The country’s oldest outdoor musical theater already is gearing up for an exciting 100th anniversary season in 2018, and while The Muny’s artistic director/executive producer, Mike Isaacson, deeply appreciates this St. Louis institution’s history, he is focused squarely on its future. “We’re not creating ‘museum theater,’ ” he says. “Yes, it’s a historic experience—you’ll always have the stage, the trees, the stars and the ritual. But the work on stage has to feel like it’s about the present. The future is what’s interesting to me; and the way we tell stories, and the technology we use need to be present-tense and future-tense. I want the audience members to look at the creativity on stage and say Look at this...and this is us.” To Isaacson, The Muny is a proxy for the city, and when it’s exciting and cutting-edge, it’s akin to the Cardinals winning the World Series—when everyone feels good about St. Louis.
Dr. Samuel Achilefu received the 2014 St. Louis Award for his contributions to medical research and optical imaging technology, specifically for his invention of cancer-detecting glasses that were successfully used in surgery.
Story: In this updated version of the classic fairy tale, Ella (Cinderella) toils away as a domestic for her haughty stepmother and two stepsisters following the death of her father. She dreams of a better life, which she fantasizes about with her friends, a woman named Crazy Marie who lives near the forest, and Jean-Michel, a young man who fights for the rights of the oppressed people of the kingdom.
Story: Henry Bingham has a tough track record as president of Quail Valley Country Club. That’s because his team has lost five consecutive times in the annual golf match with its arch-rival club, which is helmed by the insufferable Dickie Bell.
Maxine Clark, Bob Fox
Maxine Clark honoree, Bob Fox
Bob Fox, Carole Basile, Charli Cooksey
Latasha Fox, Survivor Finalist
Latasha Fox, Teresa and Bob Katubig
For St. Louis, this was a year with both ups and downs, and sprinkled among them were a few high points. We present LN’s Most Memorable Moments of 2014, through the recollections of some of the key players.
Story: It’s the holiday season in small-town Indiana. And, while it’s cold and snowy outside, young Ralphie Parker’s heart is warm with the thought that has motivated him this particular Christmas in the 1940s: To have an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action, 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.
Katherine Marie Fox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Fox
Lady of Honor Mrs. Gregory A. Fox and her escort, Jeffrey L. Fox
Sam and Marilyn Fox
Lotta and Jeff Fox
Greg and Merle Fox
Marilyn and Ambassador Sam Fox
Before the annual stroll around The Galleria in search of holiday gifts both selective and silly, it’s time to contemplate what occurred on local stages in the past 12 months.
Cutline: Peggy Ross, Norma Stern, Marsha Rusnack, Joan Quicksilver, Carol Voss, Peggy Ritter, Donna Wilkinson, Lenore Pepper, Marilyn Fox and Trish Muyco-Tobin at the Women of Achievement luncheon
Story: Living in an orphanage is no picnic, and the Great Depression makes it even worse. Still, 11-year-old Annie has faith that she’ll find the parents who left her as an infant on the Municipal Girls Orphanage doorstep in New York City back in 1922.