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Missouri State University breaks ground on $6.4M amphitheater named after famous actor with local ties

The new structure will serve as a permanent home for the university’s theater company Tent Theatre
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Missouri State has broken ground on its new performing arts venue, the $6.4 million John Goodman Amphitheater.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State University in Springfield has broken ground on a $6.4 million amphitheater that will be named after a famous Hollywood actor and St. Louis native who performed there during his time at the school.

Construction has started on the John Goodman Amphitheater, which will feature a permanent stage and 350 removable seats on one acre of MSU’s campus. In addition, the project includes an arts park for students.

The new structure will serve as a permanent home for the university’s theater company, Tent Theatre, which has historically performed in a tent on campus dating back to the early 1960s. 

Officials said in a release that the project is being funded in part by more than $3 million in private gifts.

Patterhn Ives, with offices in Clayton and Philadelphia, is the design architect and architect of record, Springfield-based Carson-Mitchell is the contractor.

Click here for the full story from the St. Louis Business Journal.