Springfield Little Theatre Receives Million Dollar Grant

Springfield Little Theatre has received over a million dollars in funding, giving a huge leap forward for their “Next Stage” campaign.

The Theatre received a $1 million grant from the C.W. Titus Foundation designated for SLT’s recently purchased Education Facility. The facility at 237 South Florence Avenue in Springfield will be renamed the Judith Enyeart Reynolds School of the Performing Arts for Springfield Little Theatre.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to the C.W. Titus Foundation for all of their support and belief in Springfield Little Theatre and our education program,” Springfield Little Theatre Executive Director Beth Domann said in a statement.

The Titus Foundation’s donation, along with a $250,000 gift from an “angel donor”, will pay off the majority of the Theatre’s debt from purchasing the former McDaniel School building. The purchase by the theatre brings new life into the 100-year-old building.

“We are so thankful for the opportunity to breathe life back into the historic property, to fill its walls with the energy of our eager, passionate, dedicated, and creative young learners,” SLT Education Director Lorianne Dunn said in a statement.  “This facility is truly a dream come true for our organization, and we are so humbled by the C.W. Titus Foundation’s incredibly generous gift.”

The purchase of the building and moving of the educational center is part of the overall $5 million “Next Steps Campaign.” In the last year, SLT has raised over $2 million for the campaign, which included major improvements and renovations to the historic Landers Theatre.

Springfield Little Theatre is looking for donors for other naming opportunities at the Education Center, along with other opportunities in donating to the Next Steps Campaign. If you want to donate or help SLT, contact them through their website or by calling 417-869-3869.

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