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Sponsored by the Friends of Theatre at MSU

Outdoor theatre NEAR the banks of the Red Cedar River
at the NEW Summer Circle Courtyard.

The Summer Circle Courtyard is located on Auditorium Road
between the Auditorium Building and the Kresge Art Center. 


All shows are FREE and the main stage shows start at 8:00 PM rain or shine.

 

Summer Circle Theatre
"Great Storytelling"

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For its 55th season, Summer Circle Theatre is devoted to great storytelling as we celebrate our new permanent space: the Summer Circle Courtyard!  

2015 Summer Season:

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

By Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn

June 10-13 at 8:00PM 
(Appropriate for ages 12 and older)


THE BOOK OF LIZ

by David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris 

June 17-20 at 8:00PM 
(Appropriate for ages eight and older)

 

THE AMERICAN PLAN

By Richard Greenberg

June 24-27 at 8:00PM 
(Appropriate for ages 13 and older) 


THE TAIL OF PETER RABBIT (World Premiere: Theatre for Young Audiences)

By Rob Roznowski
Music and Lyrics by Chelle Peterson

June 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27 at 6:30PM 
(Appropriate for all ages)


AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN

By Shel Silverstein

June 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27 at approximately 10:00PM
(Appropriate for mature audiences only)

  


 

This 55th Anniversary Season is dedicated to our 
Great Storytellers of Summer Circle Past!  

 
Frank C. Rutledge

Frank C. Rutledge
SCT Co-Founder

 
Gretel Geist Rutledge

Gretel Geist Rutledge
SCT Co-Founder

 
Gretel Geist Rutledge

John Baldwin
SCT Co-Founder

 
 
Dixie Durr

Dixie Durr
Friends of Summer Circle
Co-Founder

 
George Peters

George F. Peters
Friends of Theatre at MSU
Co-Founder

 

In 2015 Summer Circle Theatre 
celebrates its 55th Season

SUMMER CIRCLE THEATRE 2015:
GREAT STORYTELLING

ALL PERFORMANCES ARE FREE

 

 

For over fifty years the MSU Department of Theatre has been producing free performances of a wide variety of shows outdoors on the banks of the beautiful Red Cedar River on the MSU campus. Presenting a blend of old favorites, musicals, and provocative new plays, Summer Circle Theatre offers the community a unique opportunity to enjoy quality theatre produced by faculty and students of the Department of Theatre in a relaxed, informal setting, rain or shine.

Bring your picnic and enjoy our “Great Storytelling” near the Banks of the Red Cedar River. Come early for the best seating. Be the first person to arrive on any show date and receive a free season pass to the 2015-2016 Department of Theatre’s productions!

Summer Circle is easily reached via either the Collingwood entrance to MSU off Grand River or Auditorium Rd. off Bogue Street. Free parking is available in the lot across from the Auditorium Building. Performances in the Summer Circle Courtyard are located on Auditorium Road between the Auditorium Building and the Kresge Art Center. 

FREE Summer Circle Theatre remains dependent on donations from loyal patrons to maintain the quantity and quality of its town and gown productions.


Please consider becoming a Friend of Theatre at MSU. 542 Auditorium Road #113 East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 355-6690. Interested in setting up a recurring gift: Please contact Bridget Paff at paff@msu.edu or (517) 353-4725.

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MSUToday - Sam and Mary Austin

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Shakespeare had his “wooden O,” the Globe. MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre will clamber out of the Red Cedar floodplain to a spiffy new outdoor venue that will be — cue Sir Anthony Hopkins — “wired for sound and ringed with seats of porous rubber.”

 ~ by Lawrence Cosentino

Click for full article: Lansing City Pulse - ‘This porous rubber O’ - March 12, 2014