The Red Jacket Jamboree at Calumet Theatre June 13th

June 12, 2019

Calumet, MI – ​The Red Jacket Jamboree is America’s NEW old-time radio variety show sharing stories, songs and history from Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula (Copper Country). Hosted by Lena Dorey, the show is performed/recorded in front of a live audience at the historic Calumet Theatre in downtown Calumet, Michigan. Two hour-long episodes are recorded per performance for later radio broadcast.

Join us on June 13th, 2019 from 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm as we record two great episodes, ” Copper Town to Motown” and “Even Women Get the Blues” with special guests, vocalist Julie McIntosh and storyteller Mary Stuart Adams. There’s fun for the entire family!

Theatre North Presents “Mamma Mia!” Beginning June 11th

June 10, 2019

Ironwood, MI – Theatre North in Ironwood will put on their production of Mamma Mia! Tuesday, June 11th through Saturday, June 15th. All shows start at 7:00 pm. A matinee showing will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 16th. There are plenty of chances to see this beloved musical! Check out the website for more information.

The West End Players Present “Mama Mia” Beginning May 17th

May 16, 2019

Iron River, MI – The West End Players will present Mama Mia May 17th-19th at the Windsor Center in Iron River, MI. The performances on the 17th and 18th will begin at 6:00 pm and the performance on the 19th will begin at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit the event page.

SAYT Presents “As You Like It” at the Black Box Theatre May 4th

May 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – Superior Arts Youth Theater (SAYT) will present William Shakespeare’s As You Like It on Saturday, May 4th at 3 pm and 7 pm at the Black Box Theatre in Marquette, MI. An additional showing will take place on Sunday, May 5th at 3 pm. Visit the website for more details.

Players de Noc Presents “Moon Over Buffalo” April 26-29

April 25, 2019

Escanaba, MI – Players de Noc presents “Moon Over Buffalo” at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba from Friday, April 26th through Monday, April 29th. More showings will commence Thursday, May 2nd through Saturday, May 4th. Please visit the website for more details.

Soo Theatre Project Presents Aladdin Jr. April 11-14

April 10, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Soo Theatre Project presents Aladdin Jr. from Thursday, April 11th through Sunday, April 14th. The Thursday and Friday performances begin at 7:00 pm and the Saturday and Sunday performances begin at 2:00 pm. To find out more, visit the website.

NMU Presents ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’

April 5, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Performances are at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 12-Saturday, April 13 and Thursday, April 18-Saturday, April 20, with a matinee performance at 1 pm on April 20.

A “Theatre for All” performance of the musical aimed at children and adults who are on the autism spectrum or have sensory issues will be presented. FRT has partnered with the Theatre Development Fund in New York City to produce this sensory-friendly performance, scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday, April 13. Free admission to the “Theatre for All” performance has been made possible through private donor support.

Based on the 1991 animated Disney film and dating back to the 18th century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast focuses on the relationship between the Beast, a prince who is cursed to live as a monster by an enchantress as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle, a young French maiden whom he imprisons in his castle. To break the curse, Beast must learn to love Belle and earn her love in return or else the Beast will remain a monster forever.

“Everybody knows the story and certain people associate very specific images with the telling of that story,” said director Shelley Russell. “It’s not much fun replicating other people’s art, so this production will have a lot of recognizable characters, but a lot of the images, the costumes and the whole experience will be very fresh.”

Malorie Munson, NMU freshman and 2018 Miss Teen Upper Peninsula, portrays Belle.

“Being cast as Belle is a dream come true,” said Munson. “I feel that she is a very relatable character. She longs for adventure, she is stubborn, yet she has a huge heart. To get into character, I’ve been channeling the way I, or any other girl, would react in her situation and using my own life experiences to really bring up those emotions.”

An opening night party will follow the Friday, April 12 performance in the FRT lobby. The party will feature food and beverages, a photo booth and a meet and greet with the cast, crew and artistic staff.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $10 for students and $5 for NMU students. Tickets are available for purchase at NMU EZ Ticket outlets.

“Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe” at NMU

March 7, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Northern Michigan University Student Performing Arts Association presents Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe at 7:30 pm  from Thursday, March 14-Saturday, March 16 at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. Admission is free. Written by playwright Eric Coble, Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe is a collection of four tales originally written by Poe: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Staging a production of the play at NMU was the idea of students Lilith Kontos and Nathan Morgan.

“Lilith and I chose to do Nightfall because we wanted to work on a dramatic piece in contrast to the comedies we had done before and we both loved the idea of turning the popular work of Edgar Allan Poe into a piece of theater,” Morgan said.

Morgan is the director of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe, whereas Kontos portrays Madeline Usher/Old Man in the production.

“Working on Nightfall has been an absolute blast,” said Kontos. “I feel so lucky and excited to be producing this show with some of my best friends and to get another chance to work in the Black Box Theatre. I’m also a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe, so having the opportunity to portray some of his most famous characters has been so amazing.”

The mission of the Student Performing Arts Association is to provide independent student design opportunities in theater at NMU.

This event is funded in full by the NMU Student Finance Committee.

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