Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort will hold auditions for the January show "Julie Bunny Must Die!" on Sunday October 24 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the Vandivort Center Theatre, 305 E. Walnut, 4th Floor. This lighthearted musical by Ned Wilkinson is about a cartoonist and his creation, Julie Bunny, International Spy, battling villains not only in the cartoon world, but in the cartoonist's life. Auditioners should prepare a pop-rock song and a short comic monologue roughly 30 to 90 seconds in length. There are roles for three men and two women. For more information call 831-8001.
The Sho-Me Statesmen Men's Barbershop Chorus, and the Ozark Showcase Sweet Adeline Women's Chorus present a joint show, "Snapshots in Time," Saturday Oct.16 at 7:00pm in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University. There will be performances by both choruses, numerous local quartets, and "Paradigm," a quartet from Des Moines. Tickets will be available at the door--$10 for the general public, and students FREE with ID. For more information visit www.shomestatesmen.org.
Art Sync Gallery, 880 San Martin in the Vineyard Square in Bolivar, MO, will feature "Farm and Ranch Life" Artwork for their October - November exhibit. The show opens with a reception Friday Oct.15 from 6 to 9pm, with Judy Domeny Bowen performing ballads, folk songs and farm songs. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
Did you know that the first quick-draw shootout of the Wild West took place right here in Springfield, MO, in 1865? The shootout on the square between Wild Bill Hickok and David Tutt was made famous in the February 1867 edition of Harper’s Magazine. Now, 143 years later, Artist Tim Schwartz of San Diego is seeking help from Springfield citizens to reimagine part of this historic tale. Tim’s project focuses on the conversion of old media – in this case the 1867 Harper’s article – to electronic media, focusing on what is "lost in translation." Specifically, what's lost is page 278 of the original Harper's article! Tim Schwarz wants Springfieldians to imagine what happened on that lost magazine page--writers can rewrite the missing page from factual information left out of the original article, or construct a fictional fantasy from whole cloth. Either way, the re-imagined text should begin where the original article leaves off, and end where the original picks up again. The full text is available on request. Submissions should be no more than 1100 words--5700 characters. Email text and questions to tim [dot] c [dot] schwarz [at] gmail [dot] com before November 15, or visit www.stat-us.org.
The Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield will hold a reception for its Fall 2010 Juried Art Show from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, November 5, on the fifth floor of the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The exhibit will continue until November 27. For more information visit www.visartalliance.com.
“HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY”, The Music & Legend of Hank Williams, by Randal Myler & Mark Harelik, , will be presented in its Springfield debut by LuMaxx Productions at the Gillioz Theatre and LuMaxx Productions October 27-31. Maxine Whittaker will direct this musical biography of one of the greatest innovators of American popular music. Hank Williams was posthumously awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to American music. The play follows Hank Williams from his beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride radio show at KWKH in Shreveport, to his triumph on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, to his eventual self-destruction at age twenty-nine. Along the way there are 25 Hank Williams songs. Branson performer Tim Hadler stars as Hank Williams, along with Clarentz Brewer, Larry Teague, and Lynda Ellis. Performances at the Gillioz will be Wednesday through Saturday Oct.27-30 at 7:30pm and Sunday the 31st at 2:30pm. A little-known fact about Hank Williams: he suffered all his life with Spina Bifida; a portion of the show's proceeds will be donated to St.John's Children's Specialty Clinic for treatment of Spina Bifida and other children's diseases. For tickets call 863-9491.
The First Wednesday Noon Concert Series at University Heights Baptist Church features Impact Brass in their next concert in the University Heights Chapel at noon Wednesday, November 3. The quintet is made up of Bob Thurman, Bruno Schmidt, Denny Pilant, Yates Trotter and Bob Holden. They've been playing together for almost 25 years, mostly for their own entertainment, but occasionally for weddings, funerals, special events--and concerts like this one. It's free and open to the public. For more information visit the church's website at www.uhbc.org.
The Springfield Regional Arts Council will feature Dr. James Baumlin of the Missouri State University English Department as the guest speaker for The Creamery Writers’ Workshop on Thursday, October 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. Baumlin will demonstrate new means of facilitating information of historical data. Stressing that this technique can be used generally by anyone, Dr. Baumlin noted that he became interested after his family bought a house built in 1840 and he wanted to learn its history. He discovered some letters of the mid-19th century, then gradually more extending through the entire Civil War period. Just this year the collection has been collated and a finished manuscript turned over this month to MSU’s Moon City Press for publication, an edition which may prove to be the first of its kind of correspondence written solely by women. The Creamery Writers' Workshop is an outreach program of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and is free and open to all writers, regardless of age or genre. No registration is required. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in The Creamery Arts Center at 411 N. Sherman Parkway, right across from Hammons Field. For further information, call the Springfield Regional Arts Council, 417-862-ARTS(2787).