Meet Me in St. Louis (or Rockville)By Laura & Mike Clark • Aug 10th, 2006 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of The Musical Theatre Center’s production of Meet Me in St. Louis [MP3 2:45 0.8MB].
Laura: Tuesday night we saw a technical rehearsal for The Musical Theatre Center‘s production of Meet Me in St. Louis in Rockville, Maryland.
Mike: Meet Me in St. Louis is a musical. It’s based on the 1944 film, Meet Me in St. Louis, which stared Judy Garland. It’s the story of the Smith family living in St. Louis just before the 1904 World’s Fair. The family is very happy together. There are four girls and one son in the family. The son is off to college for most of the show. The girls, two of them are teenagers and dealing with the tribulations of being a teenager, somethings never change. The family is all pretty happy together. One night the father comes home and announces he has a new job in New York City, so the family is off to New York. The family is not too pleased by this. The rest of the show is dealing with the decision to stay in St. Louis or move to New York.
Laura: This was a technical rehearsal so there were some rough spots with lighting and that kind of thing. Over all everybody did a really good job. They performed like it was opening night. I really think they all did a good job. It was a big cast. There were probably about thirty people in it, adults and kids. Everybody worked well together.
Mike: This was a good show. It was a rehearsal. I think it’s going to come together really well for opening night on Friday.
Laura: One of the daughters’ of Mr. Smith was Esther. She was played by Alison Parris. She did a really nice job. She fell in love with the boy next door, she fell pretty hard. She had some nice songs in there where she was rolling her eyes and heaving big sighs over having to leave him and go to New York. I think she really did a good job.
Mike: The opening scene of Act 2 was a really nice scene. It was taking place on an ice skating rink, probably a frozen pond or lake. It was very effective the way they made it look and the way the actual ice skating was done. I liked that a lot.
Laura: One of the oopses in the technical rehearsal that was covered really well. The girls came out with some snowmen to put costumes on and decorate. The curtain was closed and something happened backstage. They had to keep going after they had said their lines to wait for the curtain to open. They did a really good ad lib to get the snowmen dressed and primped and everything.
Mike: Meet Me in St. Louis is playing at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. It opens on Friday night the 11th of August at 7:30. You can also see it Saturday at 2 pm, Saturday night at 7:30. It closes Sunday at 2 pm at the F.Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.