Lorianne Dunn

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

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.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

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