Arts News

Friday, 10-11 a.m.

Every Friday morning, Randy Stewart talks with artists, performers, directors and administrators from the area visual and performing arts scene, and presents a comprehensive calendar of arts events.

(photo courtesy Springfield Regional Opera Guild)

Springfield Regional Opera Guild’s 18th Annual Hat Luncheon, a fundraiser for Springfield Regional Opera, will take place Saturday Sept.24 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in the Sunset Room at the Tower Club, 901 E. St. Louis Street. 

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

We had a fun time in the KSMU studio this morning attempting to keep control of a live interview with the director and two (adult) actors from Springfield Little Theatre’s season-opening production of the classic, Tony-winning musical Peter Pan: director Andy Willadsen, and actors Jeff Jenkins (the pirate Smee) and Aaron Campbell (in the dual role of Mr. Darling and Captain Hook). 

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University Theatre and Dance)

The Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department opens the 2016-17 school year with Jenny Laird's Ballad Hunter, directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude and performed in the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre TONIGHT (Friday Sept.23); Monday through Friday Sept. 26-30; and Monday Oct.3rd all at 7:30pm, with Sunday matinees at 2:30pm Sept.25 and Oct.2.

(Logo courtesy Manhattan Short Film Festival)

The Missouri State University Department of Media, Journalism and Film will once again be the ONLY venue in the state of Missouri for the 19th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, Saturday Sept.24 at 7:00pm in Plaster Student Union Theatre.  Over a one-week period, more than 100,000 people around the world view and vote for the film they think is best — making this the only global audience-choice film festival in the world. Ten outstanding films were selected from 844 entries submitted by 52 countries this year.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Who but Stephen Sondheim would conceive of a Broadway musical introducing the audience to nine of the most famous presidential assassins and would-be assassins in American history?  Sondheim’s musical Assassins opens a three-week run at Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Jefferson and Pershing downtown) September 16-October 9.  Directing the production is Gretchen Teague, with musical direction by Alex Huff, conducting what Rick Dines of SCT describes as “the largest orchestra we’ve had since the last Sondheim we did, Sweeney Todd.”