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Play: The Mousetrap
Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
A capacity crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall greeted the St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes last month, on what would have been the composer’s 100th birthday. The Nov. 22 program featured music director David Robertson; the Symphony chorus, under the director of Amy Kaiser; and tenor Anthony Dean as Peter Grimes, and soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford. The performance received an extended standing ovation, as well as praise from critics, including The New York Times. The Carnegie program was previewed at Powell Hall Nov. 16.
The United States can predict the prison population by analyzing third-grade reading scores. Just ask Susan Nall, who explains how investing in education can decrease money used to correct social problems and mental health issues.
Story: Deloris van Cartier, a lounge singer who adapted her name from the famous jewelry, is hoping that her married boyfriend, producer Curtis Jackson, will surprise her with a breakout gig for a Christmas present. Instead, he gives her one of his wife’s old coats. When she goes to his office for an explanation, she sees him kill a man. Curtis then orders his thugs to kill Deloris as she runs away.
Story: In February 1964 the ‘British Invasion’ of pop music climaxed with the wildly popular quartet from Liverpool known as The Beatles appearing ‘live’ on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show. For the next six years, rock music’s most famous band churned out hit after memorable hit.
Jeanne Hosler and Timothy Kaufmann
Story: Five months after the outbreak of World War I, a number of British, French and German troops positioned in trenches alongside “no man’s land” stopped their fighting for a brief but poignant period on Christmas Eve, 1914.
It sits on a hilltop in Kansas City between downtown and Crown Center: The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts seems to preside over the next generation of a city that re-creates itself again and again.
Story: On the eve of World War II, famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud invites little known Oxford professor C.S. Lewis to his London flat. Lewis suspects that Dr. Freud intends to chastise him for some flippant remarks made by Lewis about the noted atheist in a new book the Christian author has written. He is surprised to hear that Freud hasn’t read the book at all, and also stunned to learn that the 83-year-old physician is dying of cancer.
Story: Encouraged by his Uncle Mike, Mitch grew up wanting to be a jazz pianist. After college and briefly dabbling in his desired profession, however, he ends up in journalism. He does pretty well at it, too, as an ambitious sports reporter who eventually nabs a regular column for a daily newspaper as well as radio and TV opportunities that fuel the self-centered writer.
Story: Elderly solicitor Mr. Kipps has rented a theater to read a biographical story about his encounter with a deadly specter decades before. His delivery, though, leaves much to be desired, something a young actor at the theater repeatedly observes in rather brusque fashion.
The Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Students at The Wilson School used cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations to design and build creations as part of this year’s Cardboard Challenge. The global event involved almost 77,000 people, and the students used a broad range of skills to prepare for, promote and participate in the challenge. Projects ranged from cardboard vehicles designed by pre-kindergarteners to arcade games engineered and constructed by upper-school students.
Story: Stuffy Mr. Darling lives in London with his wife and their three children, Wendy, John and Michael, along with their maid Liza and dog Nina. The children are treated to bedtime stories at night by the loving Mrs. Darling. Unknowingly, they are visited by the flying Peter Pan, who enjoys the stories himself. When Peter’s shadow is captured one night, he returns with the fairy Tinker Bell to retrieve it and is met unexpectedly by Wendy.
Story: Times are tough for the St. Francis Parish. Ironically, an ‘act of God’ has put the church in the Catholic archdiocese in dire financial straits. So, the ladies of the St. Francis Knitting Ministry decide that the best way to raise funds is to hold a trivia night while they rob a local credit union.
What’s being billed as a ‘play-and-stay creative café' is coming to St. Louis: The Nest aims to be the area’s first modern-day community center, restaurant and membership club for children and their families. Conceived by local event planner Christina McHugh, The Nest in Frontenac will offer daily breakfast, lunch, high-tea service and play areas, as well as drop-in childcare, family-friendly activities, membership programs and private events. A special preview will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Frontenac location at 10440 German Blvd. in the old Calico’s building.
Story: Identical twin sons are born to a merchant of Syracuse on the same day that identical twin sons are born to a poor woman in the same city. The merchant then purchases the woman’s children as slaves for his sons. On a voyage shortly thereafter, the merchant and one of his sons and one of the slaves are separated from the merchant’s family, whom they do not see again.
Story: Four candidates for the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, meet at the military school in Tuskegee, Alabama where they train to become fighter pilots during World War II. These candidates, though, are black, and the challenge to earn their stripes in flight school is exacerbated with racism, both blatant and subtle, throughout their training.
1804 Woodmark Road
Story: Ben enters a farm house that appears to be abandoned. Inside, though, he finds a barefoot young woman named Barbra who seems to be in shock. Eventually, Ben learns that Barbra and her brother Johnny had been attacked by “the living dead,” and that Johnny is dead. Barbra ran to the house before slipping into shock. Ben abandoned his truck, which needs fuel, and is seeking shelter in the same house.
Story: It’s springtime, and S Mart employee Ash has the perfect place selected for some off-campus hijinks. It’s a desolate cabin in the woods, hard to access and far removed from any bothersome neighbors. So, what could go wrong, right? He rounds up his girlfriend and S Mart colleague Linda, lovelorn sister Cheryl, wise-cracking best friend Scott and Scott’s new-found, trampy squeeze Shelly for a raucous romp in the hinterlands.
Story: Eva Duarte was born in 1919 in Los Toldos, Argentina, one of four children of Juana Ibaguren and Juan Duarte, who never married because Duarte had another family. Poor but ambitious, Eva moved at age 15 to Buenos Aires to become an actress. When she met Juan Peron in 1945, she was 26 and decades younger than Peron, a colonel in the military and a government official.
Diary of a Madman presented by Upstream Theatre at Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis, MO on Oct 3, 2013.