Springfield Contemporary Theatre

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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.

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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.

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t's a special weekend May 13 through 15 at Springfield Contemporary Theatre Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Pershing and Robberson downtown). Following her sold out Sunday Songbook engagement last September 13--her birthday by the way--Johnnie Angelia King (who has starred in Ain’t Misbehavin and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at SCT) returns in an encore weekend of performances. A great selection of blues, Broadway and gospel in the most intimate concert venue in the area.  Three performances: Friday and Saturday May 13 and 14 at 7:30pm and Sunday the 15th at 7pm.  

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Coming to Springfield Contemporary Theatre Center Stage at Wilhoit Plaza: Killer Joe by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts, directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude, April 22nd through May 7.  Killer Joe is described by SCT as "a Southern American gothic crime thriller set in a West Dallas trailer park"--but director Melanie Dreyer-Lude (Assistant Professor of Theatre Performance at Missouri State University) assures me the show is "funny, with lots of opportunities for laughter," despite the dark-sounding storyline.

(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.

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