For the past seven years, the last weekend in June has proven to be an exciting time for theater enthusiasts across St. Louis.
It’s when the Arts District comes alive, thanks to the Grand Center Theatre Crawl.
Hotel lobbies, churches, galleries and all of the stops in between hosted the two-day pop-up theater experience this past weekend.
The Grand Center Theatre Crawl put 26 professional groups in the spotlight. Some troupes from the area created short renditions of longer, more popular plays, while others created pieces exclusively for the event. This gave spectators and theater lovers alike the chance to enjoy a mini performance from each group.
Once the show was over, the audience simply moved on to the next venue and the process began all over again.
Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 people, and organizers hoped to attract a similar number this year as the event again gave the art district the chance to highlight the thriving local theater scene in St. Louis.
Sophie Broz, who works for public radio station KWMU, one of the main sponsors of the 2019 Theatre Crawl, says the performances helped everyone to see the area in a different light.
“We really want to draw people down to Grand Center to see the neighborhood and learn more about it – learn that there’s things here other than Powell Hall and the Fox Theatre,” she said.
The 2019 edition of the theater crawl gave audiences the chance to learn about productions ongoing throughout the year, as well as the increasing value of theater in the city.
“We also want to show people the thriving local theater scene that we have here in St. Louis,” Broz added.
If you want a front seat for next year’s Crawl, mark your calendar now: As always, it’ll be the last weekend in June.