Community Voices

The Springfield Muni Opera holds special auditions for children every year to fill a handful of roles in their summer lineup of shows. 

The auditions bring out hundreds of kids, but former Muni president and current board member Mac Warren says the auditions always end with the "especially gut-wrenching" process of choosing who will and will not be cast. 

Last year, the "Muni Trolls" program, named after the popular movie, opened the door for young thespians to explore the world of theater even if they hadn't been cast in one of the four main shows.

Bringing a message of hope, happiness, and family to the stage, 'Annie' is set to make its fourth run at the Springfield Muni Opera starting August 3rd. 

Sandro Garcia interviews Isaac Edwards.
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Hello, I’m Sandro Garcia for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp. While most musicians aim to be local stars, Springfield, Illinois resident, Isaac Edwards, has other goals. He does not really want to pursue fame, but wants to teach other people. 

Rohan Interviews Courtney Wick
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Hello, I am Rohan Ramkumar for the NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Courtney Wick is a licensed professional counselor and art therapist at the Hope Institute. She’s also a local writer, artist, and performer in plays such as “Legally Blonde”. She is also currently the board president for the Springfield Area Arts Council and volunteers at lots of places such as the Animal Protective League and The Big Brother Big Sister foundation.

Caleb Shuff and Justin Blandford pose
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Hello, I’m Caleb Shuff for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Justin Blandford, is a superintendent and curator of the Illinois Governor’s Mansion, and lives in Springfield, Illinois. 

PodCamp: Judge Shares His Journey to the Bench

Jul 19, 2018
Nathaniel Hostetter with Brian Otwell.
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Hello I’m Nathaniel Hostetter for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Brian Ottwel is an Associate Judge for the seventh Judicial Court of Illinois for eight years.

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Hello, I’m Riley Brown for the NPR Illinois Podcamp.

Scott Richardson is the Executive Director and owner of the Legacy Theatre in Springfield.

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Hello, I’m Arnav Nagrecha for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

John Wright is the director of the Henson Robinson Zoo. He is a graduate of Truman State University and has worked at various zoos and aquariums as a zookeeper, lead keeper, and general curator.

Written by Ken Bradbury and Robert Crowe, 'Distant Thunder' is the story of New Salem during Abraham Lincoln's days in the village; however, the show isn't just another Lincoln story. 

"Nothing against our 16th President, but in New Salem in those days, he wasn't the most interesting man in town!" Said writer Ken Bradbury, "Distant Thunder is a fun explanation of how Lincoln became Lincoln while he was in New Salem." 

Madelyn Moore interviews Lisa Clemmons Stott at UIS.
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Hello, I’m Madelyn Moore for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Lisa Clemmons Stott of Downtown Springfield Incorporated enjoys bringing the historical aspects of the city to life.

Molly interviews Nicolas Paz
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Nicolas Paz is the owner and chef at AZ-T-CA restaurant in Springfield. He grew up in Bolivia, which is a small South American country and came to America in 2001.

UIS Chancellor Susan Koch discusses NPR Illinois PodCamp in her State Journal-Register column.

Leo Page interviews Jeremie Bailey
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Hello, my name is Leo Page for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Jeremie Bailey shines a light on local, creative individuals with his podcast, Lincoln’s Legends. He is an enthusiast of Springfield’s artists, and their work.

Carly Shank interviewed by Abigail Stalets
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Hello my name is Abby Stalets with the 2018 PodCast Camp.

 

Carly Shank is the Director (of Audience Development) at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. She has worked there for 17 years. The purpose of the auditorium is to bring artists and performances to the area and to help the community.

Brian Mackey and Haley Vega in a deep converstation about newspapers.
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Hello, I’m Haley Vega for the 2018 NPR Illinois Podcamp.

Brian Mackey is a reporter of state government and politics for NPR.   Mackey didn’t always know he wanted to write or work for a news station.

 Jacob Bouldin interviews with Siri Kakumani
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, this is Siri Kakumani for the 2018 NPR Illinois Podcamp.

K-9 officer Jacob Bouldin and his partner in service, Dagz, came in to talk about his occupation and why he wanted to become a K-9 police officer. In his job he and his dog sniff out narcotics and objects including evidence in investigative cases and are located in Chatham, Illinois.

This Summer, the Springfield Muni celebrates what Legally Blonde star Zoey Zara calls the "Summer of women" sporting a lineup of shows all with female leads. 

 John Kelker with Adam Schnell
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Hello, I’m Adam Schnell for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp. 

John Kelker is the head of the United Way, a company that volunteers and helps out other nonprofit companies.

Chandana Poola and Justin Knoedler standing together
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Hello, I’m Chandu Poola for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Justin Knoedler is a retired professional baseball player and he now has opened his own indoor baseball and softball field. Justin lives in his hometown of Springfield, Il

Swara Kakumani and Larissa Hansen pose for a picture after the interview.
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Hello I'm Swara Kakumani for the 2018 PodCamp.

Larissa Hansen is a consultant with GenHKids through her very own company. She was able to transition her skills from one company to the other.

Katie Davidson explains the mission of Innovate Springfield to podcamper Evan Klein
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Hello, I’m Evan Klein For the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Katie Davison, works for Innovate Springfield, a business incubator.

Frank Butterfield interviews with Isha Ramkumar
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Hello, I’m Isha Ramkumar for the 2018 Illinois Podcamp.

Frank Butterfield is the Director Of Springfield Office at Landmarks Illinois. He joined the organization in 2013 and leads the preservation of famous landmarks in Illinois.

Mamma Mia the story of a young girl who decides to invite her three potential fathers to her wedding in Greece. The setting of a beautiful Greek island is perfectly accented by an ABBA sountrack that's sure to have you singing along. 

For the last 25 years, the Rock Spings Ground Squirrels baseball team has been keeping traditional "base ball" alive. The team's founder, Lee Slider, explains the team's origins stem from an invitation from the Ohio Village Muffins in 1993 to pull a team together to play a game by the 1858 rules. 

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Springfield Muni

Directed by Andrew Maynerich and Morgan Kaplan, Sister Act is coming to the Muni's stage for the first time. 

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NPR Illinois seeks to produce a 2019 Calendar as a donor gift. NPR Illinois is soliciting calls for artwork to be included in the calendar. Artists may work in any media or theme they choose keeping in mind the mission of NPR Illinois to “explain Illinois.”

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ART

 

Are you an artist in the Central Illinois Area? NPR Illinois is seeking talented, local artists to participate in the 2018 Calendar Art Contest! Artists can use any medium for their works, but your piece must somehow explain some element of the State of Illinois (and hopefully NPR Illinois).   

HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

LBJ and MLK come to life in the Hoogland Center for the Arts' production of 'All The Way' in Springfield, this weekend and next weekend.  The award-winning play gives audiences a view of the inner workings of the Whitehouse shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the struggle Lyndon B. Johnson faces in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

We sat down with Rich McCoy who plays LBJ, Tony Young who plays Martin Luther King Jr., and Craig McFarland who plays Hubert Humphrey. 

Carter Staley / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Aasne Vigesaa and Gus Gordon visit the NPR Illinois studios to speak about their part in the Hoogland Center for the Arts' production of "A Little Night Music," a Stephen Sondheim musical comedy directed by Joe-Michael Jackson. 

Listen to their entire conversation below. 

Community Voices: Sara Cordell

Dec 14, 2017
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