Meet Me in St. Louis

November 17, 7:30pm
November 18, 2:00pm

Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School

Directed by Jennifer Lee
Music Directed by David Schroeder

Ticket Information$20 adult, $7 student – online or at door

Songs by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on “The Kensington Stories” by Sally Benson and the MGM motion picture “Meet Me In St. Louis”
Songs by Martin & Blane published by EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.
Produced for the Broadway stage by Brickhill-Burke Productions, Christopher Seabrooke, and EPI Products™

Based on the heartwarming film of the same name, Meet Me In St. Louis takes audience members on a musical journey back to the early 1900s, on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair. In the show’s center are the Smiths, a humble middle-class family made up of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, their four daughters Rose, Esther, Agnes, and Tootie, and their son Lon. Over the course of a year, the family’s mutual respect, tempered with good-natured humor, helps them through romance, opportunity, and heartbreaks. This musical is filled with nonstop entertainment featuring memorable musical numbers such as “The Boy Next Door,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Trolley Song,” and “A Day In New York.”

Meet Me in St. Louis is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library. www.tamswitmark.com

Audition Information

  • Who: Men, women, teens, and children (as appropriate for roles) – no experience required
  • When: Sunday, August 26, 2-6pm; Monday, August 27, 6-9pm.
    • Callbacks (if necessary) will be August 28 at 6pm
  • Where: Center Stage Rehearsal Hall at Village Mall in Danville
  • Prepare: Script will be available for review at the front desk of the Danville Public Library in August. Choose a song (does not have to be from this show) that best demonstrates your vocal ability.
  • What to Expect:
    • You will sing only about 32 measures (20-60 seconds) of your prepared song. Mark your sheet music ahead of time so that you can show it to the accompanist quickly. We may cut you off early. If we do, we promise it’s not because we don’t like you. We’re just moving things along quickly so that we can get to everyone.
    • You may be asked to sing scales so we can assess your range.
    • You will audition individually with your song and scales.
    • You will read scenes from the script, either alone or with other auditionees.
    • Depending on the role you are trying out for, you may have a dance audition (usually in groups). Make sure you bring/wear comfortable shoes for your dance audition.
    • Attendance at rehearsals is mandatory.  Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Come to auditions with a list of any conflicts between now and November 18. Put all this information on your audition form.   
    • Most of all, enjoy yourself and let your personality shine through. This is about fun and community!

Characters

Esther Smith — lively and attractive daughter, about seventeen
Mrs. Anna Smith — fortyish, good and loving mother
Tootie Smith — bright six-year-old daughter
Rose Smith — beautiful and chic daughter, about eighteen
Katie — the Smiths’ cook and housemaid, Irish and about fifty
Agnes Smith — tomboyish twelve-year-old daughter
John Truitt — handsome, athletic boy next door, about nineteen
Lon Smith — good-looking, nineteen-year-old Princeton freshman
Mr. Alonso Smith — fortyish, father and lawyer
Warren Sheffield — Rose’s suitor, an eligible young man from a rich family
Lucille Ballard – a sophisticated and charming young lady
Grandpa Prophater — Mrs. Smith’s father, a Civil War veteran
Eve — Lon’s date at his going-away party
Postman — middle-aged Irish man
Motorman — trolley car driver

Clinton Badger, Peewee Drummond & Sidney Purvis — three awkward, bumbling young men

Ensemble: Trolley Passengers, Assembled Guests at Lon’s party, Ballroom Couples, Carolers

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