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Jun
21
Fri
Dames at Sea – Summer Circle Theatre @ MSU Auditorium Courtyard
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dames at Sea - Summer Circle Theatre @ MSU Auditorium Courtyard | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dames at Sea

Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise

Directed by Angela Wendelberger
Choreography Alisa Hauser
Musical Director Dave Wendelberger

This zany homage to movie musicals of the 1930s is a  tap-dancing delight. When aspiring Broadway chorus girl Ruby meets songwriting sailor Dick– love sets sail. This campy spoof is a perfect night out for the family.

Appropriate for all ages.

PRE-SHOW
6:30PM SCT Kids Camp 2019 Final Performance 
The culminating public performance of our Summer Circle Theatre Kids Camp! In this FREE summer kids camp, 60 lucky rising 1st through 6th grade mid-Michigan students are taught by MSU Department of Theatre faculty and undergraduate and graduate students. The camp includes instruction in acting, design, music, and dance.

LATE NIGHT
10:00PM How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them
by Halley Feiffer
Directed by Ryan Welsh
Sisters Ada and Sam decide they need a friend and recruit wallflower Dorrie to join them in a dysfunctional triangle. This pitch-black comedy is about co-dependence and the definition of family.
Appropriate for Adults Only. This show has content that may be triggering including murder, profanity and sexual situations.

The Summer Circle stage is an outdoor performance venue located between the Kresge Art Building and the Auditorium on the MSU Campus. Free parking is available across the street. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved into the Fairchild Theatre.

All performances are free and open to the public. Theatregoers can arrive early to grab a Summer Circle seat next to the stage or bring their own chairs for casual lawn seating. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy during the show or buy a Food Truck treat! See you at the circle!

How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them – Summer Circle Theatre
Jun 21 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm
How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them - Summer Circle Theatre

How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them

By Halley Feiffer
Directed by Ryan Welsh

Sisters Ada and Sam decide they need a friend and recruit wallflower Dorrie to join them in a dysfunctional triangle. This pitch-black comedy is about co-dependence and the definition of family.

Appropriate for Adults Only.
This show has content that may be triggering including murder, profanity and sexual situations.

**Arrive early to enjoy one of our Pre-show or 8PM MainStage events**

The Summer Circle stage is an outdoor performance venue located between the Kresge Art Building and the Auditorium on the MSU Campus. Free parking is available across the street. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved into the Fairchild Theatre.

All performances are free and open to the public. Theatregoers can arrive early to grab a Summer Circle seat next to the stage or bring their own chairs for casual lawn seating. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy during the show or buy a Food Truck treat! See you at the circle!

Jun
22
Sat
Dames at Sea – Summer Circle Theatre @ MSU Auditorium Courtyard
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dames at Sea - Summer Circle Theatre @ MSU Auditorium Courtyard | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dames at Sea

Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise

Directed by Angela Wendelberger
Choreography Alisa Hauser
Musical Director Dave Wendelberger

This zany homage to movie musicals of the 1930s is a  tap-dancing delight. When aspiring Broadway chorus girl Ruby meets songwriting sailor Dick– love sets sail. This campy spoof is a perfect night out for the family.

Appropriate for all ages.

PRE-SHOW
7:00PM Trivia Night
In 1989, Dames at Sea was the show that launched Lansing’s Riverwalk Theatre and this performance will include a cast reunion.

LATE NIGHT
10:00PM How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them
by Halley Feiffer
Directed by Ryan Welsh
Sisters Ada and Sam decide they need a friend and recruit wallflower Dorrie to join them in a dysfunctional triangle. This pitch-black comedy is about co-dependence and the definition of family.
Appropriate for Adults Only. This show has content that may be triggering including murder, profanity and sexual situations.

The Summer Circle stage is an outdoor performance venue located between the Kresge Art Building and the Auditorium on the MSU Campus. Free parking is available across the street. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved into the Fairchild Theatre.

All performances are free and open to the public. Theatregoers can arrive early to grab a Summer Circle seat next to the stage or bring their own chairs for casual lawn seating. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy during the show or buy a Food Truck treat! See you at the circle!

How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them – Summer Circle Theatre
Jun 22 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm
How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them - Summer Circle Theatre

How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them

By Halley Feiffer
Directed by Ryan Welsh

Sisters Ada and Sam decide they need a friend and recruit wallflower Dorrie to join them in a dysfunctional triangle. This pitch-black comedy is about co-dependence and the definition of family.

Appropriate for Adults Only.
This show has content that may be triggering including murder, profanity and sexual situations.

**Arrive early to enjoy one of our Pre-show or 8PM MainStage events**

The Summer Circle stage is an outdoor performance venue located between the Kresge Art Building and the Auditorium on the MSU Campus. Free parking is available across the street. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved into the Fairchild Theatre.

All performances are free and open to the public. Theatregoers can arrive early to grab a Summer Circle seat next to the stage or bring their own chairs for casual lawn seating. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy during the show or buy a Food Truck treat! See you at the circle!

