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A Walking Xmas Carol

Produced by St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
Designed by PaintedBlack STL
Audio Companion by Q Brothers Collective
In Partnership with Central West End Window Walk
Nov 28 — Dec 23, 2020
Central West End
Now Available

Inspired by the tradition of taking in the grand holiday windows at Stix and Famous-Barr – “A Walking Xmas Carol” is a 21-stop, musical and window-display reimagining of the classic tale by Charles Dickens. Local artists from PaintedBlack STL (“Stroll”) will create large-scale window installations interpreting Scrooge’s journey from a never before seen perspective while the musical adaptation Q Brothers Christmas Carol from the Q Brothers (Dress the Part) will guide guests throughout the walk along Euclid Ave. and Maryland Plz.

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S3an Alexander (Window 9), Kaila Austin (Window 1), Tyson Baker (Window 10), Bino (Window 17), Tiélere Cheatem (Windows 15/16), Destini Clark (Window 19), Taylor Deed (Windows 2/3), Kyla Hawkins (Window 4), Mee Jey (Windows 6/7/8), Destiney Lomax (Window 18), Erika McClellan (Window 13), De Nichols (Window 20), Edo Berger Rosenblith (Window 5), Jayvn Solomon (Window 11), Charlie Tatum (Window 12), Justin Washington (Postcard Station),  and Cameron Williams (Window 14).

Inspired by the tradition of holiday window displays from luxury retailers off 5th Avenue in New York City, these 16 local artists of color chosen by PaintedBlack STL will create unique and elaborate installations in storefronts at the heart of the CWE. The 2D and 3D multimedia works of art will take over vacant and existing business windows in the CWE.

Environmental Design by Faridah Burnett.

Q Brothers Christmas Carol will make its St. Louis premiere as the audio companion and story guide for the walk. The musical was written by the Q Brothers Collective (members include GQ, JQ, JAX, and POS) with music by JQ developed with Rick Boynton at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Chicago Sun Times called it “…unlike anything you might imagine Dickens could be. And that’s a very good thing.” 

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Central West End

307 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA

The experience begins at the intersection of Maryland Plaza and Euclid Ave in the Central West Neighborhood.

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About the Partners

PaintedBlack STLEmpowering local Black artists by connecting and collaborating with community organizations. Founded in Spring 2020.

Q BrothersAward-winning and internationally acclaimed theater artists, the Q Brothers generate original work fusing hip hop and theater, adapting classic stories to a wholly original, entertaining and fast-paced styleof comedic performance that has been energizing audiences for over two decades. The Q Brothers conceived the term add-RAP-tation in 1999 with their Off-Broadway hit The Bomb-itty of Errors. MTV has called the Q Brothers “Nothing short of brilliant.”

Central West End The CWE Business Community Improvement District (CID) was formed in 2010 in accordance with the Community Improvement District Act, a Missouri statute. The CWE Business Community Improvement District fosters a vibrant, welcoming neighborhood for residents and visitors by supporting the needs of businesses, and by leading efforts to enhance the charm and character of the Central West End. Activities of the CID are made financially possible through a 1 percent retail sales tax within the District, situated along the North Euclid Avenue commercial corridor from Lindell Boulevard to Washington Boulevard.

A Walking Xmas Carol is supported in part by

The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival is supported by the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission.