Imagine an outdoor venue carved out of the hillside, utilizing the natural terrain and existing vegetation to the west of the beautiful Smith-London Centennial Bell Tower on the campus of Missouri State University-West Plains. The Tuttle Amphitheater would provide the University and greater West Plains community an 850-seat outdoor venue for spectator events, concerts, rallies, films, or theatrical performances. Seating for the amphitheater would face a theatrical-style stage, providing an enjoyable atmosphere and environment to view entertainment. Spectators would be encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enhance seating on the grass-covered surfaces.
History of Outdoor Venues
Warm weather draws people outdoors to live performances in open-air amphitheaters. The amphitheater harkens back to classic times, when the Greeks and Romans constructed eternal stone theaters throughout the Mediterranean. Ozarks culture also has a tradition of valuing this same commitment to entertainment, as rich histories of stories and tunes have been passed from generation to generation through community music and gatherings.
As architecture and technology have advanced through the years, outdoor entertainment has not gone away. Performers and audiences continue to share an appreciation for art presented in a relaxed, natural setting of the great outdoors. Whether the featured performers are opera singers, rock stars, jazz combos, bluegrass groups, actors or a symphony, there is an undeniable allure to enjoying them beneath the stars or a clear blue sky.
Roger & Martha Tuttle
Roger and Martha Tuttle committed their professional careers to Missouri State University-West Plains for a combined 61 years. Roger was hired in 1978 as a Maintenance Laborer and retired in 2010 as the Superintendent of Buildings, Grounds, and Custodial Services. Martha was hired in 1980 as a Secretary and retired in 2010 as the Purchasing/Human Resources Assistant.
The Tuttle Amphitheater will be designed as a reflection of Roger and Martha Tuttle and their dedication to the Missouri State University-West Plains campus. Roger, an avid outdoorsman, and Martha, a people person, provide a perfect complement to one another. Martha sings and plays the piano at their church and performs occasionally with her family’s gospel singing group, The Howell Family. In the same manner, the outdoors will provide the setting for a stage and seating to accommodate social activities and events serving Missouri State University-West Plains and the greater West Plains community.
Only privately-raised funds will be used to build the Tuttle Amphitheater. Grant opportunities also will be pursued. The anticipated need for construction is $195,000. We kindly ask for your monetary support of this project to develop an 850-seat venue of fun, concerts, movies, and theater on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus serving the greater West Plains community.
All gifts, no matter the size, will be appreciated. Unless otherwise instructed, the Tuttle family will be notified you have made a gift.
The Tuttle Amphitheater brochure provides additional information or you may call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (417) 255-7240.