Meet me at…THE MUNY has announced its lineup for its 94th season, the first under new executive producer MIKE ISAACSON. The 2012 season will feature four musicals new to the Muny stage, as well as several ‘reimagined’ classics, including Chicago, Disney’s Aladdin, Dreamgirls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The King and I, Pirates! and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
In solidarity with their fire captain, members of the LADUE FIRE DEPARTMENT ‘A’ crew are sporting freshly shorn heads. Captain JIM BOYD recently asked his crew to shave his head as a surprise for his wife, DEBBIE, a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient who was going for her first chemotherapy treatment the next day. One by one, the firefighters each shaved their heads in a show of support. We’re told that a firefighter named Tom, who had only been on the job a few weeks, insisted that his head be shaved—even though he’s getting married soon! The ‘guys’ instead gave the newbie an abbreviated version. Needless to say, the Boyds were very touched! We wish Debbie Boyd a speedy recovery.
The WHITFIELD SCHOOL community recently honored firefighters and first responders of the Monarch Fire Protection District for their service following a car accident that claimed the life of math teacher and field hockey coach JANET ESROCK. During the ceremony, the school also announced that a donation was made to The BackStoppers in honor of the first responders. Esrock died last month as a result of injuries she suffered in the Aug. 26 crash on Wild Horse Creek Road in Chesterfield.
Internationally renowned horticulturist BETH ROTHSCHILD is the 2011 recipient of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s distinguished Greensfelder Medal, an award honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to conservation, botany and horticulture. Rothschild was recognized for her role in furthering the efforts of several environmental organizations across the globe to protect biodiversity, especially plants and their habitats.
The SAINT LOUIS ZOO has announced the creation of an Institute for Conservation Medicine to expand research on diseases known to affect endangered wildlife, as well as how disease relates to domestic animals and public health. The institute will partner with universities, medical schools, ecologists and others in the medical community, and will be funded by private support and grants. DR. SHARON DEEM will serve as the new institute’s director.
University City Public Library is hosting an evening with acclaimed Washington University humanities professor GERALD EARLY, who will read from and discuss his new book, A Level Playing Field: African American Athletes and the Republic of Sports. Early’s Oct. 17 appearance begins at 7 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy expert DANIEL YERGIN will be in town Oct. 21 for a booksigning at St. Louis County Library headquarters. Yergin, the author of The Prize, will be promoting his new book, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. His appearance begins at 7 p.m.
Kudos to a group of Ladue H.S. students who also are on the nationally ranked Saint Louis Rowing Club team! They are HANNAH KLOPPENBURG, CLARE MISKO, LEAH ROTHBERG, LENNARD GRANTZ, JACK LEVY, JIMMY FRANCIS, TOM KENDRICK, ISABELLA BENDUSKI, B.J. FRANCIS, ALI FEDDER, JOHN DUNCAN, JEFF PERKINS and PETER SMITH.