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 Drury University Department of Theatre will present "Violet," a profoundly powerful musical that follows the journey of a young, disfigured woman searching for the healing touch of an evangelist and the restoration of her lost beauty. Music by Jeanine Tesori, Libretto by Brian Crawley, Based on the short story by Doris Betts. Directed by Robert Westenberg, the play opens on Wednesday, November 12th and runs through Saturday the 15th at 7:30pm each evening in the Wilhoit Theatre on the Drury campus, along with a Saturday matinee.

(Logo courtesy Logan-Rogersville School District)

Logan-Rogersville High School, 4700 S. State Hwy 125, Rogersville (65742), will present the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" Nov.13-15 and the 20th through the 22nd in the auditorium.  This is one of those increasingly common stage musicals that was derived from a motion picture, instead of the other way around.  And it's become popular with high school theater departments.  Music Director for the production, Rebecca Beringer, says they felt they could fill the roles in the show "very well with the talent at L-R. And we chose it because we just absolutely adored the music.

(Logo courtesy Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra)

Founded in 2005, the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is a regional community orchestra comprising more than 100 professionals, students, and enthusiasts.  The orchestra's next concert is Sunday November 2nd at 6:00pm in Drury University's Clara Thompson Hall.  Music Director Christopher Koch will conduct Ralph Vaughan Williams' song cycle "On Wenlock Edge" with tenor Stephen Bomgardner, and Mozart's Symphony No. 39.  Tickets will be available only at the door beginning one hour before the concert (5:00 PM in Clara Thompson lobby).  General admissions, cash or check only. 


Join Tabula Rasa Theatre Production Company for a story that will appeal to people of all ages: "The Arkansaw Bear" by Aurand Harris, to be performed Friday and Saturday Nov. 7 and 8 at 6:30pm at the Discovery Center of Springfield.  Saddened and bewildered at her grandfather's approaching death, Tish runs to her "special tree." There, in a world of fantasy provided by her wish on a star, she meets the world's greatest dancing bear. He is old, like her grandfather, and is running away—from death.

(logo courtesy Southwest Missouri Museum Associates)

Art is an important part of the development of any community.  Given the challenges of funding for art programs today, Springfield and surrounding communities are fortunate to have the Springfield Art Museum.   Its long and proud history dates back to 1926 when the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA) organized the Art Study Club.  In 1928 that club was incorporated as “Springfield Art Museum” and later deeded the Museum to the City of Springfield.  Today, Southwest Missouri Museum Associates exists for the purpose of promoting and supporting the Springfield Art Museum and art in s