Curtain up on Summer
From “Madame Butterfly” to “Seussical,” St. Louis delivers a festival of theater in spring and summer. Buy a ticket (or not, Shakespeare is free), grab a seat and let the performance begin.
OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
The spring season of operas sung in English by the acclaimed regional company takes place at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus. Complete schedule: Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” (May 20, 26, June 1,3, 7, 11, 14, 24); Ricky Ian Gordon and Michaelo Korie’s “Grapes of Wrath” (May 27, 31, June 9, 15, 17, 21, 25); Philip Glass & Christopher Hampton’s “The Trial” (June 4, 8, 10, 17, 21, 23); Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Titto” (June 10, 14, 16, 18, 22, *24); Center Stage: A Young Artist Showcase Concert (June 20). $25-$129. Free 20-minute opera preview talks one hour before every performance. Gourmet preperformance picnic dinners must be ordered by 4 pm the day before. www.opera-stl.org. 130 Edgar Rd., just south of Big Bend Blvd. in Webster Groves, 314.961.0644. Map 4- 6A
ST. LOUIS BLACK REP
The venerated African-American company presents “Crossin’ Over,” a look at songs of faith in the African American experience at Harris Stowe State University’s Emerson Performance Center (May 24-June 18). $30 adults. $15 children. www.theblackrep.org. 314.534.3810. 3026 Laclede Ave., near Grand Center, Map 4-3G.
NEW LINE THEATRE
The “Bad Boy of Musical Theatre” presents “The Sweet Smell of Success” at the Marcelle Theater in Grand Center (June 1-24). Th-Sa 8 pm. $10-$25. www.metrotix.com. 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr., 314.534.1111, Map 4-2G.
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL SAINT LOUIS
Free performances by the professional company in Forest Park have become a beloved spring tradition. Upcoming: “The Winter’s Tale” in Shakespeare Glen, just east of the Saint Louis Art Museum (June 2-25). Performances W-M at 8 pm. Green show (the kids love it), including a 20-minute introductory version of the play, begins at 6:30 pm. Arrive early for a good seat; bring your own blanket/seating; rental chairs available. Concessions available for purchase. www. sfstl.com, Map 4-2D.
STAGES ST. LOUIS
St. Louis’ wildly popular summer stock company presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (June 2-July 2). $20-$59. www. stagesstlouis.org. 111 S. Geyer Rd., in Kirkwood, 314.821.2407. Map 3-7C. Stages also presents “Seussical” Theatre for Young Audiences at the Plahouse at West Port Plaza (June 14-July 2). $20-$24. www.playhouseatwestport.com. 635 West Port Plaza, 314.534.1111. Map 3- 4B.
STRAY DOG THEATRE
Stray Dog Theatre presents “Monsters,” by local playwright Stephen Peirick, the unraveling of a plan to commit the perfect crime, at Tower Grove Abbey. (June 8-24). Th-Sa 8 pm, some Sa 2 pm performances. $20-$25. www. straydogtheatre.org. 2336 Tennessee Ave., just south of Shenandoah, 314.865.1995. Map 4- 4G.
INSIGHT THEATER COMPANY
ITC presents “Next to Normal,” the rock musical about how one suburban family deals with manic depression, at The . ZACK in Grand Center (June 8-25). $20-$35. insighttheatrecompany.com. 3224 Locust St., 314.556.1293. Map 4-2.
Jeff Sears plays Joseph at Stages Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Costume design for “Madame Butterfly”