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Save Our Stages: Springfield Contemporary Theatre is singing (and innovating) its heart out

October 14, 2020

Innovation. It’s not just for scientists. Check out what Springfield Contemporary Theatre is doing, for example.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made hosting real, premiere, immersive, grown-up theatre at their Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza. But that hasn’t stopped the shows. SCT teamed up with Mother’s Brewing Company Oct. 4 for SCT Sings B’Way Rock in the Backyard at Mother’s. It was their first live performance since March.

This Sunday, Oct. 18, the SCT crew is live again, this time at Harvest Restaurant in Rogersville for a sold-out, socially-distanced production of SCT Sings Sinatra. Popular SCT singers Carol Reinert, Kim Crosby and Rick Dines will perform under the music direction of Harry Beckett. They’ll be backed by some of Springfield’s best jazz musicians — Mark Brueggemann, Jeff Gouge and Richard Kittleman.

Sad you missed out on this dinner-and-show evening? Wipe those tears. Dines, who is SCT’s Managing Artistic Director, said in an email announcement the team is working on spring dates to encore this great presentation. Stay tuned for more details!

You have even more opportunities to support Springfield Contemporary Theatre.

SCT Sings the Holiday Hits

Ring in the holidays with some of SCT’s best vocalists at The Old Glass Place in Downtown Springfield! They’ll bring you both traditional and new hits of the season. SCT Resident Music Director Alex Huff and his band will help provide an evening of songs to delight all audiences, capturing the mood and spirit of the holidays.

Shows are scheduled for Dec. 13 & 14, at 7:30 p.m. 

Want to be part of the production? Auditions are Monday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. at SCT’s Center Stage. You can also audition by video submission in advance. For details, email

Fugitive Songs

SCT will stage a virtual production of Fugitive Songs Jan. 7-10, 2021. Award-winning songwriters Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen give you a musical journey across America in this innovative show.

Conceived as half musical/half hootenany, Fugitive Songs spotlights people on the run: a disgruntled Subway sandwich employee, a jilted ex-cheerleader, a pair of Patty Hearst fanatics, a stoner forced to rob a convenience store against his will and many others.

Blending traditional folk music with contemporary pop and gospel, Fugitive Songs offers a new sound for a restless America. This eclectic score delivers poignant and thought-provoking stories that capture each character’s “reasons to run.”

This is a Southwest Missouri premiere! Tysen is a Missouri State University alumnus whose original music has been heard not only on and off Broadway, but also in theatres all over the world, on television shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company, as well as in a new virtual musical A Killer Party.

Auditions for Fugitive Songs are also Monday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. Interested performers can audition in person or by video submission. Email for more information.

SCT Family First COVID-19 Relief Fund

You can also support SCT by making a donation. Visit their website for more information about their SCT Family First Relief Fund. You can also donate online, purchase something from their Amazon Wishlist, shop using Amazon Smile or join Team SCT through FlipGive.