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Thurtene Carnival
Thurtene Carnival
Thurtene Carnival
The "Wild Card" facade (top), built by Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Phi, had long lines for the performances. The Dizzy Dragon (middle) and Motorcycle Jump (bottom) were popular carnival rides for many young families during the 2012 Thurtene Carnival. file photos
'Stay Enchanted' at Annual Thurtene Carnival on WUSTL's Campus
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, April 12, 2013 - The Thurtene Carnival will be on WUSTL's campus, on Brookings Drive, from 4-8 p.m. April 19 and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 20 and 21. More than 50 WUSTL student organizations are involved.

Part of the allure of the weekend is the chance to walk around the lawn in front of Brookings Hall and check out the facades, elaborate miniature house-like structures that student organizations have created. Each has a theme, and past ones have ranged from surf shops to Egyptian crypts.

Students work, in shifts, around the clock for the week leading up to the carnival to get their facades built and decorated, and the groups start planning their displays months in advance.

Thurtene Junior Honorary has worked to make the event more environmentally friendly. So this year, the containers used to serve food will be compostable, thanks to a grant from the Student Sustainability Fund, explained Thurtene public relations co-chair Dara Baker, a junior majoring in psychology in Arts & Sciences. Composting stations will be set up around the carnival site. Leftover construction materials also will be reused for art projects.

This year, the carnival's overall theme is "Stay Enchanted," a nod to the generations who have come to enjoy the annual event.

"Our theme serves as a celebration for parents who've been coming to the carnival since they were children," said Thurtene public relations co-chair Emilio Ramos, a junior majoring in communication design. "We're inviting them to come relive the mystical fervor of the carnival, now with their own children. We hope to continue the carnival's honored tradition of uniting the university community with St. Louis citizens and local businesses."

The carnival will boast typical staples such as funnel cakes and corn dogs, but also offer food choices with an international flavor such as potstickers and samosas. Admission to the carnival is free, but patrons should bring cash for rides, food and to see some of the plays inside the facades - which, again, rely on students' writing and acting skills.

The weekend festivities will help benefit and promote the local charity that Thurtene is partnering with this year, Provident. Provident, one of the region's oldest family service nonprofit agencies, provides a number of community programs, from after-school activities and character building for youth to a suicide prevention and crisis hotline.

Thurtene dates back to 1907 and is led by 13 juniors chosen for the honorary society based on their leadership, character and campus involvement.

New Line Theatre Offers Musical Theater Scholarship
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, April 7, 2013 - New Line Theatre, "the Bad Boy of Musical Theatre," now in its 22nd season of provocative, alternative musical theatre, is accepting applications for its 2013 musical theatre scholarship.

Each year, the New Line Theatre Scholarship Fund awards a scholarship to one St. Louis metro area high school senior who shows the potential to make outstanding artistic contributions in the American musical theatre.

This scholarship is available only to high school seniors planning to study musical theatre in college (it does not require majoring in musical theatre). There are no restrictions on the use of these funds. The 2013 scholarship will be $1,000, and is funded by contributions from New Line supporters. Judith Newmark, theatre critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, selects the winner of the scholarship each year. The deadline is April 30.

In 2012, New Line awarded the scholarship to Amanda Leigh Jerry of Nerinx Hall High School, who's majoring in musical theatre at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2011, New Line awarded the scholarship to Patrick Beecher from Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, who now attends Northwestern University. In 2010, New Line awarded the scholarship to Matt Dumke from Kirkwood High School, who now attends Missouri State University. In 2009, New Line awarded the scholarship to Jake Fruend from Webster High School, who attends Columbia College in Chicago. Jake was also the directing intern and assistant director for New Line's Evita in July 2010.

"We had been wanting to offer an annual scholarship for years," stated New Line artistic director Scott Miller, "and we couldn't be happier to provide this small help to some young artist who wants to pursue work in the musical theatre. As I've said many times, musical theatre is one of our few indigenous American art forms and it's never been more vigorous or more adventurous than it is right now. It's an amazing time to be working in the American musical theatre, and we hope that these impressive young people find as much joy in that work as the New Liners all do."

Requirements for Application:

- Cover letter, including all contact info (address, phone, email, etc.)

One of the following two:
- One-page essay about why the student plans to study musical theatre OR
- One-page essay on a theatre or music experience that has had a big impact on the student
- Resume of past theatre and/or music work
- Recommendation letter from one drama, music, or dance teacher
- Recommendation letter from one other teacher or administrator

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30. Judith Newmark, theatre critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch will make the final decision. Proof of enrollment in an accredited university or college is required before the check will be issued. No emailed or faxed applications will be accepted.

