September 06, 2012
Danielle Lacey

Behind the Curtains

Find out what's coming to SLU Theatre and Chaifetz Arena, as well as live venues in the University's Midtown St. Louis neighborhood.

The Bald Soprano
Members of the Saint Louis University Theatre perform The Bald Soprano, by Eugene Ionesco, as part of the 2011-2012 SLU Theatre season. Photo by John Lamb


With theaters, arenas and symphony halls all within walking distance of Saint Louis University, there's no reason to be stuck in front of the television this fall. This season, venues in and around campus are offering up a wide selection of entertainment options, including award-winning musicals, rock and hip-hop music concerts and performances of classical masterpieces.

Check out a listing of the upcoming events and learn more about special SLU offers.


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Saint Louis University Theatre

The Saint Louis University Theatre has announced its upcoming shows for the 2012-13 season. Performances take place at 8 p.m., except for Sunday performances which are held at 2 p.m., at Xavier Theatre.

Wonder of the World, by David Lindsay-Abaire
Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-14

Nothing will prepare you for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband's sweater drawer. It is so shocking that our heroine has no choice but to flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on. It's a wild ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel of laughs as playwright David Lindsay-Abaire explores marital discord run amok in this revved-up, joyously zany extravaganza of a play.

Radium girls
Radium girls

Radium Girls, by D. W. Gregory 
Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-18

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, this fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science. A harrowing account of our collective capacity for denial juxtaposed with our individual capacity for courage.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, music and lyrics by William Finn; book by Rachel Scheinkin
Feb. 22-23 and March 1-3

Fun. F-U-N. Fun. That's what this show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created: A hilarious tale of overachiever angst chronicling the experience of six quirky, puberty-crazed outsiders vying for spelling-bee glory. This hit musical about the unlikeliest of heroes teaches that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.

Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov

Three Sistersby Anton Chekhov
April 26-27 and May 3- 5

Transplanted from their beloved Moscow to a provincial Russian town, three sisters-school teacher Olga, unhappily married Masha, idealistic Irina-yearn for the city of their childhood, where they imagine their lives will be transformed. Three Sisters is Chekhov's masterpiece portrait of a family grappling with the bittersweet realization that while dreams may be unfulfilled there must always be hope.

Saint Louis University Theatre is located in Xavier Hall at 3733 West Pine Mall. Tickets are $10; $9 for seniors and SLU employees; and $7 for all students and can be purchased starting one hour before the performance or at the box office from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only payments of cash or check will be accepted.

For additional information and reservations call the box office at 314-977-3327, or check the theatre web page.

Chaifetz Arena

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove
Sept. 20-Sept 23

Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to SLU. Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn, then enter the worlds of Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Neverland. Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon. And don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Madhatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army Of Cards. Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Smashing Pumpkins
Oct. 18

As pioneers of the alternative rock movement, the Smashing Pumpkins dominated the 90s music scene. Following their debut album Gish, the band released four-time platinum album Siamese Dream in 1993 with hit singles "Cherub Rock," "Today" and "Disarm," and continued their success with nine-time platinum album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in 1995, which included "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "1979" and "Tonight, Tonight." The Smashing Pumpkins' current tour will support the band's newest album Oceania, which was released in June 2012. The seventh studio record is considered by the band to be "an album within an album" as part of their current work in progress Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.

Students can save $10 on all price levels. The discount is only available at the Chaifetz Arena box office with a valid SLU ID.

Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions
Oct. 19

All-Around Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas and the Gold-Winning Fab Five team will head to SLU as part of the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. The Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will be unlike any gymnastics tour ever produced, providing fans with a high-flying, dynamic experience that will celebrate the sports' beauty and skill.

Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin will lead an impressive cast, including members of the men's and women's 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic teams. See recent gymnastic champions up close and witness their awe inspiring medal routines. Bigger and better than ever, the show's format will pair elite gymnastics skill with modern performance art that will push the boundaries of athleticism and keep fans cheering for more.

The SLU community can save up to $10 on select price levels by visiting the Chaifetz Arena website and entering the password "GSLU."

Wiz Khalifa
Oct. 25

Born Cameron Thomaz, but better known as Wiz Khalifa, the 24-year old Pittsburgh native took the rap world by storm in 2011 with the release of his three-time platinum hit "Black And Yellow". The track later went on to become the unofficial anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and helped catapult Wiz to another level of rap superstardom.

