anton Pevarnic and featured local performers present a concert to benefit the Soo Theatre Project. Mark will present highlights from his one man show, "Born Singin'," a revue of American popular song.

Rising stars from the Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios will join Mark on stage. Among these are Laura Ailing, Melanie Case, Liz Jacobus, Kellie Kaunisto, Lola Kennedy, Regina and Victoria Szleg, Shirley Wilkinson, and Caroline Zinser. As a special sneak preview, Dave Rhinard and Gabbi Werner will enthrall audiences with a duet from the Soo Theatre's upcoming production of Annie.

In addition, Mark will be offering a master vocal workshop and private lessons. For more information on this, please call Mark directly at 360-870-7575.


Friday, August 3, 2007, 7:30 p.m.


Soo Theatre, 534 Ashmun St.


$10 for adults, $5 for children 8 and under
Available at the Soo Theatre office and at the door

For more information call 906-632-1930


Born in the Soo and the son of Audrey and Tony Pevarnic, Mark has been a professional singer for over 30 years. He currently performs his one man show Born Singin' in venues throughout Southern California and tours and performs with Dick Williams (Andy Williams' brother) and Dick Castle as The Pied Pipers, The Lancers, and the Guy Lombardo Trio.

Mark Anton earned a B.A. in Music Education at Northern Michigan University, taught music in the Michigan public schools, and then pursued graduate studies in voice and piano at Indiana University. Graduate studies led to a tour with the Norman Luboff Choir which led him to a spot as lead tenor with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra's vocal group, The Pied Pipers. Along the way he has studied with Dr. Margaret Haynes at Indiana University, William Shriner of the New York City Opera, Eileen Farrell of New York's Metropolitan Opera (and renowned jazz singer), and Gloria Lane of Italy's La Scala Opera.

Mark has sung lead tenor with the Roger Wagner Chorale, The Dapper Dans of Disneyland, and performed with Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Placido Domingo, Julie Andrews, Barry Manilow, George Burns, Cyd Charisse, many of the stars of the Big Band Era, and the big bands of Ray Anthony, Les Brown, Jimmy Dorsey, Horace Heidt, and Billy May.

For more information, see the Mark Anton Singers' Studio website.

Mark Anton's CD, Lost and Found, is available at the Soo Theatre office (call 906-632-1930). Or email to order.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Elementary Musical Theatre Camp Performs Friday, July 27

Don't miss the STARS Elementary Musical Theatre Camp's musical performance of "Welcome to the Jungle" Friday, July 27, at 2 p.m. on the Soo Theatre stage. This is a free performance, so come on down!

Photos from the performance:
Photos 1, Photos 2

Monday, July 16, 2007

One Night Only! Seussical Junior!

I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age!
Why, one Think and you dragged me right onto the stage!
Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue
With a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!

So says the mischievous Cat in the Hat at the onset of this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! The talented young actors from the STARS Musical Theatre Camp lovingly bring to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville!

These classic, colorful tales are seamlessly brought together by Jojo, a young boy and “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks!” As each story unfolds you will marvel at how relevant and profound Seuss’s subtle themes are; making this musical one that appeals to all ages.

The score emerges as a Seussian gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk! So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild, for...
If you open your mind,
Oh, the Thinks you will find
Lining up to get loose!
Oh, the Thinks you can think!
Oh, the Thinks you can think
When you think about Seuss!!

Don't miss this one-night-only performance at the Soo Theatre, Friday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call (906) 632-1930.

Photos from the performance:

STARS is a program of Soo Theatre Project, Inc.

Friday, July 13, 2007

The Bait Shop Boys Return to the Soo Theatre July 22

Back by popular demand, The Bait Shop Boys are returning to the Soo Theatre for another afternoon of good ol' timey bluegrass music on Sunday, July 22 at 2:00pm.

Spawning from an informal jam group that practiced in the Cedarville sporting goods store, Great Outdoors, The Bait Shop Boys have been entertaining audiences for over seven years. With a core of six musicians, fans of the band know that shows swell with guest performers more often than not. This is one performance that is guaranteed to be a hootenanny for audiences of all ages.

