Theatre Season 2018-19


2018-2019 Season


Season Premiere Party

A Red Carpet Kick-Off Event 

August 30

Join us for our red-carpet season kickoff, featuring Alpha Psi Omega, the First Nighters Club, FRT 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 the opportunities the FRT holds for them.

Fringe Festival and Medieval Dinner Theatre Auditions

September 7-9

Auditions are 90 seconds each and it is recommended that you prepare a short song and monologue, or two contrasting monologues. Dance call will be held September 9 and is required for anyone wanting to perform in a dance piece. You do not have to audition for both shows; you can choose which one(s) you’d like to be considered for on your audition form.

Scrooge! Auditions

September 15-16

Auditions are 90 seconds each and it is recommended that you prepare a short song and monologue, or two contrasting monologues. These auditions are also open to the Marquette community.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon Auditions

October 6

Auditions will consist of a ballet class led by the director of the production on October 6 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Dancers should come in ballet attire. East of the Sun, West of the Moon auditions are also open to the Marquette community.

Beauty and the Beast Auditions

October 5-7

Auditions are 90 seconds each and it is recommended that you prepare a short song and monologue. Dance call will be held October 7 at 1:00pm and is required to be cast in the show. Those attending dance call should wear or bring clothes that they can move in, and women should bring character shoes if they have them. Children's auditions will be held Friday, October 5 from 5:00pm-6:00pm. 

Fringe Festival - Fighting for the Arts***

An Evening of Theatre, Dance, and Music

October 4-13

Fringe Festivals originated in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, when groups shunned from the International Festival decided to stage their shows anyway, on the “fringe” of the official festival. Here at NMU, students celebrate their talents and innovations in theatre, music, and dance in two weeks of special performances. This year, the festival will be themed around the fight for the Arts in our current environment. Featured pieces will include Doubt, a contemporary dance piece with choreography by Shannon Stilwell; Beauté, a contemporary dance piece with choreography by Jill Grundstrom; an excerpt from the play Jule featuring stage combat; an excerpt from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night featuring stage combat; and music throughout by Carrie Biolo and her student music group, OM.

Sweeney Todd***

A Dark and Thrilling Musical Delight, Featuring Senior Capstone Designs

Book by Hugh Wheeler and Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

October 26-November 3

An infamous and witty tale of love and murder starring an exiled barber (played by Broadway’s Paul Truckey, FRT faculty member), who joins forces with Mrs. Lovett and her meat pie shop in nineteenth-century London to seek vengeance. Winner of eight Tony Awards, this chilling, bloodthirsty musical will shock, awe and delight you just in time for the Halloween season.


A Musical Christmas Classic

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

December 12-16

Part of a long-standing FRT tradition, Scrooge! is a holiday delight for the whole family. Bitter miser Scrooge is transformed by a frightening night of ghosts that open his eyes to the possibilities of Christmas cheer. Based on the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, this musical adaptation will rid you of your “Bah, humbug’s!”

FRT Halfway Party

January 17

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! The FRT will also announce its 2019-2020 season.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon***

A World Premiere Full-Length Ballet Directed and Choreographed by Jill Grundstrom with Original Musical Composition by Griffin Candey

January 24-26

The classic Scandinavian folk tale receives a stunning twist in this brand-new full-length ballet written especially for Forest Roberts Theatre and Dance. A clever young girl taken prisoner by a bear works against the Troll Queen to lift the curse laid upon the land’s prince, accompanied by original music and choreography to create an unforgettable evening of storytelling.

Spotlight Variety Show***

February 1-2

An evening of magic, comedy, circus, and beyond that is sure to amaze and amuse audiences of all ages. This event is sponsored by Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson.

Mamma Mia Auditions

February 2

Auditions will be 45-60 seconds each. Please prepare a short, genre appropriate song. Dance call will be held in the evening on February 2 and is required to be cast in the show. For dance call, please wear clothes that you can move in and appropriate footwear. These auditions are open to the public and all ages 10 and up are welcomed. 

Medieval Dinner Theatre

February 22-23

Soak yourself in 14th Century Europe, through the doors of the Masonic in February.  This immersive and interactive theatre experience takes you from a rager of a banquet, complete with a band of buzzed sellsword musicians, exotic dancing of realms from afar, a classic Madrigal choir from the days of yore, colorful characters that are sure to whip up some trouble and all the roasted animal and casks of ale you can handle to the nonsensical enterprise of a Maniac King that then takes you for a ride as two rival houses compete for the lands, liens and crown- and you cast the vote.

Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe*

A Haunting Dramatization of Poe's Best Works

March 14-16

The Student Performing Arts Association is delighted to bring you a collection of bone-chilling tales from one of the most famous authors of all time! Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself -- and the audience -- that he's not mad. The spell he weaves brings you a highly theatrical adaptation of four stories Poe himself considered his best: "The Raven," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Tell-Tale Heart." Enter the world of Poe and check your heartbeat at the door. This event is funded in full by the NMU Student Finance Committee. 

Disney's Beauty and the Beast***

The Enchanting Musical Fairytale

Book by Linda Woolverton, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice

April 12-20

Join the FRT for another gorgeous Disney musical! This “tale as old as time” tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under a spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out – if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This spectacular story brings the community together for a celebration of family theatre at its finest.

Drama Prom and Jimmy Awards

May 2

This end-of-the-season formal event celebrates the hard work of theatre students throughout the year. Enjoy an evening of food, dancing, and recognition of some of the FRT's biggest stars. 


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.

*Indicates a student-produced performance.