Randy Stewart

Fine Arts Producer

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.

Ways to Connect

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The Springfield Regional Arts Council has published an "Update on Artsfest 2020" at https://www.springfieldarts.org/index.php/Artsfest.  It reads in part:

(Missouri State University Tent Theatre)

Missouri State University Tent Theatre was preparing for their 58th consecutive season of plays and musicals performed in the big tent erected every spring behind Craig Hall by the MSU Theatre and Dance Department.  
However, due to the Coronavirus, it was announced that "with heavy hearts, but sincere optimism for the future, Tent Theatre announces the cancellation of its 2020 summer season scheduled for June 10-July 18."
The "Note To Our Audience," published at https://tenttheatre.missouristate.edu, continues:

(Logo courtesy Queen City Shout)

Eddie Gumucio, local musician and educator, and host of KSMU’s Wednesday night program “Beneath the Surface,” organizes a live music festival in Springfield every August, called “Queen City Shout.” It features area musicians, and raises money for local non-profits. During the current Stay-At-Home Coronavirus order, nobody is able to perform live, or go out to live venues to hear music. One of Eddie Gumucio’s friends shared a Facebook link with him that gave him an idea.                                                                                          

(Photo courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

Jeff Houghton, host of the Mystery Hour TV show, contacted Springfield Regional Opera artistic director Michael Spyres to help with a special project earlier this week at several area independent and assisted living and nursing facilities. Michael, a major tenor soloist at opera houses around the world, is currently at home near Rogersville, and we talked on the phone yesterday about his nursing home concerts.                    

(Poster design courtesy Evangel University)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Evangel University campus activities have been canceled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, including the theatre production that was scheduled to open this week, “Little Women: The Musical.” The six performances have been postponed by Evangel’s Humanities Department until the Fall 2020 semester “if campus operations have returned to normal by that time,” said  Paul K. Logsdon, Evangel’s Director of Public Relations and Publications. “Details are still being worked out.”

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According to Joshua Best, Development & Marketing Coordinator at the Springfield Art Museum, the Museum will remain closed to the public until Tuesday, April 28, 2020 "in response to the 30 day Stay-At-Home order issued by the City of Springfield and Greene County on March 24, 2020.

"This is a further attempt," says  Best, "to assist in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The Museum will reassess the status of public operations on April 28."

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The Gillioz Theatre has announced on their website that the theater "always prioritizes the safety and security of its audiences, artists and staff, and this includes health safety. In the wake of concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting many parts of the U.S., the Gillioz will cease events until May 1st, 2020." Here is a list of Gillioz events currently affected:

(Logo courtesy Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts)

As with virtually every other arts organization and/or venue, Missouri State University's Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts has had to adjust their schedule of upcoming events. According to an update on the Hall's web page, "In response to concerns of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and a declaration of a Missouri and federal emergency, our top priority is protecting the health and well-being of our patrons, staff, volunteers, students, and touring artists." Here is their current list of cancellations:

(Logo courtesy Music Monday of the Ozarks)

Due to health concerns surrounding the current coronavirus pandemic, Music Monday of the Ozarks has decided to cancel their upcoming monthly event on April 6th at the Elks Club in Springfield featuring a history of local songwriter Ronnie Self.   Chris Albert of Music Monday told KSMU it has been "cancelled until a later date.  We at Music Monday hope everyone will stay safe and healthy through these trying times."

(Logo courtesy Springfield Sister Cities Association)

Springfield Sister Cities Association has cancelled the Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020  at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

According to a press release issued by the organization, "Sister Cities made this decision in conjunction with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board," following Springfield Mayor Ken McClure's proclamation of civil emergency within the City of Springfield. "At this time, the Kite and Piñata Festival will not be rescheduled," according to Sisters Cities.

(Logo courtesy Missouri State University-West Plains)

Officials with the University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department at Missouri State University-West Plains have canceled the department’s remaining theater events scheduled for this spring.
            These include:
            • Joe and Nick’s VCR Party on March 24;
            • Art Around Town exhibit March 31-April 9, including the April 5 awards ceremony;
            • Thom Wall, Master of Modern Vaudeville, on April 30.

(Logo courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Megan Buchbinder, Marketing Director of Springfield Little Theatre, has told KSMU that Little Theatre has postponed their opening of "Matilda The Musical" due to Coronavirus concerns.

"At this time... our leadership team is currently working on the calendar for the rest of the season to see where things can move around." They will let the community know when the production will be rescheduled.

For information call (417) 869-1334, or visit https://www.springfieldlittletheatre.org.


(Logo courtesy Springfield Symphony Orchestra)

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra has cancelled their March 28 concert, "The Civil War In Missouri," at Hammons Hall. According to a press release issued by the Symphony:

(Logo courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

According to a press release received from Springfield Regional Opera:

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

Local film production company Passive Aggressive Films has begun a Kickstarter campaign to help them raise funds to produce "Eldrich, USA," "an energetic feature-length horror/comedy/musical film about sibling rivalry, a backwoods cult, and the lengths we'll go to in order to right a wrong.” The man behind Passive Aggressive Films, Ryan Smith, will produce and direct the new film.