Get ready for a night of Broadway when three ladies, nicknamed The Three Divas of the U.P., take the stage.
At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, Denise Clark, Kristie Moe and Leslie Sollid will share the female side of Broadway in their production “The Three Divas of the U.P.”
In the tradition of the U.P. show “The Three Tenors of the U.P.,” these women will look at Broadway from a new perspective.
Ansley Valentine, director of the Forest Roberts Theatre and member of the First Nighter’s Club, said he is looking forward to this new show.
“Last year the FNC presented “The Three Tenors” show, and it was a big success,” Valentine said. “It seemed like a natural follow up to showcase the women and their talent this year.”
Tickets for the show are on sale now at any NMU ticket outlet. They are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for students.
“The presentation is a fundraiser for the First Nighter’s Club,” Valentine said. “The FNC provides scholarships for NMU theater students so that they can further their education at NMU.”
All three women performing have been involved in theater for most of their lives. They have performed at theaters all over the United States and also in many local productions at the Lake Superior Theatre, Vista Theater and Forest Roberts Theatre.
Denise Clark has been in theater for about 30 years and recently branched out from performing to writing and directing. She transitions back to performing to grace the audience with her voice in “The Three Divas of The U.P.”
Kristie Moe has been performing since her youth and has been on stage all over the Midwest. She has also performed and worked locally on many theater productions and musicals over the years.
Leslie Sollid has performed in many local productions of musicals and also worked in Texas. She is returning to the Forest Roberts Theatre stage after almost a decade of being away.
Jeff Spencer, director of the show and member of the FNC advisory club, said he thinks this is a great show to have in Marquette.
“This is a really great show that really showcases the talent that we have in the area,” Spencer said. “It’s not the kind of show you can see anywhere. It’s really something special.”
The show will feature music from many well-known Broadway productions such as “Cabaret,” “The Music Man,” “Evita,” “A Chorus Line,” “Follies” and many other musicals.
“The ladies and I had a meeting to discuss what songs they wanted to sing,” Spencer said. “I asked them which songs they had been dying to perform and those are the songs in the show. The more passionate the performer is about the song, the better the performance.”
Students in the theater program will benefit from this concert. All the proceeds from the concert help give theater students scholarships and also fund their trip to New York City to see how a real Broadway stage works.
“This show is a good thing to bring a date to because this show is something you can’t see everyday,” Spencer said. “Students can also help to support their fellow students since all the proceeds from the show go to the FNC scholarships.”
For more information, call the Forest Roberts Theatre Box Office at (906) 228-2082.