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

(Still courtesy Moxie Cinema)

Local artist and actor Andie Bottrell has directed, written, produced, edited and stars in "Seek Help," a ten-episode dramedy web series that was shot here in Springfield.  She’ll screen the entire first season, binge-style—each episode is only 5 to 10 minutes in length, so all together it comes out to an hour and 12 minutes, roughly feature-film length—at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Suite 101, Sunday June 25th at 6:30pm.

(Photo courtesy Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts)

Coming next week to the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts: the multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman will present their new national touring show "Voices of Angels", Thursday June 15 at 7:00pm.  "Voices of Angels" showcases the voices of Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and introduces their newest member, Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition.

(Photo courtesy Rock House Center for the Arts)

Rock House Center for the Arts in Reeds Spring, MO presents the 13th Annual Rock House Outdoor Music Festival Saturday June 3rd starting at 2:00pm at Flavie Field, 22601 Main Street in Reeds Spring. Gates open at 1:30—“11:00pm is when the city shuts us down,” says Jeannette Baird of Rock House.  She says the soccer field is about two blocks—“walking distance”—from the Rock House.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Art Museum)

I have to give props to young actres Molly Grotha--after a grueling opening night she made it to the KSMU studios this morning right on time, to come on "Arts News" to promote Actors Theatre of Missouri's production (in association with The Dangerous Playground and Rice Theatricals) of the chaotic, wildly funny spoof of The Bard and all 37 of his known plays (!), "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" in the "revised" version by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing downtown, opens their 23rd season tonight (Friday May 26) with the ultimate celebration of 1960s female empowerment: "BEEHIVE--The '60's Musical." Director Josh Inman came in this morning to discuss the show on KSMU "Arts News," and with him as SCT's Co-Artistic Director Rick Dines (more on that change in Dines' job title below), who provided a detailed rundown of the new season.

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