theater http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Could Your Fido Be The Next Toto, Too? SIUE Seeks Four-Legged 'Wizard Of Oz' Star http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/could-your-fido-be-next-toto-too-siue-seeks-four-legged-wizard-oz-star <p><em>Originally published Monday, April 14. Updated Friday, April 18 after Cityscape to include audio from the show and the Name the Dog quiz.</em></p><p>Does your dog enjoy the spotlight? Can he or she endure a few flying monkeys and a simulated tornado?</p><p>Congratulations – you may be the proud pet parent of not only a special pup but the next Toto, too. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking a dog to play Dorothy’s canine sidekick in its summer production of “The Wizard of Oz.”</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:36:52 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35272 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Could Your Fido Be The Next Toto, Too? SIUE Seeks Four-Legged 'Wizard Of Oz' Star Reflection: Belly Up To The Stage In STL’s Fox Theatre’s ‘Once’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-belly-stage-stl-s-fox-theatre-s-once <p>Ever dreamed of appearing onstage at St. Louis’ Fox Theatre, basking in the lights, beaming at the audience – even once?</p><p></p><p>Thank you, Fox and <a href="http://www.oncemusical.com/preview.html">the musical “Once” </a>for helping me cross that off my bucket list. Through April 20, you, too, can stand in the very space where giants – including Nat “King” Cole, Mae West and Elizabeth Taylor – have planted their feet since 1929.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:44:44 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35163 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Belly Up To The Stage In STL’s Fox Theatre’s ‘Once’ Do Swirly Pink Skirts Go With ‘Clompety’ Boots? STL Play Says Yes To Gender Mixups http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/do-swirly-pink-skirts-go-clompety-boots-stl-play-says-yes-gender-mixups <p>Can girls have short hair that isn’t a hairstyle? Can boys try on tutus? In ways both overt and subtle, society often says they can’t, or at least, they shouldn’t.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:45:27 +0000 Nancy Fowler 34929 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Do Swirly Pink Skirts Go With ‘Clompety’ Boots? STL Play Says Yes To Gender Mixups Playwright’s Struggles Informed STL Metro’s ‘Unsorted’ Play About Gender, Difference http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/playwright-s-struggles-informed-stl-metro-s-unsorted-play-about-gender-difference <p><em><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/do-swirly-pink-skirts-go-clompety-boots-stl-play-says-yes-gender-mixups">As Metro Theater’s “Unsorted” debuts for public audiences this weekend,</a> the playwright reflects on the personal difficulties that contributed to her exploration of gender. </em></p><p>When Wesley Middleton was growing up in Macon, Ga., she was shocked to learn that boys and girls had to play by different rules. She chafed under the pink-or-blue scenario.</p><p>“I always felt more like a person than a girl,” Middleton told St. Louis Public Radio.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:45:08 +0000 Nancy Fowler 34930 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Playwright’s Struggles Informed STL Metro’s ‘Unsorted’ Play About Gender, Difference Metro Theater Company Presents 'Unsorted' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-theater-company-presents-unsorted <p>Since the 1970s, Metro Theater Company has been performing thought-provoking, and often original, works for young audiences in St. Louis and beyond.</p><p>Currently the company is touring area schools and stages performing “Unsorted” by Wesley Middleton. The forty-minute drama explores themes of identity and belonging through characters that personify pieces of clothing.</p><p>Metro Theater Company Artistic Director Julia Flood and Old Bonhomme Elementary School teacher Lori Humphrey joined <em>Cityscape </em>host Steve Potter in studio to discuss the play.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:07:59 +0000 Camille Phillips 35036 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro Theater Company Presents 'Unsorted' Mustard Seed, Actors' Studio Sweep STL Theater Circle Awards But Many Are Winners http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mustard-seed-actors-studio-sweep-stl-theater-circle-awards-many-are-winners <p>Mustard Seed Theatre Company was the big winner at the second annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, held Monday night. But everyone there seemed to find reason to celebrate.</p><p>The COCA theater in University City drew a full house for local theater's special event, an evening of hearty applause, warm camaraderie and good-natured ribbing.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:04:57 +0000 Nancy Fowler 34470 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mustard Seed, Actors' Studio Sweep STL Theater Circle Awards But Many Are Winners "Peter and the Starcatcher" Makes Its Way To The Peabody http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/peter-and-starcatcher-makes-its-way-peabody <p>After a Tony-winning run on Broadway, “Peter and the Starcatcher” is currently on tour, with a stop in St. Louis next weekend. &nbsp;The musical play is a prequel to Peter Pan that tells the story of how Peter Pan became “the boy who never grew up.”</p><p>Playwright Rick Elice adapted the play from the book “Peter and the Starcatchers,” which was co-written by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:08:46 +0000 Camille Phillips 34080 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org "Peter and the Starcatcher" Makes Its Way To The Peabody STL Rising Star, Alicia Reve' Like, Helps Piece Together Black History in 'Gee's Bend' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-rising-star-alicia-reve-helps-piece-together-black-history-gees-bend <p><em>Alicia Reve' Like plays Nella, a bright patch in an Alabama family whose quilts tell stories of segregation and the civil rights movement. </em></p><p>Last February, Alicia Reve' Like portrayed a motel maid who whooped up on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/29558/mountaintop_play_022313">the Black Rep’s “The Mountaintop,” the story of King’s last hours.</a></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:10:42 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33591 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Rising Star, Alicia Reve' Like, Helps Piece Together Black History in 'Gee's Bend' STL Black Rep’s ‘Colored Girls’ Is Spectrum Of Emotions, But Let’s Talk About Red http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-black-rep-s-colored-girls-spectrum-emotions-let-s-talk-about-red <p>There are many reasons you might want to see the Black Rep’s current production of Ntozake Shange’s poem series “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” at the Missouri History Museum.</p><p>Of course, you get that deep, hard look into the lives of black women in the 1970s as seven characters wearing seven different colors leap, lament and laugh their way through Shange’s classic language.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:24:12 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33434 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Black Rep’s ‘Colored Girls’ Is Spectrum Of Emotions, But Let’s Talk About Red Nominees For 2014 St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards Announced http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nominees-2014-st-louis-theatre-circle-awards-announced <p><em>Updated 12:20 p.m.</em></p><p>The St. Louis&nbsp;Theatre Circle,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">a group of area theater reviewers, seeks to recognize local professional theater with their second-annual St. Louis&nbsp;Theatre Circle Awards.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:29:33 +0000 Kelsey Proud 33385 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nominees For 2014 St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards Announced