Theatre Season 2017-18


2017-18 Season


Season Premiere Party 

A Red Carpet Kick-Off Event 

August 31

Join us for our red-carpet season kickoff, featuring Alpha Psi Omega, the First Nighter's Club, FRT faculty, and an ice cream social! This free event is designed for students and community members to learn more about the opportunities the FRT holds for them. 

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! 

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. 


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.

Shrek, the Musical, Jr. 

Produced by Superior Arts Youth Theatre 

By David Lindsay-Abaire 

November 16-19

This SAYT production will take place on the FRT stage and feature local youth grades K-8. Based on the hit Disney animated film, a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad. Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret.

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.  


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!"

Halfway Party

January 18

A mid-season gathering of those involved in the FRT to touch base, enjoy food together, and get ready to start the new semester by learning about unique opportunities and exciting upcoming events! The FRT will also announce its 2018-2019 season.


January 26-27

The heartwarming and hilarious one-man show starring Gale LaJoye returns to Marquette with two performances at NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre. Without a single spoken word, LaJoye's character helps a child turn sorrow into joy. With his unique blend of comic genius, slapstick, feats of balance and tender moments, LaJoye spins a tale of a creative and gentle soul that entertains and takes delight in turning simple objects into comic treasures. His mastery of timing, nuance and subtle style touches the spirit and causes laughter, tears and pangs of recognition that make this a show for all ages.

Fringe Festival 2018***

February 8-17

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 and revised)

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

Directed by Paul Truckey, Dramaturgy by Regan McKay

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 22-24

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.

Peter Pan

Produced by Superior Arts Youth Theatre

Book by James M. Barrie, Music by Mark Charlap and Jule Styne, Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green 

March 15-18

This SAYT production will take place on the FRT stage and features local youth grades K-12. Peter Pan tells the classic J.M. Barrie tale of a young boy who refuses to grow up. On a quest to find stories with which to entertain his young cohorts in Neverland -- an island refuge for “Lost Boys” -- Peter returns to the real world and meets Wendy, Michael, and John Darling. The Darling children accompany Peter back to the magical Neverland, where they learn to fly, get involved in all sorts of adventures, defeat the evil Captain Hook, and are changed forever. 


An Epic Musical Journey

Book by David Henry Hwang and Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins

April 13-21

Based on Disney's animated musical and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, this classic comes to life! Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas. He struggles with his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. The FRT is proud to present Tarzan as a part of their "green season" of re-purposed costumes. Audiences can also enjoy a dramaturgical lobby display on the rainforest of Tarzan produced in partnership with NMU Zoology and Environmental Science students. 

Miss Upper Peninsula and Miss Teen Upper Peninsula Pageant

April 27-28

JLSW Designs present the official preliminary round to the Miss Michigan Pageant, a Miss USA preliminary. Ladies compete for the honored title and the chance to become a role model to young women across the U.P. 

Drama Prom and Jimmy Awards

May 3

This end-of-the-season formal event celebrates the hard work of theatre students throughout the year. Enjoy an evening of food, dancing, and recognition of some of the FRT's biggest stars. 

Dancing With Our Stars 

May 23-24

An annual fundraiser for the U.P. Home Health and Hospice Foundation, this dance competition features local celebrities dancing for a good cause, Marquette County style! Vote for your favorite team and watch them battle it out for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. 


***Indicates part of the Flex Pass Season.