The cast of Springfield Little Theatre's "The SpongeBob Musical" rehearses a scene at the Landers Theatre. The show runs June 10-26. (Photo: Jeff Kessinger)

Springfield Little Theatre’s 88th season manages to be both familiar and brand new at the same time.

SLT will put on seven shows in the 2022-23 season, all at the Landers Theatre (311 East Walnut St.). Six of those shows will be brand new for the community theatre, but most of the titles will be familiar to a wide variety of audiences.

The season opens Sept. 9-25 with “Something Rotten,” a musical comedy set in the 1590s. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to write the world’s very first musical but must compete with an English playwright named William Shakespeare. “Something Rotten” was nominated for 10 Tony Awards.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical” wraps up the season June 9-25, 2023. It’s the only show SLT has staged before. In between are five well-known shows, including “School of Rock” (Oct. 13-23) — based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black — and “White Christmas” (Nov. 18-Dec. 4).

Springfield Little Theater will also stage “The Play That Goes Wrong” March 9-19, 2023. That play has been described as a hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes. It’s about a community theatre production of a murder mystery where — as the title suggests — everything that can go wrong does.

The 88th season of SLT also includes “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 2023, and “Pippin” April 14-30, 2023.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Springfield Little Theatre website or call 417-302-4789.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger