Paul Pierce and Larry Dooley run the two busiest theatre companies in Columbus  – the Springer Opera House and CSU Department of Theatre.  Together, they mount 35 productions and nearly 500 performances every year. This summer, the two theatre men will team up to launch a new venture aimed at attracting visitors to the city for stage entertainment, food, fun and adventure.  With the GRT Summer Theatre Festival, Columbus now has a summertime tourism attraction that will bring multi-generational travelers to town to spend several days here for stage shows, food, music, zip-lining and whitewater rafting.

5 Shows – 3 Theatres – 1 Great Low Price

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An audacious comic romp by the master of farce, Joe Orton. This bawdy classic comedy features a psychiatrist, his insatiable wife, a blackmailing bellhop, an innocent secretary and a befuddled cop. Clothes off, clothes on, rapid exits, mistaken identities. Rated PG16
May 18-20, 25-27, June 1-3,8,15,22 at 7:30 pm – CSU Riverside Theatre – Studio – “Bring Your Own Dinner” Theatre


Seven year-old Strawberry has lots of friends but she hates her freckles!  She goes to incredible lengths to cover those dreaded spots, including covering her head with an itchy ski mask.  Will she ever believe her mother who tells her she is PERFECT? Rated G
June 8-10,13-17,20-24 at 10:00 am and June 11,18 and 25 at 2:00 pm. CSU Riverside Theatre – Mainstage


Broadway’s Tony Award-winning mega-hit musical comedy.  It’s 1962 and Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the “Corny Collins Show.”  When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. Rated PG
June 9-10,16-17,23-24 at 7:30 pm – CSU Riverside Theatre – Mainstage


A hilarious children’s musical theatre showcase of fractured fairy tales. Chicken Little, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Princess and the Pea, Goldilocks and The Gingerbread Man all get a complete comic makeover.  Rated G
July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7 PM and July 9, 16, and 23 at 2 PM. McClure Theatre at Springer Opera House.


An unedited, uncensored late-night showcase of original works. Comedy, poetry, music, scenes, dance, rants, improv – no-holds-barred. 18-and-up. Beer and wine. Five-minute slots.
Every Friday Night, May 19 – July 21
Sign-up at 10:00 pm, Show starts at 10:30 pm. Springer Opera House 1st Avenue entrance.  Look for the Lady.