The dedication of the John B. Anderton Trail System at Presque Isle Park will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. Anderton was a geography professor and department head at NMU—his alma mater. He died while cross-country skiing at age 49 in 2014. The park was a special place for recreation and research throughout his lifetime and the focus of his book titled The Jewel in the Crown: An Environmental History of Presque Isle Park, Marquette, Michigan.
The Marquette City Commission previously voted to rename the interior trail network at Presque Isle Park in Anderton's honor. Family, friends and colleagues are invited to gather for Monday's ceremony at the top of the first hill along Peter White Drive near Chief Charlie Kawbawgam's gravesite. Speakers at the dedication will include NMU Native American studies professor Martin Reinhardt.
Northern Michigan University's Forest Roberts Theatre is beginning its 2017-18 season with Noises Off, a British farce by Michael Frayn. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29-Saturday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 5-Saturday, Oct. 7, with 1 p.m. matinee performances both Saturdays.
Noises Off presents a manic cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Journeying from the final dress rehearsal to the end of a U.K. tour of Nothing's On, Noises Off shows the chaos that ensues both on and offstage as relationships dwindle. Slamming doors and errant sardines all figure in the plot of the comedy.
“Audiences should look forward to being introduced to the craziness and the ultimate hilarity of what goes on behind the scenes during a show,” said actor Regan McKay. “It's a world not a lot of people get a chance to see, and one that proves endlessly fascinating.”
The cast of nine performers is composed entirely of NMU students and features three senior theater capstone performances. Keli Truckey and theater professor Paul Truckey, who performed in the 1986-87 FRT production of Noises Off, are directing the show.
“The productions seem very familiar to me in the same space,” said Paul Truckey. “But, it's mostly a completely different journey directing the show, as opposed to acting in it. Audiences can look forward to a complete crazy evening full of comic antics and nutty situations.”
An opening night party is included with a ticket purchased for opening night, Friday, September 29, and immediately follows the show in the FRT lobby. It will feature food and beverages, music, a photo booth and a meet and greet with the cast and creative team.
Tickets are $15 for the public, $10 for students and $5 for NMU students. Tickets are available online at tickets.nmu.edu or at any NMU EZ Ticket outlet. For more information on the event, contact the Forest Roberts Theatre Box Office at (906) 227-2082 or via email at email@example.com.
Ivan Ivanov, former Greco-Roman coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Site, returned to campus for a visit this week. He now runs Suples Training Systems, a company in his native Bulgaria that makes equipment for wrestling, CrossFit and fitness training. Ivanov donated about $10,000 worth of equipment to the program, according to Mike Kaurala of the USOTS. During his tenure from 2002-09, Ivanov coached Olympians Andy Bisek, Spencer Mango, Justin Lester, Adam Wheeler (Olympic Bronze medalist) and Chas Betts.
The following September events are free and open to the public:
NMU's Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will host “Dollar-A-Day Boys: A musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps featuring Bill Jamerson” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. The camps built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s were often used as POW camps.
Smolens will give a presentation at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Ishpeming Carnegie Library.
A field trip to the former site of a World War II POW camp in Au Train will take place from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Smolens and Dan Redmond will lead the field trip. Register online at nmu.edu/onebook/2017-news.
A documentary presentation and panel discussion is scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Peter White Public Library. John Pepin will discuss his film, The Enemy in our Midst. Larry Chabot will address the U.P.'s CCC camps and Gary Asano will talk about his parents' experience in a Japanese Internment Camp. A Q&A will follow.
For more information, visit nmu.edu/onebook.