A Dazzling Musical Spectacular

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, T.S. Eliot, and Trevor Nunn

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the show is set amongst a larger- than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favorite feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella, and Skimbleshanks. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.


Friday, March 27 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 28 at 1:00pm (Theatre for All Performance)

Saturday, March 28 at 7:30pm 

Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30pm

Thursday, April 2 at 7:30pm

Friday, April 3 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 4 at 7:30pm


Tickets are $17 for the general public, $12 for NMU Faculty/Staff, Seniors, and Military, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.



"Overture" – Orchestra

"Prologue: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats" – The Company

"The Naming of Cats" – The Company

"The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball" – Victoria, Munkustrap, Company

"The Old Gumbie Cat" – Jennyanydots, Munkustrap, Bombalurina, Jellylorum, Demeter, Company

"The Rum Tum Tugger" – Rum Tum Tugger, Bombalurina, Company

"Grizabella: The Glamour Cat" – Grizabella, Demeter, Bombalurina, Company

"Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town" – Bustopher Jones, Jennyanydots, Bombalurina, Jellylorum, Company

"Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer" – Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer, Company

"Old Deuteronomy" – Munkustrap, Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, Company

"The Jellicle Ball" – The Company

"Grizabella: The Glamour Cat (Reprise)" – Jellylorum and Jemima

"Memory (Prelude)" – Grizabella



"The Moments of Happiness" – Old Deuteronomy, Jemima, Company

"Gus: The Theatre Cat" – Gus, Jellylorum

"Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat" – Skimbleshanks and Company

"Macavity: The Mystery Cat" – Demeter, Bombalurina, Girls

"Mr. Mistoffelees" – Mr. Mistoffelees, Rum Tum Tugger, Company

"Memory" – Grizabella and Jemima

"Journey to the Heaviside Layer" – The Company

"Finale: The Ad-Dressing of Cats" – Old Deuteronomy and Company


Gus Seth Bowen
Bustopher Jones John Fatla
Mr. Mistoffelees Emily Burbey
Mungojerrie Joel Shinavier
Munkustrap Sam Billman
Old Deuteronomy Jacob Laitinen
Rum Tum Tugger Will Smith
Skimbleshanks Caitlin Palomaki
Macavity Kees Gray
Alonzo Dustin Golden
Bombalurina Megan Hibbard
Demeter Hanna Numinen
Grizabella Audree Stephens
Jellylorum A.J. Stephens
Jemima Erin Culp
Jennyanydots Gracie Fries
Victoria Sadie Knill
Rumpleteazer Zoe Zimmer
Cassandra Kortney Manchip


† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Pit Orchestra

Woodwind I (Flute, Tenor
Sax, Soprano Sax)
Griffin Anspach, Kristi Falardeau
Woodwind II (Bb Clarinet, Baritone Sax, Flute) Amorette Languell
Woodwind III (Oboe, Cor Anglais) Jennifer Bleckiner
Horn I Aleyna Greener
Horn II  Jon Paul
Trumpet I (Bb Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet) Maddie Gabka
Trumpet II (Bb Trumpet,
Flugel Horn)
Yrsa Peterson
Trombone Bella Olson
Keyboard I Jeff Bruning
Keyboard II Anna Morrison
Keyboard III Will Ragnone
Percussion Eve Hutchison
Cello Allie Barber
Guitar (Electric, Acoustic) Dan Truckey
Bass Oskar Martinez
Drums Ryan Wilson


Creative Team

Director Paul Truckey
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Music Director Dr. Erin Colwitz
Scenic Designer Lex van Blommestein
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Costume Designer Em Rossi
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Properties Master TBA
Technical Director Emily Baker*
Production Stage Manager Sophie Sam

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Bailey Barthel, Toni Danz
Assistant Music Director Anna Morrison
Assistant Scenic Designer TBA
Assistant Lighting Designer Megan Hibbard
Rehearsal Accompanist Jeff Bruning
Master Electrician Emily Kendall
Light Board Operator  TBA
Sound Board Operator TBA
Spotlight Operators TBA
Audio 2 TBA
Run Crew TBA
Costume Mistress TBA

