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Michigan State University’s professional summer theatre turns sixty years old this year. 

We want YOU to become part of the tradition.

Summer Circle Theatre’s programming has always been an eclectic mix of the best shows from the past, cutting-edge plays of today, and everything in between. This year we continue the sixty-year tradition with shows that will delight and inspire the mid-Michigan community.

All Summer Circle Theatre productions are FREE and open to the general public.

All of the MAINSTAGE shows are at 8:00 p.m. except for Sundays which start at 5:00 p.m. 

The Kids Camp Performance and Theatre for Young Audiences start at 6:30 p.m.

Late night shows start around 10:00 p.m.

Parking is FREE an available in the lot across the street from the Auditorium Building.

There is tiered, amphitheater-style seating but we suggest bringing your own blanket and/or lawn chairs for maximum comfort. 

Concessions will be available. Feel free to bring your own picnic as well!

If it rains during the performance, the production will be moved into the Auditorium Building and performed on the Studio 60 stage.

On Sundays, stay for the talkback after the show and meet the cast!



June 4 - 7


June 11 - 14


June 18 - 21


June 5, 6, 12, 13


June 12, 13, 19, 20


June 5 & 6


Kid's Camp Performance
June 19 at 6:30PM

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A Michigan State University Tradition: 1960 - 2020


For sixty years the MSU Department of Theatre has been producing free performances of a wide variety of shows outdoors on the MSU campus. Presenting a blend of old favorites, musicals, and provocative new plays, Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) provides a professional venue for MSU students that offers free theatre to Mid-Michigan audiences. SCT presents shows of varying styles using the talents of community members and professional artists. Beyond theatrical productions, SCT is committed to offering free programming including a Kids Camp and special activities to create a summer destination for arts, education, and entertainment.

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. Interested in setting up a gift: Please contact Christine Radtke, Sr. Director of Development in the College of Arts & Letters at or (517) 353-4725