College productions let you see the stars of tomorrow on stage in an intimate setting. Smart, thrifty arts fans know they can find professional-quality productions at affordable prices at local colleges and universities. The St. Louis area does not disappoint this season. The Lou offers a plethora of theater, dance and musical productions to suit everyone’s tastes.


“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”
Webster University, Stage III
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
(800) 968-7128

Dates: Dec. 4–15, 2013

This musical revue showcases 39 pop standards written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, including rock ‘n roll and rhythm and blues pieces. This show was the foundation for the grammy-winning album, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller.” The songs written by the duo include such well-known oldies as “Yakety Yak,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall in Love” and “Broadway.”


“Shifting Limits”
Washington University, Edison Theater
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 935-5858

Dates: Dec. 6-8, 2013

The Slaughter Project is a resident dance company at Wash U, directed by Performing Arts Department faculty member Cecil Slaughter. The “Shifting Limits” show is choreographed by professionals and performed by Wash U dance students. You will love the energy and diversity of this unique group production in the intimate Edison Theater.


“On Golden Pond”
St. Charles Community College Center Stage Theatre
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376
(636) 922-8000

Dates: Nov. 20–24, 2013

Ethel and Norman Thayer, a retired couple, spend summers at their home on Golden Pond, Maine. This year, their daughter and her fiancé come to visit, with the fiancé’s 13-year-old son. The troubled relationship between father and daughter, the generation gaps and the loving but imperfect relationship of a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage combine to give this play a funny and touching insight into the modern family.

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“A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum”
Saint Louis University Theatre
3733 West Pine Mall, Xavier Hall
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 977-3327

Dates: Nov. 15-24, 2013

In this Stephen Sondheim musical set in ancient Rome, a slave, Pseudolus, is trying to help his young master, Hero, earn the love of Philia. Pseudolus has to outsmart Hero’s parents, Lycus, the slave-master, and a large man who has already paid for Philia. This production is sure to wow audiences with entertaining songs and music that add to the already strong plot line.


“The Two Sisters”
St. Louis Community College, Meramec Campus
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 984-7500

Dates: Nov. 20–24, 2013

This play raises question about overcoming bigotry and hate in war to find humanity and peace. It is the story of two sisters and two communities at war within ancient stone walls. Come and be moved by this unusual student performance at the Meramec Campus of St. Louis Community College.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at