Sunday, 08 July 2018 21:55

St. Louis theatre calendar for the week of July 9, 2018

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L-R: Thomas Gunther, Leann Schuering, Steven Condy in H.M.S. Pinafore L-R: Thomas Gunther, Leann Schuering, Steven Condy in H.M.S. Pinafore Photo by John Lamb

New items this week include a biographical musical at the Muny, an Oscar Wilde classic at Insight, and a new cabaret show at the Kranzberg.

Hard Road Theatre Productions presents the children's musical Annie Jr. Thursday through Sunday, July 12 - 15. Performances will be held at the Highland School Kennel , 12760 Troxler Avenue in Highland IL. For more information: www.hardroad.org.

CSZ St. Louis presents The ComedySportz Show on Saturday nights at 7:30 pm. The show is "action-packed, interactive and hilarious comedy played as a sport. Two teams battle it out for points and your laughs! You choose the winners the teams provide the funny!" Performances take place on the second floor of the Sugar Cubed, 917 S Main St. in St Charles, Mo. For more information: www.cszstlouis.com.

Bob Wetzel and Craig Becker

Mariposa Productions presents Bob Wetzel and Craig Becker in A Fine Bromance on Friday, July 13, at 8 pm. The show is "a musical journey through a lifelong friendship! Featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, James Taylor, Noel Coward, Paul Simon....and more!" Lina Koutrakos directs, with musical direction by Rick Jensen. The performance takes place at The Kranzberg Center, 501 N. Grand in Grand Center. For more information: metrotix.com.

The Lemp Mansion Comedy-Mystery Dinner Theater presents A Fistful of Hollers through July 28. The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place. For more information: lempmansion.com.

The Bissell Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Get "Hitched" To A Redneck Or Die through July 29. The Bissell Mansion is at 4426 Randall Place. For more information: bissellmansiontheatre.com.

Alton Little Theater presents the rock musical Hair Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, July 13 - 22. Performances take place at 2450 North Henry in Alton, IL. For more information, call 618.462.6562 or visit altonlittletheater.org.

H.M.S. Pinafore
 Photo by John Lamb

Union Avenue Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta H.M.S. Pinafore Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm through July 14. Performances take place at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union at Enright in the Central West End. The opera is sung in English with projected English text. For more information, visit unionavenueopera.org or call 314-361-2881.

Insight Theatre Company presents Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest July 12 - 22. "The Importance of Being Earnest is a Trivial Comedy for Serious People. Set in 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym (“Ernest”) for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues. " Performances take place at The .ZACK, 3224 Locust in Midtown. For more information, call 314-556-1293 or visit insighttheatrecompany.com.

The Muny presents the musical Jersey Boys opening on Monday, July 9, at 8:15 pm and running through July 16. 'The international sensation arrives at The Muny in style! Jersey Boys, winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, is the authentic biographic story of the magic behind the music of worldwide megahit group, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Featuring over 30 chart-topping hits, including fan favorites “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don't Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Can't Take My Eyes Off You,” this Muny premiere is almost too good to be true, and will leave audiences saying, “Oh, What a Night!”' Performances take place on the Muny's outdoor stage in Forest Park. For more information: muny.org.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville presents a musical version of the Shakespeare comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, adapted and directed by Chuck Harper, Department Chair of Theater and Dance, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through July 15. Performances take place in the Metcalf Theater on the campus of SIU Edwardsville, next to the Student Fitness Center. For more information: siue.edu.

St. Louis Actors' Studio presents the Neil LaBute New Theater Festival, Part 1through July 15 at the Gaslight Theatre, 358 North Boyle. The festival features professional, new and previously unproduced one-act plays 45 minutes or less in length, chosen from submissions to the festival over the previous year. The plays in Part 1 are "4th Reich" by Neil LaBute, "Shut up and Dance"by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, "Advantage God" by Norman Kline, and "Hipster Noir" by James McLindon. For more information, call 314-458-2978 or visit stlas.org.

Spotlight Productions presents Suessical the Musical Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, July 13 - 22. "Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination - Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos." Performances take place at Lafayette High School Theater in Wildwood, MO. For more information: www.prcommunityed.org/spotlightproductions

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.
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