Sunday, December 18, 2016

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of December 19, 2016

A Gnome for Christmas
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The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Imaginary Theatre Company presents the children's musical A Gnome for Christmas, running through December 23. "When Lulu's quirky father fails to sell yet another of his odd inventions, the pair must pack their bags and move to more meager accommodations. All they can afford is a rundown old farmhouse where the fence needs mending and the landlord's cranky, even at Christmastime! Lulu's about ready to give up, but when mysterious and magical things start happening, it seems that this farm might be home to more than meets the eye. This warm-hearted holiday musical reminds us of the importance of helping others and the happiness found in friends." Performances take place in the Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School, 530 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves. For more information:

Chuck Lavazzi
The Cabaret Project and The Emerald Room at the Monocle present a Holiday Cabaret Open Mic Night on Wednesday, December 21, from 7 to 10 p.m.. Drop by and enjoy a night of great music from St. Louis cabaret artists, backed up by the inimitable Carol Schmidt on the baby grand. The master of ceremonies is 88.1 KDHX senior performing arts critic Chuck Lavazzi. If you're planning to sing, be prepared to do one or two songs and bring music, preferably in your key. It's also recommend that you have your song memorized. Holiday songs are encouraged but not required. The Emerald Room at The Monocle is at 4510 Manchester in The Grove. For more information, visit

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Death through January 8, 2017. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

The Stage at KDHX presents Dom Thomas and Maria Bartolotta in Lucky on Thursday, December 22, at 8 p.m. Bring in the holiday season with songs of love and hope by Johnny Mathis, John Legend, Otis Redding, and more. The Stage at KDHX is at 3524 Washington, just east of the Jazz Bisitro in Grand Center. Tickets are available at the door.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Metro Theatre Company and the Missouri History Museum present The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane through December 30. "Edward Tulane is a toy who cares for nobody but himself. Ripped from the arms of the little girl who adores him, this privileged china rabbit is thrown into a life-changing adventure. From the depths of the ocean to the top of a garbage heap, Edward discovers what it means to love others on his extraordinary journey home. With themes of family, empathy, home and redemption, this play is the perfect way to celebrate the warmth of the holiday season." Performances take place in the Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. For more information:

Looking for auditions and other artistic opportunities? Check out the St. Louis Auditions site.
For information on events beyond this week, check out the searchable database at the Regional Arts Commission's Events Calendar.
Would you like to be on the radio? KDHX, 88.1 FM needs theatre reviewers. If you're 18 years or older, knowledgeable in this area, have practical theatre experience (acting, directing, writing, technical design, etc.), have good oral and written communications skills and would like to become one of our volunteer reviewers, send an email describing your experience and interests to chuck at Please include a sample review of something you've seen recently.

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