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Save Our Stages: Springfield Little Theatre and the Landers are Crown Jewels of the Ozarks

October 21, 2020

Springfield Little Theatre has been entertaining the Ozarks for more than 85 years. You can help make sure SLT stays around for many more.

This volunteer-driven organization is the largest civic theatre organization in Missouri and one of the largest in mid-America. After staging its early productions in the auditorium at Central High School and the theatre at Drury University, SLT purchased the historic Landers Theatre in 1970. Their renovation projects have ensured the Landers will remain the Crown Jewel of the Ozarks for years to come.

Here are some ways to help ensure SLT’s future.

Get a Clue 

Mainstage shows are back! Springfield Little Theatre is ready to raise the curtain on “Clue: The Musical.” This fun-filled family musical, rated PG, brings the internationally-popular board game CLUE to life. The audience will help solve the mystery as comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. There are 216 possible conclusions!

“Clue: The Musical” runs through Nov. 8 and you’ve got two different ways to enjoy the show. General admission tickets start at $20 for children 12 and under. Students and seniors (ages 62 and above) are $28, while adult tickets are $30.

The SLT team is making this a safe experience. Audience members no longer choose their own seats. Instead, a seating chart is created the day of the show to make sure parties are physically distanced from each other. Masks are required on all audience members, staff and volunteers and temperature checks will be conducted upon arrival. Concessions are not available during this time. Hand sanitizer will be placed around the theatre, which will be thoroughly cleaned before, during and after performances. To limit congestion in the lobby, the audience will be dismissed by rows and the lobby will be closed for gatherings following the performances.

You can also live stream the show from the comfort of your own home! Purchase tickets to stream the date of your choice and you’ll get a special email with a link for you to click so you can watch the show. The link will only be good for the time you purchase your tickets. You’ll receive the email two hours before showtime.

Trunk or Treat

Visit NoBaked Cookie Dough Springfield Friday, Oct. 23, for a special Trunk or Treat event, including appearances from Princesses of the 417 and a costume competition at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go to Springfield Little Theatre. With each NoBaked product purchased, individuals will receive a ticket that will allow them to indulge in the trunks.

Learn at the Landers

Springfield Public Schools will soon shift to a four-day week, with virtual learning on Wednesdays. Need some help? SLT is offering Learning at the Landers! Students will participate in theatre games, dance and improvisation, while also participating in their virtual learning. Students need to bring a sack lunch, a book, their Chromebook or iPad and an awesome attitude.

Learning at the Landers hours are 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Nov. 4-Dec. 16. Tuition is $200 per session. Early dropoff is available for $5 per day or $25 for the session. Late pickup is available for $10 per day or $50 per session. Need more information? Call 417-413-2287.

Get involved

Even when the theatre is dark, you can still help support Springfield Little Theatre. Become an SLT Patron Member by purchasing a season subscription and contribute a financial gift. You can also sponsor the SLT Education Department, or financially back on of SLT’s Mainstage productions. You can also pledge a monthly sum or a one-time gift.

If you’d like to see how you can become more involved with Springfield Little Theatre, contact Beth Domann, SLT Executive Director, at 417-869-3869 ext. 12, or