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The Blue Strawberry presents Open Mic Night with Sean
Skrbec and Patrick White Sundays at 7 pm. "Come on down and sing,
come on down to play, or come on down to listen and enjoy." The club
is operating under a "COVID careful" arrangement with restricted
indoor capacity, mask requirements, and other precautions. The Blue
Strawberry is on North Boyle in the Central West End. For more
The Blue Strawberry presents Sya Collins in It’s
Birthday and I’ll Sing What I Want To! Saturday,
January 30, at 7:30 pm. "For her 23rd anniversary of life, Sya
presents a night of her favorite songs, backed by a few of her
favorite musicians (and people) in the world. Trained in classical
and jazz performance, Sya brings a fresh, versatile show that will
engage every audience member. You’ll hear both old and new school
R&B/soul, with a sprinkle of jazz and musical theater. This is
sure to be a night of great music, love, and celebration!” The club
is operating under a "COVID careful" arrangement with restricted
indoor capacity, mask requirements, and other precautions. The show
will also be available via live video stream. The Blue Strawberry is
on North Boyle in the Central West End. For more information: bluestrawberrystl.com.
The Cabaret Project presents Billy Stritch Sings Mel
Tormé via live video stream Saturday at 7:30 pm,
January 30. "Stritch has wowed audiences all over the world with his
rich vocals and virtuosity on the keys. He does the same in this
solo evening salute to one of the greatest American singers of all
time - the legendary Mel Tormé. Tormé was a virtuoso whose talents
ranged from swing to scat to lush ballads. Stritch embodies all of
these gifts along with his own brilliance at the piano. Recorded
specifically for The Cabaret Project of St. Louis at the historic
Bidland nightclub in New York, Billy singing Mel features two great
New York sideman and is not to be missed." For more information: thecabaretproject.org.
Circus Harmony in St. Louis and Circus Circuli in
Stuttgart, St. Louis's German sister city, present Sister
City Circus, on Circus Harmony’s YouTube page.
"Through a series of online meetings, workshops, and classes the two
troupes created 6 different circus acts and then filmed them at
iconic architectural locations in each of their cities." For more
information, visit the
Fly North Theatricals presents three new free digital series.
Their new digital line up includes The Spotlight Series,
the Grown-Up Theatre Kids Podcast, and Gin and
the Tonic. The Spotlight Series highlights the
Fly North family of students and actors performing songs from
previous FNT shows. In the Grown-Up Theatre Kids podcast you
can join Colin Healy and Bradley Rohlf every other Friday as they
explore life after drama club and what it means to make a living in
theatre far from the lights of broadway. Gin and the Tonic
is a "reckless unpacking of music history’s weirdest stories hosted
by Colin Healy.” The Spotlight Series and Gin and the
Tonic are available at the Fly North Theatricals YouTube channel and the
Grown-Up Theatre Kids podcast can also be found on Spotify,
Apple Podcasts, Sticher, other podcast platforms. All three are
updated on a bi-weekly (every other week) basis.
Fly North Theatricals will present Forgottonia,
their new original musical about falling in love, coming of age, and
seceding from the United States, streaming for free on YouTube
through January 31. "Forgottonia is a 'historical half-truth'
about the events surrounding a real life secessionist movement in
rural Western Illinois beginning in 1968. While tempests like Nixon
and Vietnam rage far from her hometown of Colchester, IL, on this
island in the corn, Jane Horn, her peculiar brother Jack, and
acting-school drop out Neal Gamm are stuck in the doldrums. However,
life is up-ended when a train breaks down in the middle of town
bringing the outside world to the middle of Colchester and
teeing off a sequence of events that will lead Jane, Jack, and
Neal far from home. Forgottonia will be shown exclusively on
channel via a series of ‘premiere videos’ set to mimic
a normal theatre schedule: Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2
pm. All performances will feature an intermission as well as a
'stage door' via Zoom after the performance featuring actors from
the show. For more information: flynorththeatricals.com.
The Lemp Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre presents A
Fistful of Hollers through May 8. "Gun slingers, dance
hall girls, cowboys, gold diggers, cowboy boots and ten-gallon-hats
will abound. Rowdy cowboys will duel to the death as the crooked
sheriff watches with glee. But none of these characters are as
dangerous as Nasty Nate, he’s the orneriest gun in the west and word
is that he’s going to be stirring up trouble at the Lemp Mansion."
