Sunday, May 13, 2012
The following article was submitted by the Kirkwood School District.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Arts For Life nominated Kirkwood High School senior Max Kramer, juniors Carrie Antoine and Rachel Bisch and freshman Cole Whiting for the Thirteenth Annual Best Performance Awards for Community Musical Theatre. Kramer, Antoine, Bisch and Whiting were selected as nominees in the Best Actor or Actress category in a Youth Musical production for the musical Footloose by St. Louis Summer Players. Over 567 community theater artists, 31 shows produced by 25 community theater groups in the Metro-St. Louis area have been reviewed for consideration for Best Performance Awards this year. Trophies will be awarded in 25 categories. The awards ceremony will be held June 10 at the William D. Purser Centre at Logan College of Chiropractics at 2 p.m. The …
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Cappies are awarded to Theater Arts and Journalism students for acting, theatre production and review writing.
Nerinx Hall High School leads the 2011 Cappie award nominations with 33 students and two ensembles nominated in 20 categories, plus nominations for Best Song, Best Play and Best Musical. The school stands to improve on last year's 2010 awards, where they took home four honors. The Cappies are given in every category from Best Actor and Actress in a Musical to Best Set, Props and Stage Crew, all of which have garnered Nerinx Hall students nominations, plus many more. The Cappies, short for the Critics and Awards Program, trains high school theater and journalism students as critics. The student critics attend shows at other schools and write theater reviews, which then are published in local news outlets. At the end of the year, the critics…
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
“The Fall From Heaven” examines the wages of sin.
If you found yourself standing at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter condemned you to hell, would you go? That is exactly what happens to Tempest Landry in St. Louis Repertory's production of “Fall from Heaven” by Walter Mosley, Jan. 7-30. Mosley, prolific writer of science fiction, children's books, essays, and the “Easy Rawlin's” detective series, creates an interesting premise in the play. Mortals must willingly accept their fate, otherwise Heaven will come crashing down and Satan will reign. As the play opens, Tempest (Bryan Terrell Clark) stands on a busy Harlem street juggling two phone conversations—one from his wife and one from his girlfriend—when he is gunned down by cops in a case of mistaken identity. Next stop, the Pearly Gates. …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Walter Mosley's novel, "The Tempest Tales," is brought to the stage.
In The Fall of Heaven by Walter Mosely, playing at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre Jan, 5-30, 2011, Tempest Landry is accidentally gunned down by cops on the streets of Harlem. When St. Peter condemns Tempest to Hell for his sins, he refuses to go. His sins, Tempest believes, were only minor transgressions, having done only what needed to be done for survival on the mean streets of Harlem. Having never been questioned, St. Peter is shaken, and sends Tempest back to Harlem along with an accounting Angel, whose all-important job is to convince Tempest to accept St. Peter's judgment. St. Peter's secret is that mortals must willingly accept their fate, otherwise heaven will fall, allowing free reign to Satan. It is the battle of wills between …
Monday, December 13, 2010
The St. Louis Repertory's holiday production is funny and poignant.
"Over the Tavern," by playwright Tom Dudzick, is set in 1959 Buffalo, N.Y., and focuses on a Catholic family's trials and tribulations as they struggle with life and four kids, one of whom is autistic, two of which are feeling the pangs of puberty, and the precocious one, Rudy, who is questioning the authority of the Catholic Church. "There are over 1600 religions in the world," Rudy opines. "I'd like to shop around." The production by the St Louis Repertory Theatre is a sitcom stuffed with stereotypical characters. Did I mind? Not for a second. The show is a delight from beginning to end, and after all, stereotypes become stereotypes because there is a great deal of truth in them. Special mention must be made of Spencer Davis Milford as …