East of the Sun, West of the Moon


A World Premiere, Full-Length Ballet

Choreography and Direction by Jill Grundstrom, Music by Griffin Candey, Story Adaptation by Susan Candey

This exquisite fairytale shines onstage in this never-before-seen ballet.  In a land that has been depleted and bewitched by the evil Troll Queen, a girl volunteers to go with the White Bear, who is under the spell of the Troll Queen, in payment of her family's debt.  The Bear takes the Girl on a journey to his castle, where they encounter the Northern Lights. Upon arrival, she meets his servants, who have also been turned into animals.  After the castle settles for the night, the Girl ventures through the castle finding the Bear in his princely, human form, which he can only assume during the full moon.  The Troll Queen, Troll Princesses, and entourage steal away the Prince to their lair.  The Girl is left with witches and the four winds to find the land of the trolls, which lies “east of the sun and west of the moon."  Can the girl find the troll kingdom and save her prince? Her breathtaking, magical journey comes to life in this stunning original production.


Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 PM

Friday, January 25th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 25th at 1:00PM

Saturday, January 26th at 7:30 PM


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

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.


Cast List

The Girl Sadie Knill
The Prince (Bear) Ethan Bott
The Troll Queen Charlie Edwards
Mother Kate Fether
Father Nathaniel Langlie
Tax Collector Maddie Rayner
Servant (Rabbit) Amelia Bishop
Servant (Ferret) Emily Burbey
Servant (Mouse) Skylar Taavola
Troll (Pride) Kati Kattelus
Troll (Greed) Alycia Schenk
Troll Ensemble Nathaniel Langlie, Lizzie Smith, Jacqueline Brignall, Elodie Malherbe
Witches Maddie Rayner†, Sarah Fosco, Erin Culp
East Wind Maisie Zahn
West Wind Eridinn Nayback
South Wind Kylie Jacobson
North Wind Eliza Compton
Northern Lights Soloists Kate Karling, TBA
Northern Lights Ensemble

Valerie Slaght, Josie Truckey,  Marina Mankee, Olivia Manganello, Liz Caputo, Kate Fether, Valerie Schuhknecht, Regan McKay, Kendra Campbell, Eridinn Nayback, Maisie Zahn, Kylie Jacobson, Eliza Compton


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



Creative Team

Choreographer and Director Jill Grundstrom
Composer Griffin Candey
Story Adaptation and Dramaturgy Susan Candey
Conductor Dr. Erin Colwitz
Scenic Designer Vic Holliday
Lighting Designer Vic Holliday
Costume Designer Jill Grundstrom, Shelley Russell
Sound Designer  
Properties Master  
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager  

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



Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Manager  
Master Electrician  
Light Board Operator   
Sound Board Operator  
Run Crew  

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



Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Alyssa Bjork, Helen Boburka, Erin Culp†, Hannah Danforth, 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
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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

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