The Fringe Festival 2018

The Forest Roberts Theatre presents:

THE 2018 FRINGE FESTIVAL

Three different theatrical pieces performed, produced, and directed by the students of the theatre and entertainment arts program at NMU perform each evening!

 

Thursday, February 8th at 7:30 PM

Friday, February 9th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 10th at 1:00 PM

Saturday, February 10th at 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 15th at 7:30 PM

Friday, February 16th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 17th at 1:00 PM

Saturday, February 17th at 7:30 PM

 

Tickets are $15 for the General Public, $10 for Students, and $5 for NMU Students and can be purchased at any NMU EZ Ticket Outlet.

Located in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre.

 

What is a Fringe Festival?

The concept of a Fringe Festival can be traced back to Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, when eight theatre groups were shunned from the Edinburgh International Festival because they weren’t part of the official program. The eight snubbed actors decided to stage their productions anyway, right on the “fringe” of the official festival—thus, the concept of a Fringe Festival was born. The official Edinburgh Fringe Festival was created in 1958, and is one of the largest theatre festivals in the world.

The Fringe Festival at the Forest Roberts Theatre follows this idea, albeit on a much smaller scale—our Festival was put together to allow graduating seniors to showcase their capstone projects. 

 

The Productions
 

The Valentine Fairy

By Ernest Thompson

A woman who has decided to give up on love arrives home to find a man dressed in a white tutu, who shows her where she went wrong in previous romantic encounters. Th is play explores the absurdity, desperation, and ultimately, the reassurance of love on its most important holiday.

 

Cast List

Ingrid Lindsey Miller
Rudyard Nick Salin

 

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

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

 

Creative Team

Director Amber Urban*
Lighting Designer Emily Baker
Scenic Designer Amber Urban*
Costume Designer Amber Urban*
Properties Masters Hannah Cormier
Sound and Projection Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Taylor Wilcox

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

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

 

Cast and Creative Team Bios

Amber Urban†* (Director, Costume Designer, Props Master) is a senior at NMU double majoring in Theatre and Sociology.  She is blessed to have had the opportunity to direct Alpha Psi Omega's production of The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered last semester and is thrilled to have The Valentine Fairy as her directing capstone in this season's Fringe Festival.  Amber would like to thank everyone who made this show possible, along with all of her professors who have helped her become ready for life after graduation.  

Lindsey Miller (Ingrid) is from a small town in Iowa and this is her first year at Northern. She is a double Theatre and Psychology major. Lindsey was very involved with theatre and speech in high school, and her favorite show she’s done is The Addams Family, in which she played Wednesday. She is thrilled to be here and stoked for everyone to see this show!

Nick Salin (Rudyard) has been at Northern for two years now. You may recognize him as Vito Deleoni from Building Madness or more recently as Miles the Producer in APO's production of The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered. He is a double Math and Theatre Performance major. This is Nick's first time being in the Fringe Festival; he has loved being a part of this unique show, and hopes that everyone enjoys it and learns a valuable lesson from The Valentine Fairy.

 


 

Antigone

By Sophocles

The final project of a Lundin Honors Research Fellowship, this interpretation of a classic seeks to draw political and social conclusions about the state of women both in Ancient Greece and modern-day America, and explores the tensions the leaders of now and then face.

 

Cast List

 

Antigone Riley Fields
Ismene Audree Stephens
Creon Jacob Laitinen
Haemon Ethan Bott
Tiresias Brady Skewis
Messenger Justin Van't Hof
Official 1 Nathaniel Langlie
Official 2 Max Stevens
Understudy Ismene Maddie Rayner
Understudy Haemon Nathaniel Langlie

 

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

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

 

Creative Team

Directors Paul Truckey & Regan McKay
Lighting Designer Emily Baker
Scenic Designer Regan McKay
Properties Master Hannah Cormier
Costume Designer Regan McKay
Sound and Projection Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce
Dramaturg Regan McKay
Production Stage Manager Tim Hollister*

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

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

 

Cast and Creative Team Bios

Regan McKay (Director, Scenic Designer, Costume Designer, Dramaturg) is a junior Theatre/English major and Dance minor, and the current Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega. She also works as a seamstress in the FRT Costume Shop and the librarian of the Rapport Theatre Library. Regan has worked as costume mistress on Into the Woods and The Addams Family and dramaturg on Where A Certain Future at the FRT. This season, she has costume designed both The Bold, The Young, and the Murdered and Scrooge! She would like to thank her parents, her sister Maddie, her boyfriend Paul, and her many APO friends for their incredible encouragement and support.

Riley Fields (Antigone) is a newcomer to the Marquette area. She and her husband Alex work for Contrast Coffee Company, where she is the social media coordinator and content creator. You may have seen Riley recently in the FRT's 2017 production of Scrooge! as Isabel.

