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The Lookout | March 1, 2021

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‘Summer Under Stars’ kicks off in June

‘Summer Under Stars’ kicks off in June

By Shauna Stocken
Arts & Entertainment Writer

Join current LCC students and alumni as they perform in this summer’s annual arts festival, which features music, theater and dance.

“Summer Stage Under the Stars” at LCC is appropriate for anyone interested in a night out with friends or family members of any age.

“We like to have free theater events that are family-friendly events that people from the community can come and enjoy,” said Paige Tufford, the interim performing arts producer at LCC. “We encourage people to bring their coolers, bring lunch or whatever, and sit on the hill in the beautiful weather and watch our theater show.”

Each of the three events hosted this summer begins at 7 p.m. and run for approximately two hours. The festival kicks off June 20 to 24 with the production of “Treasure Island.”

Treasure Island is scheduled to be performed on LCC’s outdoor stage, located in the center of main campus.

“We try to choose shows that are exciting to watch outdoors,” Tufford said. “Treasure Island is certainly going to be one of those. Who doesn’t like pirates and sword fighting? … The outdoor amphitheater is a perfect venue for that show.”

The second show, “Victoria Martin” runs July 18 to 22. The production is about the popular Vickie Martin, who joins an all-male math team and all the chaos that ensues. That show is also scheduled for the outdoor stage on main campus.

Ending the Summer Under the Stars series is the “DANCE Lansing Summer Festival,” set for July 24 to 27 in Dart Auditorium.

During the “DANCE” event, the audience will experience different choreographers and dancers each night.

This year the collaboration will include traditional partners Happendance and LCC Performing Arts. There will also be contributions from associates at Everett High School Dance Program, Greater Lansing Academy of Dance, Greater Lansing Ballet Company, Keys to Creativity Lansing Mall, Lansing Lugnuts, Michigan State University Department of Theatre and the MSU Orchesis.

According to Tufford, every production and script is chosen by directors to be not only enjoyable to watch outdoors, but to cater to fun family nights out.

“I think that it’s important to let the community know that LCC is here and that we have a lot of talented people,” Tufford said.  “(We have) a lot of talented students and faculty who work very hard to give back to the community.”