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.

Springfield Contemporary Theatre's monthly "Sunday Songbook" series, which is usually scheduled on the second Sunday evening during each of the company's mainstage productions, presents members of the area theatre community in intimate concert performances in a wide variety of musical styles.


Conservatory of the Ozarks offers individualized fine arts instruction and music lessons from degreed and experienced faculty, for students of all ages and all levels of experience (including no experience).  The Conservatory is accepting entries for their annual Summer Talent Show, to take place Saturday August 2nd from 5:00 to 10:00 pm at the Chesterfield Village Fountain behind Garbo’s Pizzeria, 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd.

(Photo: KSMU/Randy Stewart)

Based on the 1965 Hollywood film, the Civil War-era musical "Shenendoah," which debuted on Broadway in 1975, is based on the original film screenplay, but with songs by Gary Geld and Peter Udell added. It’s not a well-known show, and not often performed.  But area residents will have the opportunity to see a fully-staged production of "Shenendoah" when Mount Vernon Community Theatre and Rebel’s Bluff Troupe collaborate perform the musical Thursday through Saturday July 24-26 at 7:00pm and Sunday the 27th at 3:00pm at the MARC (Mount Vernon Arts & Recreation Center), 822 W.

Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents the tender, funny and uplifting musical "The Spitfire Grill" at SCT Center Stage in the Wilhoit Building (corner of Pershing and Robberson) July 11-27 at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sundays July 13, 20 & 27 all at 2:00pm. Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff.