ACT II Community Theater keeps the denizens of St. Charles Country roused with winning productions of hit musicals, comedies, and dramas. To close out its 2011 season, the theater raps its knuckles on funny bones with its rousing production of the acclaimed comic musical Nunsense. Hailed by critics and musical-theater fans with tattoos of nuns, Nunsense follows the foibles of Sister Julia, a middling chef who accidentally poisons her fellow sisters with tainted broth. Audiences gasp as the divine sisterhood devises ways to take the departed from the deep freeze to the grave, as the unabashedly silly show turns confessional booths into romper rooms. Handled with taste and grace, the outlandish comedy of Nunsense is old-fashioned, family-friendly, and safe for infant ventriloquist dummies.
In August of 2009, the five women who founded the St. Chux Derby Chix found themselves on the wrong side of the Missouri river. In search of a local roller derby league to join—but unwilling to drive or quantum leap over to St. Louis—the women decided to start their own league. Through word-of-mouth, the news spread quickly, and soon, female competitors from across the county were signing up. By December, the St. Chux Derby Chix were born. From young professionals and college students to moms with college-aged kids of their own, the Derby Chix roster steadily grew. So much so that they now have enough players to field two teams: the Pack in Black and Helles Belles. Both clubs compete at Matteson Square Garden, where fans of all ages are invited to kick back and watch the fast-paced action.
Demolition Ball - Adrenaline Zone's inventive twist on team sports challenges players, daring groups of kids and corporate staff alike. In demolition ball, teams face off in a game that blends bumper-car crashing and lacrosse-like ball handling. As they veer into oncoming opponents and shoot goals to the beat of pulsing music and sound effects, live referees provide commentary on action-packed plays and each player's hairstyle. For a dose of on-foot competition, up to three teams can battle in the power-plant-themed laser-tag arena, where players target opponents with laser beams while darting between slate-gray barriers, hoping their foes will be disoriented by the flashing strobe lights. Players test their sneaking skills in The Heist—a museum-themed maze—dodging trip lasers as they attempt to steal a replica of the Mona Lisa without waking a sleeping Leonardo da Vinci.
The classically focused Alexandra Ballet entertains audiences with a well-rounded dance diet ranging from contemporary original pieces to traditional masterworks. The company’s agile dancers have pirouetted their way to uproarious applause in past performances that include The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Peter and the Wolf. Since 2003, the company has enriched the community through its educational-outreach programs, which provide youngsters with free learning materials and ballet performances throughout the school year.
Abra-Kid-Abra's illusionists conjure up an eye-sleighting array of magic shows, classes, and camps for aspiring enchanters. Throughout the three-hour course, students ages six to 13 gain insider access to Abra-Kid-Abra founder Jeff Lefton's literal bag of tricks he accrued performing in Las Vegas, at Hollywood's famed Magic Castle, and before mobs of skeptical ventriloquist dummies.