Photos from the performance:

Monday, July 2, 2007

Soo Theatre Project Presents All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

The Soo Theatre Project is pleased to announce that All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten will be performed this weekend at the historic Soo Theatre. The production opens on Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. and also plays on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Directed by Emily Couling, a 2007 graduate of Rudyard High School, Robert Fulgham's take on everyday life will have the audience laughing out loud.

The play stars Briana Kangas, Elizabeth Jacobus, Charles Rye, Alyssa Sexton, Samantha Tulgetske, and Stephan Winnicki.

From his best-selling book of short essays, in which he explains how the world would be improved if adults adhered to the basic rules that children learn in kindergarten, Fulgham has created a play of fast-moving skits.

"Kindergarten Creed" advises us to “hold hands when crossing the street” and to live "a balanced life" of work, play, and learning. "Stuff in the Sink" explains why it’s a lot easier to remain a child than to cross over into adulthood by reminding the audience of all the gross jobs adults have to do every day: clean the gunk out of the sink, empty the litter box, and many more.

"Mother of the Bride" will bring back a memory or two for anyone who ever planned the perfect wedding only to have it go awry. "Fear of Spiders" is another hilarious description of women’s fear of the eight-legged creatures and also of a spider’s fear of women.

This production was first presented as Black Box Theatre at Rudyard High School in May. Now the drama students of James Taylor, RHS drama instructor, show off their stuff on the Soo Theatre’s larger stage.

Cast of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Cast of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Some lighting and 750 seats donated by Jim Wehr, owner of Mackinaw Crossings and the former Mackinaw Theater, have been installed for this season. Work on the theatre is ongoing, and the public is invited to stop in any time between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to see the progress, or begin volunteering to help.

Tickets for the production are available at the Soo Theatre box office at 534 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The production is sponsored by the Soo Theatre Project, and proceeds from the show will go towards renovation of the theatre. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under.

For more information, call (906) 632-1930.

(Photos from the performance)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Soo Theatre Project Presents The Magic Flute

It’s magic! And the magic is being created by local talent singing alongside three professionals. The Magic Flute is directed by our own resident opera singer, harpist, and STARS faculty member, Karen Hughes. The show will be performed at the Soo Theatre on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30 p.m. The melodic music for The Magic Flute was written a long time ago by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Magic Flute is a musical fairy tale of good versus evil. The Prince Tamino, aided by the comical bird catcher, Papageno, faces trials of courage, honor, and steadfastness. A magic flute and some magical bells guide them on their journey towards goodness and light.

The character of the Prince Tamino is being created on stage by Chauncey Packer, who hails from New Orleans, LA and has performed at New Orleans Opera, Pensacola Opera, Tulsa Opera, Shreveport Opera, Opera Pacific, Mobile Opera, Nashville Opera, Atlanta Opera, Edmonton Opera, and the list goes on. Packer has also performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Opera.

Packer will leave Sault Ste. Marie and head straight for a European tour of Porgy and Bess. His incredible tenor voice soars, as he portrays the prince whose quest for love seems unattainable.

Papageno, the comic bird catcher, is being played by Pittsburgh baritone, Jason Kaminski. He plays this part with ease and charm and his voice is warm and exciting to hear. Kaminski’s signature roles include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Dottore Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and Sid in Albert Herring. Kaminski has also sung for the Juilliard Opera Center, Virginia Opera, and Anchorage Opera.

This is not Kaminski’s first trip to the Upper Peninsula, as he has sung with the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Houghton and has also been a resident artist at the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey.

Karen Hughes plays the role of the Princess Pamina. Hughes is a resident of Pickford, MI while performing throughout the year doing opera and concert work nationwide. Hughes has sung leading roles in Cosi Fan Tutte, Madama Butterfly, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, and The Marriage of Figaro to name a few. She performs regularly with the Sault Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and Ontario and has performed with the Tianjin Symphony in Beijing, China. A highlight of her career has been placing as a regional finalist in the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Competition.

