Youth theater group to present musical

MARQUETTE — Superior Arts Youth Theater will present Disney’s “High School Musical, Jr.” for two weeks this summer.

The popular Disney play will be presented by Cast One starting Tuesday through Saturday, and by Cast Two on Aug. 7 -11.

All performances take place at the Lake Superior Theatre boathouse and begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

This production is directed by Jill Vermeulen, with vocal direction by Jeff Bruning and choreography by Taylor Koski.

Disney’s “High School Musical, Jr.” is an hour-long adaptation of the Disney Channel hit musical. The characters in this production, Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High, must deal with issues of love, friendship, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

“SAYT was a huge part of my childhood,” Vermeulen said. “In 2007, I performed in ‘High School Musical’ with this organization. I am honored to now direct this very production for SAYT at Lake Superior Theatre.”

The story begins the first day after winter break at East High. The jocks, brainiacs, thespians, and skater dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High.

The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

“‘High School Musical’ reminds audiences through high-energy dance numbers and recognizable tunes that we’re all in this together,” Vermeulen said.

Advance tickets are on sale now. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, and $7.50 for youth 14 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone 906-227-1032 or in person at any Northern Michigan University ticketing outlet: Berry Events Center, University Bookstore, Superior Dome or the Forest Roberts Theatre.