Rick Dines

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For this week’s “Coronavirus Edition” of “Arts News,” we checked in with Rick Dines, Managing Artistic Director of Springfield Contemporary Theatre, to hear how SCT is weathering the stay-at-home order.            

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For their 25th anniversary, Springfield Contemporary Theatre reunites with longtime collaborator Sandra Asher to present the world premiere of her newest play, "Death Valley: A Love Story." This production is directed by Jefferson Award nominated guest director Alan Souza from New York, and stars Andie Bottrell, Rachel Jamieson and Sarah J. Wiggin. It runs October 25-November 10 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Pershing and Robberson downtown.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre Managing Artistic Director Rick Dines, and actor Matt Huebner, joined us on “Arts News” to talk about the company’s current production, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” We also discussed SCT’s upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre's 25th season opens with the winner of the 1986 Tony Award for Best Musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza. Performances are June 14-30.  We talked on “Arts News” with the show’s director Rick Dines and actor Heath Hillhouse.

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Director Rick Dines reunites actors from Springfield Contemporary Theatre's acclaimed production of "A Raisin in the Sun" to bring to Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza the third play in Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit Project,” titled “Skeleton Crew.”

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“The Full Monty” meets “The Birdcage” in the Springfield-area premiere—indeed, the statewide premiere—of the music-filled comedy about singing your own song, “The Legend of Georgia McBride.” It opens tonight (Nov.30) at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson & Pershing downtown.  The cast features Christina Gardner, Mark Gideon, Lavelle Johnston, Roland Netzer and Jon Sidoli.  Mark Gideon and director Rick Dines joined us on KSMU’s “Arts News.”

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre's 2018-19 season continues at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, 302 E.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents Henrik Ibsen's classic 1882 drama "An Enemy of the People," in an updated version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, April 27-May 13 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing downtown. When Dr. Thomas Stockmann discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town's main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him as Dr. Stockmann learns there are forces more powerful than truth.

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“It’s an epic musical—it’s really one of the great, great American musicals. And... it’s an undertaking!” Rick Dines continues his long association with Springfield Contemporary Theatre by directing the new production of the Tony-winning musical “Ragtime,” based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, tonight through March 4th at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.  While “epic” and “SCT Center Stage” don’t naturally go together in the same sentence, Dines couldn’t help himself: he had to get this show on the stage.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre will present an encore run of David Sedaris’s hilariously irreverent holiday show The Santaland Diaries December 8 thru 17 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing. Sedaris’ side-splitting send-up of Christmas focuses on his brief, misguided career as a Santa's elf at Macy’s in New York. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing downtown, opens their 23rd season tonight (Friday May 26) with the ultimate celebration of 1960s female empowerment: "BEEHIVE--The '60's Musical." Director Josh Inman came in this morning to discuss the show on KSMU "Arts News," and with him as SCT's Co-Artistic Director Rick Dines (more on that change in Dines' job title below), who provided a detailed rundown of the new season.

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Dreams are never as simple as black and white.  That's the message imparted by Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun," which opens tonight at Springfield Contemporary Theatre's Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.

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"It's very exciting--and hilarious.  Hopefully. When we get an audience in there we will see!" laughs Equity actor Nathan Shelton. "It's hilarious without an audience," Rick Dines assures him. Dines is Springfield Contemporary Theatre's Managing Artistic Director, and he is directing Nathan in the third part of the 2016 SCT Solo Play Festival at Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza: Joe Mantello's stage adaptation of the humorous essay by David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre's SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza will present the drama "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall, directed by Rick Dines, October 14-30.  This Olivier Award-winning drama about leadership, legacy, mortality and the man behind the myth is set on April 3, 1968, when an exhausted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. retires to his room, #306, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis after delivering the prophetic ‘Mountaintop’ speech at the Mason Temple during the sanitation workers’ strike.  Director Rick Dines calls Hall’s play “a historical fiction of sorts...

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Rick Dines is best known locally for his many years of work with Springfield Contemporary Theatre. But when he stopped by the KSMU studios on Friday he was here to talk about a production at a different venue. He's directing the Missouri State University Theatre and Dance production of the now-classic "American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," Hair.

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