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#BoycottHamilton trends on Twitter as Trump supporters, critics sound off

A national online debate has unfolded following a Friday night performance of “Hamilton” attended by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. >> 'Hamilton' cast member issues challenge to VP-elect Mike Pence After Pence was booed by some of the crowd, a cast member spoke from the stage to Pence as he left the theater during ...

Trump continues Twitter rant against 'Hamilton' cast

The "Hamilton" drama continues ... The day after President-elect Donald Trump slammed the cast of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" for addressing Vice President-elect Mike Pence after Friday's show, Trump returned to Twitter to insult the show and call for an apology. "The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear ...

A group of Clark State students talk as they wait in line to help unload several semi trailers full of props Thursday for the show “The Illusionists” this weekend at Kuss Auditorium. Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield gets 1st look at ‘Illusionists’ before Broadway

Aside from having a Broadway Street, Springfield doesn’t have much in common with New York City’s Great White Way.But Springfield is actually ahead of Broadway in one respect this weekend. On Thursday afternoon four to five semi-trucks pulled into the Clark State Performing Arts Center’s lot filled with mysterious wonders ...

Fifteen Project Jericho students have helped transform a 40-feet-by-16-feet backdrop into Wonderland for the Springfield Arts Council’s Youth Arts Ambassadors production of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” CONTRIBUTED

Project Jericho students add color to ‘Wonderland’

If you associate Wonderland with colorful and imaginative images, then the efforts of a local youth organization has delivered. Project Jericho has completed a 40-feet-by-16-feet backdrop for the Springfield Arts Council’s Youth Arts Ambassadors’ production of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the new John Legend ...

Sherraid Scott’s piece called “Storm” is part of the show. CONTRIBUTED

Kyoto Print Exchange storms into museum

An international storm has blown into Springfield. It wasn’t on the Doppler Radar but centered on the Springfield Museum of Art.The Dayton/Kyoto Print Exchange links the Gem City with Japan through art. “STORM” is a set of 57 prints of various area and Japanese artists take on the theme.“STORM” has ...

Fourteen Springfield Ballet Theatre dancers will do signature numbers and a two new pieces during their dance concert. HOPE HALEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Springfield Ballet Theatre preps fall dance concert

A former student of the Ohio Performing Arts Institute will give back when the Springfield Ballet Theatre presents its fall dance concert.Alexandra Wallace was about 4 years-old when she started dancing at OPAI. Fresh out of college and touring with a professional dance company, she came back to choreograph two ...

Northridge Middle School seventh-grader Natalie Berry will make her lead debut as the title character in the Springfield Arts Council Youth Arts Ambassador production of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” CONTRIBUTED

Legend Theater to open with ‘Alice, Jr.’

The new John Legend Theater’s first official event will soon disappear down a rabbit hole.How? Go ask Alice.The Springfield Arts Council Youth Arts Ambassadors production of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” will bring the memorable tale of White Rabbits, Mad Hatters and Cheshire Cats alive when it debuts Thursday, Nov. 17, ...

Jinger Leigh will take on the character known as The Conjuress, a world-traveled magician as part of nine cast members of “The Illusionists — Turn of the Century.” CONTRIBUTED

Magic returns with ‘The Illusionists – Turn of the Century’

Old magic tricks don’t fade away; they just get reinvigorated by some of today’s top performers.The Illusionists stunned Springfield last year with its touring show of magical feats. This time even more Illusionists will put their touch on some of history’s most enduring and dangerous illusions before it hits Broadway ...

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Champaign County Arts Council to host veteran’s dinner

The Champaign County Arts Council will host its annual Veterans Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Champaign Aviation Museum, from 5:30 - 9 p.m.Enjoy a great dinner as well as Big Band Swing music, courtesy of The Bob Grey Orchestra.Tickets are $25 per person and can be ...

Members of the cast rehearse a Bob Fosse number in preparation for the Springfield Civic Theatre’s upcoming 85th Birthday Gala, which will be held at the Buckeye Sports Lodge. CONTRIBUTED

Civic Theatre to recognize 85th birthday in song

It’s a birthday party, a reunion, a show and a display of talent.In short, there’s a lot to celebrate at the Springfield Civic Theatre’s 85th birthday event, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Buckeye Sports Lounge.The event will celebrate the history of Springfield Civic Theatre in song with several ...

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