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Alpha Players: BELLS ARE RINGING

Oct 5, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018

Step back to the 1950’s with us in this not-so-often produced gem! This charming romantic comedy follows the exploits of Ella, a telephone answering service operator with a fascination for her client’s private lives. At Susanswerphone, Ella uses a variety of voices and personae to keep herself entertained. As she follows the lives of her customers, Ella becomes inextricably involved with a handsome playwright, a fledgling record company, and a dangerous crime ring. BELLS ARE RINGING is a delightful showcase for a singing comedienne, filled with heart and humor. The tuneful score, with lyrics by Comden & Green, features some of Jule Styne’s most popular songs, including “Just in Time,” “The Party’s Over,” “Long Before I Knew You” and “Better Than a Dream.”

 

Northwinds Concert Band: SUNDAY AT THE POPS

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Northwinds Concert Band, under the direction of Larry Marsh, will present “Sunday at the Pops” on October 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. Tickets are $8, $6, and may be reserved by calling the box office at (314) 921-5678. Maestro Marsh has planned an upbeat and uplifting program featuring marches, overtures, film scores and Broadway medleys, swing tunes and novelty numbers. Featured vocalist Ike Eichenberger will have you singing along with Cab Calloway’s classic “Minnie the Moocher and you’ll be dancing in the aisles (not really) to a great new arrangement by Robert Buckley entitled “Jitterbug.” Two giants in American music will be honored as the band plays Aretha Franklin’s “Think” and celebrates the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with dances from “West Side Story.” Music has always been a key feature of Disney movies, and this concert features exciting highlights from “Aladdin” and “The Incredibles.” The heart of the program will be inspiring new works from three of America’s best composers for band. Brian Balmage’s lovely new composition “Infinite Hope” was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words noting that “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.” Robert Sheldon’s “Skydance” is a musical celebration of the human spirit, and Rossano Galante’s “The Falls” shows the beauty and power of nature as sparkling wind and brass fanfares depict water rushing forward and exploding over the edge. The sixty-piece Northwinds ensemble has presented concerts in Florissant for over 50 years and is a program of Ferguson-Florissant’s Marketing and Communications Department. More information on the band can be found at www.northwindsband.org.

 

Hawthorne Players: A RAISIN IN THE SUN

Nov 2, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018

A Raisin in the Sun. By Lorraine Hansberry. The highly praised drama follows the Youngers, an African-American family living together in 1950s Chicago. The family receives a $10,000 insurance check from the death of the father, but each member wants that money to fund a different dream. Tensions increase as each tries to find a way to escape the lower-class neighborhood—bringing up questions of identity, class, value, race and love—and outside forces work against them.