Send all materials to:
Scott Miller
New Line Theatre
3802-A Keokuk Street
St. Louis, MO 63116
For questions, call 314-773-6526 or email us at

Saint Louis Zoo Offers Summer Education Programs for Kids
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 31, 2013 - The Saint Louis Zoo Education Department has classes, overnight experiences and daytime adventures for everyone in the family.

Camp KangaZoo campers can choose to attend one or two weeklong day camps - "Animal Clues and Codes" and "Animals in Action." Kids will play games, meet animals, enjoy sing-alongs, perform skits and more. On Thursday nights, they'll sleep at the Zoo and wake up with the birds! Teen Camp is also available for kids entering grades 7-9 and for Teen Camp II for campers who have attended Teen Camp in previous summers and are entering 8th - 10th grade.

Younger children can hop "out of the pouch" and into the Zoo at Camp Joey. Children who are at least 4 years old and entering kindergarten can participate in a daily morning or full day session with active games, crafts, stories and songs, live animal contact opportunities and visits to Zoo exhibits and attractions.

Family education programs include Animal Alphabets, Wake Up With the Rays, evening Keeper Safaris, and Wild Nights family overnights.

Zoo programs for young children and youth keep growing minds sharp in the lazy summer months. The Zoo offers a variety of animal topics for multiples ages. Kids can learn about birds, mammals and reptiles, see stingrays up close, examine dinosaur fossils, create animal habitats, sing animal songs, identify animal tracks, touch biofacts, tour the Zoo and meet the animals.

Scouts can learn about animals and sleep under the stars while working toward fulfilling their badge requirements at the Snooze at the Zoo programs. Scout overnight programs are for Girl Scout Brownies, Girl Scout Juniors, Cub Scouts, and Webelos.

Adult programs include evening tours, dinners and presentations. Teachers can gain valuable professional development and college credit this summer by enrolling in the Zoo's teacher workshops.

Program fees vary. All proceeds support the Saint Louis Zoo. Camp KangaZoo scholarships are available for families with financial need.

For more information, registration and Camp scholarship applications, visit or call (314) 646-4544.

Animal Adventures Summer Day Camps with the Humane Society of Missouri
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 31, 2013 - Animal Adventures summer day camps at the Humane Society of Missouri are the perfect activity for kids who love animals! During these three-hour "animal encounters" kids will learn about their favorite finned, furry or feathered friends and make a great keepsake to take home. Sample of class offerings include:
  • Ranch-O-Rama: Share Your Lunch with a Llama-Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, MO is full of interesting farm animal characters waiting to be discovered! Join us as we meet these amazing creatures up close. Bring a sack lunch for a picnic!
  • Whisker Whimsy-Find out the important role whiskers play in the lives of furry friends. We'll discover lots of whimsies and whacky facts as we celebrate cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and lots more!
  • Pawsitively Purrfect Pets: Cats vs. Dogs-Explore all things canine and feline, and meet four-pawed residents in the shelter!
  • Be a Superhero for the Animals! YOU have the POWER to make a Difference!-Create your own superhero to help animals and meet real people and pets that are making a difference every day!
  • Mad Scientist Camp: What Kind of Dog do Mad Scientists Like Best? LABS of Course!-Slide on your safety goggles, snap on your rubber gloves and join us as we introduce you to the many science careers that help animals.
  • All of our classes are loaded with crafts, facts, fun and animals! Visit our website for more classes and details.
Classes begin June 19, 2013 and continue through August 8, 2013. Classes are $35 each per child. Register online at or by contacting the Humane Society of Missouri Education Department at 314-951-1572.

Teens Build Robots to Showcase at FIRST® Robotic Competition
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 17, 2013 - The FIRST Robotics Championship to be held April 24-27 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. According to the CVC, last year's championship competition, also held at the Dome, had over 30,000 attendees in a single day and it brought $22 million of revenue to the city.

The 2013 game "Ultimate Ascent" is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many flying discs into their goals as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Discs scored in higher goals score Alliances more points. Matches end with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field.

FIRST Robotics Competition St. Louis Regional sponsors and volunteers come from some of the most highly regarded organizations in the area, including Boeing, Emerson, MasterCard Worldwide and the Saint Louis Science Center. Sponsors provide resources including time and talent from professional mentors, services, equipment, financial contributions, and volunteers.

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