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St. Louis Public Radio presents the Grand Center Theatre Crawl on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m, June 30 and July 1, at various locations in the Grand Center Arts District. Join St. Louis Public Radio for the finest offerings of the bustling St. Louis theatre scene at the Grand Center Theatre Crawl. Rotate through venues in Grand Center to get free access to 24 local theatre groups in short performances." Featured theatre companies include Gateway Opera, Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble, R-S Theatrics, The Midnight Company, and West End Players Guild. For more information: www.stlpublicradio.org
My take: Here's a chance to get sneak previews of some of what's coming up on local stages. Think of it as a kind of theatrical tasting menu. And for free, no less.
|Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat|
Photo: Peter Wochniak
My take: This is one of two Stages shows that has been getting good press lately (see below for the other). Writing for Ladue News, Mark Bretz says that director/choreographer Stephen Bourneuf "leads an effervescent Stages troupe that keeps the fun times rolling in a high-stepping, fast-moving rendition filled with infectious rhythm and an abundance of good cheer to rousingly kick off Stages’ 31st season." Tina Farmer at KDHX says "Stages St. Louis opens their season with an energetic production of the popular show that dances and dazzles its way to success."
|Seussical the Musical|
My take: Suessical isn't a children's show as such, but this production is explicitly aimed at the small fry. It's a 75-minute, one-act version of the original with a small ensemble cast and modest technical requirements. "Kids will have a good time, for sure" says Mark Bretz at Ladue News, but [Director Michael] Hamilton’s smooth guidance makes Seussical entertaining for all ages." Chris Gibson at Broadway World agrees, calling it "a complete delight, filled with good humor and charm to spare." Looks like your weekend ticket for family fun.