ISSAQUAH and EVERTT, WA – Village Theatre will produce MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS in Issaquah November 11, 2009-January 3, 2010 and in Everett January 8-31, 2009. Featuring an array of Seattle talent, both young and old, Village Theatre is excited to announce the full cast of this heartwarming musical treasure.
KIDSTAGE alum, Ryah Nixon returns to the Mainstage in the “Judy Garland” role, Esther Smith. A recent Carnegie Mellon University graduate, Ryah is now based in New York City and has recently completed Fat Camp at The New York Musical Theatre Festival, as well as the world premiere of Bubble Boy: the Musical. Ryah last appeared on Village Theatre’s Mainstage as Princess Amneris in AIDAduring the 2007-2008 Season, and in the Village Originals 2007 Festival reading of The Gypsy King.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith will be played by Seattle greats John Patrick Lowrie and Frances Leah King, respectively. John was last seen at Village Theatre as Pulitzer in Stunt Girl and Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park. He is an accomplished composer, musician, conductor, author, actor, and director with additional credits in the world of video games such as MatrixOnLine, NOLF 1 & 2, and Half-Life 2. Frances was last seen on Village Theatre’s Mainstage in Little Women, Bye Bye Birdie, Man of La Mancha, and many more. A performer and teacher of musical theatre for over 15 years, Frances’ work has also been seen at Seattle Children’s Theatre and Seattle Musical Theatre.
Returning to Village Theatre’s Mainstage is Jason Kappus as Esther’s love interest, John Truitt. Jason recently appeared in Catch Me if You Can at The 5th Avenue Theatre; he was last seen at Village Theatre in Stunt Girl and EVITA. Additional credits include work at Seattle Children’s Theatre in The Wizard of Oz and High School Musical.
Additional cast members include Bobbi Kotula as Katie, Larry Albert as Grandpa Prophater, Ian Lindsay as Warren Sheffield, and John X. Deveney as Motorman and Postman. The Ensemble members are:Carissa Campbell, Elise Campello, Casey Craig, Kristen Culp, Eric Engelhard, Carly Squires Hutchinson, Cassidy Katims, Cameron Lewis, Mary McIntosh, Henry Nettleton, Mara Solar, Adam Somers, Justine Rose Stillwell, and Bill Williams.
Village Theatre’s production of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is directed by Steve Tomkins (Village Theatre Artistic Director); scenic design by Steven Capone (Barefoot in the Park); lighting design by Aaron Copp (The King and I); and costume design by Cynthia Savage (Saint Heaven). Pre-production photos will be available online after October 29, 2009. For more information or to schedule individual interviews, please contact Michelle Sanders, Public Relations Manager at (425) 392-1942 x124 or email@example.com.
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Synopsis: Adapted from the beloved film, Meet Me in St. Louis is a heartwarming American classic that tells a story of happiness and family love that all ages will enjoy. As the curtain rises on the famous World's Fair in 1904, this extraordinary musical follows the Smith family and the move that threatens to change their lives forever. Memorable tunes like "The Trolley Song," "Meet Me in St. Louis," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" will have you singing along in no time.
What: Meet Me in St. Louis Music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Book by Hugh Wheeler
Where: In Issaquah: Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98027
In Everett: Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Avenue Everett, WA 98201
When: Issaquah Dates: November 11, 2009 - January 3, 2010 – ON SALE NOW Wednesdays through Saturdays: 8:00 PM Sundays and selected Saturdays: 2:00 PM Selected Tuesdays: 7:30 PM Selected Sundays: 7:00 PM
Everett Dates: January 8 - January 31, 2009 – ON SALE: 12/2/09 Wednesdays through Saturdays: 8:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays: 2:00 PM Selected Sundays: 7:00 PM
Tickets: Issaquah: $19-$59, Box Office (425) 392-2202 or (866) 688-8049 Everett: $17-$52, Box Office (425) 257-8600 or (888) 257-3722 www.villagetheatre.org Student & Military Rush: ½ price 30 minutes prior to curtain for any available seat. Group discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
About Village Theatre
Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining quality productions for the entire family since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's best-attended Equity theatres, with over 18,000 Subscribers and 170,000 projected total attendance each season. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having launched over 80 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow’s audiences through its youth education programs, Pied Piper and KIDSTAGE, serving over 54,000 young people, families, and schools annually.
Village Theatre season sponsors are The Boeing Company, Continental Airlines, Microsoft, and Lombardi’s
Village Theatre is also funded in part by 4Culture, ArtsFund, ArtsUnited, Axonus, City of Everett, City of Issaquah /Issaquah Arts Commission, Continental Airlines, Encore Arts Program, The Herald, Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter, KING5.com, Larkspur Landing, Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Microsoft, National Endowment for the Arts, Overlake Hospital and Medical Center, Port Blakely Communities/Issaquah Highlands, Rowley Properties, and Washington State Arts Commission. Village Theatre is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Theatre Puget Sound.