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.

Where St. Louis - - WHERE NOW ST. LOUIS -

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”

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