The Lemp Mansion is at 3322 DeMenil Place in south city. For more
Metro Theatre Company presents Jacked!
streaming on demand through March 31. "From playwright Idris Goodwin
(Ghost, And in this Corner: Cassius Clay) comes the
Jack and the Beanstalk story with a modern-day twist. And it’s not
just the story that has a fresh take. This all-new virtual
production fuses storytelling and poetry with a smart, moving hip
hop score and hand-drawn animation based on visuals by artist Nick
Kryah – exploring the imaginative boundaries of theater, film, and
animation. You and the children in your family join Jack for an
adventure that might start with the beanstalk, but follows Jack and
his mother as they struggle to live happily ever after." For more
Moonstone Theatre Company presents Moonstone
Connections, a series of in-depth interviews with arts
leaders by company founder Sharon Hunter. New episodes air the third
Tuesday of each month; see linktr.ee/moonstoneconnections
for more information.
The Muny presents Attuned: Cast Me at the Muny,
a nine-part podcast that "showcases audition tips and funny stories,
while offering an inside look at what makes casting a Muny show so
challenging." The series is available on demand at the Classic 107.3
web site. For more information: classic1073.org/podcasts
Riley, Ryan Johnson in The Pirates of Penzance
Opera Theatre of St. Louis presents an abridged, 30-minute
version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance
designed to introduce children to the world of Opera. The
Pirates of Penzance is available via on-demand streaming
through February 6. "As a child, Frederic was accidentally
apprenticed to a conscientious but hapless band of pirates. On the
day of his 21st birthday, Frederic thinks he’s finally free to
explore the world — and meet girls — but some fine print in his
contract leads to a surprising twist." For more informtation: opera-stl.org/on-the-go.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Cooking,
Carols and Cocktails, a four-episode web series
combining cooking classes by local chefs, musical performances, and
tours of local restaurants, running through the end of January.
"Join us in the kitchens of some of St. Louis’ master chefs as they
guide us in creating a delectable seasonal spread. While your meal
simmers, enjoy exclusive holiday music performances and a special
cocktail taught by a guest mixologist. From appetizer to digestif,
each of the four episodes in this series brings the best of St.
Louis’ culinary and music scenes into your home for a festive
feast." Tickets are available for individual episodes as well as for
the full series. For more information: repstl.org.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, in collaboration with
Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater and
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, present Play at Home,
a series of micro-commissioned short plays from some of the American
theatre's most exciting and prominent playwrights. These new plays –
which all run 10 minutes or less – are available for the public to
download, read and perform at home for free at playathome.org.
Varner and family
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents a live video
stream of the WiseWrite Digital Play Festival running
until the end of the Rep's 2020-2021 season. “Step into the
imagination of three young playwrights as The Rep presents
professional readings of their new plays.” The production is
directed by Adena Varner, the Rep's Director of Learning and
Community Engagement. For more information: repstl.org.
Orlandersmith in After the Flood
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and All Arts
present Until the Flood, written and performed by Dael
Orlandersmith, via on-demand streaming. "On August 9, 2014,
Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael
Brown, an African American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The
shooting ignited weeks of social unrest, propelled the Black Lives
Matter movement and prompted a controversial investigation by the
U.S. Department of Justice. Celebrated writer, performer and
Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith traveled to St. Louis and
conducted interviews with dozens of people who were grievously
shaken by Brown’s shooting and the turbulent aftermath. From these
intimate conversations, Orlandersmith created eight unforgettable
characters who embody a community struggling to come to terms with
the personal damage caused by these events." For more information: allarts.org
The St. Lou Fringe presents Matthew R. Kerna in original
eight-minute solo performance adaptation of Charles Dickens' A
Christmas Carol, remastered for the virtual stage.
For more information: www.stlouisfringe.com/a-christmas-carol
The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival presents streaming videos
from the SHAKE20 festival, including re-imagined,
condensed versions of classic Shakespeare plays and new takes on old
favorites like Joe Hanrahan's Come Together, at the
Shakespeare Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/STLShakesFest/videos
The St. Louis Writers Group streams live recordings of
previous play reading sessions at their Facebook page. For more
SATE, in collaboration with COCA and Prison
Performing Arts, presents Project Verse: Creativity in
the Time of Quarantine. Project Verse presents two new
plays: Quatrains in Quarantine by e.k. doolin and Dream
in Quarantine by Maxine du Maine. The
performances are streamed free of charge on SATE’s website and
For more information: slightlyoff.org.
SATE also offers streaming performances of the shows
originally scheduled for live 2020 productions: The Mary
Shelley Monster Show, As You Like It
(produced for SHAKE20, Project Verse, and Classic
Game. The shows are available on their YouTube channel.
Union Avenue Opera offers Sneak Peeks of its 2021
season operas Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville),
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) and The
Will Rock on its YouTube channel.
Looking for auditions and other artistic opportunities? Check out
Louis Auditions site.
For information on events beyond this week, check out the
searchable database at the Regional Arts Commission's Events Calendar.
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