Randy Stewart

Fine Arts Producer

Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning "Arts News." Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He's also become the de facto "Voice of KSMU" in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Ozzie Award" in 2006.

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(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Let’s do the Time Warp again! Richard O'Brien's cult favorite, "The Rocky Horror Show," Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s top-selling show, is back--as if for the first time—in a production directed by Nathan Shelton at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University)

Robert T. Gibson completed his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Missouri State University last spring.  He now lives and works in Hershey, Pennsylvania, but is back in Springfield this week to conduct a concert by a nearly 30-voice chorus he founded two years ago, the Missouri State University Multicultural Ensemble, on Sunday October 8 at 7:30 pm in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  It's free and open to the public, with seating right on the Hammons Hall stage.  MSU President Clif Smart will offer opening remarks before the performance.

(Photo courtesy Limmie Pulliam)

It’s hard to believe, but Springfield Regional Opera has been in operation for 36 years.  And to open their 37th season, SRO is producing an opera I, frankly, never expected them to attempt, but have always wished they could produce: Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece Otello.  But they’ve found a cast that can sing the work—particularly the problematic title role—and a way to perform it as economically as possible: in a semi-staged concert version, with the orchestra on the stage.  And they’re only doing one performance: Saturday October 7th at 8:00pm in the Juanita K.

(Poster design courtesy Manhattan Short Film Festival)

"This is the 20th year for the Manhattan Short Film Festival, and it just gets bigger and better every year.  We got more people every year." 

(Poster design courtesy Classic Arts Inc.)

Classic Arts Inc., incorporating the Mosaic Vocal Ensemble, is dedicated to the promotion and presentation of classical fine arts with vocal music being promoted most prominently.  They’ll present “Love is a Four-Letter Word: Of Maids and Men,” a musical double feature featuring baritone Marvin Murphree and soprano Genevieve Fulks in three performances at the Lyric Theatre, 113 W. Rush Street in Harrison, Arkansas: Friday and Saturday Sept.29 and 30 at 7:00pm and Sunday Oct. 1st at 2:00pm. 

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