Michigan State University Friends of Theatre and Schuler Books in Okemos and Grand Rapids are joining forces to help keep Summer Circle Theatre free to audiences in 2022.
For 60 years, Summer Circle Theatre has provided free performances of musicals, comedies, drama and children’s shows to the community throughout the month of June. In addition, a free Kids’ Camp provides area youth with theatre skills designed to help build more confidence and acquaint them with the joys of drama.
The pandemic has put free performances in jeopardy, as there is a significant cost to the Department of Theatre to offer these productions to audiences at no charge. Schuler Books is joining forces with the department’s Friends of Theatre group to assist in funding the 2022 season.
During the week of January 23-29, Schuler’s will provide a percentage of the portions for any sale of books, music, or other merchandise (except magazines and gift cards) from either their Okemos or Grand Rapids location. Schuler’s offers a wide selection of new and used books, puzzles, games and local products, as well as greeting cards, magazines and educational toys and games for children. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it is an opportunity to both find a perfect gift and help support Summer Circle.
If ordering online, use the code MSUFRIENDS to ensure donations go to Summer Circle. If shopping in person, mention that code and the special promotion to support this cause with your purchase.
Friends of Theatre is a volunteer organization comprised of community individuals who help support and promote Summer Circle Free Theatre and the MSU Department of Theatre students through a variety of events and fundraising efforts. In addition to the Schuler’s event, interested donors may also make a gift to the Summer Circle Diamond Anniversary Endowment online at http://theatre.msu.edu.