In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its musical theatre program, COCA this weekend is presenting Ragtime The Musical. The production features a cast of 50 and includes COCA alumni and students from 17 area high schools like MAX FIORELLO. Max, a senior at Crossroads College Prep, will be playing the lead role of J.P. Morgan in the theatrical piece about three families in turn-of-the-century America. The show runs July 25 and 26 at Washington University’s Edison Theatre. Ragtime is sponsored by MARY STRAUSS.
Hooray for little EVIE THEODOROU, who has won the national title of International Junior Miss Princess! We first told you about the soon-to-be fifth-grader from Creve Coeur when she won the state title. Evie, who attends St. Clement of Rome, is an active community volunteer and also enjoys tennis, dancing, swimming and modeling. She was crowned July 5 during the national pageant in Virginia Beach. The International Junior Miss Scholarship Program is designed to encourage self-awareness in young women through achievement and service.
The JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ST. LOUIS (JLSL) has launched its new gift boutique in downtown Kirkwood. The new shop is adjacent to the JLSL headquarters and training facility at 106 N. Kirkwood Road. The boutique features specialty gifts like cookbooks, fine teas and coffee, local edibles, stationery and cards, and, of course, JLSL’s signature cinnamon rolls. Proceeds from the boutique benefit JLSL’s training and community programs.
A signature dining fundraiser has a new home this year: Make plans to dine Thursday, Aug. 7, at West County Center for the 24th annual Celebrity Waiters Night to benefit SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY. This year, dinner will be served at the mall’s Restaurant Village, which includes BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood, and McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks. More than 100 local celebrities and community and business leaders will ‘work’ for tips during dinner, with 100 percent of ‘Red Envelope Donations’ going to help the children cared for by the Nursery. Call the restaurants directly to make your reservations. The J. Gilbert’s location is proudly sponsored by Ladue News.
The director of TOWER GROVE PARK has announced his retirement after 27 years at the helm. Under JOHN KAREL’s leadership, the park achieved National Historic Landmark status, and a number of historic pavilions, statues, fountains and all park entrances and gates were restored. He also helped oversee the creation of special events and public programs, including Café Madeleine, the Farmers’ market, Food Truck Fridays and Festival of Nations. Annual park visitation also increased under his watch. Karel’s retirement is effective Dec. 31; a search for his successor is underway.
There’s been another baby boom at the SAINT LOUIS ZOO. A female Grevy’s zebra foal, named Makena (‘happy one’ in the East African language of Kikuyu), made her public debut last week at the zoo’s Red Rocks area. She weighed 120 pounds at birth. Parents are 11-year-old mom, Tiombe, and 11-year-old dad, Gao.
Also at the zoo: A female lesser kudu (east African antelope) named Esther was born late last month to Thelma and Bruce and weighed in at 12.8 pounds; Monsoon, a female lowland nyala (southern African antelope), was born in early June to Nini and Cloud, weighing 15.2 pounds at birth. In addition, two addax, Elsa (female) and Heath (male), also were born recently; and two red kangaroo joeys, who were born about the size of lima beans back in December, are now making their way out their moms’ pouches and starting to explore their habitat.