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Springfield Theatre Alliance Announces Lineup for 2012-13 Season

Springfield Theatre Alliance Announces Lineup for 2012-13 Season

The Springfield Theatre Alliance has announced its shows for the 2012-2013 season.  12 local theatre organizations gathered at The Skinny Improv to exchange appreciation for arts, theatre and a sense of community. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.

Variety and quality are what theatre goers of Springfield can expect this year, according to members of the Springfield Theatre Alliance.

Springfield Little Theatre excitedly announced its production of Les Miserables. The Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts will be giving its regards to Broadway with productions this year like West Side Story, and The Adams Family.

A Class Act Productions will be showing An Evening of One Acts in October and November.  Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will run at Drury University next year in April.

Missouri State University will put Little Red Riding Hood in several different lights in the Totally Red series in September.

The Skinny Improv takes a comedic look at America with The Complete History of America, Abridged this July.

Young local singers will be able to display their operatic abilities with the Lyric Theatre Company in their Café des Artistes production.

Never before produced in Springfield, God of Carnage will play at the Springfield Contemporary Theatre in May of next year. 

The Theatre Alliance has even seen its group grow with the inclusion of a new theatre operation, Queen City Collective, which focuses on low budget production, says member Jordan Fox.

“Smaller cast focused more on the performance its self. And we have a strong belief in the community itself and supporting community,” says Fox.

Several other shows will promote better community engagement. The Springfield Playhouse gets children involved in theatre at a young age with The Playhouse Improvaganza, according to local improviser Angel Salvador.

“Sometimes we have some crazy kids with some awesome imaginations and sometimes you also have those kids that are scared and shy to talk. It’s pretty interesting what some kids say on stage and you never know what’s gonna happen” says Salvador.

The alliance was organized to create a better platform for communication among local theatre and acting groups.  Leah Hamilton is the executive director of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

“In the size of community that we have and the resources that we have that again are verily limited when compared to larger metropolitan communities, it’s so important that  the different live theatre organizations come together to pull resources and to talk about how important theatre is in this community, to track audience numbers to coordinate their seasons so people aren’t doing the same show throughout the year,” says Hamilton.

“This last quarter had approximately 65,000 people who attended theatre in months of January, February and March,” Tempelton.

Mark Templeton is chairman of the theatre alliance.  He says that’s a 15% increase from the first quarter of last year. He attributes the growth to communication and cooperation between the town’s theatre groups to present better variety for show goers.

“Sometimes when we have these discussions the theaters will find out that there is a void in one area of a type of theatre that is going on. So they will start look at those types of titles and try to incorporate it into their season” says

Regardless of what happens on one stage, according to the Springfield Theatre Alliance, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.