1. You can submit your own show ideas.
You can submit your show ideas to The Judy even if you’re not a regular performer with Springfield Little Theatre. The Judy, which houses SLT’s educational programming, also features a 60-seat, black box theater plus The Reynolds Auditorium. The Judy’s stages make for a great laboratory for emerging directors. The Judy has hosted one-act plays, children theater performances, improv and solo performers. It even hosted a live magician once.
2. You can book your kid’s birthday party at The Judy.
Imagine turning seven and celebrating your birthday with two of your favorite Disney characters. That’s pretty much what happens when SLT takes over the party planning. The SLT team handles everything from party design to the cake , punch to party games. All you have to do is pick your theme, and two SLT cast members will show up in character and celebrate with you.
3. Classes at The Judy are open to all ages.
If you’ve never taken an acting class, but the bard’s voice is calling your name, sign up for one of the classes at The Judy. All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you’re still unsure, consider this— 56 new cast members made their Landers’ debut last season.
4. This year will mark the fourth time Beauty and The Beast has taken the stage at The Landers.
SLT first brought this beloved Disney adaptation to life in 2005, and now it’s back for the 2022–2023 season. Not only is this a wildly popular show for SLT audiences, it’s also considered a game-changer for SLT’s operations. When the theater first brought the show to town in 2005, it had to take out a $20,000 loan in order to cover the cost of creating all the costumes. At the time, this was SLT’s biggest investment in costumes, so to pay off the loan, the theater launched a program where it rented all of those pricey costumes out to other theaters around the country. The rental program worked so well, it became a revenue stream for SLT that’s still used today. And as for that $20,000 loan—SLT paid it off in one year.
5. All of the shows on this season’s lineup with the exception of Beauty and the Beast are new to the current SLT team.
The last time these shows were performed at The Landers was in the ’80s. That means that both audiences and SLT cast and crew will be enjoying this season’s performances for the very first time. This season’s calendar includes Something Rotten, School of Rock, White Christmas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Play That Goes Wrong, Pippin and Beauty and The Beast.