The First Nighters Club is a recognized NMU foundation creating opportunities for student artists and supporting the theatre community of Marquette and the surrounding areas.
Our Mission: To support the student artists and the theatre program by ensuring that the students can get the most professional training possible, on and off the stage, and enabling the theatre to produce high-quality productions that challenge, teach, and of course, entertain.
First Nighters Club Levels of Membership
All levels will receive program acknowledgement throughout the season, as well as in club newsletters.
Booster - $1 - $99
Friend - $100 - $249
Sponsor - $250 - $449
Angel - $500 - $999
Producers Circle - $1,000 - $4,900
Benefits to Theatre and Dance Students
The First Nighters Club supports theatre students in many ways, including:
- Talent scholarships
- Tuition and fees for graduate artistic interns
- Audition fees for state, regional, and national auditions
- Annual outstanding achievement awards
- Academic achievement awards
- New York, Las Vegas, Stratford, and abroad Field Studies scholarships
Benefits to the Theater
The First Nighters Club has financed several theater improvements:
- Wireless microphones
- Lighting instruments
- Wireless intercom/headset system
- Lighting and sound equipment for the Black Box Theatre
The First Nighters Club is present at several special events throughout the year, including:
- Season Premiere Party
- Halfway Party
- Drama Prom and the Jimmy Awards
First Nighters Club Advisory Board 2018-19
PRESIDENT: David Dagenais
VICE PRESIDENT: Sandy Meyskens
SECRETARY: Adrienne Vermeulen
TREASURER: Bill Digneit
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Digneit Brothers Productions Inc.
Dr. James A. Panowski
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Boyle
Ms. Cindy L. Paavola
Dr. James L. Rapport and Mrs. Karalyn Rapport
Mr. Mark B. Pynnonen
Ms. Lynette A. Pynonnen
Swick Media Services
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
Mr. David Prychitko
YMCA of Marquette County
Checker Transport LLC
Mr. David Dagenais
Dr. Matthew W. Drewek
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Frei Chevrolet Inc.
GJG Enterprises Inc.
Mrs. Colleen A. Greer
Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Barb Holman and Ms. Jessica Holman
Dr. Robert and Mrs. Meredith Kulisheck
Mr. Sam Elder and Mrs. Faye Elder
Sweetgrass Golf Club
TimberStone at Pine Mountain
Mrs. Jeanne Trost
Wawonowin Golf Course
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Weinrick
Bald Eagle Harley Davidson
Big Boy Restaurant
Getz's Department Store
Mr. Kurt T. Hauswirth
Mr. Jim and Mrs. Elise McCommons
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Meyskens
Rotary Club of Marquette
Superior Blue Link, Inc.
Superior Fitness, Inc.
Third Base Bar
Tractor Supply Company
Mr. Jerry D. Tudor Jr. and Ms. Gina M. Tudor
Upper Hand Brewery
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Vermeulen MD
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