Act Two Theatre presents Peter and the Starcatcher Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through August 6. Performances take place at the St. Peters Cultural Center in St. Peters, MO. For more information: www.acttwotheatre.com
Fly North Theatricals presents the musical Caroline, Or Change by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner through August 12. “Set in one of the most pivotal times in America's history, the Tony-nominated and rarely produced "Caroline, or Change: is riveting, moving and awe-inspiring. Featuring a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie), it blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, creating a breathtaking medium for Kushner's provocative and personal story. Performances take place at The Marcelle, 3310 Samuel Shepard in Grand Center. For more information: flynorthmusic.com
The Hawthorne Players present the musical The Color Purple Fridays and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm through August 4. “The musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life.” Performances take place in the Florissant Civic Center Theatre in Florissant, MO. For more information: www.hawthorneplayers.info
Ignite Theatre Company presents the musical Grease Thursday and Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at noon and 7 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm, August 2 through 6. “Here's to Rydell's Class of '59! Watch the duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers try to graduate high school on time all against the backdrop of good old rock 'n' roll.” Performances take place in the Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd. in Kirkwood, MO. For more information: https://www.ignitewithus.org/
The Lemp Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre and Jest Mysteries present Death of a Blackheart through August 26. "Ahoy matey! Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and pirates at the best comedy dinner theater show in town. Don your favorite pirate gear and escape to the high seas for an adventure fraught with peril! What part will you play in this hilarious show full of fair maidens, lost boys, rival pirates and wenches? Whichever character you acquire, beware of that famous pirate Captain Jack Blackheart! Aye, he's a scurvy seadog if my eye ever seed one! Gee, I hope no one kills him off!" The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place in south city. For more information: www.lempmansion.com
The Midnight Company presents You Made Me Love You: A Tribute to Judy Garland starring Jennelle Gilreath Owens through August 9. The show is written by Joe Hanrahan with a band headed by John and Lea Gerdes. Performances take place at The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle. .For more information: midnightcompany.com
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The Muny presents Little Shop of Horrors on Monday July 31 at 8:15 pm. “A delicious comedy for the heart of summer! Little Shop of Horrors is a campy thriller that follows meek floral assistant Seymour on his quest to win over the love of his life, Audrey. A total eclipse of the sun and a scheming man-eating plant threatens his dream and takes over Seymour’s life. Expect the unexpected and get ready to feed your inner quirkiness with this hangry tale. Whatever you do, do not feed the plant!” Performances take place on the Muny's outdoor stage in Forest Park. For more information: muny.org.
The Muny presents Rent August 4 - 10 at 8:15 pm. “Strength, revolution, survival. 1980s East Village NYC was a place of struggle and angst for impoverished artists living through the AIDS epidemic. They persevered through love and acceptance. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical taught us to measure our life in love. The Jonathan Larson rock musical that defined a generation features the iconic “Seasons of Love,” along with “Light My Candle,” “One Song Glory” and “La Vie Bohème.”” Performances take place on the Muny's outdoor stage in Forest Park. For more information: muny.org.
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St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s TourCo on presents free performances of The Merry Wives Of Windsor Tuesdays through Sundays at 6:30 pm, August 1-27. “This is a condensed 90-minute adaptation performed by six actors in a 90’s sitcom style, adapted and directed by Suki Peters.” Performance take place at local parks; see https://stlshakes.org/plan-your-visit/ for details.
The St. Louis Writers' Group presents a reading of the play Gooseberry Lane by Jim Danek Tuesday, August 1, at 6:30 pm. It’s the Great Depression and members of producer William Trent’s company are gathering at his summer home to relax and reminisce, but egos get in the way. The reading takes place upstairs at Big Daddy’s in Soulard. For more information, visit the St. Louis Writers' Group Facebook page.
Stray Dog Theatre presents the Stephen Schwartz musical Godspell Thursdays through Saturdays June August 3 through 26. “Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and adoration! Godspell uses song, dance, and storytelling to retell the passion and parables of the gospels. This reimagined theatrical celebration brings messages of kindness, tolerance, and love to life.” Performances take place at Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee in Tower Grove East. Tickets are only offered in physically distanced groups of two or four. For more information: https://www.straydogtheatre.org
The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis presents Something Spoken: Tennessee Williams on the Air, a series of one act plays by Tennessee Williams, Saturdays at 3:30 pm Auguste 6 – 26. The plays are Something Unspoken, The Case of the Crushed Petunias, Sunburst, and The Magic Tower. The plays are broadcast on Classic 107.3. For more information: twstl.org.
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