At the tender age of 16, Antonio Douthit-Boyd experienced the epic performance mastery that is Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The physicality, emotion and human connection he felt from the professional dancers was unmatched. In that moment, the St. Louis native knew what he wanted to do with his life. He followed his dream and achieved the rare feat of being chosen for the world-famous dance company. Douthit-Boyd took a breather from his hectic Alvin Ailey tour schedule to talk with LN about his first dance steps in St. Louis, bringing the company’s new tour back to his hometown through Dance St. Louis, and carrying real-life experiences onto some of the most acclaimed international stages.
It’s a milestone year for SING FOR SITEMAN, the annual event that brings together a group of world-renowned artists from OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS to perform for one night only to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER’s Discovery Fund for cancer research. The fifth annual benefit concert on Monday, June 9, will be held at a new venue this year: the 730-seat Performing Arts Center at John Burroughs School. Opera stars STEPHANIE BLYTHE, RENÉ BARBARA, SUSANNAH BILLER, PATRICK CARFIZZI, LEVI HERNANDEZ, SEAN PANIKKAR and ELIZABETH ZHAROFF will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed pianist CAROL WONG, who also serves as the concert’s artistic director. Co-chairs for the evening are KIM EBERLEIN and CHERI FROMM. For tickets, call 961-0644 or visit opera-stl.org/SingForSiteman. Ladue News is a proud media sponsor of Sing for Siteman.
Story: Tami Martin’s plate of responsibilities is full. She’s a whirlwind of activity as she cooks, cleans and caters to the whims of her family, including teenage daughter Lisa, son Josh and husband Bill. She may well have a full-time job outside the home, too, as could Bill. We don’t know that, though, because we’re focused on the maelstrom of movement in their home.
Tom Voss may live on the grounds of a golf course, but in the past five years, he’s only played nine holes. That’s because as CEO of Ameren, he’s ultimately the one responsible for keeping the lights on throughout the entire region.
While its most known attribute may be the Kentucky Derby, our recent visit to Louisville proved that this Ohio River town is a whole lot more than just a one-trick pony.
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.
Story: A dark, brooding Irish musician is at an unpleasant crossroads in his life. His girlfriend left Dublin six months ago for New York City, and he’s been carrying the torch for her ever since.
Timothy O'Leary President Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Dress rehearsal on April 2, 2014 of Stray Dog Theatre's production of Cabaret.
Dress rehearsal on April 2, 2014 of Stray Dog Theatre's production of Cabaret.
Story: To paraphrase protagonist Clifford Bradshaw, “there was a place called The Kit Kat Klub in a city called Berlin in a country called Germany…and we were all fast asleep.” Bradshaw, an American novelist wannabe, has traveled to Europe in 1929 in search of his muse, first in London, then in Paris and now in Berlin.
Hey, hey…Fifty years after they burst onto the pop culture spotlight, The Monkees are back on tour, and will be making their way to St. Louis this summer. The surviving group members will perform live at The Fox on Thursday, June 5.
For the first time ever, the intimate story of a struggling street musician and the woman who gave him new hope will take centerstage at the Fox Theatre with the original Broadway show, Once. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once is a unique theatrical experience featuring live onstage musicians playing what becomes the soundtrack to the characters’ romance and dreams. LN spoke with British lead actor and musician Stuart Ward about the musical, performing it live, as well as the power music has to captivate us all.
Story: The Prince of Verona has had it up to here with the long-standing feud between the Capulets and Montagues, two distinguished local families. He demands a cessation of the hatred under penalty of death. Emotions still hold sway, though, and when young Romeo Montague falls in love with the young teen Juliet Capulet at a masked ball, her kinsman Tybalt is enraged and vows to seek revenge.
Another stellar lineup is in store for the 2014-2015 season of the St. Louis Speakers Series presented by Maryville University. The season begins Oct. 7 with award-winning actor/social activist Martin Sheen.
Story: Nothing has changed for 16 years in the relationship between brothers Victor and Walter Franz. Since their father’s death in 1952, they’ve left the Manhattan brownstone apartment where he lived untouched, as they have their own estranged communications.
Story: In conjunction with Vital VOICE Magazine and Pearl Vodka, That Uppity Theatre Company recently presented eight vignettes by as many playwrights, 10-minute pieces that explore comic and dramatic issues with a focus on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people.
Story: Director Lloyd Dallas is frantically putting his ensemble of six performers through their much-needed dress rehearsal for the Otstar Productions Ltd. presentation of Nothing On, a comedy by noted playwright Robin Housemonger. “Doors and sardines,” Dallas advises his troupe. “It’s all about doors and sardines.”
Story: On an iPlanet 300 years in the future that formerly was known as Earth, people live regimented lives. They dress alike, they act alike and they even listen to the same music that is cranked out by the omnipresent GlobalSoft Corporation under the instructions of the oppressive police overseer, Commander Khashoggi.
Story: Matt and Davis are Americans in Amsterdam for a good time. Trouble is, the former college roommates and 30-somethings are somewhat polar opposites. Davis is a rakish ne’er-do-well, an editor who is on the fast track after plucking a novel from obscurity and seeing it shoot to the top of the charts, courtesy of Matt’s recognition of its artistic merit.
Story: Kim and Kat both grew up in the small town of Monroe, Wisconsin and were high school sweethearts. Kat went off to college, but an early pregnancy and subsequent, unplanned marriage to Kim put an end to that. Kim was set to inherit his dad’s dairy farm until his older brother came back from Vietnam and decided that he’d like to be a farmer after all, changing his mind after earlier rejecting his father’s offer and leaving Kim odd man out.
And the Oscar goes to…Webster University alum Leah Latham! Latham, who graduated from Webster’s animation program in 2010, served as editorial production coordinator for Disney’s latest worldwide box-office smash, Frozen.
Story: Life isn’t easy for Mark and his friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s the early 1990s, and the long, grim shadow of HIV and AIDS looms ominously over them, since most of Mark’s friends are afflicted with one or the other. Beyond that, this group of starving artists ekes out the most meager of existences, making do with dilapidated conditions in their apartment buildings while they struggle to hone their crafts.
LN’s own design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD and his business partner, MARIA CLIFFORD, were among a privileged few who recently attended the highly anticipated auction of socialite LILLY PULITZER’s estate in West Palm Beach. Brainerd and Clifford, co-owners of Great Estates, were able to secure seats in the second row of the packed auction house for the sale of items from the fashion icon’s Palm Beach compound. Among Brainerd’s acquisitions for the day: three LILIAN MACKENDRICK watercolors and a charming, lidded cabbage box to add to his majolica collection. For her part, Clifford secured Chinese Chippendale cocktail and side tables for her living room.