"Twelfth Night" was the Shakespeare Festival's 2013 production in Forest Park. This year it's "Henry IV" and "Henry V."Photo by J. David Levy, courtesy of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
For fun that's sure to earn a standing ovation, plan a night at the theater. Families can swing with Tarzan, travel over the rainbow with Dorothy and her friends, accompany a prince on a magical quest or celebrate the works of the most famous bard poet. Here's a list of where to catch summer's hottest shows in St. Louis.
The Muny: Spend an evening with the stars under the stars at The Muny, America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater, in Forest Park. The 2014 lineup includes several popular family productions. Little ones will love seeing beloved storybook characters Cat in the Hat, Horton, a Who and others, too, at "Seussical" Tuesday, July 22, through Monday, July 28. For some kooky spooky fun, older children and teens can spend an evening with the "The Addams Family" Monday, July 14, through Sunday, July 20. Audiences of all ages will enjoy swinging along with the music of Phil Collins at the Disney-inspired "Tarzan" Wednesday, June 25, through Wednesday, July 2. Tickets start at $14. Call 314-361-1900 or visit muny.org.
Stages St. Louis: Treat your little princess to a night at the theater when Theatre for Young Audiences presents "Disney's Sleeping Beauty" Wednesday, June 18, through Sunday, June 29, at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, located at 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63131. Older audiences can experience the warmth and humor of the classic "Fiddler on the Roof" Sept. 5 through Oct. 5 at the Robert G. Reim Theater at Kirkwood Civic Center, 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood, MO, 63122. Tickets for Stages St. Louis productions start at $19. Call 314-821-2407 or visit stagesstlouis.org.
Fabulous Fox Theatre: If an upscale night at the theater is an order, slip on those ruby red slippers and travel over the rainbow in this new Andrew Lloyd Webber adaptation of "Wizard of Oz" Tuesday, May 13, through Sunday, May 18; tickets start at $25. Tiny dancers will also enjoy watching "Dancing with the Stars" pros Julianne Hough and Derek Hough perform in "Move Live on Tour" Friday, May 30; tickets start at $49.50. The Fabulous Fox is located at 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 63103. Call 314-534-1678 or visit fabulousfox.com.
Opera Theatre of St. Louis: The music of Mozart meets the beauty of Isaac Mizrahi in a stunning performance of "The Magic Flute," the story of a prince on a magical quest to rescue a princess. Opera Theatre performances are held at the Loretto-Hilton Center, located at 130 Edgar Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63119. Performances will be May 24, 28 and 30 and June 5, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24 and 28. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $15 for children. Opera Theatre is also offering a four-pack for $100 that includes a pre-show garden party. Call 314-961-0644 or visit opera-stl.org.
St. Louis Symphony: Children and teens will be inspired when they watch their peers perform with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Powell Hall. As a special treat, the youth orchestra will honor STL250, the 250th anniversary of St. Louis. Tickets are free, though a $1 processing fee applies. Powell Hall is located at 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 63103. Call 314-534-1700 or visit stlsymphony.org.
Shakespeare Festival: As Shakespeare noted, "The play's the thing," and he would certainly be pleased with the Shakespeare Festival's productions of "Henry IV" and "Henry V" at 8 p.m. most nights (except Tuesdays) Saturday, May 17, through Sunday, June 15, in Forest Park. "Henry IV" premieres May 17, then alternates nightly when "Henry V" premieres May 24; double headers will be offered on Saturday, June 7, and Saturday, June 14, with "Henry IV" performed at 4:30 p.m., followed by intermission and "Henry V" at 8:30 p.m. Families that would like to introduce children to Shakespeare but might not be able to make it through a full performance are invited to the Green Show, which starts at 6:30 p.m. most evenings (7:30 p.m. on June 7 and June 14), and includes musicians, jugglers, artisans and a 20-minute adaption of the main show. Admission to the festival is free. The Shakespeare Festival is held in Shakespeare Glen on the east side of Art Hill. Call 314-531-9800 or visit sfstl.com.
COCA: Teens and adults can be transported to turn-of-the-century America at "Ragtime," a COCA Theatre Co. production that will feature COCA alumni from the past 10 years. Tickets are $18. "Ragtime" will be presented at Edison Theatre, located on the Washington University Campus at 6445 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, 63130, Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26. Call 314-725-6555 or visit cocastl.org.
Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center: Those looking for a night at the ballet—or contemporary or tap—will enjoy the Seventh Annual Emerson Spring to Dance Festival Thursday, May 22, through Saturday, May 24, at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, located at 1 University Blvd., St. Louis, 63121. Spring to Dance features performances by 30 dance companies, including New York-based Elsa Monte Dance Ballet, Ballet Memphis, St. Louis Irish Arts, The Big Muddy Dance Company, the Oklahoma City Ballet, Saint Louis Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hul Hula O Punahele Hula Halau, MADCO and more. Tickets are $15 per night. Call 314-534-6622 or visit dancestlouis.org. Note: COCA will offer master classes with Elsa Monte Dance, Grand Rapids Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
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