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.
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.
Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for crawling up, springing off, or sliding down. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as Ultimate Dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories while reducing stress on their joints and avoiding taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.