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2022-2023 Season

2022-2023 Season

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Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. December 3 | 8:00 p.m.

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is celebrating its 10th anniversary this season as it returns for another spectacular tour. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, this contemporary dance spectacle is a re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, smashing hip hop dance and Tchaikovksy’s timeless music together into a heart-stirring and inspirational holiday event. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is brought to life by a powerhouse cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.  

Grab your family and friends and let the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take you on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season. 

Home Alone Sso

Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. December 10 | 7:30 p.m.


Clark State Performing Arts Center

RON SPIGELMAN, conducting

Make it a memorable family holiday season! Watch the hit classic film, Home Alone, while your SSO performs the magical score live, as you enjoy popcorn from your seat.

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams‘ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

Motion Picture with Orchestra

© 1990 Twentieth Century Fox

Winne The Pooh

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Sunday, January 15, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. January 15 | 3:00 p.m.


Disney's iconic Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl (oh… and don't forget Tigger too!) have come to life in a beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation.

Featuring the Sherman Brothers' classic Grammy Award-winning music with further songs by A.A. Milne, this beautiful fresh stage adaptation is told with stunning life-sized puppetry through the eyes of the characters we all know and love, in a new story from the Hundred Acre Wood.

This production is created by renowned family entertainment creator Jonathan Rockefeller, and made by Rockefeller Productions alongside Disney Theatrical Productions. Following a record-breaking New York premiere in 2021, The Hundred Acre Wood is heading across the United States in 2023!


Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. January 21 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50 (plus fees)

For more than a decade, The Modern Gentlemen wowed audiences worldwide as the four voices (The Four Seasons) alongside the legendary Frankie Valli. Favorites of PBS audiences and acclaimed in performances from Las Vegas to Broadway and London to Australia, this dynamic quartet is different from any other vocal group of their generation, having been a part of one of the biggest and most influential American bands in rock & roll history.

The unique, signature sound of The Modern Gentlemen blends modern voices, high energy and tight dance moves, celebrating the legacy of doo-wop, Motown, pop and rock! “These guys are truly special. They’re the BEST singers I’ve ever worked with!” - Frankie Valli


Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. January 28 | 7:30 p.m.


Clark State Performing Arts Center

The circus meets the symphony! Troupe Vertigo is a group of acrobatic cirque artists who enhance music with their ariel feats. The musical fairy tales that we will visit are Prokofiev’s Cinderella and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Totally appropriate for younger listeners, this program will be a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Scheherazade – IV. Festival at Bagdad
JOE HISAISHI Princess Mononoke The Legend of Ashitaka
Troupe Vertigo
The Little Mermaid Orchestral Suite
Troupe Vertigo

Ricky Scaggs

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Saturday, February 11, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. February 11 | 8:00 p.m.

Ricky Skaggs

Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.

In the past decade, he has been honored with inductions into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame. In 2018, a landmark year, Skaggs was also awarded membership into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame, the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and country music’s greatest honor, the Country Music Hall of Fame. Most recently, he was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts in 2020 for his contributions to the American music industry.

Kentucky Thunder

"This group of guys meets my approval every night," Ricky says. "Each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show...and that, to me, outweighs any award we could ever win." The all-star lineup of Kentucky Thunder includes Russ Carson (banjo), Jake Workman (lead guitar), Dennis Parker (baritone vocals, guitar), Jeff Picker (bass, bass vocals), Mike Rogers (tenor vocals, rhythm guitar) and Billy Contreras (fiddle).

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Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. February 25 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50 (plus fees)

More than a tightly orchestrated collection of a cappella singers, Naturally 7 has coined the phrase “vocal play,” as they transform their voices into actual human instruments, effortlessly producing music of any genre.

Their vocal choreography is so perfectly interwoven that they compelled the musical maestro himself, Quincy Jones, to declare them, “the best a cappella group in the world!” They have sung to standing ovations throughout the world and shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, ColdPlay, Lionel Richie, and Stevie Wonder, and have also traveled to 25 countries during three world tours with Michael Bublé.

