Luke Steingruby is pleased to announce that he will once again perform in the fourth and final iteration of All Is Calm at Mustard Seed Theatre.
Mustard Seed gives a last hurrah to World War I
By Judith Newmark St. Louis Post-Dispatch Mar 29, 2016 (0)
2015 All is Calm
At Mustard Seed Theatre, members of the 2015 cast of “All Is Calm” portray World War I soldiers of different nations.
On Veterans Day, Mustard Seed Theatre will open its fourth — and last — production of “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.”
The a cappella musical about World War I has become a holiday tradition for some theatergoers. In 2013, Mustard Seed’s first production of “All Is Calm” garnered five St. Louis Theater Circle Awards and big audiences. People warmed to the story of Christmas Eve, 1914, when some soldiers on both sides of the Western Front put down their weapons to mark the holiday. They sang carols (in their own languages), shared food, drink and tobacco, even played a little soccer. It didn’t last long, and it never happened again.
Mustard Seed plans to stage the perennially popular musical only once more, however. This year’s production will run Nov. 11 to Dec. 4. After a while, “artists need to do something new and challenging,” explained artistic director Deanna Jent. She added that the switch will allow Mustard Seed to present other musicals in seasons ahead.
Once again, Jent will direct “All Is Calm,” and Joe Schoen will return as music director. The ensemble includes performers from previous seasons: Charlie Barron, Steve Isom, Greg Lhamon, Gerry Love, Ben Nordstrom, Antonio Rodriguez, Luke Steingruby, Kelvin Urday and Jeffrey Wright.
“All Is Calm” is the second production of Mustard Seed’s 2016-17 season — the troupe’s 10th anniversary season.
Mustard Seed Theatre performs at Fontbonne University’s Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Boulevard. Single tickets to its shows are $25-$30; 2016-17 season tickets are available, too. For more information, visit mustardseedtheatre.com.