They make us laugh. They make us cry. They keep us on the edge of our seats. They are a form of escapism, allowing us to step into someone else's shoes and view the world in a different way. Whether you prefer classic musicals, postmodern plays, or family-friendly shows, you'll be amazed at the variety of theatre in Springfield MO. In fact, just within the downtown area, there are a number of performing arts organizations and theatres—old and new, established and informal—with their doors wide open.
Top Theatres in Downtown Springfield
Volunteer-driven and eager to entertain, the Springfield Little Theatre performs at the Landers Theatre, which was constructed in 1909 and rebuilt (following a fire) in 1921. The organization produces many classic shows each year, such as Grease, Miracle on 34th Street, and Aladdin, which are all a part of the 2015-2016 season.
The Springfield Contemporary Theatre is a non-profit dedicated to producing contemporary works with intimate staging and local talent. Formed in 2009, performances are currently held at Center Stage at Wilhoit Plaza. Upcoming shows include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Hamlet vs. Zombies, and Xanadu.
Located on the campus of Missouri State University, Hammons Hall, a contemporary venue that opened in 1992, hosts a variety of performing arts events throughout the year. In addition to Broadway musicals and children's shows, the venue also features musicians and dancers. Upcoming theatre performances include A Christmas Story and I Am Jack.
The Gillioz is a multi-faceted venue, hosting movies, theatre performances, comedy shows, banquets, weddings, school programs, concerts, and more. It was restored in 2006, eighty years after its original opening, and the lobby and auditorium have both been restored to their 1920s condition. Musicians and comedians are perhaps the most common performers at the Gillioz, but keep your eye out for the plays and musicals they host.
Producing straight plays and live TV and film parodies, A Class Act Productions was formed in 2006, when George Cron, the founder and Executive Director, began teaching improv and acting classes. The production company currently puts on a number of innovative shows at various locations, including Batman: Live Parodies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Staged Parodies at the Downtown Artists Collective.
The Fox is back! Although it originally opened in 1916 and then closed in 1982, the Fox Theatre is now back in business. Owned by the History Museum and located conveniently on the Square, the theater currently houses museum exhibits and will be used for film screenings and live performances. Its shiny new marquee is a welcome addition to Park Central Square.
Don't forget to check out the plays and musicals produced by the drama departments at Drury University, Missouri State University, and Evangel University. And to learn more about local theatre productions and events, follow the Springfield Theatre Alliance on Facebook.
Finally, if you're interested in moving downtown, be sure to check out Park East, which is located very near to some of these exciting theatre companies and venues. Our lively downtown neighborhood includes apartments and lofts in three historic properties: the U, the Sterling, and Sky Eleven. Each offers a unique character as well as modern conveniences like exercise facilities, a shared bike program, and a heated pool. To learn more about our residences and their amenities, please give us a call at 417-895-8015 or contact us online.