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The mid-Michigan tradition is back for its 61st season of FREE theatre. We are so excited to see you back at the Summer Circle Courtyard!


Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating, and Kyle Hall 
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe

Directed by Katherine Clemons
Choreographed by Stefon Funderburke
Music Direction by Dave Wendelberger

The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series of the 1970s comes to life in the Summer Circle Theatre courtyard June 15 – 18. Join us for a celebration of the songs like “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction” that have taught history, grammar, math and more to generations for over 50 years! For All Ages.

June 15, 16, 17 at 7:00PM & June 18 at 6:00PM

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.


Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Thalia Pearce

On a Midsummer’s night, June 22-25, two young couples find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy. For All Ages.

June 22, 23, 24 at 7:00PM & June 25 at 6:00PM

Greater Lansing Ballet Company

Greater Lansing Ballet Company will give a free performance on Sunday, June 18 and June 25 from 5:30 – 6:00PM in the SCT Courtyard.

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

All of the MAINSTAGE shows are at 7:00 p.m. except for Sundays which start at 6:00 p.m. 

The Summer Circle Theatre Courtyard is between the Auditorium Building and the Kresge Building on MSU’s campus. 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Parking is FREE and available in Lot 9, across the street from the Auditorium Building (542 Auditorium Rd).

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!

Oh but that we could control the weather! In the event of heavy rain, the performance will be canceled. 

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors

A Michigan State University Tradition: 1960 - 2022

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