Muny munchkins…The national tour of the The Wizard of Oz has announced that the MUNY KIDS will perform as ‘munchkins’ when the production takes the stage at the Fox Theatre Nov. 26 through 28. The 12 local munchkins are SIMONE DALEY, ANGELA GERSTNER, GABBY GLORE, ALEXA HALLIBURTON, MICHAEL HARP, MARIA KNASEL, KELSEY KNEE, SARAH KOO, MARISSA PINEDA, DRAE PAGE, RHYS PROSSER and SHANNON WALSH.
So you think you can dance? Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with STAGES Performing Arts Academy, is offering a master dance class taught by cast members of South Pacific. The 90-minute class on Nov. 11 will feature Broadway-caliber performers JOE LANGWORTH and JACQUELINE COLMER, and is open to dancers (intermediate to advanced) at least 12 years of age. Advanced registration is encouraged, 636-530-5959. South Pacific opens at The Fox on Nov. 9.
Spread some holiday cheer by supporting ORNAMENTS FOR OFFICERS, a new nonprofit created to help raise funds for The BackStoppers. The group is collecting holiday ornaments through Nov. 16 to be displayed at retail locations around town. Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments ($3 each) will go toward assisting families of police, fire and EMS officers killed or critically injured in the line of duty. Drop off your ornaments at the organization’s headquarters, 10424 Manchester Road in Kirkwood, or at other locations to be found on http://ornamentsforofficers.com">ornamentsforofficers.com.
Local singer-songwriter MICHELE ISAM is celebrating the release of her new CD, Songs of a Midwestern Girl, with a Nov. 9 concert at Highlands Brewing Co. The CD features 10 original songs and a cover of the Bob Dylan favorite It Ain’t Me Babe.
Actors, authors and historians of the movie Gone With the Wind are in town, leading a weekend convention of ‘Windies,’ as fans of the 1939 classic are known. The ‘Gateway to the Wind’ festival features panel discussions about author MARGARET MITCHELL, a Southern cooking demo, a bazaar and charity ball. Actors MICKEY KUHN, PATRICK CURTIS and GREG GIESE—who all played Ashley and Melanie Wilkes’ son, Beau—will be on-hand to autograph photos, and St. Louisan SALLY RAINS will screen her new GWTW documentary, The Making of a Masterpiece.
ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL has been ranked No. 1 in Missouri for cardiac services, according to a study by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings group. Earlier this year, Health Grades also recognized St. Luke’s as one of America’s 50 best hospitals.
Comings and goings…Annie Malone Child ren and Family Service Center topper RICHARD KING is moving on after five years as CEO, and more than three decades in the social services arena. Annie Malone COO ANGELA STARKS is his interim replacement.
A new Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative has been launched by Washington University to help local girls in foster care. A recent study has found that about half of Missouri girls in foster care had become pregnant or had given birth by age 19. The St. Louis project, led by adolescent medicine specialist DR. KATIE PLAX, will serve approximately 600 teens who are in foster care or ‘aging out’ of the system in the metro area. Plax also is medical director of The SPOT, a drop-in teen health center, which will become the medical home for the teens involved in the program.
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