Once again, the St. Louis Repertory Theatre's Imaginary Theatre Company has crafted a delightful, inventive performance for young audiences that manages to entertain the adults in attendance as well. The traditional fairytale of a struggling but kind shoemaker who receives help from elves to create the beautiful shoes he desperately needs to sell translates well to the stage. The show is entertaining and light, with whimisical touches that endear us to the characters while sprinkling in lessons on kindness, learning, and cooperation.
Now in its 29th year, Circus Flora, St. Louis' own one ring circus, continues to delight audiences with thrilling, death defying acts of human and animal skill. Though the circus is small, the acts deliver the exhilaration and dramatic energy of a big circus in a much more intimate setting.
Clayton Community Theater's "Little Women" is an entertaining production that stays faithful to the themes and era presented in Louis May Alcott's beloved story. The cast and director Sheri Hogan lovingly recreate the well-defined characters and moral lessons in the original story, ensuring this family oriented show remains appropriate for all ages.
There was a chill in the air opening night of "Henry IV," and a slight wind, adding a sense of drama well before the curtain. The show, teeming with intrigue, war and Prince Hal's transformation, keeps the tension mounting, weaving a tale that leaves the majority of the audience spellbound from opening scene to curtain call.
A clever gear, perhaps a machine of some sort, but represented as a clock, sets the stage for the imaginative and inventive "Unsorted," a children's show from the Metro Theater Company. The actors, in costumes that cleverly represent piles of specific clothing types, are each expressive and emotionally warm. Their colorful garb, broadly emphatic gestures and friendly vocal tones create an inviting, engaging show for young audiences.
Introducing young children to the magic of theater is no small challenge. Luckily, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has found the perfect balance of story, song, and warmth to entice little audiences.
There's a sweet and honest charm to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The show doesn't over-promise and it's impossible to take too seriously, ensuring it remains a favorite go-to show for amateur and professional companies alike. With a focus on frequent and easy laughs, the show is also a can't-miss crowd pleaser.