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.

Ways to Connect

(Poster design courtesy Queen City Voices)

Founded less than three years ago by Artistic Director Jonathan Raney, Queen City Voices promotes, through vocal and choral music, “equality and positive enrichment for the lives of (their) members, the Springfield queen city area and our community at large.”  The group’s annual Christmas concert, called “A Brassy, Classy Christmas,” will be performed in a FREE concert Sunday December 10 at 2:00pm in the auditorium of the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. Chorus Manager Amy Hoogstraet Safley visited KSMU to talk about the ensemble and the concert.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre will present an encore run of David Sedaris’s hilariously irreverent holiday show The Santaland Diaries December 8 thru 17 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing. Sedaris’ side-splitting send-up of Christmas focuses on his brief, misguided career as a Santa's elf at Macy’s in New York. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Ballet)

Springfield Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's ballet classic The Nutcracker has been a local holiday tradition for more than 30 years.  I talked with the company's Artistic and School Director, Ashley Paige Romines, about this year's version.

(Poster design courtesy A Cub Bella)

Founded in 2002, A Cub Bella is the premier female a cappella vocal group at Missouri State University.  A Cub Bella president Jessica Durham and the group’s publicity director Shelby Graham joined us in-studio to talk about their fall concert “Bellas Reloaded,” which takes place Saturday December 2nd at 7:00pm in MSU’s Plaster Student Union Theater.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

“To Thine Elf Be True.”

Some of you attended the national touring production of Elf the Musical about a year ago at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall.  The show is based on the popular holiday fish-out-of-water comedy film starring Will Farrell.  Springfield Little Theatre will present a “Junior” version of Elf the Musical, cut down in length somewhat from the “big” stage show and suitable for a cast of youth players, November 24 through December 10 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut.

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