This is not the first time these three singers have performed together. Packer and Hughes were in The Magic Flute together at Utah Festival Opera in 2002 and all three artists performed together the following season at Des Moines Metro Opera.

Local singers have been coached by Karen to play other leading roles. Rachel Mender, well-known local actress, hits some impressive high notes as the Queen of the Night. Maureen Delaney-Lehman, Lola Kennedy, and Emily Couling harmonize beautifully as Three Ladies who work for the Queen.

Pickford dentist Richard Morrison, who can always make the audience laugh, plays Monostatos, a servant of Sarastro whose loyalties are questionable. Michael Irvine, from Sault, Ontario, plays Sarastro and hits some impressive low notes.

Dianna George, dance instructor at STARS, is also an actress and soprano. George plays Papagena, a comical part that displays her acting and singing talents. As Set Designer, Costume Director and all around collaborator, George has worked hand in hand with Hughes to create their version of Mozart’s masterpiece.

Also in the cast are students Laura Ailing, Elizabeth Jacobus, and Shirley Wilkinson as the Three Spirits and LSSU student Gary Van Lue as the Priest. The narrator, who helps weave this story together, is played by James Couling.

All of this is backed up by a chorus of local voices, several dance students, and the Sault Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Wilkinson.

It is truly a delightful experience to see and hear the music of Mozart performed in English on the stage of the Soo Theatre. The piece was originally written in German, but Mozart specifically intended for The Magic Flute to be sung in the language of the people.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Soo Theatre box office at 534 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Call (906) 632-1930 for more information.

(Photos from the performance)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Our Summer 2007 Newsletter Is Now Available

Our Summer 2007 Newsletter is now available online. A PDF version is also available.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Jack Bradway Named Our First Executive Director

After months of searching for an executive director, the Soo Theatre Project Board of Directors is happy to announce that they have hired Jack Bradway. Having received an MBA in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2006, Bradway is happy for the chance to work on the historic theatre renovation.

The Soo Theatre Board realized they were at a point where they needed someone to work on fundraising, not only to continue work on the theatre, but to generate revenue to pay an executive director. A dedicated board member made the generous offer that allowed the board to create the position. The Patrick Egan family is underwriting Bradway’s salary the first year.

Raised in Munising, where he was graduated from high school in 1999, Jack is thrilled to have a position not only in his field of expertise, but also in the Upper Peninsula. He earned his BS degree with highest honors in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University, Houghton in May 2004.

The new director will begin work at Soo Theatre July 1st. His last position in the arts field was at Ten Chimneys foundation in Genesee Depot, WI, where he was development manager for a world-class museum, the former home of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. He also successfully coordinated Wisconsin’s largest annual weekend arts festival for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art from 2004 to 2006.

Bradway has held a variety of jobs during his college years, giving him a good foundation for the job at Soo Theatre Project. Jack, welcome to a great project and a terrific community!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

STARS Salutes the Silver Screen May 18 and 19

STARS Salutes the Silver Screen, the spring concert of the Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios dance department, will be presented Friday and Saturday May 18 and 19, 7 pm. at the LSSU Fine Arts Center. General admission tickets are $10 each and are available at the STARS office and the LSSU Norris Center box office.

The dance concert will feature 150 dance students, ages 3 through adult, under the direction of Dianna George. Special guest stars performing on this program will be Gregory George and members of the Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan. Also performing will be soprano Karen Hughes and the STARS Youth Orchestra. Classical ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary ballet, tap and ballroom dancers will move to the great movie themes through the years.

The show will be professionally videotaped by Picture This Productions (Jane Duffield, videographer). DVDs will be available for $20. You may order your copy now through Tuesday, May 22, at the STARS office or in the lobby on the evenings of the show. Orders must be accompanied by payment.

For more information, contact the STARS office at 632-1930.

Rehearsal Photos

Performance Photos

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Sponsors Needed For Our Summer Season!

The Soo Theatre Project continues to have an artistic impact on Sault Ste. Marie like no other. It is best seen downtown with storefront renovations that have changed the face of our small town. Music and dance classes with renowned faculty, artistic, and live performances are all a part of what is happening with our stately old theatre.