For the members of Naturally 7 (“Ricky” Lee Ricardo Cort, Rod Eldridge, Kelvin “Kelz” Mitchell, Sean Simmonds, Dwight Stewart, Roger Thomas, and Warren Thomas,) it’s a privilege to do what they love and bring such joy to the hearts of their fans each and every night.


Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March 4, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. March 4 | 7:30 p.m.


Clark State Performing Arts Center

A feast of American music introducing the remarkable talent, Candice Hoyes. Singing the music of iconic composer Samuel Barber, Hoyes easily crosses the media of classical, jazz, and pop sounds. Rounding out the program will be the ultimate American symphony, Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony. You will hear the derivation of Copland’s audience favorite, The Fanfare for the Common Man, which is the main thematic material of the last movement.

FLORENCE PRICE (arr. Wm. Grant Still) Dances in the Canebrakes
SAMUEL BARBER Knoxville Summer of 1915, op. 24

Pride And Prejudice

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. March 7 | 7:00 p.m.

'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.'

Published in 1813, Jane Austen's ultimate romantic comedy Pride and Prejudice has stood the test of time. Filled with unforgettable characters including Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, this sharp social satire has it all; wit, love and lots of dancing!

As the Bennet sisters try to navigate their way toward love and marriage, Austen humorously skewers the hypocrisies and absurdities of the English class system, and puts the thoughts and feelings of her women characters front and center.

Aquila Theatre will bring this classic thrillingly to life with its signature passion, energy, and visual flair. The New Yorker says that “Aquila’s productions are beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect,” while DC Metro Arts described Aquila's production of Austen's Sense and Sensibility as 'Delightful - one of the joys of Aquila Theatre, a fun and lively version.' Artistic director Desiree Sanchez’s adaptation of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was described by The New York Theatre Guide as 'another piece of theatrical genius. Her direction is polished and laser sharp. She gets the maximum amount of potential out of every stage moment, has exceptional attention to detail, and is a demiurge of direction.'

Clark State president, Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, will present a pre-show lecture about this classic book.

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Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Saturday, March 25, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. March 25 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50 (plus fees)

With a cast of stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible rock’n’roll singers, celebrated composer and lyricist Neil Berg shares the often-unknown songs and stories behind the fifty-year history of the music that changed the world!

From the rock and roll of the 1940s, through the glory years of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, up until MTV in the early ‘80s, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock ‘N’ Roll pays tribute to iconic artists including Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, and more!

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Presented by Clark State Theatre Arts Program

Friday, April 14, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. April 14 | 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. April 15 | 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. April 16 | 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. April 21 | 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. April 22 | 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. April 23 | 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15, Clark State Students: Free with a valid Student ID

Produced by Theresa Lauricella
Directed by Chelsea Jenkins

Performances: Turner Studio Theatre

Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

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Presented by Springfield Arts Council

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. April 22 | 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: 32.50, $42.50, $47.50, $55.50 (plus fees)

The greatest entertainer of modern times is brought back to the stage in this entertaining concert featuring three decades of Elvis Presley’s extraordinary music! From his early days at Sun Studios, to his movies, to his unforgettable Vegas era, and everything in between, ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! A Tribute to The King captures “the King of Rock and Roll” at the pivotal points in his legendary reign. World Championship Elvis entertainers take center stage, transporting you on a journey through Elvis’ extraordinary career and his most memorable hits!


Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. April 29 | 7:30 p.m.


Clark State Performing Arts Center

The SSO Chorale was scheduled to join us for Carmina Burana during the year of the pandemic. We are delighted to bring this audience favorite to life as our season finale. Based on 24 poems originally created by the Benedictine monks in Bavaria, the music is uproarious, intoxicating, and sublime. One of the most popular works in the repertoire, its appearance on our series always is a popular event.

CARL ORFF Carmina Burana
SSO Chorale