We have so many great plays and events happening this month! Read on to find out more, and check out our calendar of events to stay in-the-know.
Hearts Like Fists
April 9-12 at Warehouse Theatre
Lisa’s heart beats with hope: Now that she’s joined the elite Crimefighters, maybe she can live a life with meaning. And while every beat of Peter’s wounded heart brings him closer to death, he’s designing an artificial replacement that will never break. Meanwhile Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison.
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
April 9-12, 16-19, 23-26 at Columbia Entertainment Company
DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL is the uproarious story of two bumbling Alabama brothers who have never shot a duck but think they shot an angel. As they lament their fates in a murky swamp, they are chased by a cynical tabloid journalist and his reluctant photographer, who don’t believe any of it—until feathers, wings and a tiara are discovered along the way. The play hysterically interweaves a love story, sibling rivalry, tawdry media, race relations and cultural stereotypes as the chase to find the angel builds to a crescendo in the swamp.
The Beaux’ Strategem
April 16-18, 23-26 at Rhynsburger Theatre, MU
A rollicking Restoration Comedy, George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Strategem (1707) follows two rascally and charming fortune-hunters who don disguises to woo wealthy women, then find themselves lured by real love. As revised by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig, this updated classic romps through bedrooms, bar rooms, hospital rooms, and sword fights on its way to a happy ending.
Next to Normal
April 17-19, 24-26, May 1-3 at Talking Horse Productions
Dad’s an architect, Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.
April 23-26 at Columbia College
Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on adventure of self discovery all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.
Mizzou New Play Series
April 29 – May 2
Be in the front row as our talented playwrights spin tales of daring, drama, and desperate desire! Each spring brings a festival of exciting new plays to the MU stage, developed during MU’s nationally recognized Missouri Playwrights Workshop, which has received over 50 awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
The Chancellor’s Concert
April 13, 7:30 PM at Missouri Theatre
The annual Chancellor’s Concert showcases the School of Music’s top ensembles and benefits the Chancellor’s Friends of Music Scholarship Endowment.
The Color Run
April 18, 9 AM at Cosmo Park
The 2015 Shine Tour is designed to uplift and inspire runners to stand out from the crowd, sweat glitter, and continue to live their lives in a happy and healthy way. Get ready for special sparkle attractions on the course, glamorous photo ops, and new shine elements at the Finish Festival! This is the year to unleash your inner sparkle!
Spring Shop Hop
April 18, 10 AM – 8 PM in The District
The District Shop Hop offers shopping with a twist of entertainment. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while you stroll through your favorite District shops and galleries. Visitors will also enjoy exclusive offers from Columbia´s finest retailers and restaurants, not to mention live demonstrations, trunk shows and more! This fun-filled, experience is perfect for a girls´ day out or a mother-daughter outing.
Mizzou Tigers Black and Gold Game
April 18, 4 PM at Faurot Field
Fan Fest opens on Mick Deaver Drive (east of Memorial Stadium) at 1 p.m. for live music, games, food, beverages, and more! Stadium gates open to general public at 3 p.m. Admission is FREE with a spring game ticket (download your ticket at mutigers.com AND one (1) non-perishable food item benefiting The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Admission is free with valid Mizzou student ID.
Columbia Earth Day Festival
April 19, 12 PM at Peace Park
The Columbia Area Earth Day Festival is celebrating 25 years of Earth-conscious education! Great local talent will be playing from 12-7pm at the 2015 Earth Day Festival! Eco Ave. will be filled with information to empower you to make lifestyle changes that reduce your environmental impact. Find sustainable living tips and ideas for every aspect of your life. Come along with your kids and explore the wonders of nature while learning to help care for the planet in the Kids’ Park.
Stephens Sings Spring Choral Concert
April 19, 7:30 PM at 100 Waugh St.
Join us as the Stephens Musical Theatre Choir and The Velvetones, the College’s a cappella jazz ensemble, present a year-end performance in celebration of spring and the accomplishments of our senior class. This program of show tunes and vocal jazz works is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.
New Works Dance Concert
April 24-26, 7:30 PM (2 PM Sunday) at Warehouse Theatre, Stephens College
Join us again this season as we present our edgiest dance concert. Members of the Stephens Dance Company will take on adjudicated student choreography. You’ll never know which new work will inspire you most personally.
TRYPS Fairy Tale 5K
April 25, 8 AM at Lela Raney Wood Quad, Stephens College
Tutu, tiara, wings, running shoes and you! Open to EVERYONE! Dress as your favorite fairy tale character! Bubbles at the Start & Finish and all your favorite princesses at each kilometer, with Elsa & Anna photos at the Finish! On your mark! Get Set! LET IT GOOOO!
Float Your Boat
April 25, 9:30 AM at Bass Pro
MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources presents Float Your Boat for The Food Bank. Design, build and race a boat made of cardboard with your team. Family, club, organization and corporate teams welcome! Themed cardboard boats will race at Bass Pro Lake. There will also be refreshments and free games for families.
6th Annual Head for the Cure 5K
April 26, 8 AM at Flat Branch Park
Join us for Head for the Cure’s 6th annual Mid-Missouri 5k event at Flat Branch Park on April 26th! All funds raised by this event will go towards the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative for brain cancer research.
Here’s a look at who you can catch in CoMo this month:
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – April 16 at Missouri Theatre
Eli Young Band, Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion – April 16 at The Blue Note
Mountain Sprout, J.P. Kay – April 16 at Rose Music Hall
Drive-By Truckers – April 17 at The Blue Note
Mark Chesnutt – April 18 at Whiskey Wild Saloon
Langhorne Slim & The Law, The Dewars – April 20 at Rose Music Hall
Strand of Oaks – April 22 at Rose Music Hall
Dustin Lynch – April 23 at Whiskey Wild Saloon
Iron and Wine – April 24 at The Blue Note
Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band, Collegiate Shag Brass Band – April 24 at Rose Music Hall
Wake Flocka Flame – April 28 at The Blue Note
Brandy Clark – April 30 at The Blue Note
Matthew Curry – April 30 at Rose Music Hall
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