SCT Center Stage

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre's SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza will present the drama "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall, directed by Rick Dines, October 14-30.  This Olivier Award-winning drama about leadership, legacy, mortality and the man behind the myth is set on April 3, 1968, when an exhausted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. retires to his room, #306, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis after delivering the prophetic ‘Mountaintop’ speech at the Mason Temple during the sanitation workers’ strike.  Director Rick Dines calls Hall’s play “a historical fiction of sorts...

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Who but Stephen Sondheim would conceive of a Broadway musical introducing the audience to nine of the most famous presidential assassins and would-be assassins in American history?  Sondheim’s musical Assassins opens a three-week run at Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Jefferson and Pershing downtown) September 16-October 9.  Directing the production is Gretchen Teague, with musical direction by Alex Huff, conducting what Rick Dines of SCT describes as “the largest orchestra we’ve had since the last Sondheim we did, Sweeney Todd.”

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Even the flops and failures of a fine musical-theatre composer will contain gems that deserve to take on a life of their own, alongside the big hits from the composer's catalog.  The musical revue "Jerry's Girls," featuring the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman, “was the show that marked my Broadway debut...

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

While the Landers Theatre is dark through the summer months, local theater-lovers can watch live stage performances at MSU Tent Theatre, and in the intimate "so close you might get some on you" venue of Center Stage at Wilhoit Plaza, home of Springfield Contemporary Theatre.  Opening tonight (July 8) and running through July 24 is Paul Osborn's charming 1939 slice of middle-Americana, Morning's at Seven.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre's new production of William Inge's modern classic Bus Stop has opened at the company's SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, and continues through April 3rd.  Considering the name recognition of the play (helped, no doubt, by the 1956 film version featuring Marilyn Monroe), I was genuinely surprised when director Dr.

Pages