This Valentine’s Day weekend, St. Louis will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding by French fur merchants Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau. Festivities will include the “Burning Love” festival n Forest Park where a 25-foot statue of a heart will be lit on fire during a mass public engagement ceremony with 250 participating couples (all to the tune of an Elvis tribute artist). “Cakeway to West” will also begin that weekend, where several cake statues will be placed in significant St. Louis locations. A downloadable app will be available for those wishing to find the various points of interest. The Missouri History Museum will also be hosting multiple events.
Playwright Lillian Hellman
Last Thursday night I was able to able to attend Fontbonne’s production of “The Children’s Hour,” the 1938 play by Lillian Hellman. The script was inspired by the true story of two female boarding school teachers who were accused of engaging in a love affair and the tumultuous aftermath they were forced to endure. This intense tale of fear and intrigue is brought to life with marvelous acting from Fontbonne’s versatile thespians and a wonderful assembly of period props and costumes.
The pleasant experience of the production was enhanced by the comforting accommodations in lobby (located on the second floor of Southwest Hall). The lobby staff made a special effort to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere with complimentary coffee and cookies for each guest. I definitely recommend following the Fontbonne theater schedule to learn of upcoming productions. Admission is also free for students leaving no excuse for Fontbonne kids interested in watching good stories unfold in a friendly, live environment.