Forest Roberts Theatre 2014-15 Mainstage Season

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Paper TigerA Paper Tiger In The Rain

by David J. Swanson

Sept 30 - Oct.4; Oct. 7-11 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre

Nathan has just been promoted to his dream job; Editor-in-Chief of the Willow Falls Beacon Telegraph.  He soon learns that the newspaper is in financial trouble.His predecessor hires Ben, a young blogger with a lack of reverence for the newspaper industry. Nathan holds Ben in contempt though he asks him to write for the newspaper’s website. As the newspaper’s financial picture worsens, Nathan is faced with saving his beloved newspaper and winning the heart of his newly widowed former flame.  Before it’s over, Ben will help Nathan through a painful lesson about waiting for impossible dreams and depending on false promises.


About the Play:

Wichita Community Theater chose A Paper Tiger in the Rain for a staged reading on March 17, 2013. A Paper Tiger in the Rain is also a semi-finalist for the Playwrights First Award at the National Art Club in New York City.



Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse  

Music by John Kander  

Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Nov. 19-22 in the Forest Roberts Theatre

After shooting her husband, Roxie Hart must prove her innocence in the roaring 20’s Chicago where the biggest celebrities are those with the heftiest crime careers. With the help -- and lack thereof -- from murderesses, big shot lawyers, sexy, maternal matrons, and nearly invisible husbands, Roxie discovers what it means to be in the spotlight at a time where people will kill for fame.


by Nina Raine

Feb. 10-21 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre


Tribes follows Billy, a deaf man raised inside the fiercely politically incorrect cocoon of his parent’s house. He has adapted to his hearing family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood.



Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman  

Music by Alan Menken 

Apr. 15-18 in the Forest Roberts Theatre

A gleefully gruesome musical spoof of the 1960 Roger Corman Film, this monster musical is about a hapless florist shop worker, Seymour, who offers his tender love and care to a plant that feeds on human blood. This plant, Audrey II, named after Seymour’s secret love, quickly becomes a fascinating attraction in neighborhood called Skid Row.

Studio Series 2014-15



Haunted Theatre

Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in the Forest Roberts Theatre
Directed by Marty Martello

The Forest Roberts Theatre is transformed into a fun and spooky haunted house. Designed for all ages with a child-friendly and PG-13 version.



10 Minute Play Festival

Dec. 3-4 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre


The students in the Directing Theory class will present a series of 10 minute plays. Different plays will be featured each night.



A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking

By John Ford Noonan

March 13-14 in the James A. .Panowski Black Box Theatre​

Straight laced housewife Maude Mix is not prepared for her new Texan, eccentric neighbor Hannah Mae Bindler. Hannah Mae badgers Maude into friendship and the two eventually join forces against their errant and erring husbands.



NMU Dance Concert

March 29 in the Forest Roberts Theatre​

Come see dance performances choreographed and performed by students and faculty of the NMU Dance Minor!