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.

(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.

(Poster design courtesy Gillioz Theatre)

Pleasant Hope natives JC Fisher and Carla Wooton are brother and sister.  He claims she was always the musical one in the family, while playing ball was his thing.  But they both now enjoy thriving musical careers:  Wooton is the Assistant Director of the Springfield Youth Symphony, an audition-only orchestra of 65 young musicians sponsored by Springfield Public Schools.  Fisher is founder of the group “The Texas Tenors,” who achieved national fame on NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent and used that as a springboard to an international performing career, including being named the Number Ten Cla

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Arts Council)

"This is an iconic weekend--it's called 'Artsfest weekend,'" says Marty Goodnight.  He's the Chair of the Artsfest Committee, and of course he's talking about Artsfest on Walnut Street, southwest Missouri's largest fine arts festival, which will celebrate its 37th year (yes!) Friday and Saturday May 6 and 7 in the Walnut Street Historic District, bounded by Kimbrough Avenue on the west and National Avenue on the east.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University Theatre and Dance)

Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department presents the annual pring Dance Concert: "Movement in Flux," coordinated by Ruth Barnes and choreographed by MSU dance faculty and a guest artist, in four performances in the Craig Hall Coger Theatre: Thursday through Saturday May 4-6 all at 7:30pm and Sunday May 7 at 2:30pm.  The dance works are all performed by MSU Theatre and Dance students.

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