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.

Black Box Shakespeare at Westwood’s PPAT

February 24, 2019

Ishpeming, MI – Are you ready for an experiment in drama? Come see The Westwood Shakespeare Company’s production of Shakespeare Scenes: Tragedy, Comedy, History!

The Westwood High School Shakespeare Company presents a variety show featuring timeless interpretations of scenes from three different Shakespearean plays, and small slices of at least two more. Scenes will be presented in an experimental Black Box format, giving the audience a unique and intimate look at Shakespeare’s work. Shows are Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, both at 7pm, in the Patriot Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the WHS office or at the door.

You’ll be very close to the actors in this unique format, according to Director, Maria Hoffman. Hoffman adds that this talented group of young people aged 14-18 have put together compelling scenes, from Macbeth, Richard III, Henry V, with a special opening derived from Hamlet, and at least one memorable line from The Tempest.

“It’s minimalist theatre,” adds Artistic Director, B.G. Bradley. “It gives all the kids a chance to just focus on character, without many of the technical aspects that create bigger shows. As an audience member you will be very close to the actors, and will feel as though you are a part of the scene. Costumes and special effects are kept at a minimum, but acting is at a premium. Lots of actors get a chance to shine in major Shakespearean roles.”

 Bradley adds that with some the younger company members taking center stage, audience members will get a chance to see what the future holds for the company.

 “Black Box is always exciting,” added Bradley

Free Acting Workshop for Production of ‘As You Like It’

February 14, 2019

Marquette, MI – A free audition and acting workshop for youth ages 10-18, led by Tegan Sturmer and Dr. David Wood, for Superior Arts Youth Theater’s upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It will be offered on Sunday, February 24, 2019, 6-8 pm, at the Marquette Hope Connection Center. The workshop will include an overview of the plot and characters, tips on how to prepare for the audition, and an introduction to Shakespearean English.

An abridged production of As You Like It, directed by Sturmer, will be part of SAYT’s 2019 Play Festival this spring. As You Like It follows the story of Rosalind and her cousin Celia as they flee to the Forest of Arden.

The workshop will include acting and improvisation games, plot explanation, character analysis, Shakespearean English exercises, and scene readings. Participants will receive take-home audition materials and are encouraged to come to the workshop with questions regarding plot, characters, and audition preparation.

Registration is now open. Workshop admission is free. Visit to sign up for the workshop and learn more.

“East of the Sun, West of the Moon” World Premiere Ballet

January 19, 2019

Marquette, MI – The World Premiere of East of the Sun, West of the Moon is Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 pm, with more performances through the weekend. Choreography and Direction by Jill Grundstrom, Music by Griffin Candey, Story Adaptation by Susan Candey.

Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 PM

Friday, January 25th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 26th at 1:00 PM (Theatre for All Performance)

Saturday, January 26th at 7:30 PM

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.

An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

January 14, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Peter White Public Library hosts An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 pm to celebrate the poet’s 210th birthday. There will be several performances, including a reading of “The Raven”.

“Elf Jr.” at the Vista Theater

December 3, 2018

Negaunee, MIDecember 3, 2018 – The Historic Vista Theater and the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council present Elf Jr. The Musical on December 6-8 at 7:00 pm and December 9 at 2:00 pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Vista website.

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