Entertainment briefing

Contra, old-time square dance

MARQUETTE — A contra and old-time square dance is planned from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct.1 at Dance Zone, 1113 Lincoln Ave. in Marquette.

This is a family-friendly event. Suitable for all ages. Bring clean shoes to protect the dance floor as well as the dancers. Suggested donation is $5 adult, $2 student to help pay for the band. For more information, go to www.dancezonemqt.org or call 906-236-1457.

All Strings Considered, and old time string band, has a primary focus on traditional old-time instrumental and vocal music of the Appalachian region with a bit of Celtic and Scandinavian tossed into the mix from time to time. The group’s sound is a blend of Rochelle Schuster on hammered dulcimer, Phil Watts on guitar and banjo, Annette Watts on autoharp, and Maggie Morgan on bass. All Strings Considered will get feet tapping to those great traditional fiddle tunes then soothe everyone’s day with a gentle waltz or tell a story with an Appalachian song.

‘Noises Off’ set for premiere

MARQUETTE — 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, according to an NMU news release.

“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.”