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Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates

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Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
A play based on the classic novel by Mary Mapes Dodge
Stage play by Laura Eason

A Metro Theater Company Production
Grandel Theatre
3610 Grandel Square
December 8–30, 2017

“A wonderful way to share the spirit of the season”
— Talking Broadway

In this timeless story, Hans and Gretel Brinker strive to provide for their family and prove their own worth by entering a local speedskating contest – first prize is a pair of gleaming silver skates! The play culminates with a spectacular St. Nicholas Day race on the stage of The Grandel Theatre stage. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates celebrates generosity, helping others, and is an exhilarating tale of courage and determination.

The original novel by Mary Mapes Dodge has been in print since 1865 and is credited with popularizing the sport of speed-skating in the United States. Metro Theater Company presents a modern interpretation of this timeless tale adapted by House of Cards screenwriter Laura Eason.

Recommended for adults and young people 2nd–8th grade. Approximate run time is 70 minutes without an intermission.

Know before you go! Read the Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates education guide.

(l to r) Pete Winfrey, Sigrid Wise

Public Performances
December 8–22
Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm AND Sundays at 2 pm

Saturday, December 23 at 2 pm
Tuesday-Saturday, December 26-30 at 2 pm
Friday, December 29 at 7 pm

Tickets
Adult: $20
Student/Military/Senior (55+): $16
Groups of 10 or more: $14/ticket
Orchestra Box (seats 4): $72
Order tickets today via MetroTix.

Parking
There is ample metered street parking in front of the Grandel.

Questions?
Contact Michael Perkins, Community Engagement Manager at michael@metroplays.org or call 314.932.7414 x106

(l to r) Antony Terrell, Sigrid Wise, Erika Flowers-Roberts, Pete Winfrey

Synopsis
In a small Dutch town near Amsterdam, industrious teenager Hans Brinker and his younger sister Gretel yearn to participate in December’s great ice skating race on the canal, despite them owning only wooden skates.

The siblings must work to support their family while their mother cares for their father, Raff, who has been bedridden for 10 years after a fall from a dike. The Brinkers can’t afford school and must all work to support the family; they’re looked down upon, especially by the wealthy Katrinka Vos and Carl Voost, because of their low status.

But Hans has a chance meeting with a famous (though mysteriously gruff) surgeon named Dr. Boekman and persuades him to examine the Brinkers’ father. He diagnoses pressure on the brain, which can be cured by a risky and expensive operation.

Hans offers his own money to pay for his father’s operation. Touched by this gesture, Dr. Boekman provides the surgery for free. Hans overcomes his pride and accepts help from his friends Heidi and Peter: they loan steel skates for Gretel and himself to use in the race Gretel wins the girls’ race, but Hans lets Peter — who needs it more —win the Silver Skates in the boys’ race.

Mr. Brinker’s operation is successful, and he is able to remember where he’s hidden a bag of guilders to help the family, as well as the circumstances surrounding a pocket watch that belonged to Dr. Boekman’s son. This discovery helps the doctor start to reconcile with his son, and the Brinker family goes on to live a long and happy life.

Cast
Erika Flowers-Roberts – Heidi Von Gleck
Erick Lindsey – Dr. Boekman/Carl Voost
Roxane McWilliams – Musician
Jennifer Theby-Quinn – Dame Brinker/Katrinka Vos
Spencer Sickmann – Raff Brinker/Announcer
Antony Terrell – Peter Von Holp/Young Man/Vollenhoven
Pete Winfrey – Hans Brinker
Sigrid Wise – Gretel Brinker

School Matinees
Are you a teacher? Performances for school groups are Tuesdays-Fridays, December 5-22 at 10 am. Tickets are $8. For information about booking a school performance, contact the Community Engagement Manager at community@metroplays.org or 314.932.7414 ext. 106.

Give
Inspired by the intelligence and emotional wisdom of young people, the Metro Theater Company creates professional theater, fosters inclusive community, and nurtures meaningful learning through the arts. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to this wonderful nonprofit organization. About two-thirds of the Metro Theater Company’s annual operating budget comes from contributed income. Every gift makes an important impact!

 

Photography: Metro Theater Company

Day of the Dead Celebration

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diadelosmuertos_nov5_6_pdf_16632Missouri History Museum Event!

Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America and around the world in many other cultures. It brings together groups of people to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Join the Missouri History Museum for an expanded version of the holiday commemoration with traditional music, dancing, an art display, alters, informational tables, and more.

