Another summer in St. Louis means another summer at the Muny in Forest Park! This is the 10th year I have had season tickets. I started out going with my aunt and grandma. Now it has grown into an even bigger tradition, and my mom and cousin come along as well. It’s a fun thing for the ladies in the family to do together. I have always had a fondness of live theatre, so the Muny season is something I look forward to every summer. Whether it is a show I have seen several times or one I know nothing about, I enjoy going to all of them. The summer 2014 lineup is as follows.
Porgy and Bess
The Addams Family
I’m glad that this year brings back Grease, one of my personal favorites. But also, there are a few shows that I have never seen on stage before (and I’ve seen a lot of shows). If you’re interested in going, you can typically buy tickets the day of. Or, get there early and snag some free seats in the back! Despite some nights being extremely hot, my time at the Muny is always cherished.
Wow. I’m exactly halfway through my time at Fontbonne. I just finished my last final this morning, and I was out the door by 10:05. It will take me a while to realize that I’m actually on summer break, but I’m happy for my newfound freedom.
This year was definitely far more challenging than last year. Last year, I took a lot of challenging courses – don’t get me wrong – but they were more generalized and foundational. This year, in addition to some sophomore-, junior-, and (I’m not going to lie) senior-level biology courses, I took on the so-called biology major’s “worst nightmare” – organic chemistry. It was definitely difficult, but it was so worth it at the same time. I got really close to my friends in part thanks to that class, and getting through it alive has pretty much taught me that I can get through anything if I keep at it.
So what will I be doing this summer? Well, to put it bluntly, a lot. I will be interning at the St. Louis Science Center in the Physical Sciences Gallery. While there, I will be presenting Amazing Science Demonstrations, which are 10-15 minute shows about different aspects of science. This will be the perfect marriage of my two main passions in life – science and theatre! In addition, I’ll be taking family vacations to Florida and Minnesota, and I’ll be taking a philosophy course for general education requirements. Add in Saturday nights at The Muny and various trips to Forest Park, and there’s my summer in a nutshell.
Have a great, safe summer everyone, and I’ll see most of you again in the fall.
In the past few days, I’ve been loving the fact that I live in Saint Louis.
1. It’s been 80+ degrees this whole week, and will stay like this for a few more days!
Normally, I hate fall because I know that its dropping temps are just the beginning of the insufferable winter. This fall, though, I’ve been able to keep wearing my shorts and t-shirts into October!
2. Cardinal. Baseball.
I’m writing this the day after the Cards defeated the Phillies in the 5-game series, and it was super exciting. Honestly, I didn’t think they’d be able to do it, and I’m still not sure that they’re going to win against the Brewers, but we’ll see. Also, the squirrel that ran across the field in game 4 was priceless. I’ve seen birds fly around in the stadium, but never a squirrel!
3. The Muny. (the city’s outdoor theatre)
The 2012 Muny season was just announced at exactly 9:00 this morning – and it’s really, really good. They’re doing Aladdin, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Pirates! (which is a revamped Pirates of Penzance), DreamGirls, and a few others (like JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT!) . Every summer, I sit in the free seats and go to at least one performance of every show (but sometimes I go more than once – I saw Showboat three times a few years ago, and this past year, I saw Bye Bye Birdie twice.) I can’t wait until summer!
So…that’s why I love Saint Louis.
Fall is in the air. That means that mid-term exams and Halloween are fast approaching. With all of the craziness of autumn, many people may be unaware of all of the great theatrical performances that are being presented both at Fontbonne and in the greater Saint Louis community.
Last night, I went to see Fontbonne Theatre’s production of “Eleemosynary” with my friend Kaniz. This play revolved around the relationships of a mother, her daughter, and her granddaughter. Both of us absolutely loved it. It was deep and moving, and the scarcity of the set allowed the audience to focus on the characters’ raw emotion. This play was psychological like Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” yet it had that bit of fantastic eeriness present in plays such as “Jane Eyre.” I highly recommend that you go see “Eleemosynary.” It plays tonight (Saturday) at 8:00 and tomorrow (Sunday) at 2:00.
Next up in the Fontbonne blackbox theatre is “The Shape of Things,” followed by the musical “Godspell.”
This morning, The Muny just released its 2012 summer season. Though the specific dates have not yet been released, the shows are: Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Chicago,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “The King and I,” “Dreamgirls,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Pirates” (a new version of “Pirates of Penzance”). Though I will totally miss Paul Blake (the former executive producer of The Muny who just left this past summer after over twenty seasons of productions), I’m definitely looking forward to the shows that will play this coming summer.
So whenever you need to take a break from all of the stress of mid-term exams or from all the creepiness of haunted houses, go see a play. You’ll be glad you did!