Sunday, April 30, 2017

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of May 1, 2017

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Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee May 5 - 14. " Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. A fast-paced, funny, and touching story of six awkward and eclectic adolescents who are each striving for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime…all while revealing surprisingly hilarious and touching stories from their own lives. As Putnam County's spelling bee progresses, this eccentric and lovable group of outcasts learn that winning isn't everything and losing a competition doesn't make you a loser in life. A riotous ride complete with audience participation. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius." 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

Bertha in Paradise
The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis presents Anita Jackson in the one-woman show Bertha in Paradise opening on Wednesday, May 3, at 8 p.m. and running through May 14. "Bertha in Paradise is a saucy stew of bawdy songs that Anita Jackson (playing Bertha) greeted audiences with at The Rooming-House Plays for the 2016 Festival." Performances take place at the Curtain Call Lounge next to the Fox Theatre in Grand Center. For more information:

Clayton Community Theatre presents the comedy Born Yesterday Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., May 4 - 14. "In Garson Kanin's pointed and hilarious Born Yesterday, shady scrap metal king Harry Brock heads to Washington, D.C., determined to take the town by storm and buy his way to a business-friendly Amendment. Harry's only liability is the socially inappropriate behaviour and outrageously ignorant remarks of his showgirl lady friend, Billie Dawn, a beautiful woman with a deceptively simple facade. Harry hires the upright, idealistic newspaper man, Paul Verrall, to educate Billie. As Billie and Paul tiptoe towards a romance, and Billie absorbs Paul's knowledge and ideals, she begins to question the ways Harry has been using her." Performances take place at the Washington University South Campus Theatre. For more information, call 314-721-9228 or visit

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents Death of a Blackheart May 5 - July 29. "Welcome aboard the largest, (and safest), cruise liner ever to sail the low seas. That's right. Welcome aboard the Gigantic! But wait! What do I hear? "Argggghhhhhhh!" Avast ye mateys and get yer gizzard ready to be robbed by the most famous pirate ever to pillage a maiden! Of course, we're talkin' Captain Jack Blackheart! He's the pirate that has cheated more people, emptied more pockets and pillaged more ladies than any politician. Gee. I hope no one kills him off. You'll meet lots of fun characters at this show. In fact audience members will get to play lots of fun characters in this show because it's "chock full" of "Fair Maidens", "Lost Boys", "Rival Pirates", and more. One thing is for sure. If you've ever wanted to stand up and shout out Arggggghhhh!...then "Death of a Blackheart" is the show for you!" The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information:

KTK Productions presents The Dixie Swim Club Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 7. "Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of "teamwork," rally 'round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction." Performances take place at Southampton Presbyterian Church, 4716 Macklind. For more information: or call 314-351-8984.

Act Two Theatre presents the comedy murder mystery Drop Dead Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 and Sundays a 2 p.m. through May 7. "A cast of has-been actors plan to revive their careers in 'Drop Dead!,' a potboiler murder mystery directed by 'Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage' Victor Le Pewe (a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac). At the dress rehearsal the set fails, props break, and the producer and an actor are murdered. During the opening night performance, the murders continue. The remaining thespians must save the show and their careers, solve the mystery and stay alive for curtain calls." Performances take place in the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre at 1 St Peters Centre Blvd, St. Peters, MO 63376. For more information:

David Robertson conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus along with soloists Alan Held (bass-baritone), Marjorie Owens (soprano), Raymond Aceto (bass), Rodrick Dixon (tenor), Joy Boland (soprano), and Paul Appleby (tenor) in a concert performance of Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman on Thursday and Saturday, May 4 and 6, at 8 p.m. Wagner's stormy tale of obsession, passion and drama awaits! Be transfixed by the musical journey of a shipwrecked captain banished to the seas for eternity unless he can find a faithful love. Don't miss this extraordinary season finale with an outstanding vocal cast joining the STL Symphony and an innovative lighting projection by renowned visual artist S. Katy Tucker. Performances take place at Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

The Lion King
Photo: Daniel Murphy
The Fox Theatre presents Disney's The Lion King through May 7. "Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney's The Lion King, making its triumphant return to the Fabulous Fox. More than 85 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular - one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage." The Fox in at 527 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

The Playhouse at Westport Plaza presents Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live through May 7. "The Off-Broadway hit comedy Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE!, is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, and is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids! " The Playhouse at Westport Plaza is at 635 West Port Plaza. For more information:

Curtain's Up Theatre presents Neil Simon's The Odd Couple Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through May 6. "This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born." Performances take place at the Alfresco Art Center, 2401 Delmar in Granite City, IL. For more information, visit

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Phantom of the Grand Old Opry May 5 - July 30. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information:

Small Craft Warnings
Photo: Peter Wochniak
The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis presents Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams opening on Thursday, May 4, at 8 p.m. and running through May 14. "An expansion of Tennessee Williams's earlier one-act play, Confessional, Small Craft Warnings is a kaleidoscopic pastiche of monologues delivered in a spotlight by each of the characters as the action around them becomes frozen and muted. Through them they reveal their loneliness and the emptiness of their existence." Performances take place at The .ZACK, 3224 Locust in Midtown. For more information:

The Looking Glass Playhouse presents the musical Titanic opening on Thursday, May 4, and running through May 14. "Come aboard the ship of dreams in this Tony Award®-winning Best Musical-a heart-stopping and riveting ride through the final moments of Titanic's fateful journey.” Performances take place at 301 West St. Louis Street in Lebanon, Ill. For more information, visit

Equally Represented Arts presents twelfth period, or not another twelfth night Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through May 6th. "Created and Presented by Equally Represented Arts, An experimental, multi-space, theatrical production From William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and high school, circa 1999 Welcome to Illyria Preparatory Academy - 'Where some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.'" Performances take place at Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive in Grand Center. For more information:

The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis presents Will Mr. Merriweather Return From Memphis? by Tennessee Williams opening on Thursday, May 4, at 8 p.m. and running through May 21. "Local favorite Jef Awada directs the first professional production in fifty years of this intimate, funny, poignant play." Performances take place at Stockton House, 3508 Samuel Shepherd Drive in midtown. 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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