STAGES St. Louis' APPLAUSE Gala was a fitting closure to a spectacular season. From the Midwestern premiere of The Boy From Oz to the finale of Man of La Mancha, as well as the programs from the STAGES Performing Arts Academy, all experienced much success, and this success and was celebrated at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. With silent and live auction items, as well as entertainment by The Boy Band Project, it was a rousing evening for all.