GRACIE & LACY - SWING ST. LOUIS - "A Tribute to Judy Garland"
Saturday, September 10, 2016 7pm
Because classic never goes out of style, we could think of no better way to open the 2016-17 Finke Season! In response to growing entertainment requests, Gracie and Lacy began touring company, Swing St. Louis, in 1997. Gracie and Lacy shows combine the sisters' love for tight harmony, retro fashion, tap dance, and the classic music of the WWII / Big Band Era. The show stands alone as a unique creation as many of the vintage inspired costumes are designed by Lacy and complimented by Gracie’s original choreography. They’re coming back, third time’s a charm!
Sponsored by Rich & Pam Green and Gail & Dorothy Hughes
GERRY TRITZ — "Magician"
Saturday, October 15, 2016 7pm
Gerry Tritz took up juggling and magic in 1991 and hasn’t turned back. By the end of the 1990s, he had won competitions at various juggling festivals and started performing regularly. His show incorporates magic, juggling, comedy and audience participation. Performing everything from birthday parties to gubernatorial inauguration parties, Gerry’s also performed twice at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion at its annual Easter egg hunt. His sometimes silly style and always family-friendly shows make him a hit with kids and adults alike.
Sponsored by Blankenship Insurance
Ivory and Gold. Most frequently requested by the widest range of our patrons, Ivory and Gold return to touch our hearts and move our souls. Flautist Ann Barnhart and vocalist/pianist Jeff Barnhart present timeless musical selections and original compositions. Join us for an enchanting performance.
Sponsored by Doris Nothnagel and Bud & Nancy Bolinger and Missouri Arts Council
HEART OF MISSOURI CHORUS
Saturday, December 3, 2016 7pm
The Heart of Missouri Chorus is an international award winning, amazing group of real women, singing real harmony and having real fun! We meet weekly to sing, to dance, to learn, and to teach the art of vocal a cappella and barbershop music. Singing without any musical accompaniment, we use the blend of our voices, energy, enthusiasm and passion to create exciting and magical music which includes everything from traditional barbershop and show tunes to modern popular music.
Sponsored by California Construction Supplies and John & Patricia Kay and Missouri Arts Council
MISS JUBILEE & THE HUMDINGERS
Saturday, January 21, 2017 7pm
Miss Jubilee has been entertaining audiences around St. Louis and beyond since 2007 with their exciting blend of authentic Hot Jazz, Rhythm & Blues spanning the 1920’s-1950’s. Fronted by a high energy female vocalist and backed up by a horn fueled rhythm section, Miss Jubilee is not just a favorite among Swing Dancers & aficionado’s of Traditional Jazz & Blues, but also fans of all ages who enjoy uplifting and energetic music!
Sponsored by Central Bank and Burgher Haus/Mike and Jane Robertson and Moore Renovation Services and Missouri Arts Council
VICTOR & PENNY
Saturday, February 11, 2017 7pm
This Kansas City award winning singing duo delights audiences all over the country with their tight harmonies, infectious energy and surprising jazz guitar licks and fiery ukulele. For the Finke theatre in 2017, Victor and Penny will expanding their “Antique Pop” style and perform as a quartet adding percussion and ukelele, guitar, upright bass and drums. Sporting characteristic charm and humor, you will love their blend of originals, offbeat pop standards and unique jazz renditions. Check out their website for real identities and impressive resumes that include Chicago Blue Man Group and George Clooney’s “Up in the Air.”
Sponsored by Eldred & Elaine Proctor and Hawthorn Bank and Robert & Mary Keil and EM Burger Foundation and Missouri Arts Council
THE CAT'S PAJAMAS
Saturday, March 18, 2017 7pm
Every once in a while something special emerges onto the music scene and with the arrival of The Cat's Pajamas, there is no doubt that this explosive 5-man vocal band is taking the world by storm. Forged out of funky beats and a strong a cappella background, The Cat's Pajamas have toured internationally for the past 11 years wowing hundreds of thousands around the globe giving audiences the performance of a lifetime each night they take the stage.
The group got their start when they competed in the national OREO Cookie Jingle Competition which was hosted by Randy Jackson. They were selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the entire country and appeared briefly on the Oprah Winfrey Show. They also competed in America's Got Talent in New York City and also rocked out on FOX's Next Great American Band where they proved that voices can in fact replicate a band when they finished in the top 30 groups out of a field of over 14,000. They have received high praise from Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Lines and have established a reputation as being one of the top acts not just on the high seas but anywhere in the world. They recently won the Chicago region of the Harmony Sweepstakes, performed for two years at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO, as well as touring Performing Arts Centers, Casinos, High Schools and Colleges throughout the US.
The Cat's Pajamas' show consist of popular songs from over the past 60 years. This highly energetic and interactive show will have you toe tappin' and singing along with all the popular songs you remember from back when music was good!
Sponsored by California Construction Supplies and J.D. & Eileen Gattermeir and Morris & Dolores Burger and Don & Margo Schlup and Jenice Taggart and EM Burger Foundation and Missouri Arts Council
RENE FOSS — "Around the World in a Bad Mood"
Saturday, April 22, 2017 7pm
Join us for the real life comedy of Rene Foss detailing her flight attendant adventures in the not-so-friendly skies through songs and sketches that even the most infrequent fliers will find side splitting. Best-selling author and interviewer, Rene Foss will ask you to fasten your seatbelt and prepare yourself for a side-splitting perspective on the trials and tribulations of air travel.
Sponsored by Bixler Home Appliances and California Construction Supplies and Earl & Marj Friedmeyer
ANDREA LARAY AND FRIENDS - "Nashville Comes Home"
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7pm
Back by popular demand, hometown Country Western star Andrea LaRay and Friends return to share their latest music and adventures from the Nashville music scene. We’ll be moving in our seats and dancing in the aisles to their soulful country rhythms and loving that hometown connection!
Sponsored by Moore Renovation Services and Robert & Mary Keil and EM Burger Foundation
ANNUAL COMMUNITY PLAY - "Dogsbreath Devereaux, The Dastardly Doctor or ... Nurses! Foiled Again"
by Billy St. John
(Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver, Colorado)
June 10-11, 2017
Finish the season with us during the weekend of our
annual community play! Featuring local talent by The Finke Players, there are always laughter-filled surprises by your uninhibited
neighbors on the Finke stage. This year's show features the melodrama "Dogsbreath Devereaux, The Dastardly Doctor or ... Nurses! Foiled Again" and promises to be a fun experience for all!
Dogsbreath Devereaux, MD, plots to wed and do away with the wealthy widow Lotta Cash so he can inherit her fortune and her late husband's clinic. He enlists the aid of the nasty nurse, Hilda Hatchet, and promises to marry her once he disposes of Lotta. Problems arise when the insanely jealous Hilda catches Dogsbreath flirting with Wendy March, the heroine of our show. It seems only our hero, Dr Phil Good, can save Wendy and the unsuspecting Lotta Cash from certain death!
Sponsored by EM Burger Foundation and Rich & Pam Green and People's Bank of Moniteau County