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For the first time in the history of Springfield theatre, the city’s seven theatre companies announced their seasons together. KSMU’s Nathan McVay was at Thursday’s press conference and has this report.
Coming to a theatre near you; Boy bands, Frankenstein, zombies and a trip to Wonderland.Seven Springfield theaters formally introduced the newly created Springfield Theatre Alliance along with the lineups of all of their 2009-2010 productions.
Jeff Jenkins is the executive managing producer for the Swan Repertory Theatre, and a leading organizer of the theatre alliance. He says it was only a matter of time before something like the alliance came about.
“It just felt like a really nice time for everyone to kinda, ‘you know what we are playing the same game, let’s play on the same team.' It’s been really exciting to kind of sit back and watch the development over the past couple of months,” he said.
The press conference also served as a birthday celebration for Springfield Little Theatre and the building the theater company performs in. This year will be Little Theatre’s 75th season, and the Landers Theater Stage will be turning 100.
Katie Keller is the marketing director for the Springfield Little Theatre. She says the timing couldn’t be better for the alliance.
“Springfield is such a great theatre community in general. And for all the theatres to help support each other and help support us in this monumental year is really a great deal,” she said.
As the press conference concluded, Jenkins thanked everyone in attendance and stressed the importance of the theatre alliance’s mission.
“We’re just very excited about what's happening downtown and the center city area and supporting live theater and making Springfield a better place to live through strong live theatre. Thank you very much,” he said.
The Theatre Alliance consists of the Swan Rep Theatre, Little Theatre, Vandivort Center Theatre and Theatre Arts at the Gilloiz. It also includes Missouri State and Drury University, along with Ozarks Technical Community College.
A list of the theaters’ upcoming seasons is now available at each theater’s website. For KSMU news, I’m Nathan McVay.