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 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.

(Photo courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer-winning play "Driving Miss Daisy", through December 3 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.   Local favorite Julie Bloodworth plays Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in Atlanta in the late 1940s (a character based on Uhry’s grandmother).  Her son deems her too old to drive and hires 60-year-old Hoke Colburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur.

(Poster design courtesy Logan-Rogersville High School)


The always ambitious Performing Arts Department at Logan-Rogersville High School presents Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” this weekend and next, for a total of six performances. After opening Friday night the 10th, the production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm as well as Saturday matinees at 3:00 at the high school, 8225 E Farm Road 174, now through November 18.  Two of the production’s principals, Carly Katzin (Jasmine) and Jackson Samuel (Aladdin), visited our studios Friday morning along with the show’s co-director and musical director, Rebecca Barringer.

(Photo courtesy University of Missouri-Columbia)

The October Sunday Songbook Series at Springfield Contemporary Theatre Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza will present Springfield native Steven Tharp in an intimate cabaret evening of music from the Great American Songbook. It's Sunday October 22 at 7:00p.m.

(Poster design courtesy Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild)

Many years ago the Springfield Park Board granted permission to the Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild to put on a small art and crafts festival in Sequiota Park in southeast Springfield.  23 years later, Art in the Park, the Guild's annual fine art and contemporary craft show and sale the second weekend of October, now hosts artists from all over the country—this year Alabama, Oklahoma and Kansas are represented in addition to Missouri and Arkansas artists and crafters.