Sunday, November 05, 2017

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of November 6, 2017

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The Monroe Actors Stage Company presents Alice in Wonderland Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., November 10 - 19, in the Historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Waterloo, Illinois. For more information, visit or call 618-939-7469.

Emily Skinner
The Gaslight Cabaret Festival presents Emily Skinner in Broadway Her Way on Saturday, November 11, at 8 p.m. "In her captivatingly all-in cabaret show, Tony-nominated Broadway star Emily Skinner (Side Show, Billy Elliot, The Full Monty) takes us on a tour of her neighborhood. A favorite at The Rep in Follies and at the MUNY in The Little Mermaid. Among his many accomplishments, Emily's MD John Fischer is the Music Director of the renowned center of dance, Jacob's Pillow, located in The Berkshires of western Massachussetts." The performances take place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

Windsor Theatre Group presents the musical revue Broadway: The Early 1900's - Victor Herbert and His Contemporaries at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 10; and 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and and 12. "Talented professional singers and dancers will take the audience to an era that was very interesting for music lovers. Fantastic shows were staged on Broadway, and jazz, blues and tango began receiving mainstream recognition. Broadway tunes include the great male chorus numbers from Rose-Marie, The Student Prince, The Merry Widow, and The New Moon. There will be solo and duet performances of more Broadway selections and the other genres gaining fame. In addition, highlights of plots or other interesting facts about a song will enhance the enjoyment of the attendees." Performances take place at the historic Ozark Theatre, 103 E. Lockwood in Webster Groves. For more information call 314-832-2114 or visit the group's Facebook page.

O'Fallon TheatreWorks presents the musical Bye Bye Birdie at the O'Fallon Municipal Centre auditorium through November 12. The O'FallonTheatreWorks production of Bye Bye Birdie takes audiences back to the 1950s as the era of rock 'n roll is taking off. But to the consternation of legions of fans, rock star and teen heart throb Conrad Birdie is being drafted into the U.S. Army, But no one is more devastated than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert's longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune, “One Last Kiss,” which Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with attractive Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend. The musical score includes popular songs, “Put on a Happy Face” and “Honestly Sincere” in addition to “One Last Kiss.” The O'Fallon Municipal Centre is located at 100 North Main Street in O'Fallon, MO. For more information, visit or call 636-379-5606.

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents The Christmas Killer through December 31. " Welcome to the party sponsored by Chatty Cathy, (and the "Misfit Toys"). We certainly hope that you can find a good home for one of our toys! Of course, it'll be a fun party as long as the wrong element doesn't show up! We're talking about Ricky Stitch, of course. Gee! I hope nothing bad happens to him! Anyway, you'll meet lots of characters tonight. In fact, you'll be a character too! Whether you'd like to participate a lot, or just a little, we promise you great holiday fun when you attend "The Christmas Killer!"" The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information:

The Jacoby Arts Center presents Elsie Parker and the Poor People of Paris in Days of Wine and Piaf, an evening of the songs of Edith Piaf, on Friday, November 10, at 8 p.m. The Jacoby Arts Center is at 627 E. Broadway in Alton, IL. For more information:

Over Due Theatre presents musical The Drowsy Chaperone Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PM, November 10 - 12. "With its laugh-a-minute script and one show-stopping song and dance number after another, it's easy to see why THE DROWSY CHAPERONE won the most Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway in 2006, including Best Book and Score. It all begins when a die-hard musical theatre fan decides to play his favorite cast album in his small brownstone apartment - a 1928 smash hit musical called “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The show magically bursts to life before him as audiences are instantly transported to an earlier time and place and immersed in the glamorous and hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with gangsters, mistaken identities, an off-course aviatrix, and an uplifting ride to the rafters." Performances take place at the Olivette Community Center, 9723 Grandview Drive, in Olivette, MO. For more information, call 314-210-2959 or visit

The St. Louis Writers Group presents a reading of End of Silence by Gerry Mandel on Monday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. "Based on actual events, with a dose of imagination and dramatic license, End of Silence takes us to Hollywood in the late 1930s, when Hitler was brutalizing Europe, while Hollywood said and did nothing to protest. The play focuses on Charlie Chaplin, silent comic film genius, who faces the two biggest challenges of his phenomenal career: Make a "talkie", and take on Hitler and Nazi Germany, while the studio heads remained silent and fearful." The event takes place at Big Daddy's, 1000 Sidney in Soulard. For more information:

The Playhouse at Westport Plaza presents Girls Night: The Musical opening on Tuesday, November 7th, at 8 p.m. and running through Sunday the 12th. "This touching and hilarious musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends as they go from heartbreak to happiness during a wild night of karaoke. Audience members can't help but laugh, cry and even find themselves singing and dancing in the aisles to some of the most popular hit songs of the '80s and '90s." The Playhouse at Westport Plaza is at 635 West Port Plaza. For more information:

The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves presents the thriller The Haunting of Hill House Fridays through Sunday through November 12. "A small group of people are brought together in a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion believed to harbor evil. Led by Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena, the visitors probe the secrets of the old house and draw forth the paranormal powers that it is alleged to possess - powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived there in the past." Performances take place in the Guild theatre at Newport and Summit in Webster Groves, MO. For more information: or call 314-962-0876.

