ISSAQUAH and EVERTT, WA – For the first time, Village Theatre will produce the vintage Hollywood classic, Meet Me in St. Louis. This production will have one preview performance in Issaquah on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, and will officially open the following day, running November 12-January 3, 2010 in downtown Issaquah, and January 8-31, 2010 in downtown Everett.
Artistic director Steve Tomkins directs and choreographs this holiday production. Meet Me in St. Louis focuses on family relationships, and provides the opportunity for Tomkins’ to utilize his strength of beautiful storytelling. His last season’s holiday production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast took home a Seattle Times Footlight Award surely due in part to his masterful staging abilities. Tomkins comments, “Because Meet Me in St. Louis is based on a movie, the musical poses its own set of challenges for our artistic team. Some of the best elements of the movie are things that are beyond the scope of what can be done on the stage. Our job, therefore, has been to find the areas in which we shine. With a grand-scale set design by Steven Capone, lavish costumes by local designer Cynthia Savage, and the lighting magic of Aaron Copp, our team has certainly risen to the occasion.”
Village Theatre’s production of Meet Me in St. Louis boasts an array of large-scale dance numbers (co-choreographed by Kristin Culp), roughly 122 costumes, 26 cast members, and a 12 piece orchestra lead by resident music director Tim Symons. Symons has been part of the music department at Village Theatre for over twelve years, and involved in over 60 productions.
Pre-production photos will be available online today, October 30, 2009. For more information or to schedule individual interviews, please contact Michelle Sanders, Public Relations Manager at (425) 392-1942 x124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.