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PLEASE NOTE: Per Northern Michigan University's campus-wide policy, ALL individuals, vaccinated or unvaccinated, must wear masks when indoors at ALL Northern facilities. Patrons must wear masks when attending NMU Theatre and Dance performances.


Spotlight Variety Show

September 3-4
A Celebration of NMU's Brightest Stars
Welcome back to campus, Wildcats! Enjoy a beginning-of-the-year showcase of our theatre and dance students featuring a collection of scenes, songs, monologues, and dance pieces.



September 30 - October 2
A Vibrant Dance Showcase
Choreographed and Performed by NMU Dance Students & Faculty

This year, the CO/LAB COLLECTIVE will present a collaborative experience in every sense of the word. Spanning various dance genres, students and faculty will showcase the collaborative process between dancers and choreographers, with the inclusivity of how music, art, and poetry can influence movement.


Above the Timberline

October 15-16 and 20-23
A Breathtaking Visual Journey
Written, Illustrated, and Adapted for the Stage by Gregory Manchess

In an alternate future where the weather of the world has been permanently altered, the son of a famed polar explorer sets out in search of his father, who disappeared while looking for a lost city buried under the snow. But Wes Singleton believes his father is still alive - somewhere above the timberline. Adapted from the exquisitely painted novel, the world premiere stage adaptation is sure to delight.

PLEASE NOTE: This production contains flashing lights and loud noises, including recorded sounds of gunshots, missiles, and explosions, that may be startling to some viewers.


Elf the Musical

December 3-4 and 8-11
A Hilarious Holiday Heartwarmer
Book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, Music by Matthew Sklar, Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Based on the much beloved movie of the same name, this musical adaptation will put you in the holiday spirit! As a child, Buddy Hobbs mistakenly crawls into Santa’s sack of toys and is transported to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. Years later, he discovers he is actually a human being, and at Santa’s prompting, sets off to NYC to find his father, Walter Hobbs. Bye, Buddy! Hope you find your dad!


Next to Normal

February 2-5
A Deeply Moving Family Drama

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt
An intimate exploration of family and loss, this rock musical tells the story of Diana Goodman, a suburban mother suffering from bipolar disorder. Haunted by a ghost from her past, she tries to come to terms with her grief as her husband and daughter desperately long for a return to normalcy. At times delightfully funny and at others intensely raw, in the words of The New York Times, this is a “feel-everything” show.

NOTE: This show is rated PG-13 and contains strong adult language as well as depictions of mental illness, a suicide attempt, electro-convulsive therapy, drug abuse, and depression. These themes may not be suitable for younger audience members; parental guidance is strongly suggested.


The Wolves

February 18-19 and 23-26
A Poignant Coming-of-Age Play
Written by Sarah DeLappe

This portrait of teenage self-discovery centers on a girls soccer team over the course of several weeks. As they run their pre-game warmups, they gossip about war, sports, pop culture, and their relationships, each one struggling to find her individuality amidst the group. A nuanced, authentic portrayal of adolescence and femininity, this effervescent tragicomedy is a must-see.

NOTE: This show is rated PG-13 and contains strong language and some mild adult themes that may not be suitable for younger audience members.


The Producers

April 8-9 and 13-16
A Fan-Favorite Musical Spectacular
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

I wanna be a producer! This smash hit is set to take the Forest Roberts Theatre stage by storm in the spring of 2022. Theatre producer Max Bialystock used to be the “King of Broadway,” but is disgraced after his newest show closes on its opening night. When his mousy accountant, Leo Bloom, discovers that a producer could theoretically make more on a flop than a hit, the two hatch a plan to produce the biggest flop in history. Winner of 12 Tony Awards and record holder for the most Tony wins ever, this hilarious show is one you won’t want to miss!

NOTE: This show is rated PG-13 and contains some adult language/themes that may not be suitable for younger audience members.


All shows are part of the Flex Pass Season.

2022 North Coast Theatre and Dance Festival

A Complicated Hope

June 8-12
A Portrait of Love, Loss, and Coming Together
Written by John Mabey

Join us for the world premiere of our 2021 Panowski Playwriting Award winner! Marie and her daughter, Rose Marie, are left adrift after their husband/father, Michael, passes away, leaving a shocking secret behind him. Arnie, Michael’s boyfriend, yearns to heal those who’ve been hurt and unexpectedly discovers a family of his own. Mirroring the erratic path of grief itself, this beautiful play flashes between the moments in time that change us all. A Complicated Hope explores the challenges of both finding a family of choice and letting yourself be found.



June 15-18 and 22-25
An Electrifying Dance Musical
Book by Dean Pritchford and Walter Bobbie, Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pritchford

I can’t stand still! Based on the film of the same name, this toe-tapping musical is set in the little southern town of Bomont, where dancing has been outlawed by the Reverend Shaw Moore after a terrible accident. New arrival Ren McCormack is quick to stir up trouble when he catches the eye of Moore’s rebellious daughter, Ariel, and comes up with the idea to throw a dance for the town. With an Oscar-nominated score and dynamic new songs, this show will make you want to cut loose!

NOTE: This show contains alcohol and mild adult themes.


Buffett Bash

June 30 - July 1
An Outdoor Concert Experience
Buffett Bash is back! Enjoy all your favorite songs, played by a fabulous Jimmy Buffett tribute band, as you dance the night away.


A Chorus Line

July 13-16 and 20-23
A Hilariously Touching Dance Musical
Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban

God, I hope I get it! Centered around seventeen Broadway dancers, this crowd favorite is as funny as it is intimate. After the first round of cuts at a dance call, Zach, the director and choreographer, asks each remaining dancer to speak about themselves. What follows is a glimpse into their individual lives as they vie for a spot in the chorus line. Winner of 9 Tony Awards, A Chorus Line is sure to make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.

NOTE: This show is rated PG-13 and contains strong language and some mild adult themes that may not be suitable for younger audience members.


North Coast Dance Festival

July 27-29
Our Annual Dance Festival

In its inaugural year, the North Coast Dance Festival will welcome professional dancers from across the country to NMU's campus for an event that is sure to entertain. Inclusive of both performance and educational programming, this showcase is sure to be an experience that you do not want to miss! Specific program and casting updates to be announced.


All shows are part of the Flex Pass Season.