Photo: John Gitchoff
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Heisenberg through November 12. "A serendipitous encounter at a London train station propels two very different people into a shared orbit. Georgie is crass, deeply odd and impulsive. On a whim, she kisses the neck of Alex, a much older and more subdued man who is sitting by himself. In the unexpected conversations that follow, Georgie and Alex discover shared passions amidst the uncertainty of personal connection. This life-affirming play uncovers the extraordinary in the everyday." Performances take place in the studio theatre at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. For more information:

Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents the comedy Lend Me a Tenor through November 12. "It's 1934 and Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out, is he dead? Will crisis be averted with a substitute? Will the audience be fooled? Not likely! A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, Ken Ludwig's Tony Award winning, madcap comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter." Performances take place in the Robert G. Reim Theatre of the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 South Geyer Road. For more information, call 314-821-9956 or visit

Act Two Theatre presents the musical Little Shop of Horrors Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 and Sundays a 2 p.m. through November 12. Performances take place in the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre at 1 St Peters Centre Blvd, St. Peters, MO 63376. For more information:

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Murder on 34th Street through December 31. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents Of Mice and Men Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., November 8 - 18. "George, an affable migrant farm worker and Lennie, a towering, simple-minded, pleasantly humble young man, have just arrived to work at a ranch. They are bound together by George's devotion and Lennie's seeming-helplessness, but George's guardianship soon leads to an omnious slippery slope. With an approaching lynch mob and blood on Lennie's hands, George is faced with a moral question: spare his friend or allow the ranchers to take matter into their own hands." Performances take place at The Chapel Venue, 6238 Alexander Drive. For more information:

The Fabulous Fox presents On Your Feet: The Gloria and Emilio Estafen Broadway Musical opening on Tuesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. and running through the 19th. "From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet." The Fox is at 527 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

On Monday, November 6, at 7 p.m. That Uppity Theatre Company in conjunction with US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Missouri Interfaith Power and Light present Playhouse Emissions: A Climate Change Theatre Action. Produced by Joan Lipkin and Pamela Reckamp, Playhouse Emissions: A Climate Change Theatre Action will feature a sampling of the CCTA international collection of short plays inspired by climate change and prevailing attitudes towards science. Admission is free, but registration is requested online or at the door. Registration and networking at 7-7:30, program will begin at 7:30, with resource tables following from 8:45-9:30. The event takes place at the Ethical Society, 9001 clayton Road. For more information:

The Looking Glass Playhouse presents the comedy Ripcord Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., November 9 - 19. "A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden." Performances take place at 301 West St. Louis Street in Lebanon, Ill. For more information, visit

The Gaslight Cabaret Festival presents Katie McGrath in Significant Others on Friday, November 10, at 8 p.m. "Significant Others: the people, places and events that make us - well, us. Features a lively mix of Great American Songbook, pop, country and soul. McGrath's proceeds will benefit St. Louis's own Guardian Angel Settlement Association, whose social services programs and developmental childcare program work to improve the lives of those in our community struggling with poverty." The performances take place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information:

First Run Theatre presents the 2017 Spectrum One-Act Play Festival Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, November 10 - 19. This year's plays are Storage by Tom Moore, Cooter Holland Rides a Tractor by Tim Naegelin, Raisinets by Samantha L. Shanker, Wake-Up Call by Zachary Michael Jack, Pride of Dummies by Joe Wegescheide, and Placebo Effect by David Hawley. Performances take place in the Thomas Hunter Theatre at DeSmet Jesuit High School, 233 N New Ballas Road. For more information, call (314) 352-5114 or visit

The Spitfire Grill
The Hawthorne Players present musical The Spitfire Grill through November 12. "Recent parolee, Percy Talbott, is trying to find a place for a fresh start and ends up in the small town of Gilead, Wisconsin. The local sheriff finds her a job at the only eatery in this struggling town, The Spitfire Grill-for sale for the last 10 years. Percy suggests the gruff owner, Hannah, try raffling it off. The entry fee is one hundred dollars and an essay on why you want the grill. This musical triumph is an inspiring celebration of new beginnings and the power of what one person can do." The performances take place at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre at Parker and Waterford in Florissant, MO. For more information, call 921-5678 or visit

The West End Players Guild continues its 107th season with the comedy Stones in His Pockets Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, November 10 - 19. "The play offers a sharply satiric look at what happens when an American movie company sets up shop in a down-on-its-luck village in County Kerry, Ireland, to film a major motion picture. Enticed by the prospect of making more money as film extras every day than most can make in a week, everyone in the village wants in on the action. Most do get involved but some are left behind, and the village soon learns that there can be a steep price to pay for a few weeks of easy money and Hollywood excitement." There will also be a show on Thursday, November 17, at 8 PM. Performances take place at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 North Union at Enright in the Central West End. For more information, call 314-367-0025 or visit

Winter Opera St. Louis presents Sigmund Romberg's operetta The Student Prince Friday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM, November 10 and 12. Performances take place at The Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School, 425 S. Lindbergh. For more information, visit

YoungLiars presents Titus Androgynous running through November 11. "Did you know that Shakespeares most brutal tragedy is actually a comedy? YoungLiars aim to prove the point with a vengeance in this riotous reimagining of Titus Andronicus - where the Italian Commedia smashes into All-American Splatter, and Shakespeare comes along for the ride. Titus Androgynous is YoungLiars deliciously deranged deep-dive into the perverse passions and vaudeville violence of the Bard's bloodiest play." Performances take place in in the hundred-year-old basement of the Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive Street in Grand Center. 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.
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