Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Illinois Symphony Orchestra Season Begins!

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra season began last weekend with Boldly Beautiful. The orchestra performed at 8 pm on Saturday, September 25th.

The orchestra's next performance at Sangamon Auditorium will Fiery Fun on Saturday, November 13, at 8 p.m.

For more information and the schedule for this season with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, visit their website at

Also, find out more from Sangamon Auditorium, click HERE.

Arts Integration Teacher Workshop

Sangamon Auditorium and Springfield Public Schools are joining forces to provide professional development in the arts for area K-12 teachers.  The two entities recently became members of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the two entities will work together to create and develop arts programs for the education of teachers. This includes expanding teachers’ abilities to integrate the arts into the curriculum using the best teaching practices and building their confidence, comfort, and enthusiasm in teaching in and about the arts. This will be achieved by providing professional development opportunities, experiences, and performances in the arts.

The first workshop event in the Partners in Education program, “Focusing on Arts Integration,” was held on Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Regional Office of Education’s Staff Development Center.  Led by Karen L. Erickson, a leader in Arts Education who has worked with schools and arts organizations internationally and in nearly all fifty states, the workshop provided a practical, hands-on approach for exploring the characteristics of arts integrated instruction through metaphor, activities, and discussion.  Participants experienced two lessons combining drama and language arts to examine arts integration and the impact of the arts on student learning.  An overview of integrative frameworks was presented along with strategies for meeting learning standards.  The workshop laid the foundation for future workshops that will more deeply explore the integration of an art form with other subject areas. 

Thirty-six K-12 educators participated in the workshop; twenty-eight were from Springfield Public Schools and eight were from outside the district.  Though open to all K-12 teachers, fine arts educators were specifically targeted for this first workshop.

Selected feedback from participants:

  • “The compare and contrast of the same lesson was excellent and very helpful in what I can take back to my principal and teachers.”

  • “Excellent presentation and presenter wonderful.  Loved learning more drama terms.”

  • “Superb.  Workshop leader is so creative – she makes it happen.”

  • “Very engaging!”

  • ”Amazing opportunities to learn from expert in field.  Real-life examples helped put process into perspective.”

  • “This was the best workshop I’ve been to in the district.”

  • “Great motivator!”

Attending educators participated in a Needs Assessment survey following the session to indicate their preferences for future workshop events.  Their responses were varied and thoughtful and included adding other arts areas to their curriculum, meeting the needs of special education students through the arts, and creating opportunities for classroom teachers to become inspired by arts teachers’ integration.  These preferences will be considered as future events are planned. 

For more information about Partners in Education, please contact Carly Shank at 217.206.8286 or or stay tuned to our website.  

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Buddy Guy- Sunday, October 10 at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS

Buddy Guy, with special guests Moreland & Arbuckle, is headed to Sangamon Auditorium.

So, who is this Buddy Guy? You know, the one that will be at Sangamon Auditorium on October 10th

Well, Wikipedia (no, it won’t work for academic research, but for our purposes, it works beautifully) got it right by saying:

George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is a critically acclaimed artist who has established himself as a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, and has served as an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation. Guy is known, too, for his showmanship on stage, playing his guitar with drumsticks, or strolling into the audience while playing solos. He was ranked thirtieth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".”

So, who are these notable musicians? Check out this clip of Buddy with one Mr. John Mayer:

Buddy Guy+John Mayer

Amazing, right? We think so too!

Click below to check out our website for additional info on Buddy Guy, and get your tickets!

Buddy Guy at Sangamon Auditorium

See you there!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Muni Announces 2011 Season

Today is the first day of fall, so what better time to start thinking about summer theater! We're looking forward to another great season of local productions in summer 2011 at the Muni, one of the largest all-volunteer community theater organizations in the nation.

• “Big River,” directed by Steve Kaplan, June 10-19
• “Guys and Dolls,” directed by Julie Davis, July 1-10
• “Hairspray,” directed by Craig Williams, July 22-31
• “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Matt Vala, Aug. 12-21

Tickets go on sale in November, and auditions will be held in March.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Spring Awakening Limited ON STAGE Seating Available

Sangamon Auditorium is so excited to be able to offer a unique Broadway Series experience for show-goers this season.

General tickets go on-sale on Monday, September 20 for both A Chorus Line and Spring Awakening, taking place in November of this year. With an added bonus...

Beginning Monday, a LIMITED number of seats will be available to watch the Spring Awakening performance from on stage seating! This option is carried over directly from the New York Broadway kind of experience and will be available for $27 per ticket. While there are special rules for this particular seating, it creates an opportunity for a totally different and insider viewing experience, right amidst the onstage action! Interested? Just call the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office and request the on stage seating option!

Want to learn more? Click here!

A Chorus Line is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2, 2010, one show only at 7:30 p.m.
Spring Awakening is scheduled for Sunday, November 14, 2010, one show only at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale Monday, September 20, 2010. Prices range from $47.00 to $57.00 and are available at or call the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 or 800-207-6960.

Country singers to reunite at Sangamon Auditorium - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

"Country legend Bill Anderson is bringing “Country’s Family Reunion,” his RFD-TV show, to the Sangamon Auditorium stage this Friday.

The show follows a format that will be familiar to anyone who has seen VH1’s “Storytellers” series: musicians performing and talking about their careers.

In this case, the guests gathering on the show’s trademark living room set will be country singers Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Mary Lou Turner."


Article by SJR Staff
The State Journal-Register

Click link below to read the full article:

Country singers to reunite at Sangamon Auditorium - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

Get your tickets for County's Family performance at Sangamon Auditorium on Friday, September 17. Call 217.206.6160 or visit