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  • February 16, 2011 02:21 PM

    Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut 4th floor, announces auditions for some upcoming productions. The World Premiere of "SHEER WILL," a modern comic opera with music by Herbert Kaplan, book & lyrics by James Billings will take place in June. Auditions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday Feb.22nd and 23rd at 6:30pm at the Vandivort Theatre. Bring one classic Broadway or light-opera song. Rick Dines will direct the production. And Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus,' directed by Bob Bradley, will be performed in early May at the Vandivort; auditions are set for Monday and Tuesday Feb.28 and March 1, both at 6:30pm at the Vandivort Theatre. Prepare a two-minute speech For more information about these shows and auditions call 831-8001 or visit www.vctheatre.com.

  • February 16, 2011 02:16 PM

    Pro Musica Joplin presents the Ying String Quartet in concert Thursday March 3rd at 7:00pm at St.Peter's Catholic Church, 812 S. Pearl in Joplin. Now in its second decade, the three Ying siblings are joined by first violinist Ayano Ninomiya for an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications; they currently serve as artists in residence at both Harvard University and the Eastman School of Music. Their program in Joplin on March 3rd will include Mendelssohn's Quartet in F minor; Dvorak's "American Quartet;" and music by Paul Moravec and John Novacek. The concert is free and open to the public, but donations will be appreciated. The Ying Quartet’s appearance in Joplin is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. For more information call Pro Musica at (417) 625-1822, or visit



  • February 16, 2011 02:08 PM

    The Drury University Theatre Department presents Neil Simon's farce "Rumors," directed by Dr. Robin Schraft, Wed-Fri March 2-4 at 8:00 pm and Saturday Mar.5 at 2:00 and 8:00pm in Wilhoit Theatre, located in the Breech School of Business Administration building on the Drury campus. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 seniors and students. Call the Wilhoit Theatre box office Mon-Fri 1-5pm starting Feb.21st at 873-7255.

  • February 16, 2011 09:27 AM

    Coming to the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Inge’s "Bus Stop," a warm and affecting comedy that examines some of the many faces of love. As down-home characters interact in a street corner restaurant during the course of a turbulent night, extraordinary qualities are revealed in seemingly ordinary people. There's a single performance of "Bus Stop" Thursday Feb.24 at 7:30pm, with an introduction to the performance at 6:45pm by MSU Associate Professor of Theatre Dr.Christopher Herr. The following Thursday, March 3rd at 7:30pm, Hammons Hall presents one of the legendary blues-rock acts for more than 40 years, Hot Tuna with Rock'n'Roll Hall of Famers Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady joined by blues harmonica icon Charlie Musselwhite and 2-time Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale, for an evening of blues, jazz and bluegrass. Giving the introduction to the performance at 6:45pm on March 3rd will be Monte Lorts, Talent Buyer for Ozarks Music Fest. For tickets call 836-7678 or toll-free 1(888) 476-7849, or visit www.hammonshall.com.

  • February 16, 2011 09:19 AM

    All this month at The Front Porch, 310 South Avenue downtown, artist Sam Mills from St. Louis presents a collection of two-dimensional art with inspirational spiritual messages. For information, visit www.thecoredowntown.com or call 865-2673 (CORE).

  • February 15, 2011 10:54 AM

    The "First Wednesday Noon Concert Series" at University Heights Baptist Church will continue with a concert featuring oboist Julie Combs, head of the Missouri State University Music Department. The concert takes place in the University Heights Chapel at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Dr.Combs has performed regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral oboist on the oboe, oboed'amore and English horn. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the church’s website at www.uhbc.org.

  • February 15, 2011 10:49 AM

    Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut 4th floor, presents Ken Ludwig's Marx Brothers-esque comedy "Lend Me A Tenor" Feb.18 through March 5th, directed by Rick Dines. It’s September 1934, and Cleveland’s premiere opera producer is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The tickets are sold, the stage is set, the orchestra is ready, but he’s lost his tenor. It’s only a matter of hours before the curtain is to rise on the gala benefit performance of Verdi's "Otello" and world famous tenor Tito Merelli wasn't at the train station as planned. Tito’s hotel suite becomes busier than a train station as the uptight impresario, his sneaky daughter, a nebbish assistant, the overbearing chairwoman of the opera guild, the lustful leading lady, the temperamental wife and the star-struck hotel bellboy are all in and out as the star is found, lost again and found once more. Performances at the Vandivort are Friday and Saturday Feb.18 and 19, and Thursday thru Saturday Feb.24-26 and March 3-5 all at 7:30pm, with 2:00pm Sunday matinees on Feb.20 and 27. The cast includes David DePriest, Leigh Anne DePriest, Ali and Todd Smith, Heather Ludwig, Whitney Ice, Patrick Schuster, and David Schmittou, who appears courtesy of Actor's Equity under a "Special Appearance" contract. For tickets call 831-8001 or visit www.vctheatre.com.

  • February 15, 2011 10:40 AM

    The "Musical Offerings" concert series at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, 820 E. Cherry at Hammons Parkway, presents flutist Jill Heyboer, harpist Jeremy Chesman and members of Credo Dance Academy on Sunday Feb.20th at 2:30pm in the church atrium. The program includes duets for flute and harp by C.P.E. Bach and Vincent Persichetti, and both classical and liturgical dance works. It's free and open to the public. For more information call the church at 862-5068.

  • February 15, 2011 10:37 AM

    Drury University will present its annual "Peter and the Wolf" concert on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm in the O’Reilly Family Event Center on the Drury campus. The performance at 10:30 am is free and open to the public while the later performance is reserved for Springfield Public School students. A combination of students from the Department of Music and professional musicians from the Springfield area, including Drury faculty, perform the music for the event. Additionally, a representative from the Dickerson Park Zoo will make a brief presentation about wildlife ecology. For more information call 873-7298.

  • February 15, 2011 10:25 AM

    The Springfield Regional Arts Council, with help from the Junior League of Springfield, will offer a community-wide Free Art Day at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N.Sherman Parkway across from Hammons Field, Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Several fun activity stations will be available, including Mardi Gras mask-making, St. Patrick’s Day clover weaving, and printmaking. The Springfield-Greene County Library will also provide storytelling at 10:45 and 11:15. All ages and artistic abilities are welcome for the hands-on art activities, and no registration is required. Every participant can create and take home one item at each station, with instruction and supplies provided by Springfield Regional Arts Council staff and volunteers. The Arts Council holds Fre Art Day the 3rd Saturday of every other month, coinciding with "Center City Saturdays" in downtown Springfield. For more information call 862-2787 (ARTS) or visit www.springfieldarts.org.