Director - Alan Borthwick
Musical Director - Richard Johnston
Choreographer - Louise Williamson
Meet Me in St Louis
Book by Sally Benson
Music & Lyrics by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
Based on the Kensington Stories by Sally Benson & the MGM motion picture "Meet Me In St. Louis"
A rare treasure, a show that sparkles with optimism and good tunes. The magic begins at the site of what is to be the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904, The Smith family are gathered at Shrinker Swamp to watch the ground breaking ceremony for the Fair, the "greatest show that ever showed".
Ester has design's on her neighbour John Truitt to whom she has never spoken. The two youngest Smith sisters complicate things by getting into trouble and annoying everyone. Lon, the eldest Smith child invites his friend, Douglas Moore, a West Point cadet, to dinner and Rose falls for the handsome newcomer. He is off to Princeton and everyone is there to say good-bye. That evening Ester and John fall in love as they snuff out the candles in the Smith's house.
Mr. Smith is worried about his finances and announces that they will all have to move to New York. Their whole lives will change,, the girls will lose the only home they have ever known and Katie will only have a small kitchen to cook in. Worst of all, they will miss the World's Fair!
It is finally time to leave and the family gather in the living room with boxes of their belongings. Mr. Smith arrives home and tries to cheer the family up with a box of bon-bons. He suddenly realises how much the family is dreading the move. In a sudden flash of clarity he realises that they must stay in St. Louis. He announces to the family "We're not moving to New York And l don't want to hear another word about it!". Only in St. Louis in 1904 can such miracles occur!