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.

Messiah Project presents its 9th annual "Heritage of Hymns" concert featuring a community choir, community orchestra and the Springfield Boy Choir Saturday Oct. 15 at 7:00pm in the Evangel University Chapel Auditorium.  Sharon WIlkins is the choral director for the concert, with Larry Dissmore conducting the Messiah Project Orchestra.  Singers from various area churches and denominations join together in this concert to sing some of the greatest church music ever composed. 

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre's SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza will present the drama "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall, directed by Rick Dines, October 14-30.  This Olivier Award-winning drama about leadership, legacy, mortality and the man behind the myth is set on April 3, 1968, when an exhausted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. retires to his room, #306, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis after delivering the prophetic ‘Mountaintop’ speech at the Mason Temple during the sanitation workers’ strike.  Director Rick Dines calls Hall’s play “a historical fiction of sorts...

(Logo courtesy Southwest Missouri Art & Craft Guild)

The Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild produces Art in the Park, a fine art and contemporary craft show and sale, the second weekend in October each year. Celebrating its 22nd year, this year’s show will be held Saturday and Sunday October 8 and 9 in Sequiota Park in Springfield under the sponsorship of The Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Admission is free and open to the public.

(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).