Leading up to The Kelsey Awards on Saturday, July 25th, we will be highlighting the five musicals nominated for Outstanding Production of a Musical. Today, we’ll take a glance at Yardley Players’ Meet Me in St. Louis.
It’s time for the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and the Smith family couldn’t be more excited. Last summer, audiences took a journey back in time with the Yardley Players as the presented Meet Me in St. Louis inside Kelsey.
St. Louis is a proud American town at the start of the new century brimming with possibilities. The Smith family children have plenty of their own possibilities brewing as well. Romance swirls around young Esther Smith and her neighbor John Truitt, while Rose is instantly smitten by her elder brother’s handsome friend, Douglas Moore. But wait. Mr. Smith is having financial worries that may mean a sudden move to New York City and an end to the good times and the only home the family has ever known.
Based on the 1944 film of the same title, Meet Me in St. Louis was full of good feeling and memorable music, featuring such classics as “Trolley Song,” the song made famous by Judy Garland, “Skip to My Lou,” “The Boy Next Door” and the title song. It came to the Broadway stage in 1989, running for 252 performances, and has enjoyed numerous revivals, including an off-Broadway production in 2006 and a London run in 2013.
Starring as members of the Smith family were Fred Gropper of Yardley, Pa., as Mr. Smith; Maureen Hackett of Robbinsville as Mrs. Smith; Brent Tuccillo of Hamilton as Lon Smith; Brooke Calderon of Yardley, Pa., as Rose Smith; Colleen McDonald of East Windsor as Esther Smith; Makenna Katz of West Windsor as young Agnes Smith; and Shealyn Davis of Newtown, Pa., as young Tootie Smith.
Also featured were Walter Smyth of Trevose, Pa., as Grandpa; Charlotte Singh of Princeton Junction as Katie the Housekeeper; Jacob Kinderman of East Windsor as John Truitt; Jason Diaz of Hamilton as Warren Sheffield; Shannon Bruecker of Howell as Lucille Ballard; Jordan Virgil of East Windsor as Eve; Brian Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Postman; Gene Pullen of New Egypt as Motorman; Jonathan Logan of West Windsor as Clinton; Joshua Ramos of Hamilton as Peewee; and Justin Ghaffor of Hamilton as Sidney.
Ensemble, dancers and chorus members included Daniel Brugger of Princeton Junction, Mary Burke of Kendall Park, Marissa Carroll of Princeton, Victoria Cohn of West Berlin, Stacy Danka of Allentown, Katelyn Dunkel of Hamilton, Shannon Flanagan of East Windsor, Joanna Haupt of Westfield, Jordan Hayes of Langhorne, Pa., Abigail Kenna of Robbinsville, Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Courtney Kosman of East Windsor, Marissa Marciano of Cranbury, Marina McLaughlin of Columbus, Mary Parker of Hamilton, Christina Pullen of New Egypt, Jeanette Smith of West Windsor, Bridget Sweeney of Hamilton, Andrew Wahby of Hamilton, and Gretchen Zimmer of Princeton Junction.
2015 KELSEY AWARD NOMINATIONS
- Outstanding Vocal & Music Direction
- Outstanding Direction of a Musical
- Outstanding Musical Number (“Banjo”)
- Outstanding Theatrical Romantic Couple (Jacob Kinderman & Colleen McDonald as “John Truitt” & “Esther Smith”)
- Outstanding Young Performer (Shealyn Davis as “Tootie Smith”)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical (Shealyn Davis as “Tootie Smith”)
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Colleen McDonald as “Esther Smith”)
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical (Jacob Kinderman as “John Truitt”)
- Outstanding Production of a Musical