Theatre Season 2019-20

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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.

What We Leave Behind Auditions

August 31-September 1

Auditions will be held in the Panowski Dance Studio, located in McClintock 125, and are open to NMU students only. Please arrive early to register and wear appropriate clothing and footwear to dance in. Callbacks will be given as notified.

The Full Monty Auditions

September 1-2

Auditions will be 90 seconds each and those auditioning are seen on a first come, first served basis. These auditions will be held in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre and are open to NMU students only. Callbacks will be given as notified.

Buffett Bash***

September 13-14

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

A Christmas Story Auditions

September 17-19

Auditions will be held in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre and those auditioning are seen on a first come, first served basis. Please prepare a monologue of 30 seconds to one minute. These auditions are open to the public. Callbacks will be given as notified.

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

November 16-17

Auditions will be held in the James A. Panowski Black Box Thetare and those auditioning are seen on a first come, first served basis. Please prepare a one minute monologue. These auditions are open to NMU students only. Callbacks will be given as notified.

What We Leave Behind: Addressing Climate Change Through Dance***

A Vibrant Dance Showcase with Original Choreography by Jill Grundstrom

November 7-9

How do we change the conversation surrounding climate change? By examining and relating to the people and places we love. Join NMU in a collaborative lecture, dance, multimedia, and live music performance with our new dance company, co/lab collective, the OM music group, and Professor Jessica Thompson.

Holiday Cabaret

December 4

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.

Cats Auditions

December 6-8

Vocal/acting auditions will be 90 seconds each and will be held in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. Those auditioning will be seen on a first come, first served basis and need only attend one day of vocal/acting auditions. However, all those auditioning are required to attend a dance call on December 7. Dance call will be held in the Panowski Dance Studio, located in McClintock 125. These auditions are open to NMU students only. 

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!

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!


2020 Summer Season

The Wedding Singer***

A Hilariously Relatable Musical Comedy

June 18-27

Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie. It's the '80s. Robbie Hart lives in his grandmother's basement in New Jersey and sings in a wedding band. His dreams of being a singer/songwriter are long gone, replaced now by a burning desire to find the right girl and settle down. When his fiancee leaves him standing at the altar, he becomes a wedding planner's worst nightmare, taking out his bitterness on stage until his eye ­ and heart ­ turn to a new friend, Julia, but she's engaged to a wealthy Wall Street broker.

Billy Elliot***

A Heartwarming and Inspirational Musical for the Whole Family

July 10-18

Based on the international smash-hit film, and featuring a score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is an astonishing theatrical experience that will stay with you forever. Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true.

Rock of Ages***

A Silly Jukebox Musical That Will Make You Embrace Your Inner Rocker

July 30-Aug 8

Rock of Ages is a jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of that decade. The musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe, among other well-known rock bands.


***Indicates part of the Flex Pass Season.