Nov 16, 17, 22, 23, &24.
THE CAST OF
RIVER VALLEY PLAYERS MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS
ESTHER SMITH: DEANNE CROOK
JOHN TRUITT: ADAM OLDAKER
ROSE SMITH: RACHEL JOHNSON
WARREN SHEFFIELD: BRIAN SHAVER
MR ALONSO SMITH: DERRIK GASPARDO
MRS ANNA SMITH: JANE KNAPP
KATIE: CYNDY BRUCH
LON SMITH: ERIC JOHNSON
AGNES SMITH: OLIVIA BERGFELD
TOOTIE SMITH: EMMA GASPARDO
GRANDPA PROPHATER: BRENTON WAYSTOUT
LUCILLE BALLARD: BRADEN SCHROCK
EVE: CHRISTINE GASPARDO
POSTMAN: GABE EBERT
CLINTON BADGER: MICHAEL STOENS
PEEWEE DRUMMAND: DAYVID LEWIS
SIDNEY PERVIS: RYAN BOGNER
FEATURED BANJO SOLOISTS: ELLA BERGFELD, BRADEN SCHROCK
MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ENSEMBLE, ASSEMBLED GUESTS AT LONS PARTY,
BALLROOM COUPLES, CAROLERS ETC
ELIZABETH WILD, MICHAEL STOENS, RYAN BOGER, PJ EHRAT, GABE EBERT, DAVYID LEWIS, BOBBY GASPARDO, BRADEN SCHROCK, DAYTON MAUBACH, MIKAYLA FRAWLEY, GEORGIA SHARWARKO, ELLA BERGFELD, JASMIN RIST, DANICA RIST, BELLA GASPARDO, CHRISTINE GASPARDO
Directed by Charlotte Balensiefen. Based on the heartwarming MGM film starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien, Meet Me In St. Louis, is considered a “rare treasure” in musical theatre. The story portrays a wholesome, captivating depiction of the “turn of the century American family.” It is the Summer of 1903 and the Smith family eagerly awaits the arrival of the 1904 World’s Fair. Over a year’s time, the family is able to survive romance, heartache and opportunity, thanks to their mutual respect, seasoned with some “good natured humor.” This heartfelt musical features a multi-generational cast, with ages ranging from eight to seventy-eight! Don’t worry! We promise that you will not miss out on your favorite seven songs from the film. They are all there! Martin and Blane included TEN more! Here are just a few of the musical numbers that will be gracing RVP’s stage this fall: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “The Trolley Song,” “Meet Me In St. Louis,” “The Boy Next Door,” “When Ever I Am With You,” “Skip To My Lou.” This down home classic musical will delight audiences of all ages!
River Valley Players Community Dinner Theatre will be holding auditions for all roles for
“MEET ME IN ST LOUIS”. Based on the heartwarming MGM film, this delightful portrait of a turn-of-the-century American family takes audiences on a journey back to the beloved age of movie musicals and the opening of the St. Louis World’s Fair. This hilarious and uplifting classic features the famous “Trolley Song,” “The Boy Next Door” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Audition Location- St John XXIII Community Center 1301 2nd Street Henry, Illinois
Auditions are open for ages 7 through adult.
Production dates: November 16,17,22,23,24
AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:
Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7
Children ages 7-12 at 6:00 p.m.
Teen and Adults at 7:00
NOTE: Taller children may be asked to remain and audition with Teen/Adults
Character Breakdown / Project Needs
ESTHER SMITH – Lively and attractive. The second oldest of the Smith daughters. (Alto/Mezzo-Soprano (G3-A5), Age Range 17-28)
ROSE SMITH – Beautiful, loyal, with a bit of a temper. The oldest of the Smith daughters. (Mezzo/Soprano (B3 – F5), Age Range 18-30)
JOHN TRUITT – Handsome, athletic boy next door. (Baritone (Bb2-F4), Age Range 18-30)
MR. ALONSO SMITH – A kind, generous and loving father. A successful businessman (Baritone (Ab2-E4), Age Range 40-50)
MRS. ANNA SMITH – Gracious and charming mother. A firm yet gentle manner. (Mezzo (Ab3-E5), Age Range 40-50)
LON SMITH – The oldest in the family. (Tenor Bb2-G4), Age Range 20-30)
AGNES – Independent, forthright and a tomboy. The second to the youngest Smith daughter. (Mezzo, (G3-E5) Age Range 11-13 depending on height and size)
TOOTIE – The youngest in the Smith Family. The bright-eyed and serious-faced youngster with a slightly macabre sense of humor. (Young Mezzo/Soprano (A3-E5) Age Range 7-10 depending on size, height )
GRANDPA PROPHATER – Mrs. Smith’s father, a Civil War veteran. A spry old gent that the children adore. Lives with the Smith Family. (Baritone, (Bb2 – F4) Age Range 50+)
KATIE– The Smiths’ cook and housemaid. Irish, good-humored, generous and loving. Her brogue is slight but musical. (Alto/Mezzo (F3 – C#5) Age Range 40-65)
WARREN SHEFFIELD – Rose’s suitor. An eligible young man from a wealthy family. (Baritone (Ab2 – E4) Age Range 20-30)
LUCILLE BALLARD - a sophisticated and charming lady. (Age Range 16-30)
DANCING ENSEMBLE Dancers that sing with strong jazz, ballet, and partnering skills. Male and Female (Age Range 13+) (Party Guests, Trolley Passengers, Ballroom Dancers, etc.)
ADULT/YOUTH ENSEMBLE Singers that move well. Male and Female (Age Range 13 and up ) (Eve, Postman, Motorman, Clinton Badger, Pewee Drummond, Sidney Purvis, etc.)
Note: we will cast a small number of children in addition to the roles of Tootie and Agnes for family groups - the children will be included in several scenes and musical numbers.
Callbacks or second audition/Invitational callbacks.
Children under age 13 will sing “ America” and may be asked to learn something from the show.
Teen and Adults: Prepare one song selection, not from the show ( approximately 16-32 bars) of sheet music from the musical theatre canon. An accompanist will be provided but will not transpose music. No taped accompaniment or singing acapella permitted. Everyone may be asked to sing something from the show, as well as cold reading from the script. Please dress in comfortable attire that allows freedom of movement for the dance audition.
Contact Charlotte Balensiefen for additional questions.