Theatre Season 2017-18




2017-18 Season


Noises Off

A Classic Farce

By Michael Frayn

September 29 - October 7

Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and errant sardines all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Let this slap-stick story pull you inside the world of the theatre itself, and experience the craziness of behind the curtain.

Rock the FRT

A Battle of the Bands

October 14

A musical battle that celebrates local bands coming together to compete for a cash prize. Featuring entertainment design by Theatre Program students, this night of music is sure to get your out of your seat and on your feet in the FRT! (Note: Not a part of the Flex Pass Season.)

Haunted Theatre

October 26-28

The Forest Roberts Theatre stage is transformed into a fun and spooky haunted house! Haunted Theatre is a project sponsored by the First Nighters Club to benefit the FRT. Designed for all ages with child-friendly and PG-13 versions. (Note: Not a part of the Flex Pass Season.)


A Futuristic Romance

By Nick Payne

November 9-18

This spellbinding journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know - delving into infinite possibilities and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny. Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, Marianne and Roland's relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending them on an entirely new trajectory.

The Bold, The Young, and the Murdered

Produced by Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society

December 7-9

The long-running soap opera The Bold and the Young is in its last days. The producer gives the squabbling cast an ultimatum: Complete one episode overnight or the show dies. But when the director ends up murdered, and other cast members start dropping like flies, it seems like his threat might actually come true.  (Note: Not a part of the Flex Pass Season.)



A Musical Family Classic

Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Briscusse

December 14-17

Part of a long-standing FRT tradition, Scrooge! is a holiday delight for the whole family, featuring NMU students and Marquette community members. Bitter miser Scrooge is transformed by a frightening yet enlightening night of ghosts that open his eyes to Christmas cheer. Based on the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, this musical adaptation will rid you of your "Bah, humbug's!"(Note: Not a part of the Flex Pass Season.)


Fringe Festival 2018

February 8-10

Fringe Festivals originated in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947 when theatre groups shunned from the International Festival staged their shows anyway, on the "fringe" of the official festival. At NMU, three theatrical pieces performed, produced and directed by students of the theatre program perform each night.

Appearing in the Fringe Festival:

The Valentine Fairy

An Anti-Romance by Ernest Thompson

Directed by Amber Urban

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


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged

A Comedy by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, join madmen in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless with laughter.



An Adaptation of 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, while exploring the tough circumstances that plague leaders both then and now.


NMU Dance Concert

February 23-24

Put together by students of the NMU Dance Minor Program, this evening of dance features all styles from ballet to hip hop to improvisation. Choreographed and perfromed by students, this annual showcase celebrates the hard work and incredible talent of NMU dancers.

Spring Musical TBA

April 13-21

Stay tuned for details about the spring show to be released in July!