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April 6, 7 and 8th: SNAPSHOTS - Images and Stories About Important, Fantastic, and Other Things

Show Times: 7 PM
Arts Center - Black Box Theatre
Admission: A non-perishable food item for Seamore’s Food Pantry

Featuring solo and group performances by Michaela Titus, Nikayla Kirkwood, Eric Fleming, Alex Czarnecki. Directed by Gary L. Balfantz. Technical Production by Jamie Nathan.

Sponsored by: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Arts and Letters Theatre Program


April 11th - The Michigan Department Of Health and Human Services invites the community to watch the film, "Paper Tigers."

Show Times: 7PM

"Paper Tigers" is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.

Join us, be inspired.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, Film begins at 7 PM

Free Admission and Free Concessions
Seating is limited to 670 people.

**Some content of the film is not appropriate for younger viewers.


April 30th - The Movie: Rock Dog

Show Times: 11 AM and 3 PM
All tickets $6 - Children 2 and younger are free.

Bring your family to see the movie Rock Dog! When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.


June 3rd - The Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Show Times: 11 AM and 3 PM

An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. Stars: Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Luke Evans


July 3rd - Glenn Miller Orchestra

7 PM

This summer, start your celebrations of the 4th of July off right with a big band that has a big bang! July 3rd at 7 pm, join Glenn Miller at the Arts Center at LSSU and enjoy its unique jazz sound. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.



March 4th - The Movie: Sing

Show Times: 11 AM and 3 PM
All tickets $6

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane


February 15-18: LSSU Theatre presents "boom"

All tickets $5

A hilarious, dark comedy that looks at the exciting world of marine biology, the search for truth, and the end of the world. The play contains mature themes and language.

NOTE: Febuary 14, 7PM (Free Preview)


January 17: Selma

Admission: Free

Sheyann Webb-Christburg, Civil rights & voting rights activist, author, humanitarian & the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, is presenting the film Selma at Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center. Sheyann Webb-Christburg, a native of Selma, Alabama has been a voice of justice, equality, courage, commitment and character since the tender age of eight as she participated in the historical march on Selma. During the film, Ms. Webb-Christburg will discuss how she became a Civil Rights Activist.

November 11: Amos N. Jones


How flexible are the words in the Constitution, really? What happens when the government sues a church, as happened in Michigan recently? What is the proper degree of legal protection for civil liberties of sexual identity and marital choices, including polygamy?

Join constitutional-law scholar and political pundit Amos Jones, of North Carolina's Campbell University, for a frank conversation and answers to these questions. Free to all and open to the public.


November 29: Irish Christmas in America


This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2016.

Adult General Admission $18.00/ticket
Senior- 62 and over $15.00/ticket
All college students and 17 & Under - $5.00/ticket

October 30: Disney's Hocus Pocus

Ticket Prices: $6:00

October 13: Dr. Robert Schanke


Dr. Robert Schanke, an esteemed theatre historian, will visit the Arts Center to speak on LGBT issues facing student today. Admissions is free to all. A light reception to follow presentation.

October 11: The Chippewa County Suicide Prevention Coalition presents: Kevin Hines, author of "Cracked, Not Broken"


Kevin Hines will be bring his message of living mentally well to Lake Superior State University's Arts Center. Kevin Hines is a mental health advocate, award-winning speaker, bestselling author, and one of only thirty-four people to surive jumping from the Golden Gate bridge. Admission is free to all. A light reception to follow presentation.

October 4: The Helsinki Chamber Choir

LSSU presents the Helsinki Chamber Choir, the leading vocal group from Finland and one of the most notable contemporary choirs in all of Europe performing State of the Union and traditional Finnish music.


17 & Under - $5.00/ticket
LSSU and Visiting College Students $5.00/ticket
Adult General Admission $18.00/ticket
Senior- 62 and over $15.00/ticket

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October 1: Sault Symphony Orchestra


17 & Under - $5.00/ticket
LSSU and Visiting College Students $5.00/ticket
Adult General Admission $27.00/ticket
Senior- 62 and over $21.00/ticket

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September 22-24: Lonely Planet

Sept. 22: 7PM (opening night reception to follow)
Sept. 23: 7PM
Sept. 24: 2PM

17 & Under: $5.00/ticket
LSSU & Visiting College Students: $5.00/ticket
Adult General Admission: $10.00/ticket
Senior 62 and over: $7.00/ticket

