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Sponsored by the Friends of Theatre at MSU

Outdoor theatre on banks of the Red Cedar River...

until the NEW SUMMER CIRCLE COURTYARD renovation is complete!


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Summer Circle Theatre 2014 Season 


The Department of Theatre intends to renovate and improve the courtyard located between the Kresge Art Center and the Auditorium Building to construct a stage and raised seating area for Summer Circle Theatre, which will provide a much needed permanent space for student actors, designers, and technicians to present their creative work. In addition, this outdoor theatre venue will host performance-events for the entire community. 

The Friends of Theatre at MSU are committed to raising $100,000 to support the Summer Circle Theatre Courtyard project!

In 2014 Summer Circle Theatre will celebrate its 54th Season!

With your help Summer Circle Theatre will have a Permanent Home!!!

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Here are some concept design renderings:


View from the Northeast


View from the Southeast

SCT Groundplan

Groundplan View


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



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. Bleacher seating is available, but bring your blankets and picnics early for an enjoyable evening before the play.

Bring your picnic and enjoy our “Family Dymanics” on 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 2013-14 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. The stage is behind the Auditorium on the lawn by the Red Cedar.

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. Thank You!