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Liberty University’s Department of Theater Performs “Meet Me in St. Louis” at Tower Theater

By: Kaylee Dusang

Liberty University’s Department of Theater had their first four performances of the classic Broadway musical “Meet Me in St. Louis” at the Tower Theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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From: Liberty University News Service: The Cast of “Meet Me in St. Louis”

The holiday show is based on the book by Sally Benson and the 1944 MGM movie starring Judy Garland. The Broadway musical opened 40 years later in 1989.

“We were kind of looking for a show that would work well in the Christmas spot,” Chris Nelson, director and producer of the play said, “We liked the idea of doing a classic and we thought that ‘Meet Me is St. Louis’ was a good opportunity to bring that to the stage.”

The story is set during the holiday season, circa 1903, when the World’s Fair came to St. Louis. The musical incorporates romance, humor and everyday trials while following the Smith’s family life as they plan for a move to New York.

Director Nelson said the Broadway show has a few additional songs and character development that the movie does not center on.

The musical incorporated several Christmas themes, such as the classic songs “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Skip to My Lou” and “The Boy Next Door.”

“A lot of these songs people will recognize,” Director Nelson said, “I hope it will help them get into the holiday spirit and into putting family first, and I think that will be the best thing.”

Senior at Liberty University, Makenzie Pusey, who plays the role of main character, Esther Smith, told Liberty University News Service that it is a beautiful Christmas story that will get everyone in the holiday spirit.

“So much of the show is about preparing to leave behind somewhere you love,” she told LU News Service, “so it really connects to my life at the current moment as I prepare to graduate.”

Director Nelson said a music box was one of the main pieces of imagery that inspired the set. He liked the idea of a music box opening and turning to show the life within the family.

“It’s a simpler time, a very sentimental piece,” he said, “So I think people should expect to see a slice of life from 1903.”

Director Nelson added that there was 50 plus cast and crew involved in the production and rehearsal of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” There was a cast of 30 and over 20 crew members that were involved in choreography rehearsals, vocal rehearsals and blocking rehearsals.

“We have had a great rehearsal process,” he said, “We rehearsed for about 5 weeks, and we’re just real excited to finally be presenting it in front of an audience.”

An audience member at Friday’s performance said they really liked all the costumes and that the show got them into the holiday spirit, and overall wanting to be with family.

“Oh, it was absolutely fabulous,” an audience member at Saturday’s performance said, “every bit of it was wonderful.”

Liberty University’s Department of Theater’s performance of “Meet Me in St. Louis” runs for two weeks with a total of eight performances. The remaining dates are Dec. 11-13.

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“Meet Me in St. Louis” performed by Liberty University’s Department of Theater

By: Kaylee Dusang


The heart-warming Christmas musical and classic Broadway show was put on by Liberty University’s Department of Theater at the Tower Theater on Friday, Dec. 4.

The story is about the Smith family’s life during the time the World’s Fair came to St. Louis, circa 1903. The show provides comedy and romance, all while dealing with life’s everyday challenges.

“We were kind of looking for a show that would work well in the Christmas spot,” Chris Nelson, director and producer of the play said, “We liked the idea of doing a classic and we thought that ‘Meet Me is St. Louis’ was a good opportunity to bring that to the stage.”

The play is based off the book by Sally Benson and the 1944 MGM movie starring Judy Garland. The Broadway Musical opened 40 years later in 1989.

“Meet Me in St. Louis” incorporates several classic songs such as:

  • “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  • “Skip to My Lou”
  • “The Boy Next Door”

“It’s a beautiful Christmas story that will get everyone in the holiday spirit,” Makenzie Pusey, Senior at Liberty University who plays the main character, Esther Smith, told Liberty University News Service.

Director Nelson said that a music box was one of the main pieces of imagery that inspired the set. He liked the idea of a music box opening and turning to show the life within the family.

“It’s a simpler time, a very sentimental piece,” he said, “So I think people should expect to see a slice of life from 1903.”

“I really liked all the costumes,” an audience member at Friday’s performance said, “it really got me into the holiday spirit, and overall wanting to be with family.”

“Meet Me in St. Louis” has a total of eight performances and runs for two weeks, Dec. 4-13.

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BROADCAST NEWS STORY:

Liberty University’s Department of Theater is performing the Broadway musical “Meet Me in St. Louis” at the Tower Theater//The show’s remaining dates are December 11th through the 13th///

The story follows the Smith family’s life in St. Louis during the World’s Fair/circa 1903//Director Chris Nelson says they were looking for a show that would work well in the Christmas spot///

The musical has several Christmas themes/ such as the classic songs “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Skip to My Lou”///

An audience member at Saturday’s performance says it was fabulous and every bit of it was wonderful///

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