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  • Day trippin': America’s oldest outdoor theater

  • Visit America’s oldest and largest outdoor theater. The Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis is now known as The Muny.
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    • St. Louis Muny Theater Directions:
      *Take I-44 to Hampton Ave
      *Turn left on Hampton Ave
      *As you enter Forest Park, turn right on Wells Dr
      *Take Wells Drive to a second traffic round-about. Continue on Wells Dr
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      St. Louis Muny Theater Directions:
      *Take I-44 to Hampton Ave

      *Turn left on Hampton Ave

      *As you enter Forest Park, turn right on Wells Dr

      *Take Wells Drive to a second traffic round-about. Continue on Wells Dr
  • Visit America’s oldest and largest outdoor theater. The Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis is now known as The Muny.
    The outdoor theater is centered in the beautiful and historic Forest Park in St Louis. Forest Park was the site of the city’s 1904 World’s Fair. This is the 93rd summer season for this not-for-profit organization. Today, the theater can host up to 11,000 guests.
    The Muny got its beginnings in 1914 on what was called Art Hill in Forest Park.
    The theater’s performance in 1916 was presented at its present location. That early performance included a local cast of 1,000 folk dancers and singers. By 1919, the theater was known simply as “The Muny.”
    This season’s performances are held June 17 through Aug. 11. Performances include: Spamalot, Shrek, Nunsense Muny Style, South Pacific, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, and West Side Story.
    A group of 20 or more can take advantage of a backstage tour before the evening's performance. The group will tour the “maze of mammoth stage sets” and other areas.
    The tour ends on the Muny's grand stage.
    Call The Muny's Group Sales Office at (314) 361-1900 for more information or visit them on the web at Muny.org.
    A pre-performance buffet is available for an addition fee and reservations are required. Dress for the theater is either dress or casual. Remember to dress comfortably for the warmer weather.
    Theater etiquette is important. Arrive early or wait for a pause in the performance to find your seat. Turn of cell phones and pagers.
    Remain quiet during the performance so others will not be disturbed. If you must leave your seat before intermission, leave quietly.
    Patrons are asked not to sing along with the show.
    Don’t leave your seat until the actors have taken their final curtain calls and they have made their final exit.
     
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