Every person's life is filled with moments. Moments of fun, laughter and happiness and moments of tears, hardships and heartbreak. Every moment in some way defines us, shaping us into the people we are. These experiences in our lives combine to make up our past, present and future. This is the theme behind this year's Young Americans Dinner Theatre, "Moments: Past, Present and Future."
The Young Americans take the stage for the 39th year at Boyne Highlands Resort, making it the second longest running dinner theatre in the nation. This unique experience allows you to step into a musical journey that connects the audience to the performers. This connection is even more special this year with a personal touch from each performer coming to the stage. At the beginning of the process Director Bill Brawley had the 30 performers call home to parents, friends and family to find out their favorite songs. "I received 400 songs after they made their calls and then had to narrow it down to the best 30," explained Brawley. These songs will represent the first act of the show, celebrating past moments featuring artists such as The Beatles, Prince, Michael Jackson and more.
The full cast of The Young Americans arrived in early June to start a rigorous rehearsal schedule to learn the show by opening weekend on June 24. Beginning at 9am the cast meets to begin warmups before they move into vocals and learning lyrics, next is the choreography and staging. This process takes the cast until 10:30pm to complete. Even when producers and directors leave, the cast continues rehearsing into the late hours, usually past midnight. Sitting in on a portion of their rehearsal offered a sneak peek into the second act, which focuses on present moments. Director Brawley took a trip to see the latest and greatest of Broadway to fill the Boyne Highlands stage with today's favorites. One of the musicals being showcased is the New York hit "Hamilton" by Lin-Mauel Miranda. For the theatre junkies out there these few numbers alone make this season's dinner theatre a must see! The 30 performers stand to fill the room with a powerful emotion that cannot be explained and really can only be felt.
This passion and emotion The Young Americans bring to Boyne Highlands is part of the reason the two have had such a lasting relationship. When talking with Young Americans alumni, Kyle Hertaus and Tanner Siegert, it was clear to see the respect and honor they have for coming to Boyne Highlands. "The Boyne Highlands and Young American relationship is much like a family's, it is open and honest, as we take care of each other. I mean something is definitely working because it has built a strong bond that has lasted almost 40 years now," said Seigert. The dinner theatre brings about a sense of nostalgia every summer, as it is a tradition for many families and their children. "Try it once and you'll be hooked!" Hertaus describes what a new-comer to the dinner theatre may expect.
If you want even more of The Young Americans you can see them team up with their fellow Young Americans who are teaching summer camps across the Midwest for a, "One Night Only," benefit show. The two-hour long show will take place June 26 at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center. Proceeds will help the Harbor Springs Downtown Development Authority and support The Young Americans College scholarship fund for future Young Americans.
The Young Americans and Boyne Highlands invite you to enjoy this moment of pure emotion, connections and passion. From our family to yours, we look forward to seeing you!
As you can imagine, this show often sells out. Reserve your tickets today by calling The Young Americans Box Office: 866.340.2688◂ Return to News & Updates