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Magic Circle Theater, 1952
Established in 1952, Magic Circle Theater is New England's oldest theater by and for children ages eleven to fifteen, in session for six weeks during the summer. The company of young actors meets each day to rehearse, construct scenery, create costumes and perform. The summer's activities climax during the fourth, fifth, and sixth weeks with public performances of three plays in repertory for children in the Balch Arena Theater.
Magic Circle Theater emphasizes the importance of those backstage as well as those onstage. Each student appears onstage in one of the three productions and will assume a technical or backstage role in the others. Students will tackle a variety of technical positions from stage managers to ushers. Each day in the Magic Circle program is structured to include time for workshops in acting, music, dance, production design and construction.
The Magic Circle Theater is part of Tufts' Children's Theater Programs.