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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
Stage Adaptation by Dean Pritchford and Walter Bobbie, Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pritchford
Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pritchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman

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.