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Ned the Band Tells Why He Fired His Bass Teacher in One-Man SCT Show

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre launches their "Missouri Solo Play" Festival on New Year's Day, January 1st, with three one-person plays running in repertory through January 24. Kicking off the series will be longtime Springfieldian (now living in Orlando, Florida), Ned "The Band" Wilkinson, with the world premiere of a show he's written about himself called Firing My Bass Teacher, directed by Rick Dines.  

Ned, in a phone conversation from his home in Orlando, Florida, described the show as full of his original songs, patter, and stories, all focused on exactly how he came to be "Ned the Band"... specifically his interactions with numerous music teachers over the years, including one who made things pretty rough on him--and, according to Ned, still does!  Ned will be playing some 18 instruments during the performance (yes, he really does play that many!), so he'll do plenty of illustration of the importance music teachers have had in forging his live and career.

Firing My Bass Teacher debuts on New Year's Day, January 1st, 2016 at 7:30pm at SCT Center Stage at Wilhoit Plaza.  Complete information on the "Solo Play Festival" is available at or by calling 831-8001. 

Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning Arts News. Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He's also become the de facto "Voice of KSMU" in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council's Ozzie Award in 2006.