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August 13th, 7PM: Nuala Kennedy, Traditional Irish Music

17 & Under: $5.00/ticket
LSSU & Visiting College Students: $5.00/ticket
Adult General Admission: $18.00/ticket
Senior 62 and over: $15.00/ticket
LSSU Faculty and Staff: $15.00/ticket

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July 3rd, 2PM: Glenn Miller Orchestra

17 & Under: $5.00/ticket
LSSU & Visiting College Students: $5.00/ticket
Adult General Admission: $18.00/ticket
Senior 62 and over: $15.00/ticket
LSSU Faculty and Staff: $15.00/ticket

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April 22 - May 27: 2016 5x7 Art Competition & Show Fundraiser

Opening reception on Friday, April 22 from 6-8:00PM. Click here for more details.

April 20, 7:00PM: Informal Choreography Showing

Free event. No tickets required. LSSU's Arts Center Dance Studio.
Don't miss the last Dance Program event of the 2015-2016 Academic Year!

April 11, 7:00PM: Gemini

Children 5 and under FREE
Any Student (elementary-middle-high school, college) $3.00/ticket
Adult: $5.00/ticket
Senior - 62 and over $3.00/ticket

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April 1: movement/text/image

This concert and gallery showing features collaborations between faculty and students from the dance, creative writing, and visual art programs, and other exciting dances.

Friday, 1 April 2016
Gallery Showing: 6:30PM
Dance Concert: 7:30PM$5 adults, $3 seniors & students

Funding provide by the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts.

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March 14-24: EUP High School Art Competiton

This is the 2nd annual EUP High School Art Competiton sponsored by Lake State!
It is open to high school students in the EUP, Munising, Escanaba, and Sault, Ontario.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50
Honorable Mentions

The artwork awarded 1st place will be framed and placed on display for 1 year at the LSSU Arts Center.

Important Dates:
Drop-off dates at LSSU Arts Center: March 9-10 Room 220
Art Competition Show: March 14-24
Opening Reception: March 18th 6-7pm (awards at 6:30pm)

For additional details, please contact Assistant Professor Lloyd Eddy or 906-635-2593.

March 8, 7:30PM: Dervish

General Admission $18, Seniors $15, Students $5

Funding provide by the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts.

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February 19, 7:30PM: Primitive Culture

General Admission $12, Seniors $10, Students $5

Funding provide by the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts.

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February 11-13: Almost Maine

By John Cariani
Directed by Spencer D. Christensen

Feb. 11 & 12 @ 7:30PM
Feb. 13 @ 2:30PM

General Admission $5; LSSU Students and Seniors $3.

Funding provide by the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts. Presented with permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 2015.

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Past Performances

Festival of Trees: Sleigh Ride

Friday, December 4, 2015
Silent Auction 7:00pm, Concert 7:30pm

The Lake Superior State University Dance Program is to proud to present Festival of Trees: Sleigh Ride Silent Auction and Concert, with special performances by LSSU Faculty and the LSSU Chorus.

To donate a tree or other auction item, contact Joshua Legg at or 906.635.2265

100% of this year's auction proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan!



The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute

Monday, November 9, 2015 7:30 pm
Eight years into a project that began as a benefit to help the Cheboygan Opera House, Mike Fornes is more enthusiastic than ever about playing the role of Gordon Lightfoot in a show that will benefit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. His 7:30 p.m. performance of "The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute" on Monday, Nov. 9 will recreate the Lightfoot concert experience one day before the 40th Anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

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The Trip to Bountiful

Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30PM. Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2:30PM



Weil Weil Le and the Sault Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 14, 8PM

This performance made possible by generous support from the Roberts P. and Ella B. Hudson Foundation and Lake Superior State University.

Musical Directory/Conductor: John Wilkinson

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Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp

Friday, October 16, 8PM
Arts Center Auditorium

Thirteen years on the road has honed Creole Stomp into a well oiled machine: hard driving, fast, and smooth.  Creole Stomp shows have become legendary and those who have seen them know the emotion and passion that literally jumps from the band.  In fact, over the years the band has become informally known as “The Grateful Dead of Creole Music.” A favorite on the Cajun-Zydeco dance circuit, the band has also become a celebrated fixture at venues around the United States ranging from park concerts and theaters to folk and blues festivals. Creole Stomp is filled with over achieving Phd’s and Master’s Degrees, incidentally making it one of the most educated bands in traditional music.  But no worries, Creole Stomp is a band that knows how to throw a Louisiana party.

