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All the World’s A Stage: Five Places to Catch a Live Theatrical Performance in the Region

The Wharton Center for Performing Arts may bring Broadway productions to the region, but there are countless venues to see more intimate performances throughout Greater Lansing. Community theater enriches the artistic and creative talents in the region. The best part about live theater is you’re a big part of the show, because an audience helps bring the performance to life. Here’s five spots to take in a show in the area.

Riverwalk Theatre
As the name indicates, Riverwalk Theatre sits on the banks of the Grand River at 228 Museum Drive in Lansing. The renovated warehouse hosts everything from children’s shows and musicals to adult dramas and comedies, and the site serves as the home for the nonprofit Community Circle Players. See the scheduled upcoming performances at riverwalktheatre.com/season-36.html.

Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.
The classic and contemporary Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. at 2200 Lake Lansing Road in Lansing is named after the creek that runs near the Mason childhood home of company founder Chad Swan-Badgero. The theater strives to entertain while addressing societal issues that raise awareness and encourage dialogue. Visit peppermintcreek.org/season/2023-2024-season.

Williamston Theatre
Nestled in the heart of its historic downtown at 122 S. Putnam St., the Williamston Theatre has offered intimate storytelling experiences to entertain and foster empathy for the human journey since 2005. A renovation of the theater building was wrapped up in 2020. Check out upcoming performances at williamstontheatre.org/shows.

All-of-us Express
The East Lansing-based All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre is preparing the next generation of local thespians. Produced for kids and by kids, the organization introduces youth to all aspects of the theatrical process, helping them develop skills and grow in confidence since its founding in 1989. Visit the schedule of shows at allofusexpress.org/calendar.html.

Summer Circle Theatre
For more than 55 years, Summer Circle Theatre has been presenting free outdoor stage performances in collaboration with the Michigan State University Department of Theatre. Shows for families and guests of all ages take place on the banks of the Red Cedar River along Auditorium Road in East Lansing. For a schedule, visit theatre.msu.edu/sct/.

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