9 Best Theater and Dance Events in St. Louis this May

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Finally, it’s May. That means that not only does St. Louis have a great offering of indoor dance events, plays, musicals and more, but some shows are popping up outdoors. Read through our picks for the best dance and theater events taking place throughout the month, then get out and enjoy the shows.

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9 to 5. Photo courtesy of Kirkwood Theatre Guild.

“9 to 5”
May 2-11, Robert G. Reim Theatre
Kirkwood Theatre Guild puts on this story made famous by the country diva Dolly Parton herself. In true musical form, show-goers follow three female coworkers who hatch a plan to get rid of their cruel misogynist boss. Hilarity and catchy tunes ensue. Buy tickets through the Kirkwood Theatre Guild.

“Cinderella” by Saint Louis Ballet
May 9-11, Touhill Performing Arts Center
Don’t miss this gorgeous rendition of “Cinderella” by the Saint Louis Ballet. With dazzling costumes and sets, beautiful choreography by artistic director Gen Horiuchi, traditional music by Prokofiev and the classic rags-to-riches story, this is one production that’s perfect no matter your age. Find info and tickets through Saint Louis Ballet.

“The Color Purple”
May 11, Peabody Opera House
This month, you can experience the award-winning production of “The Color Purple” at Peabody in two separate performances. This particular version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story made famous by Oprah Winfrey’s acting debut, stars Angie Stone in the lead role. Buy tickets online.

“The Wizard of Oz”
May 13-18, The Fox Theatre
Travel down the famous yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, a Tin Man and more in this family-friendly production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The classic tale comes to life on stage with endearing characters, a trip to the mysterious world of Oz and the much-loved Oscar-winning score. Find tickets through the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

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Henry IV and Henry V. Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis.

“Henry IV” and “Henry V” – Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
May 17-June 15, Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park
This year’s annual free Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park gets a new approach with two separate plays being performed. Alternating between “Henry IV” and “Henry V,” SFSTL connects these two important stories, and show-goers are told tales of wars between the Welsh and Scots, contention over the French crown and more. Come early to experience the pre-show festivities like juggling, games and jesters. More info is available online.

Emerson Spring to Dance Festival 2014
May 22-24, Touhill Performing Arts Center
In its seventh year, the Spring to Dance Festival presented by Dance St. Louis and Emerson showcases a wide variety of exquisite dance troupes, styles, choreography and more. Arrive to the festival early to experience different groups performing pre-show. From jazz to modern ballet, cultural dances and so much more, the Spring to Dance weekend has so much to offer. Tickets available through Dance St. Louis.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: “The Magic Flute”
May 24-June 28, Loretto-Hilton Center
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis was able to welcome fashion designer and artist Isaac Mizrahi to not only design the sets and costumes for Mozart’s The Magic Flute,” but to also totally re-imagine the story line and help direct the entire production. With a modern flair, vivid music and dance and fantastical events, this creative new take on the original opera will please both old fans and new. Buy tickets online.

Circus Flora “The Pawn”
May 29-June 22, Grand Center
Head down to Grand Center, and you’ll see the big tent set up for another year’s Circus Flora show. This year’s title, “The Pawn,” reflects the story line, which makes a giant chess board come to life and takes viewers through foreign lands like Persia and India. Expect to see amazing acrobatic moves, optical illusions and so much more. More info and tickets online.

“They’re Playing Our Song”
May 30-June 29, Robert G. Reim Theatre
In this STAGES performance inspired by the true love story of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, a musician is struggling to come with the next great American tune until he meets a talented and witty lyricist. Songwriting soon becomes more than just work as the two realize their songs reflect how they feel. Buy tickets online.

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