East of the Sun, West of the Moon


A World Premiere, Full-Length Ballet

Music by Griffin Candey, Choreography by Jill Grundstrom

This exquisite fairytale shines onstage in this never-before-seen ballet. A poor peasant exchanges his prettiest and youngest daughter for riches when a white bear appears and asks for her. The bear takes the girl to a rich and enchanted castle, where, at night, he takes off his bear form in order to come to her bed as a man, although the lack of light means that she is never able to see him. When she finally lights a candle to find out who he is, she discovers that he is a handsome prince, but by seeing him in his human form she has ignited a curse. Now the prince must return to his wicked stepmother, who lives in a castle “east of the sun and west of the moon,” and marry her hideous daughter, a troll princess. Can the girl find the castle and save her prince? Her breathtaking, magical journey comes to life in this stunning original production.


Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 PM

Friday, January 25th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 26th at 7:30 PM


Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.


Cast List

The Girl Sadie Knill
The Prince (Bear) Ethan Bott
The Troll Queen Charlie Edwards
Mother Kate Fether
Father Nathaniel Langlie
Tax Collector TBA
Servant (Rabbit) Amelia Bishop
Servant (Ferret) Emily Burby
Servant (Mouse) Skyler Taavola
Troll (Pride) Kati Kattelus
Troll (Greed) Alycia Schenk
Troll Ensemble Nathaniel Langlie, Lizzie Smith, Jacqueline Brignall, Elodie Malherbe
Witches Maddie Rayner†, Sarah Fosco, Erin Culp
East Wind Maisie Zahn
West Wind Eridinn Nayback
South Wind Kylie Jacobson
North Wind Eliza Compton
Northern Lights Demi-Soloist Kate Karling, TBA
Northern Lights Ensemble

Maria Hoenke, Valerie Slaght, Josie Truckey, Lizzie Smith, Marina Mankee, Olivia Manganello, Liz Caputo, Kate Fether, Valerie Schuhknecht, Regan McKay, Kendra Campbell


† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Creative Team

Director Jill Grundstrom
Composer Griffin Candey
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Scenic Designer  
Lighting Designer Vic Holliday
Costume Designer  
Sound Designer  
Properties Master  
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager  

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager  
Master Electrician  
Light Board Operator   
Sound Board Operator  
Run Crew  

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Alyssa Bjork, Helen Boburka, Erin Culp†, Hannah Danforth, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Hannah Cormier, Keegan Downey, Brady Skewis, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas, Taylor Wilcox
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Lilith Kontos
Assistant Box Office Manager Emily Kendall
Box Office Staff Kendra Anderson, Leah Danielson, Jacob Laitinen, Abby Macek, Regan McKay, Micah Munts, Nick Salin, Sophie Sam
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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Cast Bios

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Creative Team Bios

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