Brave Captain

Lindbergh returns, in spirit

Mar 3, 2004 at 4:00 am
Charles Lindbergh is returning to town -- all three of him. In the Metro Theater Company's enthralling stage piece Captain Lindbergh's Ocean Flight, Lindbergh is portrayed by three performers (Nicholas Kryah, Christopher Mannelli and Andrew Lee Persinger). Like a relay team whose runners pass the baton, these three take turns wearing Lindbergh's signature aviator's cap; whoever has it on at a given moment is Lindbergh.

Like its namesake, Captain Lindbergh is highly unconventional. Here the historic 1927 33-hour New York-to-Paris solo flight takes just 45 minutes. Thanks to a versatile, abstract steel-frame set (upon which the actors play 35 percussion instruments), we traverse the Atlantic Ocean and land in Paris. Along the way, we share the young pilot's euphoria at daring the elements. But this is not a simplistic Horatio Alger story. When Lindbergh refers to "flying the clouds to shreds," we know, with a twinge of sadness, that aviation will strip the sky of its wonder all too soon.

Though the piece was originally performed by a Dutch company in the Netherlands, it will never enjoy a more fitting venue than the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere boulevards, 314-997-6777), where a replica of the Spirit of St. Louis hangs from the foyer ceiling. Captain Lindergh's Ocean Flight is performed at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, and at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 7. Tickets are $10 to $12. -- Dennis Brown

Heigh-Ho! Heigh-Ho!
To Snow White we go

"Heigh-Ho" is one of the best songs about work ever written, second only to Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend." But you don't want a crowd of kids singing Loverboy; it warps them psychologically. "Heigh-Ho" is much more age-appropriate, which is why DramaRama Theatre's musical version of Snow White is perfect for your young warbler. After a brief tutorial from the stage manager, all youngsters (and fun parents) are urged to perform the roles of the dwarves and the forest creatures and to provide sound effects while a cast of three plays Snow White, the Wicked Queen and the Huntsman/ Prince/Magic Mirror. That's interactive entertainment! Snow White is performed at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, at the West County YMCA (16464 Burkhardt Place). Tickets are $5 to $7; call 314-605-7788 for reservations. -- Paul Friswold