New This Week:
The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation presents the Rising Stars Showcase on Sunday, August 4, at 2 pm. "Join us for an afternoon of amazing talent from the Finalists and Nominees of both the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition and the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards. This event is FREE and open to the public." The show takes place at the Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center. For more information: https://www.foxpacf.org/event/rising-stars-showcase-2/
My take: The Teen Talent Competition provides a showcase for the best of our up-and-coming local performers, and that's very good indeed. Here's your chance to see the next generation of theatre stars in action.
Photo by Dan Donovan
My take: By the time Puccini and his librettists got around to translating Henri Murger’s episodic 1849 novel Scènes De La Vie Bohème into the 1896 opera La Bohème, it had already enjoyed a considerable European vogue, so it’s not surprising that La Bohème has gone on to become a favorite of opera companies around the world. The classic tearjerker has been produced many times here in St. Louis (most recently by Opera Theatre in 2016), but a good production is always worth seeing, and given Union Avenue's track record, I expect this one to be solid.