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Mars Theatre announces John Anderson show, marks second anniversary
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John Anderson will perform at the Mars Theatre on Dec. 2.

The historic Mars Theatre, located in downtown Springfield, is celebrating its second anniversary by announcing that award winning, country singer-songwriter John Anderson will be performing Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.

Anderson has had numerous singles on the country charts including “Swingin’”, “Seminole Wind” and “Straight Tequila Night.”

“We are very excited to have John Anderson performing at the Mars,” Bennett said. “Last year’s sold out performance by Collin Raye showed us that the community would support more acts like this at the theatre,” said Springfield City Manager Brett Bennett.

Since the Mars re-opened in 2014, 45 different musical acts have taken the stage.

“Our primary goal is to provide quality, family entertainment at an affordable price,” said Allison Newberry, theatre director.

Bluegrass-Americana acts The Honeycutters and The Malpass Brothers are making return visits over the next two months and on June 4, look for the Southern rock group Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band. Other acts scheduled this fall include The Drifters on Sept. 30, and a return of the California Guitar Trio on Dec. 17. The theatre will host its first theatrical production, “Driving Miss Daisy” on Sept. 29 and a high energy art and music show “ArtRAGEous!” on Nov. 12.

Over the past two years, almost 30,000 tickets have been sold for movies.

“Affordable movies and concessions is why many people keep coming back to the Mars,” Newberry said. “Where else can you see a new release movie and enjoy a popcorn and drink for $11?”

New this summer is the kid’s movies series, 2 for Tuesdays. Each Tuesday at 2 p.m., during June and July, there will be a kid’s movie shown. Tickets will be $2.