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The ten organizations of the Springfield Theatre Alliance held a press conference at the Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield to announce their live performances for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. KSMU’s Justin Lux was there to cover the story.
Contributing to the alliance is Springfield’s Little Theatre. In its 76th season, the theatre expects to bring a line-up of performances, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS in September. Other musicals will include Big River and Chicago, as well as the plays Treasure Island and Miracle on 34th Street.
At Missouri State University, the theatre and dance program will be performing several shows, but managing director Mark Templeton says December’s performance of White Christmas is one to keep an eye out for.
"In 2010 and 2011 we fully expect the production of White Christmas to be definitely spectacular, but also a patron favorite. It’s rare that the rights to this production have been given and it’s just recently been available. So we’re really excited about being able to put that show on the big stage,” says Templeton.
Another alliance member, The Skinny Improv, is an improv comedy group that uses audience suggestions to make up things as they go along. In its eighth season, The Skinny Improv offers shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. This year, it plans to show The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, as well as a comendy and a musical all this summer.
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.