Audree Stephens (Ismene) is a sophomore here at NMU. She is a Theatre Major with a minor in Dance. Audree was very happy to play the role of the Plant in last years APO production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and was also in The Addams Family last year as the Bride Ancestor at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Audree is looking forward to Tarzan, where she will play the role of Kala. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Jacob Laitinen (Creon) is a freshman Theater major with a double minor in Music and Media Production. He is enrolled in school for the first time in 7 years, and is ecstatic to be back in the academic grind. His previous roles at NMU include Thenardier (Les Miserables) and The Snail with the Mail (A Year with Frog and Toad). He has also played The Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Herr Shultz (Cabaret), Sebastian (The Little Mermaid), Riff Raff (Rocky Horror), and Ali Hakim (Oklahoma). He hopes you all enjoy this wonderful evening of entertainment!

Brady Skewis (Tiresias) is a senior this year at NMU. You may have seen him more recently as Emcee in Cabaret at the Historic Vista Theatre, Don Baker in Butterflies Are Free at Lake Superior Theatre, Tom Jenkins in Scrooge! at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off at the Forest Roberts Theatre. He is also the lead singer/guitarist of the up-and-coming band Joel & The Good Boys. Find them on all branches of social media (FB, Instagram, Twitter). He would like to thank his wonderful parents, Dave and Wendy, and his outrageously talented girlfriend, Hanna, for their undying love & support.

Justin Van't Hof (Messenger) is a freshman at NMU majoring in Theatre and Entertainment Arts. You may have seen him recently in the Masonic Temple's October 2017 production of The Rocky Horror Show, in which he played Brad Majors. Justin has also appeared in Noises Off (Gary Lejeune), High School Musical (Ryan Evans), and Oliver! (The Artful Dodger). He is excited to be performing in his first show at the FRT, and is looking forward to playing Clayton in Tarzan later this season.

Nathaniel Langlie (Official 1 / Understudy Haemon) is a sophomore Theatre and Outdoor Rec double major with a minor in Dance. He has appeared previously at Northern in Noises Off, The Addams Family, Scrooge!, and the Worth a Second Glance Cabaret. Nathaniel was also the scenic designer for APO's production of The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered earlier this season, and will appear in the NMU Dance Concert and Tarzan.

Max Stevens (Official 2) is a freshman Multi-Media Production major in his third show here at NMU. Max is excited to get the chance to be a part of this show and looks forward to being a part of many FRT shows to come.

 


 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged and revised)

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, join us as we weave our wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride.

 

 

Cast List

Nathan Morgan as himself
Lily Howder as herself
Lilith Kontos as herself

 

* Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

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

 

Creative Team

Directors Nathan Morgan, Lily Howder, and Lilith Kontos
Lighting Designer Emily Baker
Scenic Designer Nathan Morgan, Lily Howder, and Lilith Kontos
Costume Designer Regan McKay
Properties Master Hannah Cormier
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone

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


Cast and Creative Team Bios

Nathan Morgan (as himself) is a recent graduate of NMU currently pursuing his teaching license. Notable roles include Angelo in A Comedy of Errors (FRT), Fakir in The Secret Garden (FRT), Ancestor in The Addams Family (FRT), Narrator 2 in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and most recently Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. He would like to thank everyone who has been a part of his theatre career in Marquette, and the FRT for being a strong contributor to his artistic development over the years.

Lily Howder (as herself) is a senior Theatre and Entertainment Arts major. She has appeared in Tribes by Nina Raine, Gaggle of Saints by Neil LaBute, and two shows in The Ten Minute Play Festival. Lily is humbled to be a part of such an amazing show with such a talented cast and crew. A big thank you goes out to her friends and family for their unwavering support throughout this hectic time in her life. Lily is sad to be acting in her last play here, but she’s looking forward to seeing how theatre plays into her future after NMU.

Lilith Kontos (as herself) is a junior at NMU majoring in English and minoring in Theatre. Acting credits include Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Lake Superior Theatre), Jan in Grease (Lake Superior Theatre), Grandma Addams in The Addams Family (FRT), Deborah Abramson in Where a Certain Future (FRT), Lucinda in Into the Woods (FRT), and, in one of her first productions, Mercutio in The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet. Though she unfortunately will not reprise that role in this production, she hopes you enjoy it all the same!

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng
Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Hannah Cormier, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens, Marissa Bekkering, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van't Hof, Nathaniel Langlie, Taylor Wilcox, Emmet Long, Keegan Downey

Master Electrician Emily Baker
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Managers Lily Howder, Lilith Kontos
Box Office Staff Sam Cole, Amber Urban, Regan McKay†, AJ Stephens, Jordan Coutcher, Jordan Howell, Heidy Paz, Emily Kendall, Nathan Zaremba
Photographers  
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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

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