11 Plays, Musicals and Dance Events You Shouldn't Miss This March

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Acting, dance and music are thriving this month in St. Louis as theater companies, dance troupes and more are preparing for a big spring season. You won’t want to miss out on this great selection, which includes classic films taken to stage, a larger-than-life opera performance, novel-inspired plays and more.

Rent
March 6-29, Washington University South Campus Theatre
New Line Theatre puts on this musical somewhat based on the opera “La boheme.” In “Rent,” the audience is taken to a city subculture full of diversity, love and, of course, pain. Fans won’t want to miss big hits like “Seasons of Love” and “Take Me or Leave Me.” Buy tickets online.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo courtesy of Peabody Opera House.

Peter and the Starcatcher
March 7-9, Peabody Opera House
Setting out to answer questions about Peter Pan and his ongoing childhood, this whimsical musical based on a novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson first arrived on Broadway in 2012. Now, it brings its award-winning score to St. Louis for a few evenings of Neverland-searching fun. Buy tickets through the Peabody Opera House.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
March 7-9 and 13-16, Robert G. Reim Theatre
Expect secret passageways, a mysterious German maid, bodies dropped in plain sight and more in this irreverent but hilarious tale of plans gone awry. A group of actors, directors and theater folk can’t seem to put on a play without finding murder around the corner in this John Bishop story put on by the Kirkwood Theatre Guild. Tickets available online.

Winter Opera of St. Louis: “Lucia di Lammermoor”
March 7-9, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts
In this opera based upon a story by Sir Walter Scott, audiences meet feuding Scottish families. Enrico of the Lammermoor line must try to find an alliance for both political and financial stability. He then turns to his sister, Lucia, and plans to force a marriage between her and a certain Arturo. Find tickets online.

Soups, Stews, and Casseroles

Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976. Photo courtesy of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

“Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976”
March 12-30, Loretto-Hilton Center
The Repertory Theatre puts on this unique play about a small Wisconsin town, a huge takeover by a large manufacturer, tough decisions for families and finding independence and identity in between the change. Buy tickets online.

The Awakening
March 13-16 & 20-23, Missouri History Museum
Kate Chopin’s classic novel about womanhood, finding purpose and dramatic realizations is brought to the stage at the Missouri History Museum this month. Recognized as an originally controversial story, “The Awakening” is also considered a landmark work of early feminist movements. Purchase tickets online.

“Red Light Winter”
March 13-29, Kranzberg Arts Center
HotCity Theatre performs this story by Adam Rapp about a dangerous love triangle between two college friends and a red light woman they share for an evening. For mature audiences, this play takes a look at the complications with sex, lies, indulgence and losing trust. Buy tickets online.

We Will Rock You
March 18-30, The Fox Theatre
Arriving from London’s West End, “We Will Rock You” is the big-hit musical created by rock gods Queen and Ben Elton. Fans of the band Queen won’t want to miss all of the crazy production techniques, big lights and effects and, certainly, music featuring tunes like “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are the Champions” and more. Tickets available online.

“Noises Off”
March 19-April 13, Loretto-Hilton Center
Known as one of the best comedy plays around, “Noises Off” tells the tale of a sleep-deprived and certainly goofy group of actors who make up a touring company performing a fictional farce. Without enough preparation or time, this cast finds themselves wrapped in drama both on and offstage. Find tickets at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Ghost the Musical

Ghost the Musical. Photo courtesy of Peabody Opera House.

“Ghost the Musical”
March 25-30, Peabody Opera House
The Oscar-winning film “Ghost” comes to life in this theatrical production about a woman, her deceased husband, a hilarious go-between and much more. Witness illusions and ghostly on-stage visions that will leave you amazed in this highly acclaimed musical. Tickets are available through the Peabody Opera House online.

“ALAS: Carnaval 2014”
March 28-29, Edison Theatre
Plan to see bright lights, bold colors, beautiful costumes and delightful dance routines in this party of a show. Bringing the life and vivacity of the Brazilian Carnival celebrations to the stage, this will be a high-energy experience you won’t forget. Tickets are available for purchase on March 21.

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