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Next on KSMU, your public radio station, another Conversation On Collaboration from our ongoing series Making a Difference, supported by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

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This week on “Arts News” I talked to Mark Gideon, one of the two actors, along with Beth Domann, performing in Springfield Little Theatre's “Deep in the Heart of Tuna” before limited live crowds at the Landers Theatre, and via online streaming.                    

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For this week’s “Coronavirus Edition” of KSMU’s “Arts News,” we checked in with Beth Domann, Executive Director of Springfield Little Theatre, to see how they are dealing with the current shutdown. Of course, as Domann said, it has “put a halt to our entire season—that’s for sure.                                                                     

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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.

 

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Springfield Little Theatre has begun a month-long crowdfunding campaign titled “The Bigger Picture,” with a goal to raise $120,000 during the month to cover the remaining debt acquired from purchasing their new dedicated education facility, “The Judy”—the Judith Enyeart Reynolds School of the Performing Arts for Springfield Little Theatre, in the summer of 2019. Located at 237 S. Florence, it’s the former McDaniel School building, built in 1908.                        

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Springfield Little Theatre will produce "Hello, Dolly!," the multiple Tony-winning Broadway classic, for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. It opens Friday Feb. 7 and runs through Feb. 23 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut.  Director and choreographer Chyrel Love Miller talked about the production on “Arts News.”                                                                           

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Springfield Little Theatre will host the world premiere of the play "Sticks" by local playwright Sandy Leigh Johnson, at our education facility, The Judith Enyeart Reynolds School of the Performing Arts for Springfield Little Theatre, 237 S. Florence, October 10-13.  Johnson told us on “Arts News” that “several years ago when I wrote the play, one of the driving forces of writing (it) was the fact that I didn’t feel there were enough plays starring older women.”  Her husband, John Johnson, directed this production, and the author herself plays the lead role of Gypsy.         

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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

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There is a time to weep. There is a time to mourn. And there is a time to dance! “Footloose – The Musical,” based on the hit 1984 movie that launched the careers of Kevin Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker among others, explodes onto the Landers Theatre stage in Springfield Little Theatre's new production June 7-23 to conclude LT's 2018-19 season.  I talked with the actors playing Ren and (no, NOT Stimpy!) Ariel—Patrick Sturm and Austen McGranahan—on KSMU’s “Arts News.”

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Springfield Little Theatre Executive Director Beth Domann and Assistant Choreographer Emme Mauzey joined us on “Arts News” to discuss LT’s upcoming production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid Junior," March 21-April 7 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut.

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Just because the Landers Theatre on Walnut is currently closed for renovations, no one at SLT is taking time off, according to Artistic Director Beth Domann and Marketing Director Megan Buchbinder, who visited KSMU’s “Arts News” to catch us up on what’s happening.

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Springfield Little Theatre will present Kander and Ebb's now-classic musical "Cabaret" starting next weekend... not at their usual venue, the Landers Theatre—it’s under renovation at this time—but at Nathan P. Murphy's, 218 S Campbell Avenue. Dates are January 17-February 3.  We were visited on “Arts News” by the show’s director and choreographer Chyrel Miller; Lysander Abadia, who plays the Master of Ceremonies; and the two actresses alternating in the role of Sally Bowles through the show’s three-week run, Ellen Spann and Sally Trtan.

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In the spirit of not shooting your eye out, kid, Springfield Little Theatre invites you to their production of “A Christmas Story—The Musical,” based on the 1983 holiday movie favorite, which was based in turn on the stories of author/humorist/broadcaster Jean Shepherd.  Dates are November 23-December 9 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut.  On “Arts News” we visited with director Chuck Rogers; Ryan Mattix, who plays “The Old Man” (aka Mr. Parker, Ralphie’s dad), and Chalmer Harper—himself a broadcaster locally at “The Wind” 88.3—in the role of “narrator/Jean Shepherd.”

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No need for panic, ladies and gentlemen... mix a Hitchcock movie masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, then add a dash of Monty Python, and you have "The 39 Steps," a fast-paced comedic whodunit coming to Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, 311 E. Walnut, Oct.19-28. Jamie Bower, who, along with Marni Erwin, co-directs this local production of the two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat, adds, “We also are throwing in a dash of ‘the play that goes wrong’ as well.

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The story is all new. The hits are all Elvis.  Featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, based on the book by Joe DiPietro and inspired by Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night," "All Shook Up" concludes Springfield Little Theatre's season at the Landers Theater, 311 E. Walnut, June 8-24.

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