(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

"It's very exciting--and hilarious.  Hopefully. When we get an audience in there we will see!" laughs Equity actor Nathan Shelton. "It's hilarious without an audience," Rick Dines assures him. Dines is Springfield Contemporary Theatre's Managing Artistic Director, and he is directing Nathan in the third part of the 2016 SCT Solo Play Festival at Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza: Joe Mantello's stage adaptation of the humorous essay by David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Once again this holiday season Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, 311 E. Walnut, is producing Phillip Grecian's stage adaptation of humorist Jean Shepherd's now-classic A Christmas Story, which first saw the light of day in 1983 as a theatrical movie.

Michele Skalicky

Santa Claus visited with children who have hearing impairments to find out what they want for Christmas during an event Friday at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

Santa communicated with the more than 100 kids using sign language.  Linda Cheek is president and co-founder of the Deaf Awareness Group of Southwest Missouri, which organized the event.

"It's really, really good for the kids to get to sign to Santa what they want for Christmas.  Their faces just light up that someone understands them," she said.

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The Midtown Neighborhood Association will host the 25th annual Victorian Christmas Homes Tour tonight (12/2) from 5 to 9 and tomorrow (12/3) from noon to 5.  The tour will feature five historic homes decorated for the holidays and three historic buildings.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Ralph Plank, owner of one of the homes on the tour, about the event.

A Gesture of Peace

Dec 2, 2016

This is Marideth Sisco for These Ozarks Hills. Well, we’ve come to it again, the yearly descent into the long dark, an occasion that is as much metaphor as is the reality of day length. It won’t console us a bit that while we descend into winter, the southern hemisphere is just now entering spring, even though that’s the reason we are able to eat strawberries in January or cherries in March. They all come from the land down under – somewhere down under, as likely to be Chile as New Zealand.