Theatre Season 2015-16



2015-16 Season



California SuiteCalifornia Suite

By Neil Simon

September 23-October 3

Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Award winning playwright, Neil Simon, brings his unique humor to this 1970s play. California Suite is a comedy composed of 4 ‘playlets’. All four short plays center on the happenings of Suites 203 and 204 in The Beverly Hills Hotel. Marriage, relationships, and human emotion give this play a real but humorous look into the lives of the California Suite guests.

Gaggle of Saints

Special Event - A Gaggle of Saints

By Neil LaBute

October 17

Originally from a collection titled Bash: Latter-Day Plays, a Gaggle of Saints tells a story of young love coupled with a dark secret. This one-act play depicts themes of love, homosexuality, violence, bigotry, and lies. Best suited for adults.

Haunted TheatreHaunted Theatre

October 29-31

The Forest Roberts Theatre stage is transformed into a fun and spooky haunted house. Designed for all ages with a child-friendly and PG-13 version.


Special Event - Holdin’ Our Own: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

By Shelley Russell

November 10

Written by NMU’s own, Dr. Shelley Russell. “A historical drama that combines what is known about the Fitzgerald tragedy with what has been theorized and what seems likely, given in the circumstances.” – Dr. Russell

Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

November 11-21

A childless Baker and his wife venture Into The Woods to try and break the family curse placed on them by the Witch. In the woods, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack (and his beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood and other fairytale characters. In Act II, the characters find out that "happily ever after" isn't always quite so happy.

SantalandThe Santaland Diaries

by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello

December 12

The Santaland Diaries is a brilliant evocation of a slacker's Christmas as a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. In the process, he becomes battle-weary, bitter...and very funny.


colored museumSpecial Event -The Colored Museum

By George C. Wolfe

February 6

Tony-Award winner, George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking play, The Colored Museum, has electrified, shocked, and delighted audiences of all colors. “A black black comedy” broken up into 11 “exhibits” or sketches, The Colored Museum takes a satirical look at prominent themes and identities of African American culture and what it means to be black in contemporary America


Fringe Festival

February 10-20

Four different theatrical pieces performed, produced, and directed by the students of the Theatre and Entertainment Arts program at NMU switch back and forth every evening! Come to more than one show, to get the experience of a fringe fest!


secret garden

The Secret Garden

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman

Music by Lucy Simon

Based on the novel Frances Hodgson Burnett

April 6-9

An enchanting musical that is perfect for all ages. Following her parents unexpected deaths, the newly orphaned Mary Lennox is sent away from her home in India to live with her embittered and isolated uncle, Archibald, and his invalid son, Colin. While exploring her new home Mary meets new friends and discovers a magical secret garden. Through haunting melodies and spirits from her past, Mary leads her new family on a journey of discovery and forgiveness.

FRT logoNMU Dance Concert

April 16

Northern Michigan University’s Dance Minor course offers a mixture of ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and other forms of choreography for the community surrounding NMU. This concert, choreographed and performed by students and faculty, displays the different dance styles and talent offered by NMU’s Dance program.