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Tantallon Community Players Meet Me in St. Louis

By • May 26th, 2008 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Tantallon Community Players’ production of Meet Me in St. Louis [MP3 4:25 2MB].

Meet Me in St. Louis
Tantallon Community Players
Harmony Hall Regional Center, Ft. Washington, MD
$15/$12 Students and Seniors
Through June 8th

Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of Meet Me in St. Louis, performed by Tantallon Community Players in Fort Washington, Maryland. We saw the performance on opening night Friday, May 23, 2008.

Mike: Meet Me in St. Louis is a play by Christopher Sergel, dramatized from the book by Sally Benson. It’s a comedy telling the story of four sisters living in St. Louis at the time of the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.

Laura: This was a light hearted, fun, uplifting show. I loved the set and the costume. I thought all the actors performed well together and it was an enjoyable evening.

Mike: I did have a good time at this show. It made me think of a sitcom pilot episode. The situations that the girls got into could easily become a tv sitcom. It was not a deep show.

Laura: The head of the Smith household, Mr. Smith, was played by John Battersby. He tried to be the head of the household, but it became obvious that the daughters and Mrs. Smith, played by Lani Howe, really ran the household. He was a bit standoffish and seemed overwhelmed by what was going on around him.

Mike: He was another father figure who did not take control of the household. He left it to the wife to tell the children that they were moving to New York. He tried to assert himself a few times, but he really could not follow through. So that was interesting that he ended up being so wishy washy. The daughters were a strong contrast to their parents. They were all fairly strong willed. I think that was a result of an immaturity, simply acting before thinking.

Laura: The oldest Smith daughter, Rose Smith, was played by Anna Bonnet. I liked her. She was very expressive, did a lot of reacting and then later thought about it and showed some remorse. I liked her big over the top gestures. Her wailing and moaning in some of her scenes with her would-be boyfriend were really good and intense.

Mike: Esther Smith, the second oldest daughter, was played by Valerie Holt. She was very poised. I liked that she was a little more mature even though she was not the oldest. It took a bit of convincing by the other sisters to join in on their capers.

Laura: The two youngest Smith girls were Agnes Smith, played by Aimee Bonnet, and Tootie Smith, played by Lydia Kivrak. They were very scrappy and a bit tomboy-like. Tootie especially as the youngest was the most obnoxious and rambunctious. She actually carried out some of the pranks that the other sister just talked about.

Mike: I actually found the Tootie character to be a little annoying. They were trying to go for the mischievous Dennis the Menace type character, but they did not quite hit that. I thought she came off a bit annoying.

Laura: The set for Meet Me in St. Louis I thought was very well done and very detailed. There were several entrances and exits. It looked very realistic. The set designer was Charla Rowe.

Mike: There was a sound effect in the second act that was part of an evening scene. It was some sort of recording that sounded like crickets. It was distracting. It came across as a hiss instead of crickets.

Laura: I also thought the costumes were very appropriate for the 1904 time period. Costume Designer was Jo Rake.

Mike: Meet Me in St. Louis was two hours long with one intermission. It is playing through June 8. Friday and Saturdays at 8 and Sunday matinees at 2 pm at the Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington, Maryland.

Laura: We’d like to invite you to join our free mailing list. Stay informed with community theater events in the Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland region.

Mike: And now, on with the show.


  • Mrs. Smith: Lani Howe
  • Mr. Smith: John Battersby
  • Rose Smith: Anna Bonnet
  • Esther Smith: Valerie Holt
  • Agnes Smith: Aimee Bonnet
  • Tootie Smith: Lydia Kivrak
  • Lon Smith: Joe Horton
  • Katie: Jo Rake
  • Grampa Prophater: Bailey R. Center
  • John Shepherd: Devin Dasbach
  • Fred Gregory: Christian Harris
  • Lucille Pentard: Lili Cohen
  • Ida Boothy: Erica Slate
  • Mr. Dodge: William Jones
  • Mr. Duffy: Davis C. Weaver
  • Mrs. Waughop: Shirley Weaver
  • Julie: Lorease Johnson
  • Conductor: Anthony Ferrell


  • Director: Charla Rowe
  • Producer: Jo Rake
  • Stage Manager: Dawn Freeman
  • Set Design: Charla Rowe
  • Lighting Design: Sheryl Fry
  • Sound Design: David C. Weaver
  • Sound and Lights Operation: Harmony Hall Staff
  • Costumes Design: Jo Rake
  • Cstumes Construction: Libby Dasbach, Shirley Weaver, Ginnie Bird, Jo Rake, Susan Wallace
  • Publicity: Jo Rake
  • Props: Janice Bean, Yvonne Epps-Giddings
  • Set Construction:
  • Foreman: Mark Holt
  • Crew: Jerry Caputo, Jim Pidcock, Karl Weaver, George Roff
  • Painting: Marilyn Weaver, Lance Adell, Devin Dasbach
  • Program: Larry Carbaugh
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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.

2 Responses »

  1. We are interested in doing this musical next June. We are closing “My Fair Lady”
    today as you are doing your show. Please, do you have a video tape that we could
    purchase to look at. It’s so hard to find a stage production of this musical.

    Please, please, please respond to the e-mail above. I am a Middle School drama
    teacher in California.
    Thank you.
    Marcia Barryte

  2. Hi Marcia,

    This web site (ShowBizRadio) is an online magazine that reviews local theater productions, as well as compiles audition announcements and interviews people involved in local theater. We don’t have any tapes of any productions, you’d need to ask the group directly if they do. Which may be doubtful due to the stringent restrictions put on groups by the licensing groups of shows. Mike