What is Circle Theatre?

Circle Theatre is a nearly 70 year-old community performing arts organization located in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The mission of Circle Theatre is to enrich, entertain and educate our community through exceptional theatrical arts in an intimate setting. Read about our history!

Is Circle Theatre a non-profit organization?

Yes! Circle Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We welcome your support in any amount. Learn More about supporting Circle or make a Donation Today!

What types of shows do you present?

We feature a wide variety of plays, musicals, and concerts every season. Take a look at our current season!

Where is Circle Theatre located?

Circle is located at the Performing Arts Center at 1703 Robinson Road Grand Rapids, MI 49506 on the campus of Aquinas College. We are centrally located in the Eastown-Gaslight Village neighborhood, approximately 2.5 miles east of Downtown Grand Rapids.

Can I park at Circle?

Yes! Parking is free in our large lot which is shared during the day by Aquinas and Blodgett-Spectrum Hospital.

Where do your performances take place?

Our main stage performances and concerts all take place at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College. Our Circle Presents educational theatre series takes place at various venues around West Michigan.

When do the doors open?

On performance days, our lobby typically opens an hour and a half prior to the scheduled start time. The house (the theatre) opens thirty minutes prior to start time.

Where do I pick-up my “Will Call” tickets?

Will-Call tickets may be obtained prior to your scheduled performance at the Will Call window in the main lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

Do you offer discount pricing for those on a budget?

We offer Rush Ticket pricing at the door 90-minutes prior to all Main Stage plays and musicals (this does not include our concert series). Our Final Dress performances (the Wednesday prior to opening nights) are also an affordable way for students and others on a budget to see our main stage productions. Final Dress tickets are sold at the door 90-minutes prior to show start, and are first-come-first-serve.

Do you have a seating chart?

Yes! You can find it here.

Is Circle Accessible?

Yes! The Performing Arts Center is fully accessible by Wheelchair and other mobility assistance devices. We offer several accessible seating options in the theater. Please call ahead to purchase these seats.

Aisles?

Our aisles are arranged in a thrust (stadium-style) pattern by stairs. Accessible seating is located from the main lobby entrance to the theatre, and the stage and other areas of the theatre is accessible from our elevator in the main lobby.

Assisted Listening Devices?

Circle Theatre offers both T-Loop and sound amplification devices for those who require sound amplification of our performances. Headsets may be acquired at the box office prior to the performance free-of-charge, and those patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a “T” switch can simply switch their devices over to this frequency during the performance.

Do performances change or get cancelled?

While cancelling or changing programs is extremely rare, it does happen. All programs and artists are subject to change without notice. If an event presented by Circle has been cancelled or postponed, we will do everything within our power to make sure you know. This includes–if time permits–via mailings to your home, email, and an announcement on our website.

Is photography or recording allowed?

Photography, video, or audio recording of any kind during a performance is prohibited unless specifically sanctioned at the time of a performance.

The event for which you purchase tickets to is a public event, and your appearance and actions inside and outside the venue where the event occurs are public in nature, and that you have no expectation of privacy with regard to your actions or conduct at the event.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes! We have family-friendly main stage shows and concerts throughout the year. When purchasing tickets to a Circle show or concert, we recommend that you take a glance at our content rating so you can best judge whether a show is appropriate for your children.

Can I bring my dog?

Fully certified service dogs to assist persons with disabilities are always welcome at Circle. While we love animals, for the preservation of our theater and safety to other patrons, non-certified service dogs and other pets are not allowed at Circle Theatre during public programs.

Do you sell food and beverages?

Yes! Concessions featuring candy, soda, and water are sold at most Circle performances. Interested in wine and beer? We have you covered! We feature a Lobby Bar Night serving craft beer and wine on select nights throughout the season. See our Season Calendar to see which dates feature the Lobby Bar.

Attire?

While there is no dress code at Circle, we recommend attire that is mindful to other visitors, and comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather and the air conditioning that keeps our performers and audience cool during the summer months.

Security?

We greatly appreciate your cooperation with all necessary security measures at Circle. Large bags, luggage, or other bulky belongings are not allowed inside the theater. Circle Management reserves the right to limit access to The Performing Arts Center for any reason.

Please recognize that you assume any and all risks occurring before, during, and after an event at Circle, including injury by any cause. By attending events, you release management, facility, league, participants, clubs, and their respective affiliates and representatives from any related claims.

Weapons?

Circle Theatre and Aquinas College are Weapon-Free Zones. As private property, we reserve the right to remove anyone from the premises carrying a weapon, including those with Open-Carry permits.

“A private property owner has the right to prohibit Individuals from carrying firearms on his or her property, whether concealed or otherwise, and regardless of whether the person is a CPL holder. If a person remains on the property after being told to leave by the owner, the person may be charged with trespassing (MCL 750.552).”

Food & Drink inside the theatre: 

Outside food or drink is not allowed at Circle events. Only water bottles with a sealable lid, or Circle Souvenir Drink cups, fully sealed, are allowed inside the theater space.

Please enjoy your concession snacks in the lobby, or prior to the performance start. Crinkling of wrappers, chewing, or crunching during a performance is not enjoyable for anyone.

Disturbances During The Show?

Please report any disturbances during the show (security concerns, included) directly to the House Manager at the Box Office located in the Performing Arts Center lobby.

Lost & Found?

We do have a lost and found. Please contact the box office if you have lost something at the Performing Arts Center. Contact Aquinas Campus Safety at 616-632-2462 if you have lost something elsewhere on campus. Items not claimed within a month are donated to charity.

Is Smoking Allowed?

Circle Theatre, located at Aquinas College, is a completely smoke-free campus. This includes all forms of e-cigarettes and vapes.