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.

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(Poster design courtesy Branson Regional Arts Council)

The Branson Regional Arts Council launches their 7th theatrical production of the year with "Steel Magnolias," opening August 29th at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial Street in downtown Branson.  According to BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber, “We are so thrilled with the response that we are getting already—tickets are selling quite well.  And we really love the fact that Springfield is getting behind what we’re doing down in Branson.  We had several Springfield actors involved in many of our productions recently.”

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

Mansfield, Missouri native Michael Spyres is an internationally renowned tenor—he’s back (briefly!) in Springfield for a week following a production of Vincent D'Indy's epic opera “Fervaal” with the Radio France Music Festival in Montpellier.  Recently he was named Artist of the Year by The Professional Critics Syndicate of France, and he’ll make his Metropolitan Opera debut this season in the title role of Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust.” But Spyres “grew up” musically with Springfield Regional Opera, of which he is now Artistic Director.

(Poster design courtesy Gillioz Theatre)

The Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents the “Frozen Sing-A-Long” Sunday August 25th at 3:00pm, in collaboration with Springfield Little Theatre and the Discovery Center.  The Executive Directors of each organization--Geoff Steele (Gillioz), Beth Domann (SLT), and Rob Blevins (Discovery Center), talked about the event on "Arts News".  They hope it will be the first in a series of collaborations.   They came in to talk about it because, although the event itself is still a month away, tickets went on sale at the Gillioz box office this morning (July 26), right as we went on the a

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in Race, a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. It receives its Springfield-area premiere by Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza July 26-August 11.  We were joined on “Arts News” by the production’s director, L.J. Summers, and two of the actors, Tom Baker and Darryl Clark.

(Poster design courtesy Actors Theatre of Missouri)

Actors Theatre of Missouri presents their seventh annual production, in association with the Springfield Art Museum, of “Shakespeare at the Columns.” Every summer the company presents a Shakespeare play in the Art Museum’s outdoor amphitheater, located between the Art Museum building and Phelps Grove Park on Bennett Street, just west of National Avenue.  They will present the comedy “As You Like It,” directed by Meg Rice, this weekend and next, Thursdays through Saturdays July 11-20, all at 7:00pm.  Two of the production’s actors visited KSMU to talk about the production: Elisabeth Bonkosk