Arts News

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.

(Logo courtesy Messiah Project)

Messiah Project, the local Christian organization whose mission is to “present our Judeo-Christian heritage through the visual and performing arts,” will tour Austria and visit Krakow, Poland during a two-week performing and sightseeing trip later this month.  Some twenty members of the group’s Credo Chamber Choir, directed by Heather Nelson, will make the trip, along with frequent Messiah Project collaborator, Arkansas-based concert organist Jonathan Story, and soprano Kara Story.  They’ll give Springfield a preview of their concert-tour repertoire at a concert Sunday June 5th at 7:00pm a

(Photo courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

When the stage is lit up, the characters are actually in the dark.  When the stage is dark, the lights are actually on in the characters' world.  That may not make sense, but hopefully it will if you attend Springfield Contemporary Theatre's new production of Peter Shaffer's 1965 British farce Black Comedy, opening tonight and running through June 19 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, 311 E. Walnut, presents the stage musical version of "Little Shop of Horrors," with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, based on the cult-classic Roger Corman film.  Opening tonight (Friday May 20th), the production continues through June 5th.

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Boston-based soul-blues singer Ingrid Gerdes grew up here in Springfield, and is returning home for a performance—her first local gig in 15 years!—at Lindberg’s on Commercial Street on Saturday Feb. 21st from 7:00 to 9:00pm. 

John Darkhorse, host of KSMU’s Route 66 Blues Express, talked to Ingrid by phone for his program this week.  You’ll be able to hear the complete 12-minute conversation starting about 11:30pm Saturday night on KSMU, but here are some samples.

(Photo courtesy Missouri State University Department of Media, Journalism and Film)

The Missouri State University Department of Media, Journalism and Film has a couple of events coming up next week.  Producer/director/screenwriter Alex R.