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Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter and the gang are alive on stage in the musical that inspired the cult film. Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut 4th floor, brings Richard O’Brien’s outrageous interactive theatrical event, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, back to the Vandivort Stage October 8 through 31. The story of two clean cut kids who run into car trouble on a stormy night and seek help at the closest residence... little do they know they are in for an evening they will never forget. This production contains mature language and subject matter--whad'ya expect, it’s Rocky Horror! Nathan Shelton directs the production, with music director Brooke Stephens and choreographer Josh Inmon. It opens Friday Oct. 8th at 7:30pm, and continues Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30, and Sunday Oct.17 at 2:00pm, at the Vandivort. Call 831-8001 for tickets or visit www.springfieldcontemporarytheatre.org.

The Drury University Theatre Department opens its 2010-2011 season with Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party", directed by George Cron. Performances in the Studio Theatre (Springfield Hall, 2nd floor) will run Wed-Fri Oct.6-8 at 8:00pm and Saturday Oct.9 at 2:00 and 8:00pm. Stanley, a man with a mysterious past lives in a rundown boarding house in an English seaside town. Two sinister strangers arrive and turn Stanley’s birthday party into a nightmare. This play is intended for mature audiences. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 senior citizens and students. For ticket information and reservations contact the Theatre Box Office at 873-7255 Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m.

 

 

Books have had a rich history of, at times, being too controversial, especially for young audiences. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report on how this topic has reignited a spark in parents, educators and librarians across the Ozarks—and what the end result might be.

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The Springfield Police and Fire Departments have three new online tools to help make citizens more aware of crime and fire safety in the city. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

Allison Cash talks with Nora Cox, a member of the Missouri State University Communication Department faculty, about the continuing rise of women in leadership in the political arena.