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 11 am to 4 pm
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 11 am to 4 pm

Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO
T 314.746.4599

Schedule of Events

11:30 to 1:30 pm
Simultaneous Live Music in the Grand Hall and on the Museum’s Lower Level

Ongoing
The Film “The Book of Life” will be shown continuously in the New Classroom

11 am to 4 pm
Community Partners tables on the Museum’s Main Level

11 am to 4 pm
Childrens’ Craft Tables on the Museum’s Main Level

11 am to 4 pm
Dia de los Muertos Art Display on the Museum’s Main Level

11 am to 4 pm
Altars from many countries, some reflecting on 9/11, the unknown soldier, and a tribute to Selena in the ATT Room

11 am to 4 pm
Face Painting in the Schnucks Classroom

1:30 to 2 pm
Live Alter by Chef Martin Lopez

Dance performances in the Lee Auditorium
2 to 2:30 pm, Panamanian
2:30 to 3 pm, Bolivian
3 to 3:30 pm, Almas de Mexico
3:30 to 4 pm, The Oaxaca

 

 

Laumeier Sculpture Park Fall and Winter Programs

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Have you been to Laumeier Sculpture Park lately? In addition to being a great place to explore and run around (dogs too!), this beautiful sculpture park has an exciting and diverse number of arts education programs for youth of all ages as well as adults. Be sure to check out their special holiday art workshops. (Snow globes!) Sign up today for a fun experience.

Here is a just a sample of their wide range of family programs. Registration fee includes one adult with one child; children must be accompanied by an adult.

ArtSparks / Adult with Child Ages Pre-K
Thursday, September 8 / 11 am to noon / $10

Monarch Mania / Adult with Child Ages 4 to 12
Saturday, September 10 / 2 to 4 pm / $40

ArtSparks / Adult with Child Ages Pre-K
Thursday, September 22 / 11 to noon / $10

Things That Go Bump in the Night / Adult with Child Ages 4 to 12
Saturday, September 24 / 7 to 9 pm / $20

Bye Bye Birdies / Adult with Child Ages 4 to 12
Saturday, October 22 / 2 to 4 pm / $40

The Sounds That Surround Us / Adult with Child Ages 4 to 12
Saturday, November 19 / 1:30 to 3:30 pm / $40

Read their Fall and Winter Programs Guide.

Learn about Laumeier Sculpture Park’s education programs.

 

Ready Readers presents “Winter Story Fest”

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Featuring: Jason Contini as Emperor. © Photo by Jill Lindbergh.
Featuring: Jason Contini as Emperor. © Photo by Jill Lindbergh.

Ready Readers presents “Winter Story Fest” with The Rep’s Imaginary Theatre Company and Whole Foods Market in Brentwood on Sunday, February 8, 2015, Clayton High School, 1 Mark Twain Circle. The fun begins at 2 pm with children’s activities led by top area family friendly organizations including The Magic House and Mad Science, face painters, magicians, clowns, a silent auction, and much more. At 3:30 pm, guests are entertained by The Rep’s Imaginary Theatre Company’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes in Clayton High School’s beautiful auditorium. Approximate run time of The Emperor’s New Clothes is 45 minutes.

The event is recommended for ages 3 to 10. Tickets are $15 per person in advance or $18 per person at the door. You can reserve your tickets online or by calling 314.564.8070. For group reservations, contact Lisa Greening at lisa@readyreaders.org.

Proceeds from Winter Story Fest benefit Ready Readers and its mission of inspiring preschool-age children from low-income communities to become readers by reading aloud to them, increasing their exposure to quality books, and providing literacy-related experiences.

The entire Ready Readers event is 2 to 4:30 pm, including announcements and acknowledgments prior to the theater performance. Depending on how old your children are (and how they are feeling on that particular day!), you may want to adjust your arrival time so that your experience is a relaxing and fun one. Be sure to allow yourself a few moments to bid high on the great silent auction items.

Can’t make the event? Consider a tax-deductible contribution to Ready Readers.

Featuring: Jason Contini as Emperor. © Photo by Jill Lindbergh.
Featuring: Jason Contini as Emperor. © Photo by Jill Lindbergh.

About The Emperor’s New Clothes
One of Hans Christian Andersen’s tales gets a quirky new look in this silly satire about a vain man and his clever wife. Determined to teach her husband a lesson in humility, the queen and her loyal handmaiden pose as two weavers who make the most beautiful garments in the world. There’s just one catch—only the most intelligent people can see these clothes. Will the Emperor admit he’s had the wool pulled over his eyes or embarrass himself in front of the entire kingdom?

Book by Kim Esop Wylie
Music by Joe Dreyer
Lyrics by Sheila Schultz
Directed by Kat Singleton

The Emperor’s New Clothes Study Guide

Photo: Ready Readers
Photo: Ready Readers

About Ready Readers
Ready Readers is a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring preschool age children from low-income communities to love books and to have the emergent literacy skills necessary to become readers when they enter kindergarten. Trained, passionate volunteers read high-quality books aloud to the same classroom of children for 30 minutes every week, and then provide stimulating reading-related activities. Six times during each school year and once during the summer, the volunteer readers also distribute new books for each child to take home and keep.

Event Sponsors of the Winter Story Fest include: First Bank, The Rep’s Imaginary Theatre Company, Whole Foods Market in Brentwood, The Magic House, Circus Kaput, the St. Louis Science Center, Mad Science, KC Creative Inc., Bricks 4 Kidz, and The Puppet Guild of Greater Saint Louis.