Some big names will be headed to St. Louis later this year by way of the J. SCHEIDEGGER CENTER AT LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY. The venue's 2014-2015 season opens with former Tonight Show host JAY LENO on Sept. 12. Also in the lineup are Willie Nelson & Family (Oct. 10), The Russian National Ballet Theatre's Cinderella (Jan. 24), and An Evening with Bernadette Peters (Feb. 7), among others. For ticket information, visit LUBoxOffice.com.
Plans are in the works to celebrate a major milestone at THE MUNY: A Second Century Committee is being formed to create and execute plans for The Muny’s 100th birthday in 2018. Board chair CLARK DAVIS will head the committee, which also includes SUZANNE BRAUER, EDWIN BROADHURST III, RAYMOND FOURNIE, STEPHEN JONES and DONALD SUGGS.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is looking for a new leader. This, following the announcement this week that executive director RICK DILDINE will become the next executive director and president of Shakespeare & Company in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country. Under his five-year tenure in St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival has gained award-winning acclaim, grew its attendance by more than 30 percent and its income by more than 60 percent, and doubled its education and community offerings. In addition to his role at Shakespeare Festival, Dildine also served as director of the MFA program in Arts Management & Leadership at Webster University. Dildine begins his new post in September.
Make plans to join PERFORMING FOR PENCILS at 7 p.m. this Saturday, June 14, at John Burroughs School. The nonprofit is hosting its first-ever talent show to benefit schoolchildren in underserved areas of St. Louis. Students from more than 15 different area schools are participating, including Two Mellow Cello Fellows and Underground Tappers, previous winners of Fox Performing Arts’ St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. In lieu of admission, audience members are asked to bring new school supplies such as pens, pencils, erasers, paper, backpacks, etc. Mistress of Ceremonies is 2013 Miss Missouri SHELBY RINGDAHL.
One of St. Louis’ oldest bakeries is the subject of an original film that has captured national attention. Bob The Baker is about BOB SMITH, owner of Carondelet Bakery. The bakery has been in business for more than 135 years. Smith started working there at age 12, and purchased it at age 20. Today, he and his wife, LINDA, are its only employees. Bob The Baker took home a Silver ADDY Award for Cinematography from the National American Advertising Awards. The film is the first of The Spotlight Series created by ONCE FILMS of St. Louis. The series highlights local artisans and celebrates independent business owners.
Don’t forget the sunscreen…To kick off the first day of summer, a few St. Louis youngsters will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (currently at 32,450 swimmers in 13 countries). On Friday, June 20, more than 60 children are expected to gather at LITTLE FISHES SWIM SCHOOL in Chesterfield, which is serving as an official host facility for a second year in a row.
Congratulations to St. Louis’ MARY BAUER, who placed third in the recent Miss Missouri pageant held last week at the Missouri Military Academy. The winner, 23-year-old Jessica Hartman of Springfield, will represent the state at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September.