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Springfield Little Theatre will open 2018 with the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim musical "West Side Story," Jan.19-Feb.4 at the Landers Theatre.  Two idealistic young lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs in mid-20th-century New York City: the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.  Tony, best friend to the leader of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, sister of the Sharks’ leader.  We talked about this production with director and choreographer Lorianne Dunn, and singer-actress Genevieve Fulks, who plays the female lead Maria.

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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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Learn to love the skin you’re in with Springfield Little Theatre’s production of "Freckleface Strawberry the Musical" at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut.  This show for the whole family is based on actress Julianne Moore's best-selling books, and it's co-directed by Zoe Zelonky and Clayton Avery.

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Tonight (Friday March 31st) Springfield Little Theatre begins its three-week run of the first ever rock opera by the authors of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Evita" (and the composer of "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera":  Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar."  Director/choreographer Lorianne Dunn says she's "excited" about the production, which has wowed audiences for more than 40  years with its emotionally intense, edgy, thought-provoking and explosively theatrical depiction of Christ’s final days, propelled by a stirring, driving and majestic

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Springfield Ballet celebrates its 40th anniversary season this year, and the company has presented an annual holiday production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for 31 of those years.  This year’s performances are December 16-19 at the Landers Theatre, but prior to that the company will offer “A Night for the Nutcracker,” a fundraising evening during which the new set will be revealed to the public.

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