Five Fabulous Questions

Published by Sara at 9:00 AM under Fabulous Fox Tales | Five Fabulous Questions



 We would like to introduce you to Steven LaChance, a paranormal researcher who has studied some of the most haunted sites in the St. Louis area. Working with the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society, Steven visited the Fox to conduct an investigation before the Fabulous Fox Ghost Tours on October 16-17. We caught up with Steven to ask him five fabulous questions about his work in paranormal research and why he thinks that Fabulous Fox is the perfect setting for a ghost tour!

 How did you first become interested in paranormal investigation and research?

I moved into a haunted house in Union, Missouri on May 18, 2001. My experiences in that house led me to research the paranormal. My first book, “The Uninvited” and my newest book, “Blessed Are The Wicked” share stories from that haunting.  I began helping people with their personal haunting situations in May 2004 and have helped hundreds of people around the country.

I was the first paranormal researcher to investigate some of the most high profile cases in the St. Louis area; including Union Missouri Screaming House, Zombie Road, Tri County Truck Stop, Pythian Castle, Morse Mill Hotel, as well as locations surrounding the St. Louis Exorcist Case, which no other investigator has accessed. 

What other cases have you and the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society investigated around St. Louis?

The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society runs some of the top paranormal and historical tours in the St. Louis area. They are responsible for the weekly paranormal tour at the Lemp Mansion, one of the most haunted locations in the country. The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society helped bring that recognition to our city.

The Society also leads a weekly Haunted Cherokee walking tour. They are responsible for tours of the Alton YWCA in Alton, Ill. and organize paranormal events at the Casa Loma Ballroom. The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society is the most respected group of paranormal investigators in the St. Louis area and around the nation.

Why did you and the other members of the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society want to investigate the Fabulous Fox?

I always wanted to investigate the Fabulous Fox after working for the theatre in the early 1990s. While working late one night, I had one of my first haunting experiences. I could hear someone walking around, whistling and making a noise that sounded like keys jangling. I was the only one in the theater at the time.

I can't answer for my fellow team members, but I am sure they wanted to investigate the Fox because of the long history of the theatre. We are historians first. The paranormal comes second to that history. Besides, who can resist a theatre ghost?  I have never stepped into a theatre without a ghost story.

What was the most remarkable event that occurred during the investigation of the Fabulous Fox?

When I started a ghost box session at the beginning of the Fabulous Fox investigation, the box started to whistle. It was the same whistle I heard when I worked at the Fox years ago. I had a feeling of being welcomed back. It was a very strange, but very cool moment for me.

I know others heard the whistling throughout the theatre at different times during the investigation. It is always good when your investigation is validated.

What kinds of ghosts did you encounter while investigating the Fox?

I believe there are two types of ghosts at the Fabulous Fox. The first is known as a Residual. A Residual is a replaying of a memory or emotion over and over again. In the case of the Fox, the whistling guy could be a Residual. He follows the same behavior and never tries to make contact. He could be a replay of an emotion or behavior. Maybe he walked the halls of the theatre every night and occasionally the sound plays out for us. We get a glimpse of the Fox of the past through these occurrences.

The second type of haunting is interactive. These are the spirits that can move things and interact with their environment. 

The Fox is a happy place. The theatre is full of special moments and wonderful memories of great performances. Some of that positive energy remains and is roaming around the theatre. The positive energy shows that the Fabulous Fox has a history which cannot be replaced and should never be forgotten.

Bonus Question: What is your favorite show you have seen at the Fox?

I was at opening night for the first national tour of Phantom of the Opera. My seats were fourth row on the aisle of the center orchestra. Nothing can beat that.  


Five Fabulous Questions

Published by Megan at 3:39 PM under Five Fabulous Questions

We would like to introude you to our Fall Marketing Intern, Chrisnelle Young, The Florida native has spent over 14 years in the restaurant industry and has decided to pursue her passions and switch careers.  She is currently a student at STLCC Meramec studying Communications /Theatre. In her spare time, she loves being with her family trying out new restaurants, traveling to new places, exploring, and watching shows. They are a creative family! She also work on her blog, Joie’s Appetite, and helps build up The Founding Moms St. Louis Exchange, which is a great group for mom entrepreneurs. We caught up with Chrisnelle and asker her our five fabulous questions.

What are you most excited about becoming a Fox marketing intern?

I love theatre arts & music; it has always been a passion of mine.  So having this opportunity presented to me, and being associated with The Fabulous Fox is exciting enough!  I just want to soak in the experience, and learn about all the hard work it takes to promote a show. There is definitely a lot of hard work that goes on. 

