History

Historical Youth Theater Highlights

1992

City hires Arts & Culture Coordinator as a contracted position.

1995

Position becomes full-time with the creation of the Arts and Culture Department.

1996 – 2000

Creation of arts department and development of Arts and Culture Center at Peter White Public Library.

2000

Hires employees to assist in running the department – goal to have a youth theatre – hiring of Nikke Nason, then a student at Northern Michigan University – takes this on as a senior project

2001

Casting and producing of first play, “Annie Jr.”

2002

Programming:
Produced “Kids Sing Broadway”
Produced “School House Rock, Jr.”
Produced “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with live orchestra
Investments:
The City of Marquette hires Nikke Nason as the Arts Education Director. Her role is to lead and develop the youth theater program along with assist with arts center operations and other youth arts programs.

2003

Programming:
Produced “Kids Sing Broadway”
Produced “Once On This Island, Jr.”
Produced “Oliver” with live orchestra

2004

Programming:
Produced “Kids Sing Broadway”
Produced “Dear Edwina, Jr.”
Produced “Seussical” with live orchestra

2005

Programming:
Produced “Kids Sing Broadway”
Produced “A Christmas Carol”
Produced “Honk Jr.”

2006

Programming:
Produced “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.”
Produced “Into the Woods Jr.”

2007

Programming:
Produced “Disney’s High School Musical” with live orchestra
Produced “Kids Sing Broadway”

2008

Programming:
Produced “Richards and Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
Produced “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” with live orchestra

2009

Programming:
Produced “Once Upon A Mattress Jr.”
Produced “The Orphan Train” a collaboration with Teaching Family Homes

2010

Programming:
Produced “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” with live orchestra
Produced “Kids Sing Broadway”
Developed, workshopped, and produced original production of “A Home for Me”

2011

Programming:
Produced “Alice in Wonderland” with live orchestra
Produced “Willy Wonka Jr.”
Investments:
Lake Superior Theatre becomes umbrella organization for the youth theatre program at the request of the City of Marquette.

2012

Programming:
Produced “Annie Jr.” – first production as new entity “Lake Superior Youth Theatre” Behind the Scenes Video
Produced “The Mouse That Roared”

2013

Programming:
Produced “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”
Traveled with LSYT youth to see “The Lion King”
Produced original youth written production “A Man Named Marquette” in cooperation with the Marquette Beautification Committee and performed at Kaufman Auditorium in the spring for the schools and the public and produced for the public in the summer at Lake Superior Theatre.
Produced “Honk Jr.” Behind the Scenes Video
Investments:
A full time Executive Artistic Director, Nikke Nason, is hired to oversee the youth theater and Lake Superior Theater.

2014

Programming:
Produced “Seussical Jr.” TV6 Interview, Promo Video
Produced “Kids Sing Broadway” ABC 10 UP News Video
Produced “Narnia” Promo Video, TV6 Interview
Produced “The Music Man Jr.” ABC 10 UP News Video, Promo Video
Artist in Residency program with Marquette Area Public Schools 5th Grade Promo Video
Investments:
Over $20,000.00 in sound equipment is purchased to be shared with Lake Superior Theatre through fundraising efforts and a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

2015

Programming:
Produced “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Behind the Scenes Video, Promo Video
Produced “Kids Sing Broadway”
Produced “Once On This Island Jr.”
Produced “Aladdin Jr.” Promo Video
Artist in Residency program with Marquette Area Public Schools 5th Grade Promo Video
Investments:
The youth theater forms a 501 (c) 3 organization now known as the Superior Arts Youth Theater, operating independently. A full time Executive Artistic Director, Nikke Nason Soni, is hired. A part time administrative assistant, Jalina Olgren is hired to assist with finances and other administrative duties. An accounting firm is obtained for payroll and tax services.

2016

Programming:
Produced “The Wizard of Oz” with live orchestra Promo Video, Behind the Scenes Video
Produced “SAYT Cabaret” with student director
Produced “James and the Giant Peach Jr”
Produced “Disney’s The Lion King Jr.” November 18-20, 2016
Artist in Residency program with Marquette Area Public Schools 5th Grade Promo Video
Investments:
Dollars for Drama Fundraising Campaign exceeds $10,000 goal. Promo Video by SAYT Board President Steve Grugin
The youth theater hires a full time Managing Director, Jalina McClain and part time Artistic Director, Dave Dagenais in July 2016 to replace Nikke Soni as she leaves the organization.

2017

Programming:
Produced “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” March 3-5, 2017
Producing “Kids Sing Broadway” May 11-13, 2017

Yearly Events:

Blueberry Festival Talent Show
Choir at hockey games
Holiday Choirs
Haunted Hayrides
Special Fundraising event and performances
Summer Camps 2016 TV6 UP Video

Other Producing/Directing/Dance and Concerts:

Ebenezer Scrooge Dance Production
Emily Dawn & Adam Whittington Concert
Back to School Youth Concert
Blueberry Dance Festival
The Nutcracker Dance performances

Support today’s youth and tomorrow’s future!

Superior Arts Youth Theater is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.
Contributions provide scholarships and enhance the fine productions for the youth actors in Marquette, and it also offers you a charitable tax deduction.