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 Contemporary Theatre)

"It's very exciting--and hilarious. Hopefully. When we get an audience in there we will see!" laughs Equity actor Nathan Shelton. "It's hilarious without an audience," Rick Dines assures him. Dines is Springfield Contemporary Theatre's Managing Artistic Director, and he is directing Nathan in the third part of the 2016 SCT Solo Play Festival at Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza: Joe Mantello's stage adaptation of the humorous essay by David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries ....

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Once again this holiday season Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, 311 E. Walnut, is producing Phillip Grecian's stage adaptation of humorist Jean Shepherd's now-classic A Christmas Story , which first saw the light of day in 1983 as a theatrical movie. Directing LT's production is the former Jessica Palmer, Little Theatre Education Specialist, and, since October 15, 2016, Jessica Bower . She and LT Lighting Designer Jamie Bower tied the knot between his finishing up...

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The 2016 Springfield Contemporary Theatre "Solo Play Festival" at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza presents three one-person plays depicting three great American humorists. Actor/playwright J.R. Stuart opened the festival with a show he wrote about Mark Twain, The Gospel According to Mark . Stuart is also directing the second of the three shows in the festival, Zero Hour by Jim Brochu, featuring David Rice as theater legend Zero Mostel. David calls the play “a real tribute” to...

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It's just part of the job. Violinist Yevgeny Kutik, the guest soloist with the Springfield Symphony this weekend, has done about 16 radio interviews around the country recently. Luckily, when my "phoner" with him was set up by his manager last week, he told me that "I'm just at the house working today." (I hate to feel like I'm imposing on a busy artist--but like I say, it's part of the job--mine and theirs.) Born in Minsk, Belarus, Yevgeny Kutik immigrated to the United States with his...

(photo courtesy J.R. Stuart)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza revives their "Solo Play Festival" this year with one-person plays depicting three great American humorists. Actor/director/playwright J.R. Stuart kicks off this year’s festival with a one-man show he wrote for himself, and has been performing it since 1993: The Gospel According to Mark . Mark Twain, that is. An Indiana native who attended Ball State University, J.R. changed from English to theater and never looked...

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