Author: SARINA DORIE for The Chronicle

Delightful story, performances mark ‘aged’ dialogue in ‘Brigadoon’ at Cottage Theatre

COTTAGE GROVE – Historical Scotland. Time travel. Romance. It is impossible to hear these words and not think of the popular books or TV series, “Outlander.” However, this is actually a description of “Brigadoon,” a play written by Alan Jay Lerner with music by Frederick Loewe, produced by Cottage Theatre[Read More…]

Holiday show to illuminate complexities, joy of season

SPRINGFIELD — In a theatrical performance centering around the joys, struggles, humor, and mystery of Christmas, a local theater production will soon examine the highs and lows of the holidays — with the help of an engaging audience.  Richard E. Wildish Community Theater will feature “Christmas Presence” from Dec. 21-23[Read More…]

‘The Producers’ play: A subversive satire in Cottage Grove

Months ago, I stumbled on a YouTube video titled, “Springtime for Hitler.” I was intrigued. As I watched this song and dance, the entire time I kept wondering, “Who could possibly have made this? Why would anyone make this?” It was so outlandish and offensive – but hilarious. I couldn’t[Read More…]

Native American event promotes culture and diversity in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — If you’re looking for a culturally-enriching experience, on Wednesday, Aug. 9, Island Park will host a unique blend of traditional and modern Native American music, dance, and culture. As part of the Summer Reading outdoor multicultural program, Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company, Kunu Bearchum, and other local Indigenous[Read More…]

Examining appreciation versus appropriation in the Springfield belly dance community

When Diana Yochkova Smith performs, audiences see her passion and skill. Many see the name “Diana Smith” and dismiss the olive complexion; they assume she is a Caucasian American belly dancing.  That is incorrect on multiple levels. Smith is an immigrant from Bulgaria who takes dance classes in Springfield. Her[Read More…]



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