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.

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The oud (pronounced "ood") is one of the more ancient musical instruments still actively utilized around the world.  You'll have a rare local opportunity to hear the oud played by a virtuoso on the instrument today (Friday Sept.22) at 5:00pm in Missouri State University's Craig Hall Coger Theater.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University Theatre and Dance)

The Diary of Anne Frank, first published in its original Dutch edition in 1947—70 years ago-- documents the lives of two Jewish families living hidden in a secret attic in Amsterdam, Holland between 1942 and 1944, as described through the words of a 13- to 15-year-old girl.  She wrote about the group’s day-to-day survival under constant threat of capture—and worse.  Her writings, intelligent, witty and candid, deal with her relationships with her fellow fugitives; her first love; her ideals and aspirations; her reflections on good and evil; and her hopes for a future that never came.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Springfield Little Theatre opens its 83rd season with the musical "Mamma Mia!" at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut, Friday, September 15 through Sunday, October 8. Broadway star and Springfield native Kim Crosby stars as the mother, Donna. Performances start at 7:30pm on Thursdays-Saturdays and at 2pm on Sundays. Based on the hit songs by ABBA and the story by Catherine Johnson, "Mamma Mia!" tells the hilarious tale of 20-year-old Sophie, played by Sisilia Shaffer, living with her mother Donna on a sunny Greek island where Donna runs a small hotel. 

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There can be few sounds in pop music over the last fifty years as instantly recognizable as the smooth trumpet and playful, Latin-tinged tunes of Herb Alpert—trumpeter, composer, bandleader, record company co-founder, visual artist, philanthropist... and as I kidded him in a phone conversation we had a few weeks ago, “chief bottle washer.” “Gardener... I also take out the garbage... I’m in charge of a lot of stuff!” adds Alpert with a laugh.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre will present the Springfield-area premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People" opening this weekend and running through Sept. 24 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing downtown.  It's a co-production with Resident Artist Ensemble, directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude.