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2021-2022 Season

2021-2022 Season

Waitress

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. October 2 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30 - $70 (plus fees)

Brought to life by a groundbreaking, female-led creative team, this “warm, witty, wise and hilarious” (NY Times) hit features “one of the best scores in years” (The Stage) by 7-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

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Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. October 7 | 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$55 (plus fees)

All tickets previously purchased for Diamond Rio will be honored for the newly rescheduled concert on October 7, 2021.  

With hits like How Your Love Makes Me FeelOne More DayBeautiful MessUnbelievableIn A Week or Two and more, Diamond Rio is going strong celebrating their 30th Anniversary.  See all the original band members -- Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocal), Dan Truman (keyboards), and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals) -- perform live in Springfield!

Local country singer and songwriter Wyatt McCubbin will open for Diamond Rio.

Chalk de Peace

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. October 9 | 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. November 20 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22 (plus fees)

Chalk de Peace Comedy shows are best explained by experience. Some attendees have shared that the Chalk De Peace comedy shows “are epic and always enjoyed!!!” These comedy shows are guaranteed to have you laughing like you have never laughed before.

Saturday, October 9 comedians:
-Wyatt Lutz
-Dionte Allen
-Marcus Martin
-Chris Karwoski 

Saturday, November 20 comedians:
-Jodi McDermitt
-Deandre Stringer
-Keith Bender

Check Please

Presented by Clark State Theatre Arts Program

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. October 27 | 7:00 p.m.

OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES (WEATHER-PERMITTING)

RAFINSKI STUDENT CENTER PATIO

Directed by Paden Frank | Produced by Theresa Lauricella

Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse -- until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

GILBERT & SULLIVAN’S THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 13, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. November 13 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40.40+

Gilbert and Sullivan created a unique genre in their catalogue of light opera. Sullivan, often called the English Mozart, could spin a melody like no other, and Gilbert was a wordsmith of unparalleled genius. Enjoy veteran performers of the Ohio Light Opera in this semi-staged romp through one of their most famous collaborations!

Image: Playbill cover from 1981’s Broadway production at the Minskoff Theatre and Uris Theatre

CELTS

Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. December 11 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50

Their PBS special aired on 222 PBS channels across the United States, Canada, and on the BBC in Ireland. Now, CHRISTMAS WITH THE CELTS brings this holiday favorite to Springfield, live on stage!

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CELTS blends the traditional sounds of Irish music, dance, and instrumentation with classic holiday standards, including The Little Drummer Boy, Count Your Blessings, White Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming To Town, and a special arrangement of John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (performed with members of Springfield Arts Council’s Youth Arts Ambassadors.)

More than just a concert, CHRISTMAS WITH THE CELTS is a celebration of the holiday spirit, people, and community, bringing young and old together to celebrate this special time of year!

Hairspray

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. December 14 | 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30 - $70 (plus fees)

“If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!” – The New York Times

You Can’t Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event, is back on tour! Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” “It Takes Two,” and incorporating “Ladies Choice” from the musical film adaption, HAIRSPRAY is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).

Web Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Monday, December 20, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. December 20 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38 - $100 (plus fees)

Do you remember the first time you heard the Christmas sounds of Mannheim Steamroller?  You can again celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 when they bring their annual holiday tour to the Clark State Performing Arts Center!

While 2020 was the first year the group was unable to tour in 35 years, 2021 will reunite the #1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas live in concert in 2021!

Master Soul

Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Saturday, January 22, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. January 22 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27.50, $32.50, $37.50, $42.50

A celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music, MASTERS OF SOUL is the ultimate stroll down memory lane, and an opportunity to experience an era in our country’s history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded!

With stylishly costumed, fully choreographed tributes to both male and female groups, and backed by a live band, the ladies and gentlemen of MASTERS OF SOUL honor the classic sounds of Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Barry White, Sam and Dave, James Brown, and many more!

A SERENADE OF MOVEMENT

Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, January 29, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. January 29 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40.40+

We are all partners! The SSO’s commission of composer David Amram musically describes the partnerships of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Lester Young and Billie Holiday, and Machito Grillo and Celia Cruz. Contemporary dialogue reminds us that we all share this planet together.

Austin Jacquith Premier Composition

David Amram Partners (double concerto for Violinand Cello)

Samuel Barber Medea Ballet Suite

Anaïs Mitchell And the Bonny Light Horseman

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. February 10 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 - $40 (plus fees)

Anaïs Mitchell, the esteemed singer-songwriter whose Broadway smash "Hadestown" won 8 awards, including Best Musical, at the 2019 Tony Awards, is joined on this one-of-a-kind tour by Bonny Light Horseman, a folk supergroup trio comprised of Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson (best known for his project Fruit Bats and stints with The Shins), and Josh Kaufman (instrumentalist and producer known for his work with Hiss Golden Messenger, Bob Weir, The National). Bonny Light Horseman will perform selections from their two-time Grammy nominated album of traditional folk songs with a contemporary twist, before Anaïs takes to the stage to share songs from her forthcoming album as well as from her back catalogue of audience-favorites on this unique, collaborative tour.

