Supported by the Friends of Theatre at MSU
Summer Circle Theatre Announces its 57th Season of free theatre: Travel Across America… and Beyond
Sumer Circle Theatre returns for its 57th season and takes you on a journey across the United States (with a detour to Neverland). So, pack your bags and explore the entire country without leaving East Lansing.
See Rock City & Other Destinations
6/7-6/10 @ 8:00 PM
Book by Brad Alexander
Music and Lyrics by Adam Mathias
Directed by Brad Willcuts
Musical Direction by Dave Wendelberger
Ages 11 and up.
A collection of small musicals of varying styles set at tourist destinations across America. This musical explores missed connections and new possibilities. A vivid travelogue with a rich score.
Samuel French link: http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/460/see-rock-city-and-other-destinations
Peter / Wendy
6/14-6/17 @ 8:00 PM
By Jeremy Bloom
Directed by Deric McNish
All ages welcome.
An adventurous and theatrical retelling of the familiar story of Peter Pan. This inventive adaptation is a lyrical adventure as Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell and the rest of the well-known characters follow the second star to the right to travel to Neverland.
Playscripts link: https://www.playscripts.com/play/2714
6/21-6/24 @8:00 PM
By Mike Lews
Directed by Mark Colson
Mature audiences only.
Contains profanity and adult situations.
A cross-country bike trip from Boston to California is the perfect time for Penny to get her life under control. Along the way her fellow bikers and the people she meets offer her a chance to gain clarity and direction-- something Penny desperately needs.
Samuel French link: http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/44501/bike-america
Summer Circle Kids Show:
The Amazing America Road Trip
6/9, 6/10, 6/16, 6/17 @ 6:30 PM
Written and directed by Rob Roznowski
All ages welcome.
A family decides they need to take a driving vacation across America after a particularly challenging presidential election. Along the way they meet a collection of colorful characters that restore their faith in the country. This surprisingly patriotic yet non-partisan comedy showcases the best of the American spirit.
Summer Circle Late Night:
Bob: A Life in Five Acts
6/16, 6/17, 6/23, 6/24 @ 10:00 PM
By Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Directed by Matt Greenbaum
Mature audiences only.
Join Bob on his quest to be “a Great man” as he travels across America. His journey for the pursuit of happiness reveals a fractured and warped American Dream in this dark comedy.
Dramatists link: http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=4462
The popular free SUMMER CIRCLE KIDS CAMP will also be return for a third year. The dates and times are 6/19- 23 from 1:00PM- 5:00 PM. Sign up for the camps will begin in mid-March. The sign-up will be posted here: http:theatre.msu.edu/productions/summer-circle-theatre/
Come early on Wednesday and Thursday for other pre-show entertainment that includes: MSU Fresh Air Fitness (Wednesdays) and DANCE Lansing (Thursdays):
On Wednesdays before the mainstage show, members of FRESH AIR FITNESS will be leading the audience in fun, safe and easy exercises. So, get ready to stretch with programs like yoga, tai chi and more. Wednesdays at 7:00pm.
On Thursdays before the mainstage show, performers from DANCE Lansing will take the Summer Circle Stage to share dance performances.
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 email@example.com or (517) 353-4725.
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