MSU’s Summer Circle 2016 performances start June 8
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.
MAINSTAGE #1: A Grand Night for Singing 6/8-6/11 at 8:00 p.m. Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music arrangements by Fred Wells, conceived by Walter Bobbie, direction and choreography by Brad Willcuts and musical direction by Dave Wendelberger. Some of musical theatre’s most recognizable songs are included in this family-friendly musical revue.
MAINSTAGE #2: The Groundling 6/15 – 6/18 at 8:00 p.m. By Marc Palmieri, with direction by Rob Roznowski for ages 12 and up. A first-time playwright tries to write a new Shakespeare show in this comedy.
MAINSTAGE #3: Fallen Angels 6/22- 6/25 at 8:00 p.m. By Noel Coward with direction by Ann Folino White, for ages 8 and up. Noel Coward’s wit and wordplay are on display in this comedy.
CHILDREN’S SHOW: Mount Olympus Junior High 6/10, 6/11, 617, 6/18 at 6:30 p.m. Book by Rob Roznowski, score by Seth Burk, direction by Deric McNish, and musical Direction by Seth Burk, for the whole family. Some of Greece’s most famous gods and goddesses deal with adolescence in this world premiere musical comedy.
LATE NIGHT SHOW: Mr. Marmalade 6/10, 6/11, 6/17, 6/18, 6/24, 6/25 at 10:00 p.m., by Noah Haidle, with direction by Matt Greenbaum and Karen Vance. For adults only, young Lucy’s imaginary friend wreaks havoc in this very dark comedy.
For more information, go to www.theatre.msu.edu/SCT.
Bring your picnic and enjoy “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. The Summer Circle Courtyard is located on Auditorium Road between the Auditorium Building and the Kresge Art Center.
All shows are free. Summer Circle Theatre will continue rain or shine. Performances will move to the Fairchild Theatre stage during inclement weather.
Come early on Wednesday and Thursday for other pre-show entertainment that includes: MSU Fresh Air Fitness (Wednesdays) and DANCE Lansing (Thursdays).
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.