St. Louis Local Theater Spring Preview

April 9, 2012 6:00 AM


St. Louis is rich and diverse in theater entertainment. There are many venues and opportunities to experience just about any kind of theater you may be in the mood for, at any time of the year. Here are some chances to enjoy some great entertainment in early spring and summer of 2012.
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“Titanic Centennial Weekend”
The Fabulous Fox Theatre
527 North Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 534-1111

Date: April 13 through April 15
Price: $500 per person
Hours: Cocktails – 6 p.m. Dinner – 7 p.m.
Click here for a schedule of events.

The Fox has put together a weekend event in April in which you can be part of the Titanic experience in all its splendor and drama. Friday, April 13, begins with a champagne reception, an artifact exhibit and screening of the movie “A Night To Remember” at the Missouri History Museum. Saturday’s event at the Fox Theatre, is a spectacular night reenacting “The Last Dinner On The Titanic.” The evening features an 11-course dinner by L’Ecole Culinaire. Between courses guests, who are encouraged to dress in period costume, will enjoy music and stories from Titanic’s legendary personalities John Jacob Astor, Molly Brown and Captain Edward John Smith, just to name a few. It’s your chance to be part of this dramatic history in grand style. The weekend rounds out on Sunday with champagne brunch at Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park.

Related: Upgrades Coming To The Fox Theater

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“Thoroughly Modern Millie”
The Muny
#1 Theatre Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 361-1900

Date: June 18 through June 24
Price: $14 to $497
Click here for a schedule of events.

Theater season in St. Louis wouldn’t be complete without at least one visit to the Muny in Forest Park. America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater never disappoints. This season offers a marvelous lineup beginning with “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” This classic unveils a story of a small-town girl and her adventures in the big city, New York, complimented with a variety of song and dance to punctuate the unique outdoor theatre entertainment. Muny’s season continues all summer with a multitude of hit shows guaranteed to gratify. Free seats are available on a first come, first serve basis in the last nine rows of the theatre. 

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“Phantom of the Grand ‘Ole Opry”
The Bissell Mansion Restaurant and Dinner Theatre
4426 Randall Place
St. Louis, MO 63107
(314) 533-9830

Date: May 1 through July 31
Price: $37 – $53
Click here for a schedule of events.

The Bissell Mansion offers a unique and thrilling twist to the theatre experience. Enjoy a murder mystery theatre and a fabulous dinner in one of St. Louis’ oldest and most historic homes. This one-of-a-kind, interactive theatre experience is one you won’t want to miss. From May through July, the brave of heart are treated to the Bissell Mansion’s version of “Phantom of the Grand ‘Ole Opry This murder mystery spoofs a haunting drama of some of country music’s deceased entertainers as they solve the mystery of their deaths by finding the perpetrator of the crime, with the help of the audience.

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Loretto-Hilton Center/Performance Location
130 Edgar Road
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 961-0644

Date: May 19 to June 23
Price: $25 – $75
Click here for a schedule of events.

Passion and intrigue promise to fill another summer theater season at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Experience the amazement behind these impressive vocals with a performance of “Carmen.” Twists and turns of the classic and tortured love story will send you on an emotional roller coaster. There won’t be a dry eye in the house. Consider other opera performances offered at the theater this year such as “Sweeney Todd,” “Cosi Fan Tutte” or “Alice in Wonderland.”

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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Grandel Theatre
3610 Grandel Square
St Louis, MO 63108

Date: April 11 to May 13
Price: $20 – $47
Click here for a schedule of events.

The Black Rep seeks to heighten social and cultural awareness for St. Louis theatre-going audiences by providing an African-American perspective on acting and theatre interpretation. Season 35 rounds out with the performance of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” This play explores Chicago in the 1920s, covering issues of race, religion, art, and both white and black recording producers. Performances take place at the Grandel Theatre.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at

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