Sunday, December 17, 2017

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of December 18, 2017

Chuck Lavazzi
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The Cabaret Project and The Curtain Call Lounge at the Fox present the Broadway Open Mic Night Holiday Special on Thursday, 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 this month's special guest pianist and music director Ron McGowan. 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 not required but strongly encouraged. The Curtain Call Lounge is next door to the Fabulous Fox in Grand Center. For more information:

Next Generation Theatre Company presents the A Christmas Carol Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm, December 22 and 23. Performances take place at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre at Parker and Waterford in Florissant, MO. For more information, call 314-921-5678 or visit

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 St. Louis Writers' Group presents its End of Year Party and Monologue Competition on Monday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m. "Bring an original monologue, short skits, songs that are 90 seconds to five minutes long. Prepare to read it yourself or have an actor friend read it for you. The only very loose guideline is that your work should somehow be related to the winter/holiday season. There may be a prize for the winning monologue . . . or maybe not, but at least you'll have bragging rights." The event takes place upstairs at Big Daddy's, 1000 Sidney in Soulard. For more information:

R-S Theatrics presents the drama The Flick Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. through December 23. "THE FLICK welcomes you to a rundown movie theatre in Worcester County, MA, where Sam, Avery and Rose are navigating lives as sticky as the soda under the seats. The movies on the big screen are no match for the tiny battles and not so tiny heartbreaks that play out in the empty aisles." Performances take place at the Kranzberg Black Box Theatre, 501 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
Metro Theatre Company presents Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates through December 29. In this timeless story, Hans and Gretel Brinker strive to provide for their family and prove their own worth by entering a local speedskating contest - first prize is a pair of gleaming silver skates! The play culminates with a spectacular St. Nicholas Day race on the stage of The Grandel Theatre stage. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates celebrates generosity, helping others and is an exhilarating tale of courage and determination." Performances take place at the Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square in Grand Center. For more information:

The Stage at KDHX presents singer Dom Thomas in Here to Entertain on Saturday, December 23, at 8 pm. "This show will feature Stand up Comedy, original music by Dom Thomas, Tributes to Legends such as Chuck Berry, and Holiday tunes to put any grinch in the holiday spirit. Featuring an 8 piece band, this show is sure to be a blast and packed full with surprises." The performance takes place at The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington in Grand Center. For more information:

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly
Photo: Jerry Naunheim, Jr.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly through December 24. "In this winning and witty sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the bookish middle child of the Bennet family finally has her day. Constantly overshadowed by her four sisters, Mary Bennet finds hope for a new life beyond her family from an unexpected holiday romance. Austen fans and first-timers alike will find much to love in this alluring comedic tale." Performances take place at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. 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:

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's Imaginary Theatre Company presents the children's musical The Nutcracker, with music and lyrics by the late Neal Richardson, through December 23. "Marie is a little lonely after her family moves to a new town, but when her Godfather arrives with some mysterious Christmas Eve packages, she finds magic in very unlikely places. One of Godfather's gifts is a wooden nutcracker that appears to be nothing more than an ugly toy, but Marie soon discovers there may be more than meets the eye. The Nutcracker leads Marie on a magical adventure full of evil mice, dancing fairies and distant lands, showing her along the way that friends may not be so hard to find and that the magic of Christmas can last the whole year through." Performances take place in the Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School, 530 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves. For more information:

Photo: John Lamb
Mustard Seed Theatre presents the drama Remnant Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through December 23. There will be shows at 2 and 8 pm on Saturday, December 23. "In a desolate future, a family unwraps presents from the past. This was the first Mustard Seed production and we're excited to revisit it - the cast is 3 women and 2 men and it's set in a post-apocalyptic time when language has unraveled and customs like "Christmas" are mysterious and challenging." Performances take place at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd. For more information, call (314) 719-8060 or visit the web site at

Max and Louie Productions presents Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins through December 31. "Dubbed by her critics as the "Dire Diva of Din", passionate music lover and wealthy socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins enjoyed a remarkably successful concert career even though she was unburdened by talent and deliriously tone deaf.Her story is told through the eyes of her pianist, Cosme McMoon. A truly talented musician, he regards her at first as a little more then an easy way to pay the rent, but his initial contempt gives way to reluctant admiration, then friendship and a unique kind of love." Performances take place at the Marcelle Theatre, 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr. in Grand Center. For more information, visit

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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