St Lou Fringe Heats Up the Summer with ACT YOUR PANTS OFF
Temperatures are rising in St. Louis and it isn't just the dog days of summer. St Lou Fringe is heating things up with its annual Act Your Pants Off fundraiser, a spirited competition among local actors that's all for fun and Fringe!
Act Your Pants Off
7:00 pm, Thursday, July 19, 2018
The Monocle in The Grove
Hosted by: Desirée Declyne & Lola Van Ella
Act Your Pants Off offers a full night of theatrical entertainment wrapped in bawdy, competitive fun! Selected actors duel with short monologues and improvised scenes for the opportunity to wow audiences with their comic burlesque skills. That's right, co-hosts Desirée Declyne and Lola Van Ella won't be the only ones showing a little skin, the actors will also be strip teasing the audience!
Local St. Louis favorites Katy Keating, Suki Peters, Paul Cereghino, Michelle Hand, Melissa Allen, and Keaton Trece will be performing their pants off for your votes in two quick rounds of competition, culminating in a grand finale number that you won't want to miss. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door the night of the event, which serves as the warm up to the 2018 St Lou Fringe Festival.
About the Festival
The 2018 St Lou Fringe Festival will be held August 15 - 25 in the Grand Center Arts district and select locations in and around St. Louis. The festival features three headline acts and 25 other shows occurring in multiple locations. Tickets will be available through metrotix beginning July 25 and more information can be found on the St Lou Fringe website.
Race Cars and Romance
National Headline Show
August 23 - 25, 2018 at the Grandel Theatre
Something Rotten! alums Kate Bailey and Ralph Meitzler star in this fast-paced musical directed by St. Louis native and Broadway star Brandon Bieber. Race Cars and Romance, by brothers Klay and Brent Rogers, is a hilarious romantic comedy that tells the story of a young woman mechanic fighting to earn professional respect in the male-dominated world of stock car racing. With positive messages about the many ways humans express love and a variety of musical styles referenced, the show is appropriate for all audiences.
Local Headline Show
August 17 - 19, 2018 at the .Zack
The Gringo is a contemporary musical that looks at culture and privilege to ask the essential question: Is home a place you find or a place you fight for? On the same day local favorite street artist El Fantasma is gunned downed by police, a new notably talented, and notably white, artist named Ishamel arrives on the scene. Composer, music director, and arts educator Colin Healy presents his new full-length musical The Gringo during the festival's opening weekend.
Desiree's Late Night Cabaret
Late Night Headline Show
August 18 - 19, 2018 at the .Zack
Desirée's latest cabaret creation is a mash up of television hits "Whose Line Is It Anyway," "McGuyver," and "RuPaul's Drag Race," with the magic of Broadway thrown in for good measure. Audience members looking to end their evening of theater with a bang will be thrilled to witness the comedic magic of these talented girls and will want to come back for more!
Award-winning, audience-favorite producers returning for this year's Fringe include: 2017 Fringemeister Taylor Gruenloh, Tony Marr, Jr., Joe Hanrahan, Shannon Geier, Pete Papavlasopoulos, Melissa Allen, Matt Marcum, and Monica Dionysiou. Plus, special guest performers Circus Harmony and Same Difference will be at our FREE Fringe kick off event in the air-conditioned Small Top at the Big Top in Grand Center on August 15!