Great Performances

Springfield hosts several live entertainment options throughout the year
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From dazzling Broadway shows to an extremely talented local artistic community, Springfield’s performing arts scene is more vibrant than ever before. Festivals, concerts, plays, musicals and much more fill the calendar throughout the year, providing locals and visitors alike exciting artistic entertainment.

Members of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at Hammons Hall in Springfield, Missouri.

If it’s old-world charm you’re looking for, Springfield’s Landers Theatre is the place to book your next theater experience. The historic venue—built in 1909 and rebuilt in 1921 after a devastating fire—is home to the Springfield Little Theatre, Missouri’s oldest and largest civic theater operation.

Springfield Little Theatre produces a season of nine plays and musicals for some 60,000 patrons annually, but those aren’t the only options for theater-goers. Landers Theatre also features concerts and recitals by the Springfield Regional Opera and the Springfield Ballet, including its annual performance of The Nutcracker.

Landers Theatre in Springfield, Missouri.

Find energetic, modern works on the cutting edge of theater production at the Springfield Contemporary Theatre. The non-profit production company, located in Downtown Springfield, performs more than 30 weekends per year.

SCT is known for its high standards of theater—and its high-caliber talent. Through a partnership with the Actors’ Equity Association, the organization is able to bring notable actors to the stage, such as Broadway star Kim Crosby and Lucas Grabeel from the High School Musical franchise.

Located on Historic Route 66, the Gillioz Theatre has a full schedule of movies, concerts, opera, plays, comedians and other productions year-round, with new events added frequently. Along with all that, the Emmy Award-winning comedy talk show, The Mystery Hour, is filmed at the theater in front of a live audience throughout the year.

Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, Missouri.

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts is expansive, with a 2,264-seat theater (including multi-level boxes and an orchestra pit), as well as public and private reception areas. It is located on Missouri State University’s campus and is home to the Springfield Ballet and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, southwest Missouri's largest regional, professional orchestra. The hall's size also allows for national tours of Broadway productions, such as the The Lion King in early 2019.

Visit our online calendar for a full list of great performance options in Springfield.

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