Rick Dildine and Bruce Longworth
It’s a Shakespearean story of courage, faith and loyalty: A young man must leave his rebellious ways behind and learn how to be king. For the first time, two plays—Henry IV and Henry V—will be staged for the free annual Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park. “We wanted to do two plays that were so epic in scope and epic in storytelling that it would make this an event for St. Louis and our audience,” says Shakespeare Festival St. Louis executive director Rick Dildine.
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
John Lewington, Barbara Goodman, Rick Dildine, Jennifer Stoffel
Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author SHIRLEY MACLAINE will headline the NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY Alvin K. Stolze International Humanitarian Award dinner in St. Louis. MacLaine will be performing her one-woman show at the Nov. 23 event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The dinner also will include an award presentation to MICHAEL NEIDORFF and Centene Corporation (Humanitarian Award), TOM VOSS and Ameren (Corporate Philanthropy Award), and DR. ROBERT HAYASHI (Medical Legacy Award). For more information, visit theNCCS.org.
Story: Viola is washed ashore in Illyria after being shipwrecked with her twin brother Sebastian and others, whom she believes have died. Endangered in a strange land, she masquerades as a young page named Cesario and becomes employed by Orsino, Duke of Illyria.
Audiences will be in the middle of the action during this year’s Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ performances of Twelfth Night in Forest Park. New stage-side seating will place patrons amid the live music, romance and comedy in Shakespeare Glen. Executive director Rick Dildine recently gave LN a sneak peek into the much-anticipated 13th installment of the free annual event, running this spring from May 24 to June 16, with preview plays May 22 and 23.
Rick Dildine PHOTO BY SARAH CROWDER
Rick Dildine, Stephen Hayes
Seeing stars…St. Louis will welcome a couple of big names beginning next month. On Tuesday, April 23, BOB DYLAN and his band will perform on the Peabody Opera House stage. Tickets went on sale March 15, and may still be available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or through ticketmaster.com. Dylan, who will turn 73 in May, became the first rock musician to be voted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters earlier this month.
Sitting down to talk about Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ programs to avert bullying, the first obvious question is, What does Shakespeare have to do with bulling? As it turns out, the connection runs deep.
Rick Dildine with Joe Carpenter and Mike Isaacson at reception for Tony Kushner, the recipient of the 2012 St. Louis Literary Award from Saint Louis University Library Associates
Rick Dildine with Barbara Goodman, Jessica Holzer and Kiku Obata at Shakespeare Festival's Tempest Ball
Rick Dildine with David Diener and Ann Wells at the 2012 Ladue News Show House
Proceeds from the Ladue News Show House will go to four St. Louis nonprofits: Angels’ Arms, Animal Protective Association of Missouri, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Dozens of volunteers from the nonprofits, as well as the National Charity League’s St. Louis Chapter, have donated their time to help prep the home and will serve as docents during the tour. “They will really help bring to life the vision of the designer for each room,” says volunteer chair Lisa Malone.
One of the premier events of the fall season makes its return in October: the second annual LADUE NEWS SHOW HOUSE. This year’s selection is a William Bernoudy-designed home in Town & Country. The Mid- Century Modern property, situated on 18 acres, was built in 1961 for the Horan family. The LN Show House opens Oct. 6 and will run through Oct. 21, and will feature the work of St. Louis’ most elite interior designers and decorators. Proceeds from the Show House benefit local charities. A list of participating designers, as well as ticket information, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Patrick Reed director of operations development, Scott Sheperd, Marilyn Sheperd, Jack Burke, Sara Burke, Rick Dildine
Rick Dildine, Executive Director, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
For many, the Fourth of July means grilling out with family and friends, watermelon and fireworks. But before the fireworks go off this year, catch a glimpse as to how other St. Louisans celebrate the birth of our nation.
Story: Othello, a Moor and a military general serving the City of Venice, falls in love with Desdemona, daughter of the Venetian senator Brabantio. They secretly wed, drawing the wrath of her father when he learns she has married an African. The Duke of Venice, however, dismisses Brabantio’s charges against Othello when the latter is ordered to lead Venetian forces into battle against the Turkish army over the rights to the island of Cyprus.
All is quiet at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park—for the moment. Behind the scenes, it’s a different story. In 11 years, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis has drawn more than a half-million theater-goers to its enchanting, open-air productions. With preparations, auditions and plans well underway for the 2012 season, the excitement is certainly building for Othello (May 25 to June 17). And no one is more thrilled about season No. 12 than executive director Rick Dildine!
For 30 years, Ladue News has served as your source for what’s good in the community—and that’s not just lip service. Here, we present a number of area nonprofits whose good works translated to good news for our readers through the years.
Signs of the season… The fifth annual GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST kicks off this weekend at Plaza Frontenac. This year, some of St. Louis’ top chefs will create their edible interpretations of beloved storybook tales. The houses will be on display Nov. 19 through Dec. 4, and shoppers are invited to vote on their favorite house or purchase raffle tickets to win one of their own. Proceeds from the event benefit LYDIA’S HOUSE, which is working in partnership with L’ECOLE CULINAIRE and PLAZA FRONTENAC.