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2022-2023 Season

2022-2023 Season

jazz and blues fest

Presented by Kiwanis Club of Springfield

Friday, August 19, 2022 | 4:30 p.m. August 19 | 4:30 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022 | 4:30 p.m. August 20 | 4:30 p.m.
Clark State College is a proud sponsor of Springfield’s Jazz and Blues Festival 2022.

Location: Mother Stewart’s Brewery and Commons Park
Time: 4:30 – 11 p.m.

Spend an incredible evening at Mother Stewart’s and Commons Park, along with Springfield native and award-winning artist John Legend, in supporting the inaugural Springfield Jazz and Blues Festival! Building on a long and storied music tradition, Springfield, Ohio is proud to present the region's most exciting new summer event. What you'll experience:

  • Award-winning jazz and blues artists
  • VIP reception and access to artists
  • Two stages within walking distance (Mother Stewart’s and Commons Park)
  • Locally-brewed beer from Mother Stewart's Brewing Company
  • Crowd-favorite food trucks
  • Historic neighborhoods and architecture

Questions? Please visit or contact Richard Carey.

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Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. August 27 | 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 9:30 p.m. August 27 | 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $33.46 +$3.46 Fee

A Night of Comedy at The Turner Studio is a guaranteed night filled with laughter. Come out and enjoy Comedic Legend Tony Woods!

-Nef Johnson
-Karen Jaffe
-Nate Washington

Tony Woods is a one-of-a-kind comedic legend who is always in control of his audience. When Dave Chappelle recently accepted the Mark Twain Prize award for comedy, the first person he singled out in his speech was Tony Woods. Comparing his influence to that of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie on Miles Davis, Chappelle spoke directly to Woods: “I was trying to play like you,” he said. “You were the first person I ever saw do it absolutely right.” Woods can be seen on The Joe Rogan Experience and Comedy Hype. He was also recently seen on Netflix: They Ready presented by Tiffany Haddish. A seasoned veteran in the comedy business, Woods is recognized not only by fans but by his peers as one of the best and most engaging comedians in the business. He has a strong following in the US, UK, Australia, and Europe.

Woods kicked off his career as an original member of Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam on HBO and P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy, he is an all-round one-of-a-kind comic and human being. His playful and cool demeanor combined with sharp and mischievous subject matter creates a show that is unmistakably entertaining at every level. A natural entertainer, Woods understands an audience and encourages them to become part of his strange world. Woods' appearances on Comedy Central Presents Tony Woods, the Comedy Central USO Tour, and the Comedy Central World Comedy Tour have made him a comic favorite of international renown.

He has also appeared on Last Comic Standing, A&E’s Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Showtime at the Apollo, NBC’s Friday Night Videos, Just for Laughs, NYPD Blue, HACK, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, HBO Comedy Spot and Australia’s - The Footy Show. Woods has also appeared in the film The Brooklyn Project, and his festival appearances include triumphs at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and is a favorite at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

Fiddler On The Roof

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Friday, October 7, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. October 7 | 8:00 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.


Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. October 15 | 7:30 p.m.


Clark State Performing Arts Center

Please note per Itzhak Perlman’s request: Masking is strongly encouraged for all audience members attending the Itzhak Perlman performance.

The music of two revolutionaries, Shostakovich and Beethoven, populate this program that will feature the incomparable artistry of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. Treasured by audiences throughout the world, hear him live right in our community, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with your SSO. Stalin was expecting a piece to rival Beethoven’s ninth symphony when he asked Shostakovich for his ninth symphony but what he got was a humorous romp with a trombone player who is perennially in the wrong place!


Red Herring Web

Presented by Clark State Theatre Arts Program

Friday, October 28, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. October 28 | 8:00 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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Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. November 8 | 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.


Presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. November 19 | 7:30 p.m.


Clark State Performing Arts Center

Spencer Myer returns with the brilliance that has endeared him to Springfield audiences on two prior occasions. This time he has chosen not one but TWO concerti by Maurice Ravel. Stunning in their evocative allusions to American Jazz, these pieces challenge the Orchestra as well as the pianist. Completing the program is Richard Strauss’ stunningly beautiful suite from Der Rosenkavalier, clearly some of the most romantic music ever written.

MAURICE RAVEL Concerto for the Left Hand
RICHARD STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

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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 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).


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.

Taj Express

Presented by Clark State Performing Arts Center

Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. March 16 | 7:30 p.m.

Taj Express- The Bollywood Jukebox explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, featuring vibrant & expressive hits of Bollywood with a unique mix of traditional, classic, modern, disco and retro music which have been entertaining billions for generations.  The story revolves around  Shankar, a young composer and his foray into the Bollywood film industry. His music bridges Bollywood’s chartbuster classic’s with new age compositions. The show comprises hit numbers for all age groups, backed by a unique & exotic company of performers and musicians.

This big hearted Bollywood Razzle Dazzle with an exceptionally talented cast, mesmerizing costumes, joyful choreography, thrilling live music and raw infectious energy takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Bollywood culture and society.

Clybourne Park Graphic

Presented by Clark State Theatre Arts Program

Friday, April 14, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. April 14 | 8:00 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.


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