In March 2011, Wiz released his major label debut, Rolling Papers, which debuted atop Billboard's "Top Rap" and "Top R&B/Hip-Hop" charts and No. 2 on the "Top 200 Albums" chart. The album has gone on to reach gold-certification and has spawned three multi-platinum singles; "Black And Yellow," "Roll Up," "No Sleep."

Wiz also became a fixture on the road embarking on three major sold-out headlining tours this year. Wiz teamed up with rap veteran Snoop Dogg for a collaborative album, Mac and Devin Go To High School Soundtrack, which features the platinum hit, "Young, Wild and Free (feat. Bruno Mars)." To top off an incredible year, Wiz was recently nominated for two Grammy Awards in the "Best Rap Song" and "Best Rap Performance" categories for his breakout smash hit "Black And Yellow."

Batman Live
Dec. 7-9

For the first time in DC Comics' history, Batman — the world's most popular DC Super Hero — is now an all-new, live-action arena spectacular which is taking the world by storm. Batman Live is a $15 million stage production with an original story featuring a 43-member cast of actors and circus trained acrobats, a 3-D Gotham City landscape, a bespoke symphonic score, custom-built state-of-the-art stage, a 100-foot bat-shaped LED video wall, pyrotechnics and the impressive Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray.

Faithfully adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, Batman Live focuses on Robin's quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero — the mysterious vigilante known as Batman, much to the dismay of his protective guardian, billionaire Bruce Wayne, whom the audience knows is secretly Batman. This dynamic triangle resolves itself in a non-stop thrill-ride across Gotham City that transforms Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson into the legendary crime-fighters, Batman and Robin. The adventure transports the audience from the Big Top of Haly's Circus to the depths of Arkham Asylum, and from the glittering peaks of the Penguin's Iceberg Lounge to the subterranean wonders that await inside the Batcave.

Off-Campus Venues

Fox Theatre

Faculty, students and staff can receive discounts on select Broadway productions as part of the Fabulous Fox Theatre's Student Rush discount. Visit the box office up to two hours before show time with a valid SLU ID to purchase tickets for $20-$25. The Fox's 2013-2013 Broadway series includes performances of Les Misérables, The Blue Man Group and The Book of Mormon.

Sheldon Concert Hall

The Sheldon Arts Foundation is committed to the preservation and operation of the historic Sheldon Concert Hall and is dedicated to enriching the greater St. Louis region and beyond with a wide range of music, visual arts and educational programs. Tickets are on sale now for the Sheldon's 100th season.

SLU faculty, students and staff can purchase tickets to any jazz or classical concert hosted at the Sheldon for only $15 with a SLU ID. Students can also receive discounted tickets for performances that are part of the Sheldon Sessions. Tickets for these events generally run between $10-$15. 

Grandel Theatre

Home to the award-winning The Black Rep and St. Louis Shakespeare, the Grandel Theatre opened in 1884 as the First Congregational Church.  

The Black Rep currently offers student discounts on regular season shows, with ticket prices between $28-$47. The Rep also offers a Student Rush discount, with which students can purchase tickets a half-hour before showtime with a valid ID for $10. 

Kranzberg Arts Center

The Kranzberg Arts Center hosts a studio performance space; gallery and education center for the Craft Alliance; and the Black Box Theatre, which is home to three different theatre companies: HotCity Theatre, Muddy Waters Theatre Company and Upstream Theater.

Muddy Waters Theatre Company offers SLU faculty, students and staff a $5 discount for performances, which can be redeemed with a valid SLU ID.  

Powell Symphony Hall

Powell Symphony Hall doesn't offer discounts for faculty and staff, however students can enjoy select concerts at Powell Hall for only $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Students may order up to four tickets per concert. In order to provide the best available seating, the box office will select seat locations the day of the concert.

The next student night will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, when the St. Louis Symphony will present Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3.

Check periodically or sign up to receive the list of new concerts added every month.

Jazz at the Bistro

Jazz at the Bistro doesn't offer discounts for faculty and staff; however, student tickets may be purchased in advance for the first set at 7:30 p.m. for most shows on Wednesday and Thursday, and for the second set at 9:30 p.m. for most Jazz at the Bistro performances. On Friday and Saturday, student tickets are available for the first set at 7:30 p.m. for most shows, but will only be sold at the door 15 minutes before the show begins.

As with all events, tickets are subject to availability. A valid student ID will be required when purchasing or picking tickets up at the door, and one student ticket can be purchased per ID.

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