MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University's Forest Roberts Theatre has announced its 2015-15 production schedule. Shows include a Neil Simon comedy, musicals Into the Woods and The Secret Garden, a Fringe Festival of student-directed pieces and a few special event performances.
The season kicks off with The California Suite by Neil Simon Sept. 23-27 and Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. The comedy is composed of four “playlets” that center on the happenings in Suites 203 and 204 of The Beverly Hills Hotel. Marriage, relationships and human emotion give this play a real-but-humorous view of the lives of the California Suite guests.
Into the Woods, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, shares the story of a childless baker and his wife who have been cursed by a witch. They head into the woods in an effort to break the curse and meet a wide array of fairytale characters on their journey. The show will run Nov. 11-14 and 18-21 in the Black Box Theatre.
The Fringe Festival will be held Feb. 11-13 and 18-20 in the Black Box Theatre. Four different theatrical pieces performed, produced and directed by the students of the theater and entertainment arts program at NMU rotate every evening. Audiences are encouraged to attend more than one show to get the experience of a fringe fest.
The Secret Garden musical, based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, will be featured April 6-9 in Forest Roberts Theatre. Newly orphaned Mary Lennox is sent to India to live with her embittered and isolated uncle, Archibald, and his invalid son, Colin. She meets new friends and discovers a magical secret garden. Through haunting melodies and spirits from her past, Mary leads her new family on a journey of discovery and forgiveness.
Special events this season are: Gaggle of Saints, an adult one-act play depicting themes of love, homosexuality, violence and bigotry, Oct. 17; the annual Haunted Theatre for all ages, Oct. 29-31; Holdin’ Our Own: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by NMU’s Shelley Russell, Nov. 10; The Colored Museum, Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking play that takes a satirical look at what it means to be black in contemporary America, Feb. 6; and the NMU Dance Concert, April 16.
Tickets are available at all NMU EZ Ticket outlets as well as online at www.nmu.edu/tickets. Season tickets, with a same night/same seat guarantee, are available at the main ticketing office in the Superior Dome. There is also a Flex Pass option, with four vouchers that can be used in any combination for available seats at main shows.
For more information on the season, visit www.nmu.edu/frt.