Supercalifragilistic and so on…Mary Poppins returns to THE FOX THEATRE next month, and the world’s most famous nanny will share the spotlight with St. Louisan BRANDON BIEBER, who performs as part of the show’s ensemble. Bieber was a member of COCA and MUNY KIDS/ TEENS and has performed at The Muny every summer since the age of 6. He’s a graduate of ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL. Mary Poppins runs Aug. 13 through 30.
St. Louisans LYNN BEALL and DON BRECKENRIDGE JR. have been re-elected as national VPs of the Muscular Dystrophy Associ ation (MDA). Beall is president and general manager of KSDK-TV, and Breckenridge is president of Sendouts.com. Among their responsibilities, they provide counsel in their areas of expertise to support MDA’s research and services programs.
What happens in Vegas…The recent World Series of Poker in Las Vegas netted businessman and professional stud-meister HERBIE GELMAN (Ladue ’93) a few dozen grand. Gelman was invited to play after winning an online tournament. He made it to Day Six and finished 139th out of almost 6,500 players!
Five local students recognized for their leadership and volunteerism have been awarded paid, eight-week internships at St. Louis nonprofits. BANK OF AMERICA this week also sent the group to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong student leadership summit. CHRISTOPHER AYALA of Chesterfield will intern at International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis, RACHAEL LUDWIG of Maryland Heights at Ranken Jordan, JAMIE MCNEAL of Jennings at St. Patrick Center, RAY RANDALL of Wentzville at St. Louis Crisis Nursery, and CHRISTOPHER SCHIAVO of St. Louis at American Red Cross.
Blessed are the peacemakers…SOPHIA SANCHEZ, a graduate of LADUE HORTON WATKINS HIGH SCHOOL, claimed this year’s top prize in the annual National Peace Essay Contest in Washington, D.C. Her winning essay, ‘Responding to Crimes Against Humanity: Prevention, Deployment and Localization,’ was selected among entries from around the country. Sanchez, who received a $10,000 scholarship from the United States Institute of Peace, plans to attend YALE UNIVERSITY this fall to study psychology and neurobiology.
RANDY GRIM, our town’s own ‘dog whisperer,’ is out with a new book, Don’t Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems. The book is chock-full of advice for dog owners, and also features anecdotes from Grim’s work at STRAY RESCUE. Grim, along with special guest Loretta ‘hot lips’ Swit, will be at a book discussion and signing at Barnes & Noble in Ladue on Monday, Aug. 3.
LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK has named MARILU KNODE its new executive director. Currently the associate director/head of research at Future Arts Research at Arizona State University, Knode will also serve a joint appointment with the University of Missouri-St. Louis when she begins her tenure here Sept. 14.
Another ‘green’ step in the right direction…Begin ning July 26, local Target and Shop n’ Save stores will be stocking one of the first affordable ‘eco-respectful,’ high-performance batteries. FUJI ENVIROMAX batteries, available in super and digital alkaline varieties, have received numerous awards, including the NATIONAL PARENTING CENTER SEAL OF APPROVAL. They contain no poisonous cadmium, lithium or mercury, or any ingredients harmful to the environment, and are landfill-safe when they degrade.
In perfect harmony…Congrat u lations to THE AMBASSADORS OF HARMONY and music director Jim Henry, winners of the gold medal at the annual Barbershop Harmony Society’s international competition in Anaheim, Calif. The 160-member, St. Charles-based barbershop chorus won with a record-breaking score of 2,927 points out of a possible 3,000 to win the gold over 28 other choruses from around the world.
Calling all newlyweds…Ladue News is currently putting together its annual honeymoon album, and we’d love to feature you! Send your favorite honeymoon photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, July 27, and include the couple’s names, destination and wedding date.