The Landers Theatre has showcased top-notch theatrical performances to the community for more than a century. Famous faces caught the acting bug on the historic stage and thrill seekers are intrigued by the ghost stories that surround it. Kim Crosby, Lucas Grabeel and Cailee Spaeny are just a few of the big names that have graced the stage before catching their big break. In 1970, The Landers was purchased by the Springfield Little Theatre organization, and the non-profit has grown tremendously since then.
The organization offers education classes for all ages in acting, voice and dance along with workshops and youth performance groups. “What a lot of people don't realize is that we're not just the performances you see on the Landers’ stage. It's also a huge education program that serves 30,000-plus kids a year,” says Springfield Little Theatre’s Marketing Director Megan Buchbinder.
While the theater delivers eight main stage shows a year and countless special events, fundraisers, education series events and showcases, there are some restorations needed in order to ensure that it will be around for another 100 years. The people behind the theater are reaching out to the community for help ensuring its future.