Unique to the Soo Theatre Project is the fact that while work continues, the shows will go on! The summer begins with a special presentation of Mozart's The Magic Flute and includes a full musical production of Annie with over 60 local artists and orchestra.

The Soo Theatre Project has begun to enhance the cultural health of our area, with dance lessons, instrumental education, art projects, and world class entertainment. The participation and financial support of hundreds of volunteers has helped the project move forward in swift fashion.

A unique opportunity now exists for you to participate with a seasonal sponsorship. The Soo Theatre Project is a non-profit organization and relies on the community's financial support with your tax-deductible donations.

Attractive as this aspect is, there is much more! For instance, a $1000 seasonal sponsorship will yield a full-page ad in all entertainment programs, a presence on the lobby signage, and a pair of season tickets! You will also be able to take pride in the knowledge that you are supporting one of the most important and vital projects in the history of the area.

For details on how you can become a sponsor, see the flyer on our website.

Be a part of the shaping of our future...good for you, good for the Soo!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Take a Class at STARS This Summer!

Get ready for some more fun this summer at the Soo Theatre!

Registration for STARS summer classes begins Tuesday, May 1. Register in person weekdays 10-6. A class schedule and more details are available online.

STARS Youth Orchestra and Vocal Classes Perform in Concert May 12

Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS) presents the STARS Youth Orchestra and Vocal Classes in Concert at 7 p.m on Saturday, May 12, at First Church of Christ, 300 W. Spruce St., Sault, Michigan. The concert will also feature the Fifth Grade Orchestra of JKL Bahweting School. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the STARS Scholarship Fund.

The Middle School Vocal Techniques class will open the program with selections from “The Sound of Music.” They will join with the Young Singer class to perform the musical “The Little Train,” based on “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper. These students are under the direction of Karen Hughes.

The STARS Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Dottie Case, will present a program of popular movie themes and traditional fiddle tunes. Special guests, the Fifth Grade Orchestra of JKL Bahweting School, will perform “Iowa Spring”, and then join the Youth Orchestra in a combined piece, “Celtica” with violin soloist, Matthew Wilkinson.

For more information, contact the STARS office at 632-1930.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

STARS Music Recitals To Be Held May 4 and 12

Music students from the Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS) will perform in recital Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 111 E. Spruce St., Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door to benefit the STARS Scholarship Fund.

Musicians, ages 4 through adult, will present piano, violin, viola, cello, recorder, voice, and harp solos and duets. These performers study privately with Dottie Case, Karen Hughes, Ronda McGreevy, Jennifer Parker, and Nancy Powers at STARS.

For more information, contact the STARS office at 632-1930. STARS is a program of Soo Theatre Project, Inc.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

STARS Teacher Karen Hughes Interviewed by Classical Singer Magazine

An interview with STARS teacher Karen Hughes was published in the April 2007 edition of Classical Singer magazine, a monthly publication devoted to the community of classical singers.

Read the interview, posted on our website with permission of Classical Singer magazine. (The interview is in pdf format, 130Kb in size.)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Auditions for Annie To Be Held April 15

The Soo Theatre Project will present a semi-professional production of the Broadway musical, Annie, on August 9th-12th. Auditions are planned at the theatre for Sunday, April 15th from 5:00 to 8:00PM.

We will be hearing singers and actors in groups of 4-5. Director Dave Rhinard has asked that parents of children 9-14 years of age who wish to audition, call the front office of the theater at 906-632-1930 to schedule an audition time slot. Older students and adults who wish to audition should also call to arrange a time. Please prepare one verse of a show tune. An accompanist will be provided.

Callbacks will be April 22 at 3 pm. If you can't make the audition on April 15th, please schedule an audition for April 22nd.

Director of Dance, Dianna George, will be holding two dance audition sessions in the course of the evening.

