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 Missouri State University Tent Theatre)

This morning on “Arts News” we got to meet one of the professional Equity actors appearing during this 56th season of Missouri State University Tent Theatre.  Tracy Bidleman has already been seen as Mrs. Vernon-Williams in “Cry Baby the Musical,” and she’ll play the title role in the musical romp “The Drowsy Chaperone” starting July 11.

(Logo design courtesy Springfield Ballet)

Springfield Ballet presents its 7th annual Young Choreographers Showcase Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 PM in the Springfield Art Museum auditorium. This student-produced production includes original ballet, modern and jazz choreography as well as improvised dance inspired by works at Springfield Art Museum. 

(Poster design courtesy Actors Theatre of Missouri)

Since 2013, Actors Theatre of Missouri has presented the works of William Shakespeare at the Springfield Art Museum with their "Shakespeare at the Columns" series at the Art Museum's outdoor amphitheatre--weather permitting, of course. Their Shakespeare plays are free and open to the public. Since their first production of "Romeo and Juliet," over 2,500 audience members have seen Shakespeare's works brought to life by Actors Theatre's actors, designers, and technicians.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Pershing and Robberson downtown) opens its 2018-19 season TONIGHT (Fri June 8) with "A Grand Night for Singing," a musical revue featuring songs by two of musical theatre's greatest songwriters, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who created some of the most romantic music in the Great American Songbook.  Behind the plots, characters, carnivals and surreys with the fringe on top are beautiful stories about people falling in – and out – of love.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

The story is all new. The hits are all Elvis.  Featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, based on the book by Joe DiPietro and inspired by Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night," "All Shook Up" concludes Springfield Little Theatre's season at the Landers Theater, 311 E. Walnut, June 8-24.

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