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Circle Theater Celebrates 10 Years at Aquinas With Gala

Summer theater in Grand Rapids has always be top-drawer as Circle Theater has been presenting plays and musicals for decades.  Originally called Circle in the Park, since it was in the pavilion at John Ball Park, Circle moved to the Performing Arts Center at Aquinas College ten years ago.

Ten years?  Already?  Yes, ten years since the move.  And, in their first ten years at the Aquinas Performing Arts Center they have presented 28 musicals, ranging from the 2003 season production of Beehive to this year’s season opener, The Wedding Singer.  Over the past ten years, Circle Theatre has presented some of the most exciting, groundbreaking, and poignant musicals in Grand Rapids theatre history.

On April 5 and 6, 2013, Circle Theatre is celebrating the past ten years by taking a look back on those sensational musicals with a gala presentation of “Circle Celebrates: The First Ten Years,” hosted by Greg Rogers and Jason Stamp.

Songs will be performed by the original cast members and the list of performers scheduled to appear include: Co-hosts Greg Rogers and Jason Stamp, Rodney Bean, Kristopher Bottrall, Shelia Burks, Lisa Butler, Jane DeYoung, Dave Duiven, Nubia Gomez, Stephen Grey, Bee Kae’ Harris, Kyle Jurrasic, Justin Kilduff, Davin Lepisto, Kyle Los, Emmanuel Phillips, Peri Phillips, Ryan Potts, Stephanie Pyka, Noddea Skidmore, Matt Tepper, Larry Young and the cast of the upcoming Circle Theatre production The Wedding Singer. Some of the featured shows include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Annie, Beehive, Cabaret, The Full Monty, Guys & Dolls, How To Succeed in Business…, , Little Shop of Horrors, Nine, Pippin, Rent, Smokey Joe’s Café The Who’s Tommy and performances by the casts of the upcoming 2013 Circle musicals The Wedding Singer, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns and Sweeney Todd.

The evening will begin with a gathering in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center featuring hors d’oeuvres and cocktails compliments of West Michigan Caterer.

Performances will be held at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, reception beginning at 7:00pm, with a curtain time of 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 for the General Public, $30 for Circle Theatre Season Ticket Holders and $30 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the Circle Theatre box office (616-456-6656) or online at

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