Theatre Season 2018-19


2018-2019 Season


Season Premiere Party 

A Red Carpet Kick-Off Event 

August 30

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


September 7-9

Open auditions will be held for the 2018-19 FRT Season. Come prepared with 90 seconds of a song or monologue, or two contrasting monologues.

Fringe Festival - Fighting for the Arts***

An Evening of Theatre, Dance, and Music

October 5-13

Fringe Festivals originated in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, when groups shunned from the International Festival decided to stage their shows anyway, on the “fringe” of the official festival. Here at NMU, students celebrate their talents and innovations in theatre, music, and dance in two weeks of special performances. This year, the festival will be themed around the fight for the Arts in our current environment. Stay tuned for news on participating productions! 

Sweeney Todd***

A Dark and Thrilling Musical Delight, Featuring Senior Capstone Designs

Book by Hugh Wheeler and Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

October 26 - November 3

An infamous and witty tale of love and murder starring an exiled barber (played by Broadway’s Paul Truckey, FRT faculty member), who joins forces with Mrs. Lovett and her meat pie shop in nineteenth-century London to seek vengeance. Winner of eight Tony Awards, this chilling, bloodthirsty musical will shock, awe and delight you just in time for the Halloween season.


A Musical Family Classic

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Leslie Briscusse

December 13-16

Part of a long-standing FRT tradition, Scrooge! is a holiday delight for the whole family. Bitter miser Scrooge is transformed by a frightening night of ghosts that open his eyes to the possibilities of Christmas cheer. Based on the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, this musical adaptation will rid you of your “Bah, humbug’s!”

Halfway Party

January 17

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.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon***

A World Premiere Full-Length Ballet Directed and Choreographed by Jill Grundstrom With Original Musical Composition by Griffin Candey

January 24-26

The classic Scandinavian folk tale version of “Beauty and the Beast” receives a stunning twist in this brand-new full-length ballet written especially for Forest Roberts Theatre and Dance. A clever young girl taken prisoner by a bear works against the Troll Queen to lift the curse laid upon the land’s prince, accompanied by original music and choreography to create an unforgettable evening of storytelling.

Medieval Dinner Theatre at the Masonic***

February 21-23

Stage combat and good food come together in the Marquette Masonic Building as a fundraiser for the Forest Roberts Theatre. Enjoy dashing sword fights with your meal in an outstanding evening of entertainment supporting students at the FRT!

Disney's Beauty and the Beast***

The Enchanting Musical Fairytale

Book by Linda Woolverton, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice

April 12-20

Join the FRT for another gorgeous Disney musical! This “tale as old as time” tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under a spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out – if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This spectacular story brings the community together for a celebration of family theatre at its finest.

Drama Prom and Jimmy Awards

May 2

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. 

Mamma Mia***

A Hilarious Jukebox Musical

Book by Catherine Johnson and Music and Lyrics by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus

June 20-29

Based on the hit songs of 70s pop/dance group ABBA, this musical will have you belly laughing from the very beginning. Sophie is ready to get married to her fiancée, Sky, except for one thing – she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She reads her mother’s diary and, discovering that there are three possible candidates, secretly invites them all to the wedding. Of course, chaos ensues! With a Broadway run of fourteen years, this international sensation is one you won’t want to miss.


***Indicates part of the Flex Pass Season.