COVID-19 has left Circle Theatre with the task of raising $200,000 to cover our ongoing costs. Donations are just one of the many way you can help Circle during this extended intermission. Below are a few more ways that you can support Circle today.
 

WAYS TO SUPPORT CIRCLE THEATRE

Circle Popup Concert Schedule

Enjoy an intimate night of live music on the lawn at Circle Theatre. The Circle Popup Concert Series brings the community together to enjoy featured local musicians, a variety of music, and family friendly entertainment for everyone. Bring a picnic blanket or beach chair and join us as we enjoy Michigan summer nights with the best of local entertainment. Social distancing between groups is required. Tickets are $15 with 10% of proceeds from the night going to the performers. Concerts run on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm. Public restroom access is limited. Feel free to pack a picnic basket, bring your blankets or beach chairs, and enjoy an evening of local music!

CIRCLE POPUP CONCERT SCHEDULE

Tuesday, August 18 | 7pm
Circle Popup Concert | Carly Uthoff & Craig Avery 
Grab your picnic blankets and beach chairs and meet us on the lawn at the PAC for a night of entertainment with Carly Uthoff & Craig Avery. You may know Carly from her performances in Cabaret, Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, Catch Me If You Can, and Rock Of Ages. You may know Craig as a band member of local favorite, Brena and their appearances in Circle Summer Concerts such as Leather & Lace: The Women of Rock, Forever In Blue Jean: The Music of Neil Diamond, Natural Woman: The Music of Carole King, Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough: The Music of Michael Jackson, and Arena Rock Anthems. Carly and Craig were also the featured musicians of one of our Virtual Living Room Concerts! Get your tickets!

Monday, August 24 | 7pm
Circle Popup Concert | Feathers & Roses
Get ready to rock the night away with the sweet sounds of Feathers & Roses. Pack your snacks and grab your picnic blanket and meet us on the lawn at the PAC for a night of entertainment. Feathers & Roses is the duo of Nicholas Huffman and Taylor Derosse. Taylor is new to Circle Theatre, but you may remember Nicholas from Circle’s production of Annie and the Circle Summer Concert, Feelin’ Groovy: The Music of Simon & Garfunkel. Get your tickets!

Tuesday, September 8 | 7pm
Circle Popup Concert | Vanessa Allen & Debra Perry
It’s time for a beautiful night of music on the lawn at Circle Theatre! Pack your picnic baskets and bring your beach chairs and meet us on the lawn at the PAC for a night of entertainment with Vanessa Allen & Debra Perry. You may remember Debra from productions such as Smokey Joe’s Cafe (where she served as a fill in musician – Yep! She played every instrument that show!), Ain’t Misbehavin, Carrie The Musical, and served as music director for Run The World: 80 Years of Girl Groups. Vanessa has served as music director for Circle’s productions of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Ain’t Misbehavin, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, A Chorus Line, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and more. Get your tickets!

Tuesday, September 22 | 7pm
Circle Popup Concert | Ellie Frances
Circle Theatre is proud to present another night of concert fun! Gather your picnic blankets, favorite snacks, best of friends, and a few beach chairs and meet us on the lawn at the PAC for a night of entertainment with Ellie Frances. You may remember Ellie from past Circle performances including Hair, Rumors, Rent, The Who’s Tommy, Sunday In The Park With George, and Oliver! Get your tickets!

Monday, September 28 | 7pm
Circle Popup Concert | Colin Tobin & Jeff Kemperman
Get ready to rock the night away with Circle’s favorite bad boy duo Colin Tobin and Jeff Kemperman! Pack your picnic baskets and a few beach chairs and meet us on the lawn at the PAC for a night of live entertainment. You may remember Colin from our first Circle Popup Concert as well as from Circle concerts including The Harmonizers, Take It To The Limit: The Music of the Eagles, Anyway You Want It: Arena Rock Anthems, Go your Own Way: The Music of Fleetwood Mac, and Imagine All The People: Songs That Inspire. You’ll remember Jeff from his roles in Rock of Ages, and Monty Python’s Spamalot as well as Circle Concerts Edge of the Millennium: Top Hits of 1999, California Dreamin’: Cool Cali Vibes Past & Present, and Take It To The Limit: The Music of the Eagles. Get your tickets!

Circle Virtual Events Schedule

Circle Theatre Virtual Fundraising Events are for everyone: our patrons, volunteers, staff, community, and family near and far. 

Enjoy a series of original Circle content on Facebook Live.These experiences, as well as others to be announced, are designed to be at-home experiences that can be watched in real time or on-demand.   

TRIVIA NIGHT WITH CIRCLE

Gather your team and get ready for some fierce competition! Circle Theatre has brought together a variety of our favorite hosts and topic experts to bring you a fun night of themed trivia. 

LIVING ROOM CONCERT SERIES 

Sit in the comfort of your home and enjoy your very own “at home concert” with Circle performers! Concerts are hosted by some of your favorite performers, as well as a few brand new faces joining us in 2020!

CIRCLE CAST REUNION SERIES

By popular demand Circle presents Circle Cast Reunions! Being a part of a Circle Theatre production means being a part of the Circle family and sometimes you just have to get the family back together! This series reunites your favorite casts to reminisce about the show, recap the run, and spill their best kept secrets – you’ll have to tune in to find out those!

PETTY’S CIRCLE FIRESIDE CHATS

Hosted by GR’s own Broadway drag queen babe, Petty LuPone! Petty brings you a show you won’t want to miss featuring current and former Circle performers, staff, volunteers, patrons, and friends! You’ll hear favorite Circle stories, a little music, and more. 