Seth Rudetsky

Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Saturday, February 12, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. February 12 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50, $38.50, $47.50
A SEASON EXTRA presented by The Springfield Arts Council in cooperation with Clark State Performing Arts Center

Prepare for the most hysterical and fascinating “backstage pass” to Broadway’s biggest hits, flops, and everything in-between, with Sirius/XM Radio’s SETH RUDETSKY. Known as “The Voice of Broadway Across America” or “The Mayor of Broadway” (which is what Audra McDonald calls him), Seth has been on Broadway as an actor, writer, pianist and conductor, and has worked on the biggest blockbusters ever, including Les Misérables, Phantom, Ragtime, and The Producers, as well as writing for both the Tony and Grammy Awards… and he has the stories to prove it!

SETH’S BIG FAT BROADWAY SHOW is described as a combination of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Tony Awards” and “The Daily Show,” and has played from coast to coast for the last decade! The 90-minute tour-de-force features Rudetsky’s trademark “deconstructions,” in which he uses his amazing audio/video collection to break down brilliant performances from beloved Broadway divas (Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley) as well as showcase mind-boggling videos like The Osmonds singing a medley from Fiddler on the Roof (seriously!) He does an entire section on Barbra Streisand, who actually came to the show in Los Angeles…and loved it!

This award-winning show recently played to a sold-out crowd in London where it received five-star reviews and was called “Blindingly brilliant,” “Fantastic,” “Hysterical,” a “must-see,” and “Nothing short of brilliant!”

Trey Mclaughlin And Sounds Of Zamar

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. February 26 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 - $40 (plus fees)

Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar have carved a unique place for themselves in the music industry through soul-stirring arrangements of contemporary gospel, musical theater, and rich original compositions. The ensemble, organized in 2009, has performed with gospel greats such as William McDowell, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Richard Smallwood, VaShawn Mitchell, Earnest Pugh, and James Fortune.

The Great Gatsby

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. March 1 | 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 - $35 (plus fees)

Aquila Theatre’s Desiree Sanchez has created a new theatrical adaptation of The Great Gatsby that speaks to how this book resonates within our current culture. Written in 1924, the story is a deeply moving and honest portrayal of class, racism and prejudice, painting a vivid picture of how the quest for the American dream in the absence of true equality can lead to devastating effects. Clark State president, Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, will present a pre-show lecture about this classic book.

MARK O’CONNOR DUO WITH MAGGIE O’CONNOR

Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March 5, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. March 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40.40+

Bluegrass is one of the fundamental musical sounds born on American soil. Mark O’Connor has built a bridge to bluegrass, jazz, and symphony and his compositional style is loyal to all three. Enjoy his works offered with the piece that launched American thought in symphonic music, Dvorak’s New World Symphony which admonished American composers to look to their roots for inspiration.

Dvorak Symphony No. 9, op.95 in e minor
“From the New World”

O’Connor Strings & Threads Suite

O’Connor The Improvised Violin Concerto Movements 1,4 & 5

Fiddler On The Roof

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. March 9 | 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32 - $65 (plus fees)

Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony® winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

The Ten Tenors

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. March 26 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30 - $60 (plus fees)

The TEN Tenors are an Australian music ensemble that has toured extensively nationally and internationally and released 15 albums and 4 DVDs. Love Is in the Air show is a feel-good, fun, and upbeat show that fills the room with love and happiness.

Something Rotten Web

Presented by Clark State Theatre Arts Program

Friday, April 8, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. April 8 | 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. April 9 | 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 2:00 p.m. April 10 | 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15, Clark State Students: Free with a valid Student ID
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick

Produced by Theresa Lauricella
Directed by Troy M. Berry and Josh Compston
Music Directed by David Weimer
Choregraphed by Celina Schroer

Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten!

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

MJ Live

Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Friday, April 22, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. April 22 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32.50, $39.50, $47.50, $52.50

Returning by popular demand! Experience Michael Jackson’s legacy of music, dance, love and unity, in this evening celebrating the songs, energy, excitement and spectacle that is MJ LIVE!

Performing nightly at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, MJ LIVE! features #1 Vegas impersonator Jalles Franca, capturing the essence of MJ as he sings, spins and moonwalks through Michael’s early Jackson 5 hits including “I’ll Be There,” “ABC,” and “I Want You Back,” all the way through “Bad,” “Beat It,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and many more.

Complete with the MJ LIVE! band, back-up singers, dancers and dazzling choreography, MJ LIVE! recreates the magic of the legendary King of Pop!

Opening for MJ LIVE! is comedian JONATHAN BURNS. Born with the gifts of flexibility, curiosity, and goofiness, Jonathan Burns now uses these unique talents to astonish audiences around the globe. Jonathan has appeared on America’s Got Talent, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and many more! He’s been dubbed “Extremely funny” by The New York Times, and was twice named “Variety Artist of the Year” by Campus Activities Magazine.

British Invasion

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. April 30 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32 - $60 (plus fees)

THE BRITISH INVASION - LIVE ON STAGE is an immersive, multi-media show that will place you at the front and center of pop culture during the Swingin’ 60’s! Huge projection period photos and original film footage recreate the era’s excitement, fashion and headlines; all with an incredible live band performing the iconic British pop sounds that swept across America and the world.

OF LOVE AND DEATH WITH THE SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY CHORALE

Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. May 21 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40.40+

Verdi and Wagner were contemporaries who agreed to disagree, but their music has many similarities. Born in the same year, they were both entrenched in the theater, and displayed fiercely nationalistic pride. Enjoy the SSO Chorale in all its glory.

Wagner Prelude and LoveDeath from Tristan

Verdi Stabat Mater

Verdi Te Deum

Wagner Three Excerpts from Die Meistersinger