Jun
23
Sun
Dames at Sea – Summer Circle Theatre @ MSU Auditorium Courtyard
Jun 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dames at Sea - Summer Circle Theatre @ MSU Auditorium Courtyard | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dames at Sea

Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise

Directed by Angela Wendelberger
Choreography Alisa Hauser
Musical Director Dave Wendelberger

This zany homage to movie musicals of the 1930s is a  tap-dancing delight. When aspiring Broadway chorus girl Ruby meets songwriting sailor Dick– love sets sail. This campy spoof is a perfect night out for the family.

Appropriate for all ages.

PRE-SHOW
3:00PM Join us for a performance by Dance Lansing

The Summer Circle stage is an outdoor performance venue located between the Kresge Art Building and the Auditorium on the MSU Campus. Free parking is available across the street. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved into the Fairchild Theatre.

All performances are free and open to the public. Theatregoers can arrive early to grab a Summer Circle seat next to the stage or bring their own chairs for casual lawn seating. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy during the show or buy a Food Truck treat! See you at the circle!

Oct
20
Sun
Shakespeare Under the Stars @ Abrams Planetarium
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Department of Theatre in partnership with Abrams Planetarium presents…

Shakespeare Under the Stars

Directed by Deric McNish
Dramaturg & Adaptations by Taylor McPhail
Media Consultant – Alison Dobbins
Planetarium Director – Shannon Schmoll

Featuring stellar actors from Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre.


Listen to a live performance of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale while enjoying a star show on the Abrams Planetarium hemispherical projection dome.

The event will begin with a talk about astronomy and astrology in Shakespeare’s plays, during which the planetarium’s experts will use their powerful Digistar 6 star projector to provide demonstrations.

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
Hamlet

Comets, importing change of times and states,
Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky,

And with them scourge the bad revolting stars.
Henry VI

The heavens themselves, the planets, and this center
Observe degree, priority, and place,
Insisture, course, proportion, season, form,
Office, and custom, in all line of order.
Troilus and Cressida

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 5:30pm 
Location: The Abrams Planetarium Sky Theater
This is a FREE performance and is open to the general public.

Oct
16
Fri
Masterclass in Heart & Voice with Broadway Star Carrie Manolakos
Oct 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Masterclass in Heart & Voice with Broadway Star Carrie Manolakos @ Michigan | United States

On Friday October 16th from 3-5:30 pm, we are lucky enough to have Broadway’s Carrie Manolakos giving a masterclass in singing that is free and open to all College of Art & Letters students!

Carrie Manolakos is a Broadway star, actress, writer, and recording artist best known for her roles on stage, including Sophie Sheridan in Broadways Mamma Mia! and Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked. Carrie can also be heard as a voice on The Greatest Showman and Incredibles 2, and her live interpretation of Radiohead’s Creep became an international phenomenon nearing 4 million views and counting.

To attend, please register using the Zoom link below as soon as possible. Students can participate in the webinar by asking questions and observing.

https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oOJtAAdBQu6eG6HUr2jZZg

Carrie will also be doing an online live concert with the Wharton Center on Friday October 23rd.

Feb
5
Fri
Indigenizing Shakespeare: Madeline Sayet
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm
Indigenizing Shakespeare: Madeline Sayet

Keynote Lecture and Workshop | Indigenizing Shakespeare, Madeline Sayet: Friday, February 5th (Public Lecture at 2pm and MSU Workshop at 3:30pm)

    • Lecture: “Native American Shakespeare: The Journey to Representation”: this lecture will examine the complex history of the relationship between Shakespeare’s plays and the indigenous peoples of America, from the onset of colonialism through the present day. Madeline will also share insights into how this intersection informs her own life and work, and the Native Theatre Movement at large.
    • Workshop: In this session, Mohegan Director Madeline Sayet will guide participants through a process of creatively indigenizing Shakespeare for themselves. Participants will begin their own dynamic reimaginings of the plays and be empowered to make bold creative choices in their own work going forward.
    • Also see the attached flyer with further details (and how to register), and contact Katie Knowles (knowle50@msu.edu) or Jyotsna Singh (jsingh@msu.edu) for more information.
Mar
19
Fri
Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable
Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable

Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable | Teaching Pre-1800 Texts Today: Friday, March 19th, 2-4pm

    • In this roundtable, graduate students and faculty will give short presentations on the topic: pedagogy about/with performance and play in pre-1800 courses. These presentations will be followed by a discussion and joint activity where we create a syllabus/depository of texts, links, etc. useful for those teaching pre-1800 texts.
    • If interested in giving a presentation at the workshop, or to learn more, please contact Emily Yates (yatesem1@msu.edu).
Apr
16
Fri
Symposium | Performance and Play
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Symposium | Performance and Play

Symposium | Performance and Play: Friday, April 16th, 2-5pm

    • In this symposium, we will explore the various intersections between technology, performance, and play. We are seeking short papers of approximately 3-5 double-spaced pages for inclusion in the symposium, which will be organized as round-table discussions with presenters speaking for about 5 minutes before opening discussion up to the entire group of presenters and audience members.
    • See the attached CFP and contact Stephen Deng (dengs@msu.edu) for further information.