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WICKED flies into Juanita K. Hammons Hall in February 2016!

WickedLogo_HHWeb_210pxIt’s the show everyone’s been wishing for – long-awaited and highly-anticipated!  Broadway’s  biggest blockbuster, WICKED, will be an immensely “Popular” part of the 2015-2016 Broadway Season at Juanita K. Hammons Hall.

The opportunity to reserve the best seats for this Tony® Award-winning musical will go first to current  Hammons Hall Broadway season subscribers and new subscribers to the upcoming 2014-2015 Broadway Season. Check the Broadway page on our website or call the Hammons Hall box office at 417-836-7678 for more information on the Broadway series.

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In Memory of Juanita K. Hammons – 1917-2014

Mrs. Hammons lobby portrait     Those who love the performing arts join the community of Springfield and many others in southwest Missouri in mourning the passing of Juanita Kathleen Hammons. For more than two   decades, the cultural life of our region has been enhanced by an amazing variety of entertainment at her beautiful namesake venue, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Mrs. Hammons was a passionate philanthropist, joining her husband, the late John Q. Hammons, in supporting not only the arts but also education, healthcare and sports.

She was very happy to learn that Juanita K. Hammons Hall would present a wide variety of performances, because she was a fan of many kinds of entertainment. In considering the effect the venue would have on our community, Mrs. Hammons said “What will be so wonderful is the advantage the Hall offers to children. It will provide such great opportunities for them. It presents lots of advantages to lots of people.”

Because of Mrs. Hammons’ desire to make a difference in the life of Springfield and the surrounding communities, many, many people of all ages have experienced the unparalleled thrill of live music, theatre, dance and other art forms on the Juanita K. Hammons Hall stage. Her generosity and support have enriched our lives, and we are forever grateful.

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The weather strikes again!

As winter storms continue to crisscross the country, weather-related travel issues have made necessary the cancellation of December 10th’s MiXt concert, part of the Don and Betty Wessel Emerging Concert Artists series at Juanita K. Hammons Hall. The concert will be re-scheduled – with updates posted on the Hammons Hall website as they become available.

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Cast has arrived!…Beauty and Beast shows are ON!…more info for Friday night patrons!

The Beauty and the Beast cast has arrived in Springfield and are in the process of preparing for today”s 2pm matinee and subsequent performances!

We realize that patrons with tickets for last night’s cancelled performance are having difficulty getting through on the box office phone lines.  If you want a refund for your tickets, you don’t have to contact us, we will generate a refund for you via credit to your account or a check.  If you want to attend one of the three remaining shows, please note two alternatives: send an email to mailto:missouristatetix@missouristate.edu  with your Friday seating location and the performance you want to be moved to…or come to the box office in person, the Hall is open for WinterFest and the box office windows are open for service.

Please note that these procedures apply to patrons with tickets to the cancelled Friday night performance only.  Since the company has arrived and the subsequent shows will go on, the contractual policy of no refunds is in place for the three remaining shows.

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Tonight – the show will NOT go on!

Due to weather related travel issues involving the cast, the Friday, December 6 performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Juanita K. Hammons Hall was cancelled.

The remaining three performances (Saturday, December 7 at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday, December 8 at 2pm) will go on as scheduled.

Ticket holders for Friday night’s cancelled show who wish to exchange their tickets for one of the remaining  performances may call the Hammons Hall box office at 417-836-7678…or send an email to missouristatetix@missouristate.edu with your Friday seating location and the performance you wish to attend…you will be re-seated in the best available seats for your requested performance, and can pick your tickets up at the will call window when you come to the show.  If you want a refund, you do not have to contact us – refunds will be generated asap either as a credit card credit or as a check.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we deal with the issues arising from the weather problems that kept the cast from making it in on Friday night.

Please remember that WinterFest arts festival  continues at the Hall with Saturday hours of 10am to 10pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm.

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We know – the weather outside IS frightful…

…but Juanita K. Hammons Hall is warm and dry, with covered parking close by – come join us this weekend for our annual WINTERFEST Visual and Performing Arts Festival!  We’ll be here Friday, Saturday and Sunday…with our beautiful lobby levels filled with artwork of all kinds, in all price ranges, so you can SHOP UNIQUE.  And you’ll be entertained by holiday music from local choirs and ensembles on the lobby Promenade Balcony stage – plus the enchanting national touring production of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

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2013-2014 SEASON On Sale Monday!

Tickets for the 2013-2014 SEASON at Juanita K. Hammons Hall go on sale this coming Monday, August 26th, at 10am. Our exciting lineup features a wide variety of artists and genres – from Grammy®-winning musicians to Tony®-winning Broadway musicals. There’s something for everyone this season – we hope to see you at the Hall!

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR HAMMONS HALL JOB OPENING!

The deadline for applications for the position of DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND SALES at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts has been extended to Friday, August 9, 2013.

As an employee of MSU’s extraordinary performing arts venue, you will be a part of a dedicated team of professionals that brings world-class arts and entertainment to the University and the citizens of Springfield and the surrounding communities!

For required qualifications and application procedures go to http://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/8737   Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense.  AA/EOE.

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JOB OPENING AT JUANITA K. HAMMONS HALL!

Missouri State University is accepting applications for DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND SALES at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Join a dedicated team of professionals that brings world-class arts and entertainment to the University and the citizens of Springfield and the surrounding communities!

For required qualifications and application procedures go to http://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/8737   Deadline for applications is Friday, July 26, 2013.   Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.  AA/EOE.

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Missouri State University remembers Mr. John Q. Hammons

John Q. HammonsThe Missouri State University faculty, staff and students, past and present, join the Springfield community in mourning the loss of Mr. John Q. Hammons, who passed away on Memorial Day 2013 at age 94.

Since the mid-1970s, Mr. Hammons, a Missouri State alumnus, was instrumental in investing in  Missouri State University’s growth and development.  Several campus facilities are named in honor of Mr. Hammons and/or his wife, Juanita:  Hammons Fountains, Hammons Student Center, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Hammons House, and JQH Arena. The Bears baseball team also plays at Hammons Field.

“It is hard to measure the significant impact Mr. Hammons had on Missouri State University,” said Missouri State University President Clifton M. Smart III.  “Most people think of his generosity and the facilities that are named for he and his wife, Juanita.  But just as important was his constant optimism and his relentless push for Missouri State to set its sights higher and achieve more.  His legacy at Missouri State will be as much for this entrepreneurial spirit as the structures he helped fund.  The university, and the entire Springfield community, has lost an icon.”

“To say we are saddened by Mr. Hammons’ passing is an understatement,” said Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. “The impact he has made on our campus, specifically with his commitment to  athletics, is monumental. He had a passion for Missouri State University which drove him. He truly didn’t sit on the sidelines: he was driven to provide us with first-rate facilities and opportunities. The way he touched people’s lives, truly made us a better community. His vision, passion and love for Springfield and Missouri State will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Hammons and all those who are grieving with us today.”

“From a personal standpoint, he has been a loyal and true friend,” said Bill Rowe, who was athletics director at MSU from 1982 to 2009 and an associate of Mr. Hammons for more than 50 years. “His commitment to Missouri State University is unparalleled and touched every aspect of his life. There are just so many things that he has made possible for the University. He meant so much to me and so many other people — not just in this community and around the state, but around the country.”

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