Landers Theatre

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Ballet)

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.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

We had a fun time in the KSMU studio this morning attempting to keep control of a live interview with the director and two (adult) actors from Springfield Little Theatre’s season-opening production of the classic, Tony-winning musical Peter Pan: director Andy Willadsen, and actors Jeff Jenkins (the pirate Smee) and Aaron Campbell (in the dual role of Mr. Darling and Captain Hook). 

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Springfield Little Theatre has just opened its production of the stage-musical version of the 1992 film comedy Sister Act at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut.  The production runs through April 3rd: Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, with two additional Saturday 2:30pm matinees on March 26 and April 2.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, 311 E. Walnut, presents "Disney's Alladin Jr." February 18-28, based on the 1992 Disney animated film.  This is actually LT's second go-round with this version of Alladin, designed specifically to be performed by a cast ages 18 and younger, and intended for family audiences with an approximately 70-minute running time.  LT first performed Alladin Jr. in 2007.  Lorianne Dunn, the show's director, was also at the helm in '07, and she says that, if possible, this year's production is "even bigger!

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Aaron Sorkin's 1992 Oscar-nominated film A Few Good Men is the powerful story of two U.S. Marines on trial for the murder of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  A callow young Navy lawyer, known as the "king of the plea bargains," is put in charge of the accused Marines' defense team. One member of that team prods the lawyer into making a valiant effort to defend his clients--and in the process putting the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

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