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Erin Culp, Frances Dykema, Masie Johnson, Megan Hibbard, Kate Karling, Joel Shinavier, Zoe Zimmer
Scene Shop Foreman Ross W. Johnson
Carpenters and Painters Emily Baker, Sylvia Bednarczyk, Emily Kendall, Ethan Rickert, Audree Stephens, Alec Vanhorn, Taylor Venegas
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Electrics Crew Mike Banks, Seth Bowen, William Squires, Aubrey Wolck
Prop Artisans Keli Crawford-Truckey, Hannah Carey
Theatre and Dance Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos
Theatre and Dance Marketing and Box Office Staff Emma Block, Leah Danielson, Cami Fischer, Gracie Fries, Abby Macek, Jacob Laitinen, Marina Morse, Micah Munts, Sophie Sam
Photographers NMU Marketing
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Cast Bios

Jacob Laitinen (Old Deuteronomy) is a native of Marquette, MI. He is a theatre major with a minor in music. Jacob started back at school in 2017 after a 7 year hiatus, and is ecstatic to be back on the academic grind. His previous roles at NMU include Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Edgar/Sante in Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe, Professor Porter in Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, Thenardier in Les Miserables, and the Snail with the Mail in A Year with Frog and Toad. Jacob has worked professionally playing Sikes in Tecumseh Outdoor Drama and Rowdy in Beacon on the Rock, as well as performing in the chorus of several operas at the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has also played Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma. Jacob wants to thank everyone for coming out, and he hopes you enjoy this wonderful production.

Megan Hibbard (Bombalurina/Assistant Lighting Designer) is a sophomore majoring in theatre and double minoring in dance and art and design. Her other appearances at the FRT include Fringe Festival, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia!, and What We Leave Behind. This is her second time taking the role of Assistant Lighting Designer and she is honored to be working with incredible cast and crew members, management, and directors. Megan would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support, and she hopes that everyone will enjoy this show as we all “let the memory live again!”

Gracie Fries (Jennyanydots) is a junior here at NMU from Kingsford, Michigan pursuing a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship and a minor in dance. Her passion lies in the musical arts with eighteen years of dance instruction and vocal lessons. She spent four years teaching and choreographing at Julie’s Top Hat Dance Studio and is currently choreographing at Dawn Dott Dance Studio. Gracie choreographed SAYT’s production of Frozen Jr. with Emily Burbey and was a pro-dancer in last years “Dancing With Our Stars Marquette County Style, Disney Edition.” Her past FRT involvement include Tarzan (ensemble), Beauty and the Beast (ensemble), and What We Leave Behind (dancer and creator). Her hobbies include singing, playing bass, baking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. Gracie welcomes you to the magical world of Cats and hopes you enjoy the show!

Creative Team Bios

Emily Baker (Technical Director) is a senior design and technology theatre major and welding minor graduating in May. She is excited to be working on Cats as the Technical Director for her capstone and last show here at Northern. Her favorite productions she has worked on at the FRT include Sweeney Todd (Production Stage Manager), The Full Monty (Associate Technical Director), Scrooge (Assistant Technical Director), Tarzan (Stage Manager), Noises Off (Properties Master), and The Addams Family (Assistant Stage Manager). She looks forward to graduating and attending a graduate school to earn an MFA in Technical Direction. Emily would like to thank the entire theatre and dance staff for encouraging her through her years here at NMU and will miss this department and all the friends she has made! That's show biz, baby.

Toni Danz (Assistant Stage Manager) is extremely passionate about working backstage. This is her second year and third show here at NMU, and she cannot wait for everyone to see the masterpiece that is this show! Everyone has been working so hard for the last few months, its been special to watch this show and cast grow into what you'll see on stage. During the summer, Toni hopes to be interning at a theater in Chicago. She lastly wants to thank everyone for all of the support and coming to see Cats! Enjoy!