Theatre Season 2016-17




2016-17 Season

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Where a Certain Future

A Gripping Family Drama

By James Howard Carr

October 5-15

A historical drama by NMU alumnus James Howard Carr focuses on events that occurred on November 9, 1938, throughout Nazi-occupied Europe. Kristallnacht, or “The Night of the Broken Glass,” is one of the first manifestations of the Holocaust for a Jewish family in Austria. Two generations clash over fleeing Europe for the safety of the United States. This production will be directed by New York City based guest director Michael Blatt.

Haunted Theatre

October 27-29

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. (Note: Not a part of the Flex Pass Season.)


The Brothers Grimm Specatculathon

Produced by Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society

November 10-12

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil'sGrandmotherand The Girl Without Hands. An exciting comedy with lots of audience participation! (Note: Not a part of the Flex Pass Season.)



A Musical Family Classic

Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Briscusse

December 15-17

Reestablishing an 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!"(Note: Not a part of the Flex Pass Season.)


Fringe Festival 2017

January 26-February 4 

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, four theatrical pieces performed, produced and directed by students of the theatre program perform in repertory. Come to more than one show to experience a Fringe Fest!

Appearing in the Fringe Festival:


A Drama By David Auburn

Featuring Laura Thompson and Jill Vermeulen

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Auburn brings us a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love. Catherine has inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness.Caught between a new connection with one of her father’s former students, and a visit from her sister, Claire, Catherine finds both her world and her mind growing increasingly unstable.


The Myths and Bricks Project

A Seriocomedy By Dustin Robert Blakeman

Featuring Dorsey Sprouls

A man sits in a room, his only companion a brick that refuses to speak. Unfaltering, he tells it stories of life and love, disappointment and disillusionment, comedy and tragedy, all the while aspiring for one simple commodity: an answer.


Painted Rain

An Inspiring Drama By Janet Allard

Directed by Anna LaBreche

In Painted Rain, playwright Janet Allard explores the relationship between two boys in an orphanage, on the verge of being separated by adoption. Both boys strive to make their own choices, despite the external pressures of a well-meaning social worker. As the impending separation nears, these two "almost brothers" struggle to break through their alienation and isolation to find companionship and connection.


In A Mason Jar

Written and Performed by Coop Bicknell

On a slow summer night, a young bartender shares stories of his father and the bar he's owned for over forty years. With the bar about to go, the bartender reflects on his time with both.

Panowski Play Prize Winner: Building Madness

A Slapstick Comedy

By Kate Danley

February 22-25

The world premiere of this slapstick comedy dives into the business world of 1930, and an architecture firm that is struggling to stay afloat. President and chief designer Max and Paul only have a week to pay the bank $7,000, and, with the help of their not-so-bright secretary Trixie, get tangled up in a mob deal thinking it will solve all their problems. Far from it!

The Addams Family

A New Musical Comedy

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice

Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams

April 5-9

This musical adaptation of the beloved characters depicts every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family,and worse, a man her parents have never met. If that isn’t upsetting enough, she goes to her father and begs him not to tell her mother! Gomez Addams, who has never lied, must keep a secret. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Battle of the Bands

April 22

Come watch a mixture of local bands and DJ's battle it out for a cash prize in the first ever Battle of the Bands, in participation with the FRT and Double Trouble Entertainment. Judging will be on stage presence, entertainment value, and audience reaction. Proceeds benefit the First Nighters Club. (Note: Not a part of the Flex Pass Season.)