Theatre Season 2019-20


2018-2019 Summer Season



June 4-8

TaMaMa Dance Company (TDC) presents their original work Collection, an accumulation of movement gathered for study, comparison, and exhibition with the intention to intrigue, surprise, and inspire. TDC is a Marquette based non-profit modern dance group. For more information please visit

Mamma Mia!***

The 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 is a fan favorite. 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.

Legally Blonde Jr.***

A Fabulously Fun Story of Love and Friendship

Book by Heather Hach and Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin

July 16-20

Everyone's favorite blonde is back in this hilarious musical adaptation of the beloved movie! When her high school boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not "serious" enough, Elle Woods takes matters into her own hands and gets into Harvard herself. Befriending classmate Emmett and spunky hairdresser Paulette along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren't mutually exclusive - in fact, law may be her natural calling after all. Adapted for younger performers, this show is sure to leave cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!

What a Glorious Feeling!***

An Adaptation of the Golden Era Classic By Jay Berkow

August 1-10

One of the greatest movie musicals of all time is born in this backstage play featuring the classic music, songs, and dance of the golden era. When Gene Kelly begins work on Singin' in the Rain, he's determined to keep both his longtime collaborator Stanley Donen and trusted assistant Jeanne Coyne on set... despite the fact that they've just divorced, and the torch Coyne carries for Kelly is the reason why. To top it off, their producer is wrestling with the studio for resources, and newly hired co-star Debbie Reynolds can't even dance. Dive into the drama behind the beloved film as these stars come to life in our intimate James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre!


***Indicates part of the Flex Pass Season.


2019-2020 Season

Season Premiere Party

August 29

Join us for our red-carpet season kickoff, featuring Alpha Psi Omega, the First Nighters Club, theatre and dance 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 opportunities at the FRT.

The Full Monty Auditions

August 30-September 1

Auditions will be 90 seconds each and will be held in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. More information to come!

A Series of Opening Nights Auditions

August 31-September 1

Auditions will be held in the Panowski Dance Studio, located in McClintock 125. More information to come!

Buffett Bash***

September 13-14

Enter Margaritaville for a two night Jimmy Buffett cover band! All your favorite hits are sure to make an appearance during this fun-filled weekend at the FRT.

A Christmas Story Auditions

September 27-29

Auditions will be 90 seconds each and will be held in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. More information to come!

The Full Monty***

A Hilarious, Heartfelt Musical Romp

Book by Terrence McNally, Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek

October 11-19

Based on the 1997 film of the same name, this raucous, pop-rock musical follows six unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo, low on both cash and prospects, who decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives' enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. A ten-time Tony nominee, this cult classic is full of laughter, friendship, and plenty of heart.

Significant Other Auditions

October 26-27

Auditions will be 90 seconds each and will be held in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. More information to come!

A Series of Opening Nights***

A Vibrant Dance Showcase with Original Choreography by Jill Grundstrom

November 7-9

A stunning collection of three dance pieces, including Evolution: Expressing Climate Change Through Dance, Pixel-8: Dance and Technology for Eight Dancers in Eight Movements, and Sound Moves: A Live Music and Dance Collaboration.

Holiday Cabaret

December 1

Enjoy a holly jolly collaboration between FRT Theatre and Dance and NMU Music! Scenes and songs from all of your holiday favorites come together in this one-night showcase.

A Christmas Story***

A Beloved Holiday Classic

Book Adapted by Philip Grecian

December 11-15

This festive adaptation of the original 1983 film brings Ralphie Parker’s quest for the ultimate Christmas gift – a Red Ryder BB gun – to life on the FRT stage. A Christmas Story is fun for the whole family, and with all the iconic elements of the motion picture, including a department store Santa Claus and the infamous leg lamp, this classic tale is sure to light up your holiday season.

Halfway Party

January 16

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!

Cats Auditions

January 17-19

Auditions will be 90 seconds each and will be held in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. More information to come!

Significant Other***

An Unromantic Romantic Comedy

Book by Joshua Harmon

February 13-22

The search for Mr. Right is on this Valentine’s Day with this lively new play. The plot concerns Jordan and his trio of close girlfriends as they pursue relationships in 21st century New York City, trying to navigate love as best as they can. As funny as it is genuine, Significant Other is the perfect night out in our intimate Black Box Theatre.


A Dazzling Musical Spectacular

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber

March 27-April 4

Leap into the magical world of the Jellicle Cats with the fourth-longest-running Broadway show of all time! This smash hit musical brings together a tribe of fascinating felines who must decide which of them will be reborn. Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical collection of poems, Cats is a mystical, moving, and often hilarious glimpse into the lives of others told through the perspective of a diverse and talented company.

Drama Prom and the Jimmy Awards

April 30

This annual formal event celebrates the hard work of our theatre and dance students throughout the year. Enjoy an evening of food, dancing, and recognition of some of the FRT’s biggest stars!


***Indicates part of the Flex Pass Season.