St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - It is a completely different kind of dance than you're used to seeing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, sure there's still a little twisting, but what this tap dance is actually a dress rehearsal for a dinner so big, it requires an intermission.
"We'll be serving eleven courses and nine wines," points out Thom Johnson, Director of Food and Beverage at the Fox Theatre.
The thing is they will be the same 11 courses that were served on the Titanic, the night before it struck that iceberg.
"We have salmon, duck breasts, just a big variety for an eleven course meal," adds Herschel Whited, one many chefs in the kitchen.
That also means the place settings require more silverware than usual.
"Usually it's only two forks and a knife and a spoon, this is way more than I've ever done," explains one server.
The idea for this epic dinner actually came to Mary Strauss several years ago.
"After Cameron's movie came out they had last dinners around the country and I went to the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville and they had a last dinner and it was so much fun and I loved it and I thought we have to do this at the Fox, but let's wait for the 100th anniversary," explains co-owner of the Fox and Titanic Centennial Weekend organizer Mary Strauss.
Only Mary decided to make it even more elegant and put the tables on the Fabulous Fox stage, which isn't exactly close to the kitchen.
"We're probably a good 100 yards from where we have to deliver the food," Whited points out.
So instead of props in the wings, you'll find an oven. Upstage you'll find replicas of boarding passes and a sheet with pricing for third class rates, but trust me there's nothing third rate about this dinner.
"I thought it would be wonderful to really have St. Louis experience that era, learn a little bit more about the history, about the music, about the fashion and really what we want to do is commemorate the passengers and crew and their heroism and their courage. It was and still is one of the biggest news stories of all time," Strauss adds.
The Last Dinner on the Titanic will actually take place April 14th. Tickets cost $500 for the 11 course meal, but there will be other things going on that same weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. You can learn more about those events at http://www.titanic2012stl.com