theater http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ben Nordstrom Brings Funny Business To St. Louis Stage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ben-nordstrom-brings-funny-business-st-louis-stage <p>St. Louis native Shepherd Mead used his own experiences to write his satirical best-seller “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” His work was then turned into a musical, and <a href="http://www.stagesstlouis.org/" target="_blank">Stages St. Louis</a> is bringing it back to St. Louis.</p><p>Cast members Heather Ayers, Betsy Dilellio and Ben Nordstrom talked about the musical comedy, in which window washer J. Pierrepont Finch (played by Nordstrom) moves up to vice president of advertising at the World Wide Wicket Co.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Erica Smith 38124 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ben Nordstrom Brings Funny Business To St. Louis Stage St. Louis Family Hands Down Legacy Of Muny Enjoyment — And Employment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-family-hands-down-legacy-muny-enjoyment-and-employment <p>Coming away with a new favorite song is part of the Muny tradition for thousands of St. Louis families. But some families are taking home more than a catchy tune — they’re also leaving with paychecks.</p><p>Five members of the Heet family have worked at the Muny as ushers. Two are still on the job. Alex Heet, 21, is a college student in her fifth summer at the Muny. Her sister, Sarah, 18, is ushering for a third year.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:51:06 +0000 Nancy Fowler 37839 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Family Hands Down Legacy Of Muny Enjoyment — And Employment Reflection: Stages' 'Patsy Cline' Offers A Good Time And A Generous Spotlight http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-stages-patsy-cline-offers-good-time-and-generous-spotlight <p>From the minute Patsy Cline’s biggest fan demands “How y’all doin’?” you just know it’s just a matter of time before she’s side-by-side with the singer, doing the swim to “Stupid Cupid.” Watch out, front row and bald-headed men, the spotlight's headed your way too.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:56:47 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35636 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Stages' 'Patsy Cline' Offers A Good Time And A Generous Spotlight 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