Theater and Performing Arts Events

It has been said that Springfield’s homegrown talent in the theater and performing arts rivals that of larger cities. It could be because of the robust local performing arts scene, arts education opportunities, and access to world-class live performances. The city is home to a renowned symphony, ballet, opera, several theatre companies, dance troupes, choral groups and more.

Many famous performers got their start through Springfield’s performing arts organizations. World-renowned opera star, Michael Spyres, calls Springfield home when he isn’t off performing to great acclaim in Europe. Broadway stars Kim Crosby (Into the Woods), Robert Westenberg (Secret Garden and Into the Woods), Lisa Brescia (Dear Evan Hansen) and more live, work, and perform in Springfield. Springfield’s community theatre, Springfield Little Theatre, has been recognized as one of the top community theatres in the country, while the Springfield Ballet instructs dancers from a very early age all the way through adulthood where they perform for thousands every year during their seasonal performances. 

Not only does Springfield offer the best in live performances through local theater and performing arts organizations, but touring professional productions are frequent to the city through many venues, including Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts on Missouri State University’s campus where audiences can see a touring Broadway show right here in Springfield.

You don’t have to travel to a large, metropolitan city in order to see world-class performers. With the thriving theater and performing arts scene, you can experience it all in Springfield, Missouri.