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Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 03:42 pm

Success leads to space and money woes

Nestled in the basement between thick square support pillars, the young musicians eagerly consume sheet after sheet of music, building a crescendo with violins, timpani and horns. Three floors up, a g...
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 09:25 pm
Local youths may be familiar with the confrontation and spectacle of mainstream hip hop, where the words flow effortlessly with messages of violence, money and sex. Less familiar is a close cousin, slam poetry, which also has smooth lyrical moves, but uses them to deliver appeals to social justice, racial understanding and cultural identity....
Thursday, July 23, 2009 06:03 pm
For fans of live theater in Springfield, attending The Muni’s new production of Fiddler on the Roof is a bit like seeing the James Bond movie Casino Royale — we’ve heard t...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 06:04 pm

Talented cast and crew get Muni season underway

Cast members from the organization’s three upcoming shows cheered wildly as Muni President Flynn Hanners mentioned them in his opening night remarks last Friday. As Hanners spoke, th...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 08:37 pm

One Destiny takes place at Ford’s Theatre, a week after Lincoln died

Two actors. No set. Multiple characters, none of whom can be the killer or victim. Wrap it up in no more than 45 minutes. Audience? Everybody age 7 to 70 and beyond. Those were...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 08:22 pm

Local playwright brings celebratory show to Springfield

In the second act of Ken Bradbury’s The Spirit of Lincoln, musician Barry Cloyd, who serves as the show’s narrator, says that over 16,000 books have been written about our natio...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 03:57 pm

Mark Gifford composed the music for play at Hoogland

Mark E. Gifford is known throughout the Midwest as a keyboard virtuoso whose concerts at Springfield High School’s restored Orpheum Theater pipe organ are always well attended. But th...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 11:24 pm

Local actors present a Valentine’s Day dinner theater

The Cubs-White Sox rivalry runs deep in Illinois, and plays a significant part in Bob Bartel’s Dinner with the Mafia, an interactive and locally produced show with two performances on Saturday,...


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