Complete Cast List

Annie - Orphan
Molly - The Youngest Orphan
Kate - Orphan
Tessie - Orphan
July - Orphan
Pepper - Older Orphan
Duffy - Older Orphan
Daddy Warbucks - The Millionaire
Grace – Warbucks Secretary
Drake - Head Butler
Mrs. Hannigan - Head of the Orphanage
Lily St. Regis - Feisty Friend of Rooster
Rooster - Con Man
Mr. Bundles - The Laundry Man
Police Officer
Mrs. Greer - Head Housekeeper
Cecille - Servant
Annette - Servant
President Roosevelt
Roosevelt’s Cabinet:
Henry Morganthou
Louis Howe
Francis Perkins
Cordell Hull
Harold Ickes
2 Dog Catchers
Apple Seller
Burt Healy - Radio Personality
Fred McCracken - On Radio Show
Wacky - On Radio Show
Jimmy Johnson – Masked Announcer
Boylan Sisters - Vocal Trio

Also casting:

Chorus with adults, kids, families etc.
Additional Orphans

Original post: March 21, 2007
Updated: April 9, 2007
Updated: April 11, 2007

Sunday, April 1, 2007

STARS Announces Upcoming Performances and Summer Day Camps

STARS announces the following upcoming recitals, concerts, and performances in May and June, as well as Summer Day Camps exploring theatre and the arts in July and August:

Friday, May 4, 2007, 7:00 pm
STARS Student Recitals at Central United Methodist Church

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 2:00pm
STARS Student Recitals at Central United Methodist Church

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 7:00pm
STARS Youth Orchestra and Vocal Groups in Concert, First Church of Christ

Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, 2007, 7:00pm
STARS Salutes the Silver Screen, Student Dance Show at Lake Superior State University Fine Arts Center

Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 7:00pm
“Music in the Park”, presented by STARS students and faculty

July 9, 2007 through July 20, 2007
Musical Theatre Day Camp for middle and high school students

July 23, 2007 through July 27, 2007
Elementary Arts Day Camps

July 30, 2007 through August 3, 2007
Elementary Arts Day Camps

Thursday, March 29, 2007

STARS Offers Visual Arts Workshops for Kids In April

Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios is offering two visual arts workshops for children and parents in the month of April.

“Let’s Draw” for children grades 3-5 with parent will be offered Saturday, April 14, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. In this workshop, participants will share in the discovery of how drawing is a tool for expressing thoughts and telling stories. The tuition for this workshop is $12 plus a $3 materials fee.

“Monet and Me” for children grades 1-5 with parent will be offered Saturday, April 28, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Using reproductions of great masters to stir imagination, parents and children will share beliefs about art. The tuition for this workshop is $12.

The instructor for both of these workshops is Linda Whitetree Warrington.

Registrations are being accepted now for these workshops at the STARS office, 534 Ashmun St. Advanced registration is required. For more information, contact STARS at 632-1930.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"The Seven Last Words of Christ" To Be Presented March 27

“The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Theodore DuBois will be presented by the combined choirs of Singers United and Lake Superior State University Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 pm. at St. James Episcopal Church, 533 Bingham Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soloists for this choral work will include Karen Hughes, Lola Kennedy, Mike McKinley, Gary Van Lue, and Jeff Weissgerber. The choirs are under the direction of Karen Hughes. Organist will be Bob Aldrich. Admission is by donation.

Singers United is a performing group of Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS). STARS is a program of Soo Theatre Project, Inc.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Soo Theatre Project Seeks an Executive Director

The Soo Theatre Project, Inc. Board of Directors is looking for an Executive Director—a dynamic, innovative, experienced manager who can help grow a non-profit, volunteer organization that has flourished since purchasing the old Soo Theatre complex over three years ago. Details on this job opportunity

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Auditions for The Magic Flute To Take Place March 24

Announcing Auditions for Mozart's The Magic Flute
Saturday, March 24, 2007 2-4 p.m.

Directed by Karen Hughes and Dianna George
Production dates mid June TBA

Solo Singers and Chorus: Please prepare one song or aria. Bring a copy of your music; an accompanist will be provided.

Dancers: We will be using additional performers for stage action and special effects. 11:30a.m. Dance Audition

The Magic Flute is an opera written in the form of musical theater with dialogue and music and will be performed in English. There are a few small speaking roles.