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Superior - a Film by Edd Benda

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 & 9:00PM
Arts Center Auditorium

Tickets: $7 general admission, $5 seniors, $5 for those 17 and under

Michigan native Edd Benda is bringing his debut independent feature film "Superior" to nine cities in his home state, starting in Sault Ste. Marie

The movie from Beyond the Porch Productions was filmed entirely in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and premiered on June 5 at the world famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., as part of the Dances With Films festival. Director, writer, and producer Edd Benda will be in attendance at every screening, and he will host an open discussion after each showing.

Inspired by a true story, "Superior" takes place in the summer of 1969, where Derek Suntila is weeks away from the Vietnam War and Charlie Eskola is weeks away from his first days at Michigan Technological University. Before the two best friends go their separate ways, they leave their small hometown in the U.P. on one final adventure: a two-week, 1,300 mile bike ride around Lake Superior.

Superior was filmed on location in Michigan's U.P. in 2014. The production team behind the film consists of 11 young filmmakers who traveled more than 7,000 miles round-trip in a truck and three sedans from Los Angeles to the most remote regions of the Keweenaw Peninsula to tell a story true to its origins. The movie is a snapshot of America in a time when futures were uncertain, and yet the most outlandish adventures remained possible.

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The Mack Sisters

Thursday, October 1, 7:30PM
Arts Center Auditorium

Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 seniors

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The Mack Sisters have been recognized as accomplished piano soloists, as well as an award-winning duo, at many international competitions over the years. They have received both the first and Kodama Prizes at the International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo, among many other awards at various competitions.

The sisters, Yuki and Tomoko, have been the featured artists at several festivals, including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan. They frequently accompany the faculty of the International Summer Music Festival in Naleczow, Poland.

The two have appeared on PBS television and radio, and have published their own recordings. In 2006, they were selected to be Steinway Artists, an honor reserved for accomplished pianists.

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The Merling Trio

Saturday, September 12, 7:30PM
Arts Center Auditorium

Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 seniors

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Recognized as one of today's premier ensembles, the Merling Trio takes its name from the Danish violin maker Paul Merling. The group's Carnegie Hall debut was in 1993, and since then, the trio has given many recitals across the United States, Canada and Europe, while also being named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award. They have performed with many orchestras, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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Saturday, June 27th, Noon-6pm LSSU Cisler Plaza (North side of Walker Cisler Center)

"A taste of the Soo"
Area restaurants will be selling small tastes of their menu.

Steel Town Silver Band: 3:30-5pm

More Performances, Bear/Wine Bar, Consessions

Cirque du SOOleil — Mind's Eye

April 17-18
Midway Attractions at 6:30pm
Show at 7:30pm

Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for students with ID; and $3 for children 12 and under

Lake Superior State University's Dance Program presents its spring dance concert, Cirque du SOOleil — Mind's Eye, on April 17-18 at the LSSU Arts Center auditorium.


Desautels Quartet featuring Oleg Pokhanovski

April 11th, 2015

7:30 pm

Tickets: $10
Students with ID (all colleges and high schools accepted) and children are free

Join us for this concert with violinist Oleg Pokhanovski, pianist Edmund Dawe, pianst Judy Kehler Siebert, and cellist Minna Rose Chung.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Arts Center Performance Fund

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Dead Man's Cell Phone

March 27 & 28 @ 7:30pm
March 29 @ 2:30pm

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough and a dead man--with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead--and how that remembering changes us--it is the odyssey of a woman and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Film Noir, meets graphic novel, meets, the bizarre.





March 11 @ 7:00PM
Limited Seating Available. To request a ticket, please contact LIVE broadcast will be available on the day of the event.

6 Speakers from Lake Superior State University and the LSSU Community.




Chicago Boyz

February 10 @ 8:00pm
Free for LSSU Students ! Non LSSU student tickets are $12 for adult, $10 for seniors, and $5 for under 18

Did you check out the Chicago Boyz on America's Got Talent? Well they are coming to LSSU!



Nelson Illusions

January 30, 2015, 7:30pm

Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the United States, carrying over 30,000 pounds of equipment, and is 3 times larger than any other touring illusion show. Nelson Illusions features the largest illusion ever seen: the 21-foot-long Drill of Death which goes through a woman and lifts her 18 feet in the air. Nelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that combines rare & original illusions from around the world with award winning, jaw-dropping magic.