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2021-2022 Season

2021-2022 Season

Close To Home Series

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. June 23 | 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. July 28 | 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. August 11 | 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. August 25 | 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE


Please bring your lawn chairs and practice social distancing. Events will take place rain or shine. If rain is an issue, festivities will move inside where masks/face coverings are required.
LOCATION: Outdoor Courtyard between the PAC and the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center
FOOD AND DRINK: Food truck and a full-service cash bar will be available.
Wednesday, June 23, 6 p.m.  |  DJ CHILL
Wednesday, July 28, 6 p.m.  |  THE FACTORY LINE
Wednesday, August 11, 6 p.m.  |  Collective Trio with special guest saxophonist Bill Burns
The “Collective Trio” with special guest saxophonist Bill Burns. The “Collective Trio” consists of the rhythm section of Mother’s Jazz Collective which has become a staple the past 3 years of every First Friday at Mother Stewarts Brewery.  The Collective is a collection of some of the areas finest musicians playing a variety of Jazz styles.  The trio, which last performed at Clark State with Trumpeter Graham Breedlove, include Rob Paddock on Drums, Kent Brooks on piano, and John Wobbe on bass.  This show will feature Saxophonist Bill Burns,  an active jazz educator and performer. He is  the Director of the Centerville Jazz program and Adjust professor at Sinclair College.  He has performed with notables such as Diana Schuur, John Pizzarelli, and Arturo Sandoval as well as releasing several Jazz recordings. 
Wednesday August 25, 6 p.m.  |  ANDY FOX
Guitarist Andy Fox returns with his eclectic range of fingerstyle pieces for an evening of old blues, pop, rock and classic and contemporary roots music.
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Friday, September 10, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. September 10 | 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. September 10 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (plus fees)

We’re kicking-off the season and welcoming everyone back with a celebration focusing on local artists and our community! Beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy a delicious dinner from a selection of area food trucks followed by performances on the Kuss stage by local artist including Wyatt McCubbin, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and more.


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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!

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.

Red Herring Web

Presented by Clark State Theatre Arts Program

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. October 29 | 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 30, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. October 30 | 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 31, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. October 31 | 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. November 5 | 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 8:00 p.m. November 6 | 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. November 7 | 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15, Clark State Students: Free with a valid Student ID

Produced by Theresa Lauricella
Directed by Paden Frank

Performances: Turner Studio Theatre

Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. It’s 1952: America’s on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower’s on the campaign trail, and I Love Lucy’s on Monday nights. Meanwhile, Senator Joe McCarthy’s daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the Harbor – or else lose out on a honeymoon in Havana. A blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying, and retying) the knot.


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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!

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)

Enjoy traditional folk songs infused with a contemporary twist as Anaïs Mitchell and the Bonny Light Horseman perform this one-of-a-kind tour. Anaïs Mitchell, the esteemed singer-songwriter whose Broadway smash hit "Hadestown" won eight Tony® awards in 2019 including Best Musical, is joined by two-time Grammy nominated Bonny Light Horseman. This folk super group includes 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).

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.

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.

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.