Originally conceived on April 21, 1950 as a not-for-profit theatrical organization, the Springfield Municipal Opera
Association transformed a 55-acre wheat field into an outdoor amphitheater. On June 17, 1950, thousands of people
viewed the opening night performance of our first production, 'The Merry Widow'.
The Muni flourished until a series of setbacks in the mid-1950's and a major fire in 1963 destroyed part of the
facilities. A second fire the following year destroyed what was left.
With hopes for a rebirth, a test production of "Bye Bye Birdie" was staged in Douglas Park in 1964. The Springfield
community responded with such enthusiasm that the Muni was able to rebuild its facility and return to the lake site
theater in 1965. That year, patrons showed their support of The Muni when they saw "The Music Man" and "South Pacific".
In 1967, the Muni produced three shows: "Brigadoon", "Guys and Dolls" and "Camelot", and attendance grew.
The Muni bravely staged its first four-production season in 1972: "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown", "1776", "Most
Happy Fella", "The Sound of Music", and attendance jumped again showing us it was the right decision to make.
In the summer of 2006, the Muni welcomed its one millionth patron with a special celebration during the run of "Aida".
The Muni continues to produce four shows a season and each summer the Muni audience continues to grow. With support
from our sponsors, enthusiastic audiences, and a dedicated and talented corps of volunteers onstage and backstage,
the Muni has become one of the largest community theaters in the Midwest. We believe that we are the largest
organization of our type in the country that is completely self-supporting, dependent neither on grants nor tax
For more than 60 years, we entertain thousands of people each summer with the best in musical theatre.
The Muni is a unique jewel in Springfield's landscape, a beautiful site tucked away at the lake that offers families
and friends a venue to spend time together, volunteer, perform, direct and enjoy quality entertainment.
Each year, great thought and consideration are given to developing the season. It is our goal not only to provide you
with shows that are familiar but also new productions. We are proud to be part of this community and grateful for
your continued support.
Shows of the Muni
||South Pacific; Sweeney Todd; Nice Work if You Can Get It; Disney's Little Mermaid
||Spamalot; Suessical; West Side Story; Cabaret;
||Sound of Music; All Shook Up; Shrek the Musical; Jekyll & Hyde
||Les Misérables; Dreamgirls; Peter Pan; RENT
||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Crazy for You; Once On This Island; Beauty and the Beast
||Big River; Guys and Dolls; Hairspray; The Wizard of Oz
||Seussical; Into The Woods; Jesus Christ Superstar; Annie
||Oliver!; The Producers; Fiddler on the Roof; Disney High School Musical
||Hello, Dolly!; All Shook Up; The Secret Garden; The Music Man
||Miss Saigon; Peter Pan; Grease; Oklahoma!
||Annie Warbucks; Chicago; Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida; The King and I
||The Sound of Music; Ragtime; Annie Get Your Gun; Disney’s Beauty And The Beast
||Honk!; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; A Chorus Line; Big River
||Titanic; Big; My Fair Lady; The Wizard of Oz
||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Anything Goes; Mame; South Pacific
||How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; A Little Night Music; West Side Story; Peter Pan
||Cinderella; Grease; Children of Eden; The Music Man
||State Fair; 42nd Street; The Goodbye Girl; The Sound of Music
||Fiddler on the Roof; Bye, Bye, Birdie!; Godspell; Annie
||Guys and Dolls; Crazy for You; The Secret Garden; Kiss Me, Kate
||Phantom; The Will Rogers Follies; Little Me; The Wizard of Oz
||The King and I; Meet Me in St. Louis; City of Angels; Gypsy
||Peter Pan; Hello, Dolly!; Big River; Carousel
||Hans Christian Andersen; Sugar; Pirates of Penzance; Brigadoon
||Man of LaMancha; Dreamgirls; Me and My Girl; The Unsinkable Molly Brown
||Oliver!; My One and Only; Into the Woods; Show Boat
||Oklahoma!; Teddy & Alice; Anything Goes; Camelot
||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Fiddler on the Roof; Singing in the Rain; My Fair Lady
||Peter Pan; South Pacific; 42nd Street; Mame
||Annie Get Your Gun; The Wiz; Promises, Promises; Gigi
||The Sound of Music; Jesus Christ Superstar; Cabaret; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
||Annie; Damn Yankees; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Evita
||Peter Pan; Funny Girl; Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Music Man
||The King and I; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Student Prince; Hello, Dolly!
||Kismet; George M!; Oliver!; Follies
||Camelot; Grease; Oklahoma!; A Little Night Music
||South Pacific; Good News; Gypsy; Show Boat
||Shenandoah; No, No, Nanette; Pajama Game; Carousel
||Sweet Charity; Brigadoon; Paint Your Wagon; I Do! I Do!
||Cinderella; The Desert Song; West Side Story; My Fair Lady
||1776; Irene; Bye, Bye, Birdie!; Calamity Jane
||Guys and Dolls; How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Fiddler on the Roof; Mame
||On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; Hello, Dolly!; Applause; The Music Man
||Once Upon a Mattress; Carnival;Promises, Promises; Oklahoma!
||You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; 1776; Most Happy Fella; The Sound of Music
||Funny Girl; The King and I; Fiddler on the Roof
||Li’l Abner; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Man of LaMancha
||Bells Are Ringing; Gypsy; Annie Get Your Gun
||The Unsinkable Molly Brown; Oliver!;Kiss Me, Kate
||Brigadoon; Guys and Dolls; Camelot
||My Fair Lady; Pajama Game
||The Music Man; South Pacific