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War of the Worlds

November 5-8
A Chilling Re-Telling of the Infamous "Panic Broadcast"
Adapted by Leah Lopez and Orion Couling, Written by Leah Lopez, Directed by Orion Couling

In 1897, H.G. Wells stunned the literary world with a novel that would define science fiction. In 1938, Orson Welles aired a radio broadcast that left listeners everywhere shocked and panicked. In 2020, War of the Worlds: Northern Front enters the virtual stage with a bold new adaptation. Setting this tale’s riveting beginning chapters in the heart of the Upper Peninsula, we explore the horror of invasion from an unstoppable force and the pure determination of the human spirit. This project will air as a virtual play and radio broadcast, celebrating a timeless story with a new art form.


North x North Coast

November 17-22
A Virtual Arts and Culture Festival

Celebrate the arts on NMU’s campus with our newly branded and re-imagined Fringe Festival! This inaugural event will be comprised of shorter works of dance, music, art, film, and theatre and will be entirely virtual, giving our students and faculty the chance to share their creativity with both local and global communities. Click here for the full festival lineup!


A Christmas Carol

December 10-13
A Charming Revisit of a Holiday Classic
Adapted by Paul Truckey

Charles Dickens’ infamous tale comes to life in a whole new way in this radio broadcast. The story is the same: three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas… before it’s too late. Join us for a family favorite will leave nobody saying, “Bah Humbug!”


an/(one's) ivory tower

February 10-13
A Devised Work Written, Directed, and Performed by NMU Students

In place of our Panowski Playwriting Award this year, our students have devised a brand new piece of theatre around a theme through creative collaboration. an/(one's) ivory tower is the story of a circus caught between two worlds. Jumping back and forth from the past to present, three friends discover the heart wrenching past of a long-forgotten circus troupe, and how they were forced to finally confront their mistreatment of animals after a tragedy strikes. This production will be performed live virtually via Zoom.


Spotlight Variety Show

April 15-17
An End-of-the-Year Musical Theatre Showcase

Join the Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Michigan University for a weekend of celebrating our brightest stars! The BFA Musical Theatre students and BA Theatre students will perform a 2-hour concert of various musical theatre solos and duets to close out our 2020-21 academic season and show off what they’ve been working on this year. This production will be live streamed.


North Coast Dance Festival

April 22-24
An Inaugural Dance Event

Director of Dance Jill Grundstrom and our dance majors and minors are proud to present a vibrant dance showcase. Featuring three anchor pieces and several solos, duets, and trios, this collection of pieces will be choreographed and performed primarily by NMU students. This production will be live streamed.


Romeo and Juliet

April 26 - May 16
A Modern Twist on a Literary Classic
Written by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s infamous tale of two star-crossed lovers comes to life on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage in this new adaptation of the work. Their families are sworn enemies, but that doesn’t stop Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet from falling instantly in love with each other. Though their union is forbidden, the two hatch a plan to be together against all odds. A secret marriage, a love triangle, a death plot… this well-known tragedy will have you hooked, even if you know the ending. This production will be professionally filmed and released.


All shows are part of the Flex Pass Season.