Unlike movie stars who can simply walk offscreen whenever they need a break, live theater players must persevere until the very end, which is why porta-potties are written into nearly every play’s storyline. Enjoy the realistic comforts of onstage entertainment with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get two tickets to any summer show produced by the Springfield Contemporary Theatre (up to a $44 value). All performances are held at the Vandivort Center Theatre. Below are the summer season's shows and dates:
- Sheer Will: June 4, 9–11, and 16–18 at 7:30 p.m.; June 5, 12, and 19 at 2 p.m.
- Educating Rita: July 8–9, 14–16, and 21–23 at 7:30 p.m.; July 17 at 2 p.m.
- No Sex Please, We’re British: August 12–13, 18–20, and 25–27 at 7:30 p.m.; August 21 at 2 p.m.
Cozily nestled in downtown Springfield’s theater and dining district, Springfield Contemporary Theatre is currently in its 16th year of entertaining Missouri audiences. The June world premier of Sheer Will, a comic musical, will tell the story of a writer’s block–plagued William Shakespeare and the entertaining emotional obstacles that face all great writers with CMYK quill pens running low on magenta. Educating Rita dramatizes what happens when a desperate professor and a young hairstylist collide, and No Sex Please, We’re British relates the farcical story of how best to confront a barrage of pornography without breaking English etiquette—incidentally, the same problem that Churchill faced the first time he visited FDR’s self-described man cave.
Springfield Contemporary Theatre stages new, original productions and revives classic plays with the dramatic precision and collective energy of local actors and guest professionals year round. Great for an entertaining evening with a first date, family member, or favorite robot butler, the performances ensure stage-driven euphoria and crowd-pleasing delight.