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Springfield Little Theatre's Education Program announces auditions for LT's seven youth perormance troupes for the 2010-2011 season. For the serious student who aspires to pursue a career in theatre, the SLT education program offers a formal training ground, a springboard and a home base. Students about to enter the 2nd through 5th grades will audition Monday July 26; students about to enter 6th thru 8th grades on Tuesday July 27; and students entering 9th-12th grades on Wednesday the 28, all at 4:30pm at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. Contact SLT Education Director Lorianne Dunn at 869-3869 x21 for more information.

Friday and Saturday July 30 & 31, Springfield Little Theatre's Summer Institute for kids will present the SLT Summer Institute kids present "Disney's Aladdin Jr.," an adaptation of the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman/Tim Rice musical featuring Aladdin, Jasmine, and of course the Genie. Times are Friday the 30th at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30, and Saturday the 31st at 12:30 and 2:30pm. All performances are at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. For tickets call the Landers Box Office at 869-1334 or visit www.springfieldlittletheatre.org.

Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut 4th floor, presents the Springfield-area premiere of the musical comedy "Song of Singapore" through August 15. Join the inhabitants of an exotic jazz club in Singapore in 1941 for an evening of music and laughs. The club’s chanteuse Rose has lost her memory, the wise-cracking members of the band are on the lookout for missing jewels, and the Japanese are about to attack. The show is part intrigue, part madcap fun. Gretchen Teague directs, with musical direction by Ned Wilkinson. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00 at the Vandivort Center 4th floor theatre. For tickets call 831-8001 (outside Springfield toll-free 1-888-452-0930.

The Front Porch, 310 S. Avenue, will host a concert Saturday July 24 at 8:00pm, featuring The Holiday along with SaulPaul, Turning tables, and Skyler Smith. For more information call 865-2673 (CORE) or visit www.thecoredown.com/calendar.html.

A free bluegrass music show will be held Saturday July 17 from 12:30 to 4:00pm at the Northview Senior Center, 301 E. Talmadge in Springfield (just inside the entrance to Doling Park), with performances by the bands Flat Creek, Old Wire Road, High Hopes, and Lost Hill. For more information call Dallas Hicks at 861-2038.

The Traditional Dance & Music Society of the Ozarks will hold their next contra dance Saturday July 17 from 7:30 to 10:30pm at the Franciscan Villa in Springfield. Come early at 7:00pm to learn the basic steps. Live music will be provided by the Shortleaf Band with caller Debra Harpe. Admission is $6 adults, $4 students. For information visit www.springfieldcontra.org or call 862-8681.

School Bus



Many Springfield school buses need to be replaced, and thanks to a $3 million lease-purchase contract, 31 new sets of wheels will go round and round Springfield with the start of the new school year next month. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has more.

The National Weather Service has issued another heat advisory for Springfield, and once again, local cooling centers are ready and willing to let everyone enjoy their air conditioning. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes tells us how cooling centers aren’t just for the less fortunate.

Joe's Tire Shop

As the mercury rises in the Ozarks, people continue to do whatever they can to escape from the excessive temperatures. For many folks, that means relying upon their cars to get them around safely and comfortably. However, hot weather can also have a negative impact upon the vehicles we depend upon. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with local car experts to learn more about steps for a smooth-riding summer.