Go See a Play: What’s Happening July 27 – July 4

I hear America singing, and dancing, and acting – right here in St. Louis. You can rock out at the community theater debut of “Rock of Ages,” ponder a different look at fairy tales in “Into the Woods,” delight in the Muny’s “Singin’ in the Rain” movie magic, or take in a fresh work or youth production.

Stages St. Louis wraps up both its marriage duo, “I Do! I Do!” and youth show, “Madagascar,” as does Max and Louie Productions with “End of the Rainbow.”

For something different, there is “The Drowning Girls,” “Echoes of Valhalla” and the one-man Hells’ Angels story, “Outlaw.” Before the star-spangled activities and fireworks celebrating Independence Day, go see a play!

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged (Revised)”
The Bankside Repertory Theatre Company
June 21 – 30
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway in Alton

What It’s About: A comedy crash-course on the Bard’s canon, an iambic pentametric delight.

Of Note: For adult audiences.

“The Drowning Girls”
Fourth Wall Down
June 22 – July 14
8 p.m.
Wild Carrot, 3901 Shaw Blvd., in the Shaw Neighborhood

What It’s About: This is about England’s first serial killer from the point of view of his three brides whom he eventually strangled in their bathtubs, at the turn of the century.

Director: Nick Hendersen

Of Note: Moving Victorian bathtubs are part of the theater in the round set. The whole show is done in an 18′ ring of water. There is an 18′ chandelier above the stage/pool as well. The whole set is meant to be an art installation.

Local artists are displaying works on abuse in an exhibit.

A portion of the proceeds goes to A.L.I.V.E, (Alternatives to Living in a Violent Environments), www.AliveSTL.org

“Echoes of Valhalla”
Hawthorne Players
Saturday, June 30, at 2 and 7 p.m.
Florissant Civic Center Theatre

What It’s About: Leading actors from this community theater troupe will bring to life the stories and times of people buried in the historic Valhalla Cemetery on St. Charles Rock Road.

Of Note: For the past eight years, the popular “Voices of Valhalla” events held each October have sold out within the first 24 hours. Author and director Larry Marsh said this time it’s inside.

“End of the Rainbow”

Max and Louie Productions
The Grandel Theatre
June 22 – July 1
MetroTix: 314-534-1111

What It’s About: One-woman show is set in 1968. Judy Garland is about to make her comeback – again. In a London hotel room, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get “beyond the rainbow” with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit.

Featuring some of Garland’s most memorable songs, this savagely funny play-with-music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures of our time.

Director: David New, with music direction by Thomas Conroy

Starring: Angela Ingersoll as Judy Garland, Kyle Hatley as Mickey Deans, Thomas Conroy as Anthony and Paul Cereghino, playing multiple roles.

Of Note: This is a dramatic play, not a tribute or jukebox musical. Ingersoll is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations, recently earning Chicago’s Jeff Award, a Broadway World Award and “Top Performances” honors from both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for her star turn as Judy Garland in “End of the Rainbow” at Porchlight Music Theatre.

“I Do! I Do!”

Stages St. Louis
June 1 – July 1
Robert G. Reim Theatre, Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road

What It’s About: This two-character musical version of the comedy-drama “The Fourposter” takes place in a bedroom, telling the poignant story of 50 years in the married lives of Michael and Agnes. It’s a frank look at marriage as the couple experiences childbirth, parenthood and eventually settling down to face the future and their advancing years together, starting in 1895.

Director: Michael Hamilton

Cast: David Schmittou and Kari Ely are the Red Cast, while Steve Isom and Corinne Melancon are the Purple Cast

Of Note: From the creators of “The Fantasticks!,” the Tom Jones – Harvey Schmidt musical will be performed by two rotating casts at Stages. It was originally written for Broadway stars Mary Martin and Robert Preston.

Couples married 50 or more years receive complimentary tickets. Contact the box office for select dates.

“Into the Woods”
Summerstage Inc.
June 29, 30 and July 1
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.
Granite City High School Performing Arts Center
Tickets: 618-877-2228


“Madagascar: A Musical Adventure”
Stages St. Louis – Theatre for Young Audiences
June 19 – July 1
Robert G. Reim Theatre, Kirkwood Community Center
111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood
(314) 821 – 2407

What It’s About: Take a journey out of the Central Park Zoo and onto an enchanted desert isle with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the DreamWorks blockbuster film, “Madagascar.” Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip-hip Hippo, and, of course, mad King Julien for a musical adventure of a lifetime.

Filled with gut-busting laughs galore, rockin’ dance moves, and an upbeat up-to-the-minute score that includes “Move It, Move It,” exploring a brave new world was never so much ridiculous fun!

The Playhouse @ Westport
June 29 – July 1
Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: www.metrotix.com or by calling 314-534-1111. Additionally, tickets will be available at the box office one hour prior to show time. Groups of 10 or more should call 314-616-4455 for special rates.

What It’s About: For more than three decades, George Christie was among the most prominent leaders of the Hells Angels’ biker organization. He was prosecuted and persecuted; hunted and hated, but always respected, even by his enemies, of which there were many. Now, Christie shares his journey from accused (though not convicted) murderer and arsonist to legitimate business owner and family man in the new, solo stage production.

Director: Richard LaPlante (and writer)

Of Note: Based on his memoir “Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel and Beyond,” the show explores how the son of poor Greek immigrants in Southern California became one of the most influential leaders of the world’s most infamous motorcycle club. In 1978, Christie founded the Ventura chapter of the Hells Angels, which he ran until 2011.

After quitting the Hells Angels, Christie began writing, speaking, promoting concerts and consulting for defense attorneys. In 2015, The History Channel produced a documentary series about him, titled “Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels.” While the documentary focused on the Hells Angels, playwright and co-producer Richard La Plante said the new stage production offers a more personal portrait of Christie.

“Rock of Ages”
Take Two Productions
June 29 – July 7
Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Southampton Presbyterian Church, 4716 Macklind

What It’s About: It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing — and longs for small-town girl Sherrie, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes. But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherrie, and the gang save the strip – and themselves – before it’s too late?

Of Note: Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer. Recommended for mature audiences.

“Singin’ in the Rain”
The Muny|
June 27 – July 3
Nightly at 8:15 p.m., Forest Park

What It’s About: Musical adaptation of the classic 1952 movie about ‘talkies’ coming in to the movie business. Songs include the famous title number, “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh” and “All I Do Is Dream of You.”

Director: Marc Bruni

Starring: Corbin Bleu, Jeffrey Schecter, Berklea Going


“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.”
Ignite Children’s Theatre
June 29 – July 1
Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m.
.Zack, 3224 Locust in Grand Center

What It’s About: Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.”

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. “
Clinton County Showcase
June 28-July 1
Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m.
Breese Northside Park
1000 N. Main St., Breese, Ill.

What It’s About: The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

“Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.”
June 29 – 30
Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.
Edison Theatre at Washington University

What It’s About: Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure.

“Madagascar: A Musical Adventure”
Looking Glass Playhouse
June 28 – July 1
7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
301 West St. Louis Street in Lebanon, Ill.

What It’s About: Take a journey out of the Central Park Zoo and onto an enchanted desert isle with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the DreamWorks blockbuster film, “Madagascar.” Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip-hip Hippo, and, of course, mad King Julien for a musical adventure of a lifetime. Filled with gut-busting laughs galore, rockin’ dance moves, and an upbeat up-to-the-minute score.

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