BY BTL STAFF
Summer isn’t too far around the corner, so it’s time to start planning summer activities — and there’s no better place to look than Michigan State University’s 56th Annual Summer Circle. The theme of this year’s festival is “Experience the Magic of Theater.”
From its traditional roots to today’s most original works, Summer Circle’s magical line-up has something for everyone. Experience a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical revue, a comedic Shakespeare troupe, a fizzy Noel Coward comedy, a hilariously dark late night comedy, and a world premiere musical for young audiences as part of free theater in the Circle’s accessible courtyard. This summer also includes expanded programming before all shows and the free Summer Circle Theatre kids camp.
MAINSTAGE 1: “A Grand Night for Singing”
8 p.m. June 8-June 11
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Music arrangements by Fred Wells, Conceived by Walter Bobbie
Direction and Choreography by Brad Willcuts
Musical Direction by Dave Wendelberger
(For the whole family)
Some of musical theater’s most recognizable songs are included in this elegant musical revue.
MAINSTAGE 2: “The Groundling”
8 p.m. June 15-June 18
By Marc Palmieri
Direction by Rob Roznowski
(Ages 12 and up)
A first-time playwright tries to write a new Shakespeare show in this touching comedy.
MAINSTAGE 3: “Fallen Angels”
8 p.m. June 22-June 25
By Noel Coward
Direction by Ann Folino White
(Ages 8 and up)
Noel Coward’s wit and wordplay are on display in this comedic gem.
CHILDREN’S SHOW: “Mount Olympus Junior High”
6:30 p.m. June 10-11 and June 17-18
Book by Rob Roznowski Score by Seth Burk
Direction by Deric McNish Musical Direction by Seth Burk
Some of Greece’s most famous gods and goddesses deal with adolescence in this world premiere musical comedy.
LATE NIGHT SHOW: “Mr. Marmalade”
10 p.m. June 10-11, June 17-18 and June 24-25
By Noah Haidle
Direction by Matt Greenbaum and Karen Vance
(For adults only)
Young Lucy’s imaginary friend wreaks havoc in this very dark comedy.
SUMMER CIRCLE THEATRE KIDS CAMP
Performance for community at 6:30 p.m. on June 24.
(Free to local rising first through sixth graders)