The following roles are to be cast:

Pamina - Lyric soprano with a high B-flat - a princess, daughter of the Queen of the Night

Tamino - Lyric tenor with a high A - a prince

Papageno - Baritone - a bird catcher, a comic role

The Queen of the Night - Lyric coloratura soprano with a high F

Three Ladies:

  • First Lady - Soprano (high A)
  • Second Lady - Mezzo-soprano (or soprano)
  • Third Lady - Mezzo-soprano or alto

Three Spirits (Young singers):
  • First Spirit - Soprano (high A)
  • Second Spirit - Soprano
  • Third Spirit - Soprano

Monostatos - Character tenor with a high G

Papagena - Soubrette or lyric soprano - old woman, girlfriend to Papageno

Two Priests (voices can be adjusted):
  • First Priest - Baritone
  • Second Priest - Tenor
Additional roles: Priests, Slaves, People etc.

Please contact us if you are interested in being involved in our summer season. We are seeking singers, actors, dancers, set builders, costume designers, etc. We want to know who you are!

Auditions will take place at the Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS), 534 Ashmun Street. Please visit for more information or call 632-1930.

Friday, March 2, 2007

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

STARS Offers Yoga Workshop Saturday Feb 24

Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS) will offer a workshop entitled “Introduction to Yoga Basics” Saturday, February 24, 2007, 1:00-4:00pm at STARS, 534 Ashmun Street. The fee is $20.00 per person and $15.00 for each additional family member of the same household. The workshop will be led by Lee Carlson, STARS yoga instructor. Students will learn or review basic introductory yoga techniques including body awareness, progressive muscle relaxation; simple yoga breathing for relaxation, stress management and improved concentration and universal principles alignment. This workshop will offer simple techniques that anyone can use in almost any situation to help relieve stress and stiffness.

Registration is being taken now at the STARS office, 534 Ashmun Street. Advanced registration is required. Office hours are weekdays 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

For more information call the office, 632-1930.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Eat at Frank's Thursday Feb 22 and Help Us Heat the Soo Theatre!

Soo Theatre Project needs your help to heat up the stage!

Eat dinner at Frank's Place, 123 W. Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, on Thursday, February 22, between 4 pm and 8 pm and ten percent of the proceeds will go to raise funds for getting a new heating system installed.

Questions? Please call (906) 632-1930.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

STARS Announces Additional Winter 2007 Classes

Friday, February 2, 2007, 6-7 p.m. Ballroom Dancing Club.
The classes started 1/26/07 with approximately 2 dozen dancers in attendance. Fee for the club is $5.00 a month

Saturday, February 3, 2007, 10:30-12:00 p.m., Monet and Me.
A parent/child workshop for grades 1-5. Fee is $12.00 each. Explore the world of visual art using reproductions of the great masters. Led by Linda Whitetree Warrington. Advance registration is required.

Monday, February 5, 2007, 6-7 p.m., Youth Chorus begins
Middle and High School Singers, Directed by Karen Hughes. $40.00 Membership fee. Register today.

Soo Theatre Project Receives 2006 Community Spirit Award

SAULT STE. MARIE, January 31, 2007—One of several Eastern Upper Peninsula organizations and agencies to be recognized by the Old Mission Bank through its 2006 Community Spirit and Community Pride Award program, Soo Theatre Project recently received a Community Spirit Award, which included a gift of $1000 to help fund its endowment program. Said David E. Firack, President/CEO of Old Mission Bank, “These awards are in recognition of each group’s dedication to the preservation of community, our safety and enjoyment of life which relies so heavily on the Spirit of our area volunteers who give unselfishly of themselves."

Reward recipients pictured above are (from left): Dianna George and Colleen Arbic for the Soo Theatre Project Endowment; Sarah Morrison for Pickford Community Wellspring; Sue Atkins-Wagner for Chippewa County Community Foundation; David E. Firack, President/CEO Old Mission Bank; and Rick Shapero for, Les Cheneaux Community Foundation's Community Library and Cultural Resource Center Endowment.

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