Students dance onstage during a performance of ELF THE MUSICAL

Experience the Joy of Live Theatre

Are you an educator in the Marquette area looking for the perfect field trip for your students? Look no further! The Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Michigan University is thrilled to provide fun and educational student matinee performances for several of our productions each year. These performances offer elementary, middle, and high school students the unforgettable opportunity to view a live theatre production and to learn more about acting, singing, dancing, and various design aspects, from puppetry to lighting to costumes! 

Interested in experiencing one of our student matinees? We'd love to have you! Click the links below for more information regarding upcoming student matinees. For specific questions or requests, please email us at


A polar bear puppet looms over a student onstage during a performance of ABOVE THE TIMBERLINE

2022-23 Student Matinee Dates

Want to learn more about a production? Click the title of the show you're interested in for a synopsis!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee *

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 10:00am

* Due to mature content, this student matinee is open to high school students only.

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

Friday, December 9, 2022 - 10:00am and 12:00pm

Friday, December 16, 2022 - 10:00am and 12:00pm


Friday, April 21, 2023 - 10:00am

Reserve Your Seats

Reserve tickets for your group today with our easy step-by-step process! 

  1. Fill out our student matinee reservation form with your group's information including your school's name, your contact information, and your group size.
  2. Receive an invoice and instructions on how to pay for your tickets via email.
  3. Pay your invoice at least 2 weeks prior to the student matinee performance.
  4. Enjoy the show!

Theatre Etiquette

We are so excited to share the experience of live theatre with you and your students, and want to encourage you to share these reminders with them, as well as your chaperones, to ensure that everyone has a great time!

  1. Please don’t run in the theater or the lobby; walk carefully and use the railings if you are going down the stairs.
  2. Please do not bring any food, drink, candy, or gum with you into the theatre. 
  3. Once you are in your seat, you may talk quietly until the performance begins.
  4. Please don’t put your feet up on the seats in front of you or step over seat backs.
  5. Make sure to silence all cell phones and beeping watches before the performance begins.
  6. When the lights go down for the performance to begin, please stop talking and turn your attention to the stage.
  7. Please stay in your seat during the performance unless it’s an emergency.
  8. Make sure to stay with your group at all times.
  9. Photography, video recording, and audio recording are not allowed in the theater.
  10. Have fun! Please feel free to clap after songs and laugh at jokes.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Student matinee performances typically begin promptly at 10:00am. Doors to the theater will open a half an hour before showtime.

A: While run times vary based on the individual production, most performances are about an hour and a half to two hours long.

A: In most cases, yes, there will be a 15-minute intermission about halfway through the performance.

A: Yes. When you arrive to the Forest Roberts Theatre for a student matinee, our House Manager will direct you to your group's assigned seats.

A: Bus drivers can drop students/chaperones off in the parking lot directly in front of the Forest Roberts Theatre. Buses are not permitted to park on campus.

A: Yes! If you would like to eat on campus after a student matinee, please contact NMU Dining at or 906-227-2520.

A: Please contact us as soon as possible at or 906-227-2760. We will do our best to accommodate any changes, but due to high demand, cannot guarantee additional seats. Cancellations should be made at least 3 weeks in advance. 

A: In the case of inclement weather, cancellations will be made on case-by-case basis. If a student matinee is cancelled, or if you are unable to safely travel to the Forest Roberts Theatre due to inclement weather, your tickets will be refunded in full.