What was the first Broadway show you ever saw?

1997, Broadway tour of Miss Saigon in Los Angeles, CA.  It was so good!  The first show I ever saw ON Broadway in New York City was Les Miserables.  Interesting fact, the actor who played Chris in the production of Miss Saigon played the part of Marius in Les Mis!  

What would your personal backstage mural look like?

It would probably have my signature with some drawings of turquoise flowers and birds. Maybe have my kids come in and draw a few things too!

If you could see any performance at the Fox, (any artist alive or dead; any show past or present) what would you choose?

This is a tough one!  There are so many good shows out there, and many fabulous artists.  I’m going to give you my top artist and show.  As far as artists go, I’m going to have to go with The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.  He would have been amazing to see.  For shows…The Lion King currently tops my list.

What do you think is the most Fabulous thing about St. Louis?

Besides The Fabulous Fox?! There are too many things about St. Louis that I love.  St Louis is a great place for families.  Also, the food scene here is terrific. 


Fabulous Fox Ghost Tours!

Published by Emilee at 10:00 AM under

This fall, join us for an evening of Ghost Tours and explore, for the first time, the untold history of the many ghost sightings and unexplained occurrences reported at the Fabulous Fox during its 85-year history. Many St. Louisans have often wondered if any ghostly spirits roam the halls of the Fabulous Fox. After the shows have closed and the stage lights go dim, the Fabulous Fox is far from quiet. Over the past eight decades, there have been rumors of mysterious phenomenon and spooky sightings, but these tales have never been told until now.

Guided tours will be offered at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 16. Tickets are on sale now and include a one-hour guided tour of the Fabulous Fox and parking. All tickets are available without a service charge, regardless of purchase method. 

In addition to the guided tours, other activities and attractions will be available to guests from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Specialty cocktails and snacks will be sold at lobby concession stands. Readings from independent psychics and tarot card readers will be available throughout the evening at an additional cost. Paranormal author Steven LaChance and members of the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society will be present to answer questions before and after tours.

The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society will be offering two séances; one at 7:30 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m. Those interested will be able to sign up the evening of the tour for a $20 fee, payable to The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society. 

Special thanks to the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society for their contributions to this event.  

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A Fabulous Way To Deck The Halls!

Published by Megan at 3:14 PM under Fabulous Fox Theatre

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner? Even though the outside temperatures are sizzling, The Fabulous Fox is already getting into the holiday spirit.  We are excited to announce that The Fabulous Fox will be selling a limited edition ornament during the holiday season. The ornaments will sold at Guests Services during scheduled tours and performances beginning Tuesday, October 21. Before ornaments go on sale to the public, your help is needed! We want YOU to vote on the design of the ornament that will be available for purchase! Click HERE to vote for your favorite design.

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Recipe: Pineapple Upside-Down Carrot Cake

Published by Emilee at 9:21 AM under

Looking for a fabulous dessert? Stephen Proctor, the Fabulous Fox Theatre's Chef, has paired two classic favorites - pineapple upside-down cake and carrot cake - for a match made in heaven. Enjoy!

Pineapple Upside-Down Carrot Cake

Yield: three 9” cakes

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups raw carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 4 ounces chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1-1/3 cups butter, unsalted, melted

For the Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ lb powdered sugar
  • ½ cup honey, clover or prairie flower
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • Combine all ingredients in mixer, whip until light, fluffy and homogenous

Preheat oven to 300

Cream together the granulated sugar, vegetable oil and ½ cups softened butter. Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating well after each addition.

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Fold into wet ingredients.

Fold the carrots and walnuts into the batter.

In the bottom of three greased 9” cake pans, place ½ cup brown sugar, and 1/3 cup melted butter, making sure to cover the bottom of the pan evenly. Divide the diced pineapple evenly among the three pans. Carefully divide the batter into the pans on top of the brown sugar/butter/pineapple. Do not mix!! After batter has been divided, spread it evenly on top.

Place in 300° oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick come out just clean in center.

Let cool slightly and then invert onto plate.

Serve as is, with powdered sugar or cream cheese icing.

We serve it with cream cheese icing, with the addition of honey and walnut oil.

Baking variations- use large muffin tins or mini loaf pans instead of cake pans. The cooking time decreases with the size of the pan used.

You can also cut the pineapple into rings, or use canned pineapple. Make sure to drain the pineapple very well before use.

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