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2022-2023 NMU Theatre & Dance Season


Spotlight Variety Show

September 8-9
A Celebration of NMU's Brightest Stars
We’re back, Wildcats! Enjoy a beginning-of-the-year showcase of our theatre and dance students featuring a collection of scenes, songs, monologues, and dance pieces.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

October 14-15 and 19-22
A Wildly Witty Musical Comedy
Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Six spellers enter… one speller leaves! This effortlessly funny and touching show is a fast-paced crowd pleaser sure to charm audiences. An eclectic group of mid-pubescent students vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime while candidly disclosing hilarious and heartfelt stories from their home lives. As they spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, they pray not to hear the soul-crushing “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. With a bouncy score and plenty of laughs, this feel-good show is a must-see.

NOTE: This production contains strong language and mild adult themes.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com


Finding Home

November 4-5 and 9-12
A World Premiere Devised Production
Developed by the Students of Northern Michigan University

An exciting theatre experience is born in our intimate Panowski Black Box Theatre as our students, along with a guest director, create a brand-new show through creative collaboration. Centering on the stories of historically marginalized communities, this devised piece will take shape over the course of the fall 2022 semester and attempt to highlight what it’s like to work/live in Marquette. More details to come… please stay tuned!


A Holiday Double Feature: A Charlie Brown Christmas & The Nutcracker

December 9-10 and 14-17
Celebrate the holidays with NMU Theatre and Dance! This year, audiences can maximize on the festivities with a double feature: during the first part of the evening, enjoy A Charlie Brown Christmas, a one-act musical based on the TV special. Then, return to the Forest Roberts Theatre after intermission for excerpts from The Nutcracker, the timeless ballet. See below for details!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Feel-Good Holiday Musical
Written by Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

This classic animated television special comes to life on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage this holiday season! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. Featuring your favorite tunes from the 1965 special, this 30-minute musical is a warm and fuzzy show the whole family can enjoy.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

Excerpts from The Nutcracker Ballet

A Beautiful World-Famous Ballet
Original Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Original Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

A fan-favorite at Christmas time, The Nutcracker features stunning dances by a cast of fantastical characters, including snowflakes, flowers, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker himself. With a gorgeous score by Tchaikovsky, this whimsical story is a holiday staple for all ages.


CO/LAB Company

February 2-4
A Vibrant Dance Showcase
Choreographed and Performed by NMU Dance Students and Faculty

The CO/LAB Company presents a unique collaborative dance experience. More details to come... please stay tuned!


Woodland Sky Dance Company

February 11
An Authentic Native American Dance Experience
Enjoy a spectacular, educational, and respectful Native American dance performance this season at the Forest Roberts Theatre! The Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company was established in 2013 and is comprised of Native American Ojibwe, Lakota, Potawatomi, Menominee, and Apache dancers. The group represents men’s and women’s Native American styles including traditional, fancy, jingle, grass, and hoop. Woodland Sky's focus is the telling of historic tales and stories using traditional native songs and dances.



February 24-25 and March 1-4
A Darkly Thrilling One-Act Tragedy

Written by Oscar Wilde
Performed with the CO/LAB Collective

In this ominous lyrical drama that has fascinated and inspired artists across the ages, Jokanaan (John the Baptist) has been imprisoned by King Herod in a cistern below the terrace of Herod’s palace. The young, beautiful princess Salome, Herod’s stepdaughter, finds herself inexplicably drawn to Jokanaan and, though all of her attempts to seduce him fail, swears she will kiss him – but at what cost? Originally banned in Britain for its portrayal of biblical characters, this twisted tale of lust and revenge is sure to entrance audiences.

NOTE: This production contains strong adult themes and moments of intense violence.



April 14-15 and 19-22
A Rollicking Musical Comedy
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Grease is the word! Celebrate the Rydell High class of 1959 in this iconic rock ’n’ roll musical. Meet the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies, a group of ten working-class teenagers navigating peer pressure, friendship, and love, amongst other things. New-to-town good girl Sandy Dumbrowski falls hard for head greaser Danny Zuko when the two meet during the summer, but will their relationship survive the ups and downs of high school? With a toe-tapping score that inspired the smash hit movie adaptation, this is a show you won’t want to miss!

NOTE: This production contains some adult language, mild adult themes, and smoking.

“Grease” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. www.concordtheatricals.com


All shows are part of the Flex Pass Season.

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Drag Cabaret

June 1-2
A Pride Month Kick-Off Event
Join NMU Theatre and Dance for a drag cabaret to start Pride Month! Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Marquette and beyond as performers make the Forest Roberts Theatre stage their own.


Rock of Ages

June 14-17 and 21-24
A Gritty and Glamorous Jukebox Musical
Book by Chris D'Arienzo, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp
It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherrie, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairytale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherrie, and the gang save the Strip – and themselves – before it's too late?

NOTE: This production contains strobe effects as well as strong adult language and themes, suggestive dancing, and alcohol and drug use.

ROCK OF AGES is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com


Out of the Window

June 28-30
An Evening with Leah Hocking
Enjoy an evening of songs and remembrances of youth, aging, birth, death, success, failure, and lots of the stuff in between with Leah Hocking, who performed in her first musical in eighth grade at Graveraet Middle School. Since then, she has performed in ten Broadway shows, among which are Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia, The Wild Party, and Hairspray.

NOTE: This production contains some adult language, mild adult themes, and alcohol use.


North Coast Dance Festival

Masterclass July 26, Performances July 27-28
Annual Dance Festival
The North Coast Dance Festival welcomes professional dancers from across the country to NMU's campus for an event that is sure to entertain. Featuring both performance and educational programming, this showcase is sure to delight! Specific program and casting updates to be announced.


All shows are part of the Flex Pass Season.