October 2004

Meet Me In St. Louis
(Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane)

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The World’s Fair of 1904 is the setting for Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane’s Meet Me in St. Louis - the award-winning movie that starred Judy Garland. The musical was theatricalized, first in 1960 and then for Broadway in 1989. Songs include: “The Boy Next Door,” “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas,” and “The Trolley Song.”

Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music & Lyrics by
Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane

Directed and Choreographed by Thomas Mills
Music Director, Vocal Arranger
James Stenborg

With Raymond Baynard, Jamie Buxton, Cindy Collins*, Michael Shane Ellis*, Keith Gerchak*, Leslie Ann Hendricks*, Kyrst Hogan*, Sebastian La Cause*, Melissa Lone*, Alison Mahoney, Chris Murrah*, Patti Perkins*, Justin Sayre*, Ed Schiff*, Julia Tilley*, Chris VanHoy, and Michael I. Walker*

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association

Producer Mel Miller
Production Manager Mark Rywelski
Lighting/Stage Manager Shih-hui Wu
Casting Director
Stephen DeAngelis

Scenes and Musical Numbers
(St. Louis, Missouri – 1903)
Scene 1: The Smith residence (a warm afternoon in mid-summer)
Meet Me In St. Louis - Smith Family
The Boy Next Door - Esther
Scene 2: Later that day, around 5:20
Meet Me In St. Louis (reprise) - Smith Family
Whenever I’m With You - Smith Family
You’ll Hear A Bell - Mrs. Smith
Scene 3: One half hour sater
Scene 4: August, the evening of Lon Smith’s Going Away Party
A Raving Beauty - Warren, Rose
Scene 5: Immediately afterward
Skip To My Lou - Lon, Warren, Rose, Ensemble
Drunk Song - Tootie
Under The Bamboo Tree - Tootie, Agnes, Esther
Over The Bannister - John, Esther
Scene 6: The trolley stop in front of the Smith residence
The Trolley Song - Esther, Ensemble

Scene 1: Halloween Night
A Touch of the Irish - Katie, Esther, Rose
The Boy Next Door (reprise) - John, Esther
A Day in New York - Smith Family, Katie
You’ll Hear a Bell (Reprise) - Mrs. Smith
Wasn’t It Fun? - Mr & Mrs Smith
Scene 2: Christmas Eve, late afternoon, Rose and Esther’s bedroom
How Do I Look?* - Rose, Esther
Scene 3: An Hour Later
Scene 4: A Ballroom
The Banjo - Lon, Ensemble
Scene 5: The Smith residence, shortly before midnight
You Are For Loving - John, Esther
Scene 6: About one half hour later
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Esther
Scene 7: A Spring Day
The Trolley Song (reprise) - Ensemble
Meet Me in St. Louis (reprise) - Company
Scene 8: The Fair Grounds, later that evening
Finale - Company
* Written for 1960 revival, not included in Broadway production

Setting the Stage for Meet Me In St. Louis

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition - The St. Louis World’s Fair - opened April 30, 1904 and ran until December 1. It covered 1275 acres, had 200,000 attendees on opening day (the peak was 358,403), and a reported 20,000,000 attended during the run.

John Philip Sousa and his band opened the Fair; Teddy Roosevelt attended twice and Apache warrior Geronimo appeared for several months.

Dr. Pepper was introduced as was Puffed Rice

The Ferris Wheel (first introduced at The Chicago World’s Fair) was 265 feet high; cost 50 cents/ride; the cars were the size of a caboose; it was transported by 175 railroad cars; could carry 2,160 people at once; lavish banquets were given in each car upon occasion.

The Liberty Bell traveled to St. Louis.

British and Boer forces recreated a battle of their war.

The mile-long strip called The Pike had rides including one on a giant tortoise.

The Olympic Games were to take place later that summer in St. Louis (the sporting event had been revived only 8 years before).

Oklahoma was represented even though it was still known as the Indian Territory in 1904.

One of the Fair’s amusements was the "joggling board" (now known as a see-saw).

Outdoor electricity was a relatively new phenomenon, so the special nighttime illumination was installed under the supervision of Thomas Edison himself.

Among the structures at the fair was a smaller version of Jefferson’s Monticello; Lincoln’s log cabin was brought piece-by-piece from Hardin County, KY.

There was an actual submarine (and rides were given on it).

Legend: Arnold Fornachou ran out of ice cream serving dishes and borrowed from Ernest Hamwi of Syria a thin waffle called a "zalabia." Rolled, it became the first ice cream cone. The hot dog was ostensibly invented for the Fair, as was iced tea.

After the Fair closed, most of the buildings and rides were abandoned, destroyed, or turned to scrap (including the Ferris Wheel). But John D. Wanamaker bought the Fair’s pipe organ for his Philadelphia store. Aldolphus Busch bought the Belgium national building for a bottle factory.

M = Matinees
2:30 PM
E = Evenings
8:00 PM
19 M
20 M, E
21 E
22 E
23 M, E
24 M
26 E
27 M, E
28 E
29 E
30 M, E
31 M

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