Fringe Festival: Fighting for the Arts

FRINGE FESTIVAL: FIGHTING FOR THE ARTS

A collection of theatre, music, and dance pieces performed, produced, directed, and choreographed by the students of the Theatre and Dance program at NMU!

 

Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 PM

Friday, October 5th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 6th at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, October 10th at 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 11th at 7:30 PM

Friday, October 12th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 PM

Saturday, October 13th at 7:30 PM

 

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

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 groups 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 initially put together to allow graduating seniors to showcase their capstone projects, but also features work from various students in our Theatre and Dance program.

 

The Productions


       Doubt 
       A Contemporary Dance Piece With Original Choreography by Shannon Stilwell
 

Cast List

Shannon Stilwell
Cara Green
Kati Kattelus
Lizzie Smith

 

Creative Team

Choreographer Shannon Stilwell
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Shannon Stilwell
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Justin Van't Hof

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

Shannon Stilwell (Choreographer/Dancer) is a junior at Northern majoring in theatre and minoring in dance. For high school, she attended a performing art school called Arts Academy in the Woods in Fraser, MI. There, Shannon studied several styles of movement and became more technically inclined. Through starting her technical training later in life, she had the advantage of being more in tune with her natural movement. Shannon thanks her friends and family for their support and her dancers for their hard work!

Cara Green (Dancer) is a senior at NMU and is majoring in Earth Science. She has been dancing since the age of three with technical training in jazz, modern, ballet, tap and many other styles. She is now more interested in experimental and natural movements. She would like to thank her amazing dance teachers from MADPAC who helped her grow as a dancer and person, her loving friends and family for the unconditional support, and Shannon Stillwell for providing her with the amazing opportunity to be a part of Fringe Fest and for inspiring her to grow as an artist.

Kati Kattelus (Dancer) is a junior at NMU working towards her BFA in ceramics and a minor in dance. Kati has always been a mover, from gymnastics to dancing in musical theatre shows in high school. She recently completed a 200hr yoga teacher training and is ecstatic to be teaching yoga in her free time. This is Kati’s first performance with NMU but she’s excited to come back to performing and hopes you enjoy the show! 

Lizzie Smith (Dancer) is a transfer student minoring in dance and this is her first performance at NMU. She is very excited to be a part of this production and would like to thank her beautiful family for all of their support, because they keep her going. She would also like to shout out Shannon Stilwell for this innovative and intriguing choreography, because this is the kind of thing that she lives for. Enjoy the show!

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design, Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!


       Beauté
       
A Contemporary Dance Piece With Original Choreography by Jill Grundstrom
 

Cast List

Kati Kattelus
Kate Karling
Lari Wendt
Gracie Fries
Maisie Zahn
Olivia Manganello

 

Creative Team

Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Jill Grundstrom
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Justin Van't Hof

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

Olivia Manganello (Dancer) is a pre-med biology major in her senior year here at NMU. She has been dancing for about 16 years. This is her first show with the FRT and she is so excited to be a part of this year's Fringe Festival!

Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer, Costume Design) is the Program Director for the NMU dance minor, has a BS from NMU in secondary education with majors in English and French, a MA in dance education from NYU, and is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. She was also the author of the dance blog for Fox's So You Think You Can Dance during seasons four through seven. Miss Grundstrom is the resident choreographer for the Superior Arts Youth Theatre, Lake Effect Show Choir, and NMU theatre productions. she was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011.

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design, Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!



       Jule
       An Excerpt From a Swashbuckler Comedy by Shelley Russell

Cast List

Jule Madeline McDonald
Sir John Cecil Tanner Parish
Lady Morris Katelyn Cary
Henley Morris Manpreet Chandi
Yorkshire Gentleman Joel VanHeulen
Young Gallant Bruno Amilcar
English Coquette Kate Karling
Almost Valiant Woman Zoe Zimmer

 

                                                                                 * Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior
                                                                                 capstone.

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

 

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Justin Van't Hof

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

Madeline McDonald (Jule) is a first year student at NMU and can’t wait to fake stab people in front of an audience. She has appeared in several other productions including Camp Rock the Musical (Mitchie), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Pride and Prejudice (Ms. Bingley), and Stück (Ziva). She loves singing, dancing (though not well), butterflies, and playing games and sports.

Manpreet Chandi (Henley Morris) is a freshman coming in from Gurnee, Illinois majoring in secondary education biology with a minor in Spanish education. He enjoys running, learning languages, and hanging out with friends. He can currently speak Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, and Japanese (and, of course, English) to at least a conversational level, but he hopes to learn more and expand his horizons further! He’s also enrolled in the Honors Program and looking forward to an enriching Fringe Fest & semester!

Zoe Zimmer (Almost Valiant Woman) is a freshman this year who comes from Luxemburg, Wisconsin. She is a biology major with a love for performing. 

Kate Joy Karling (English Coquette) hails from Bessemer, Michigan. She was born and raised in the beautiful Upper Peninsula and has been dancing ballet and other styles of dance for seventeen years, including performing at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. She is relatively new to theatre, but has found a true passion there. She has performed in several plays at Theatre North in Ironwood, Michigan since she became involved in theatre in 2016. An English major and theatre minor, she is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Forest Roberts Theatre’s 2018 season. 

Shelley Russell (Director/Costume Design) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design, Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!


       Twelfth Night
       An Excerpt From the Famous Comedy by William Shakespeare

Cast List

Viola Megan Hibbard
Duke Orsino Max Stevens 
Sailor Charlie Edwards
Olivia Cait Beyer 
Clown Sue Demel
Sir Toby Belch Joel VanHeulen
Mary Megan Leach
Sir Andrew Aguecheek Tyler Archambault
Sebastian Thomas Robinson
Priest Tanner Parish

 

                                                                                  * Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior
                                                                                  capstone.

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

 

Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Justin Van't Hof

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

Megan Hibbard (Viola) is from Clarkston, Michigan. This is her first year at NMU and she plans to major in multimedia productions with a minor in theatre and entertainment arts. She has a huge passion for theatre, music and dance and she loves to lead worship. She is excited to be a part of the cast for Fringe Festival and to work with such an incredible group of people!

Cait Beyer (Olivia) is a senior here at Northern Michigan University pursuing a major in theatre and a minor in dance. She is beyond excited to perform in her first Fringe Festival. Usually she is backstage, stage managing or running around on the crew team.  Some of her past roles here at Northern were Assistant Choreographer for Disney’s Tarzan, Director of the staged reading of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Assistant Stage Manager of Scrooge. Her hopes after graduation are to continue her passions by pursuing a career in improv comedy, with an end goal of Saturday Night Live (or something of the like).  She wants to thank her family, friends, and fiancé for all of their love and support, and she hopes you enjoy the show!

Charlie Edwards (Sailor) is a senior English writing major with a double minor in dance and computer information systems. As an NMU student, Charlie has found joy performing in and choreographing for the annual NMU Dance Concerts, as well as dancing with the NMU Hip Hop Dance Crew. Last year, Charlie took the stage in Scrooge and Tarzan, and is very excited to perform in the Twelfth Night portion of Fringe Festival: Fighting for the Arts with friends old and new. He hopes you enjoy the show!  

Shelley Russell (Director/Costume Design) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design, Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!


 

Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager Taylor Venegas
Light Board Operator  Victor G. Holliday
Sound Board Operator Justin Van't Hof

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

 

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Taylor Ehle, 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
Photographers  
Facebook Find us at FRT Theatre and Dance! 

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

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Taylor Ehle, 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
Photographers  
Facebook Find us at FRT Theatre and Dance! 

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