MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (2011)

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: February 11 & 12 / February 18 & 19 at 7 PM
SUNDAY: February 13 at 3 PM

SMMHS Theater
200 Seymour Avenue in St. Michaels
Adults $10 / Students $5
 

Step back in time with us to the turn of the last century, and let us serve you a slice of true Americana!  Set against the backdrop of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, this classic story follows an eventful year in the life of the Smith family.  Young love, anticipation of the upcoming World’s Fair, and the possibility of upheaval by an unwanted and most untimely move to New York – how will it end?  Join us to find out – this is a real feel good show that will be enjoyed by the whole family!

Performances will be in the St. Michaels Middle High School Theater, 200 Seymour Ave. in St. Michaels.  Opening night is Friday, February 11 at 7 PM, with 4 more performances following on February 12, 18 and 19 at 7 PM, and Sunday February 13 at 3 PM.  (A snow date of Sunday February 20 at 3 PM has been reserved, if needed.)  Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students, can be purchased at the door and are also available in advance at the St. Michaels Middle High School office and Reeser's Pharmacy in St. Michaels, and Crackerjacks and Little Rascals in Easton.  The doors will open one half hour before performance time.  If you would like more information, please call the school office at (410) 745-2852.

Based on The Kensington Stories by Sally Benson and the MGM motion picture Meet Me In St. Louis, with songs by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and book by Hugh Wheeler, the show is produced and directed by SMMHS music and drama teacher Rebecca Hale, with a robust cast of 28 middle and high school students.  Jennifer Swaine plays 17 year old Esther Smith, the sweet and vivacious second daughter of the Smith family, and Todd Kleppinger is John Truitt, the handsome “Boy Next Door” who catches Esther’s eye and captures her heart.  Mrs. Anna Smith, the warm and loving matriarch of the family, is played by Kelly Fossi, and Mr. Alonzo Smith, the family’s devoted but perpetually harried patriarch, is played by Kevin Brown.  Shelby Swann portrays Rose Smith, Esther’s headstrong, doting older sister and the eldest of the Smith daughters.  The mischievous youngsters of the family are impish Tootie, played by Lissa Einhorn, and tomboy Agnes, played by Krystle Ashman.  Katie, the Irish maid who oversees the Smith household with a firm hand and a kind heart, is played by Michaela Beggins.  The family’s humorously eccentric Grandpa Prophater is portrayed by Stewart Mitchell, and the college bound Lon Smith, the family’s firstborn child and only son, is played by Ethan White.  Warren Sheffield, Rose’s wealthy but rather oblivious suitor, is played by Elliott Fisher, and Lucille Ballard, a lovely visitor from New York and the object of Lon’s affections, is played by Laura Harrison.  The citizenry of St. Louis is charmingly depicted by Bailey Swann as Eve, Anna Riggio as Beth, Stephen Richardson as Clinton Badger, Quinn de la Haye as PeeWee Drummond, Jasper Dudley as Sydney Purvis and the Trolley Motorman, and Michael Gross as the Postman.  Emily Campbell, Caroline Camper, Julie Swaine and Olesia Vinje are the young ladies of St. Louis society, while the town’s children are portrayed by Rachel Beggins, Grace Coughlin, Natalie Finch, Lauren Merriken, and Taylor Walters.  And last but certainly not least, Laura Nichols is the Music Box Ballerina come to life during a particularly touching moment between Esther and Tootie on Christmas Eve.

A “must see” feature of this production of Meet Me In St. Louis is the trolley – while not a living, breathing being, it has become a character in its own right.  It will be running its route right through the center of our theater – you have to see it to believe it!

This show continues our tradition of live orchestral accompaniment, provided by professional musicians in our community. Orchestra members include Don Buxton and Merideth Buxton on violin, Diane Neutzling on viola, Carey Miller on cello, Brian Robbinson on bass, Heather Fullerton on flute and piccolo, Ronald Demby on clarinet and saxophone, Rebekah Hardy on oboe, Jennifer Gannon and Mike Gannon on trumpet, Mike Arcoraci on French horn, Craig Duerling on Trombone, John Banghart on euphonium and Tuba, Lyn Banghart and on keyboard, and Ali Rodrigues and Jeff Staley on percussion.

The St. Michaels Middle High School production of Meet Me In St. Louis is made possible by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with additional support from Talbot County Public Schools, our local business community, and individual donors.