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)

Let’s do the Time Warp again! Richard O'Brien's cult favorite, "The Rocky Horror Show," Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s top-selling show, is back--as if for the first time—in a production directed by Nathan Shelton at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University)

Robert T. Gibson completed his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Missouri State University last spring.  He now lives and works in Hershey, Pennsylvania, but is back in Springfield this week to conduct a concert by a nearly 30-voice chorus he founded two years ago, the Missouri State University Multicultural Ensemble, on Sunday October 8 at 7:30 pm in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  It's free and open to the public, with seating right on the Hammons Hall stage.  MSU President Clif Smart will offer opening remarks before the performance.

(Photo courtesy Limmie Pulliam)

It’s hard to believe, but Springfield Regional Opera has been in operation for 36 years.  And to open their 37th season, SRO is producing an opera I, frankly, never expected them to attempt, but have always wished they could produce: Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece Otello.  But they’ve found a cast that can sing the work—particularly the problematic title role—and a way to perform it as economically as possible: in a semi-staged concert version, with the orchestra on the stage.  And they’re only doing one performance: Saturday October 7th at 8:00pm in the Juanita K.

(Poster design courtesy Manhattan Short Film Festival)

"This is the 20th year for the Manhattan Short Film Festival, and it just gets bigger and better every year.  We got more people every year." 

(Poster design courtesy Classic Arts Inc.)

Classic Arts Inc., incorporating the Mosaic Vocal Ensemble, is dedicated to the promotion and presentation of classical fine arts with vocal music being promoted most prominently.  They’ll present “Love is a Four-Letter Word: Of Maids and Men,” a musical double feature featuring baritone Marvin Murphree and soprano Genevieve Fulks in three performances at the Lyric Theatre, 113 W. Rush Street in Harrison, Arkansas: Friday and Saturday Sept.29 and 30 at 7:00pm and Sunday Oct. 1st at 2:00pm. 

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