‌CIRCLE VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING EVENTS SCHEDULE

 

Thursday, August 6 | 7:30pm
Petty’s Fireside Chat | Circle Throwback
Hosted by GR’s own Broadway drag queen babe, Petty LuPone! In this week’s episode of Petty’s Fireside Chat, Petty talks with previous Circle mainstays about topics ranging from the Tony Awards to COVID-19, its impact on the performing arts, and how theatres move forward in a time of social distancing. Guests include Kathy Gibson (Director highlights include Beehive, Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Performer highlights include Anything Goes, Evita, and Chicago), Fred Sebulske (Director highlights include A Chorus Line, Company, and Hair. Performer highlights include Pippin and Mack & Mabel), Kirk Swenk (Performed highlights include Cabaret, Anything Goes, and Chicago), and Rodney Vaccaro (Director highlights include Nine, Tuesdays With Morrie, and Sunday In The Park With George. Performer highlights include Company, West Side Story, and Sweeney Todd).

Thursday, August 13 | 7:30pm
Disney Themed Trivia Round 2 hosted by Todd Lewis
Back by popular demand we bring you Round 2 of Disney Themed Trivia! Gather your team and get ready for a night filled with trivia and fun! Register by Wednesday, August 12 at 12pm. Individuals and teams with up to 3 members welcome. Availability is limited. Registration Open!

Thursday, August 27 | 7:30pm
Broadway Themed Trivia Round 2 hosted by Petty Lupone
Grand Rapids’ very own drag queen Broadway babe, Petty Lupone hosts a second night of theatre trivia! Gather your team or defend your title and get ready for a night of fun! Register by Thursday, August 27 at 12pm. Individuals and teams with up to 3 members welcome. Availability is limited. Registration Open!

Thursday, September 10 | 7:30pm
Movie Themed Trivia hosted by Todd Lewis
Gather your team and get ready for a night filled with movie trivia and fun! Register by Wednesday, July 15 at 12pm. Individuals and teams with up to 3 members welcome. Availability is limited. Registration Open!

Thursday, September 17 | 7:30pm
Living Room Concert | Rob Karel & Family
Circle Living Room Concerts are the best way to enjoy some of your favorite Circle folks right in the comfort of your own home. Grab some refreshments, some pals, and snuggle in for a wonderful night of music with Rob Karel & Family.

Thursday, September 24 | 7:30pm       
Living Room Concert | Brandon Harris featuring Deb Perry & Guests
Circle Living Room Concerts are the best way to enjoy some of your favorite Circle folks right in the comfort of your own home. Get ready to put on your dancing shoes and sing-a-long with Brandon Harris featuring Deb Perry and surprise guests as they entertain you through your Thursday night!

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Get Your Favorite Circle Merchandise

Looking for that new summer look? Maybe a great new water bottle or a blanket to keep you warm during cool Michigan nights? Circle Theatre has these items and more!

Purchase merchandise from Circle’s online store and your money goes straight to helping provide great Circle programming. You’ll get the Circle gear you want shipped straight to your doorstep.

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Collectible Playbills Make Perfect Gifts

Are you a collector of all things theatre? Or maybe you just love a specific Broadway show and would love to have the original playbill? Rob Karel has generously opened up his amazing online store featuring playbills from a variety of productions. Some playbills are even signed by the cast! Purchase an item with a ribbon next to it and 70% of the proceeds go directly to Circle Theatre. 

 

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Give Circle Photos of Your Favorite Productions

BUY A PRINT FROM THE PRODUCTIONS YOU LOVED IN 2018 & 2019

Do you need new images for a portfolio? How about postcards to send to friends and family? Or maybe a print from your favorite concert?

From now until Circle Theatre reopens Ashlee Lambart Photography will be donating all proceeds from the sale of Circle Theatre imagery back to Circle Theatre. These images include both print and digital formats. 

Prints are produced through a third party printer and are subject to the printers scheduling and shipping. For questions concerning prints or unique orders and items please contact Ashlee directly at amlambart@gmail.com.

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Get Your Hands on Original Hero Art from DW Studios

When times are hard and life looks bleak, the world needs the great among us to step forward. Do you have what it takes to be a Circle Superhero? DW Studios has partnered with Circle Theatre to offer some help in these troubling times. For several weeks to come, you will have the opportunity to purchase one of a kind original comic artwork, delivered free to your home, with all of the proceeds going directly to Circle Theatre. If the arts can’t support each other, the arts will fall. You can be the one to rise up!

For more information regarding available images and purchasing please email DW Studios at dwstudiospayment@gmail.com or message them directly through Instagram at d.w.studiosmi.

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Show Circle Some Love by Donating

JOIN OUR CIRCLE

Circle Theatre relies on your support. Your gift enables Circle to continue to bring high quality plays, musicals and children’s theatre to life. It also allows Circle Theatre to maintain its Seat for Every Child program, underwriting tickets for underserved and underprivileged children and schools.

Ticket sales only provide 62% of Circle Theatre’s operating budget. Please help to bridge the gap and donate today. We are committed to making the best possible use of your gift, to shape and advance the theatre we share with our community each year. Your support makes a difference, and makes our work possible.

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Donate Your Ticket Cost

Have a ticket for a performance that you can’t use? Consider donating the cost of your ticket back to the theatre. Give our Box Office a call at 616.456.6656 for assistance.