Classic Musical, Meet Me in St. Louis, opens at Hale Theatre

Classic Musical, Meet Me in St. Louis, opens at Hale Theatre

Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert presents Meet Me in St. Louis, a charming Broadway musical based on the film that rocketed Judy Garland to fame as an adult movie star and singer. The story transports us back in time to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, where we meet Mr. and Mrs. Smith, their four daughters and one son. Romantic suitors, comedic misunderstandings, jovial pranks, and popular songs will delight audiences with nonstop entertainment.


The famous songs Meet Me in St. Louie, Louie, The Boy Next Door, Skip to My Lou, The Trolley Song, A Day in New York, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas will warm hearts and tempt you to sing along! The movie was nominated for four Oscars and was named one of the Ten Best Musicals by the American Film Institute. The Broadway production in 1989-1990 was nominated for four Tony Awards and won New York’s Theatre World Award.


Featured players in Hale’s production of Meet Me in St. Louis include Holly Payne in the role of Esther Smith, making her Hale Debut. The role of Esther is the one that Judy Garland played in the 1944 MGM film to much critical acclaim. For her part, Ms. Payne has won best actress at the ASU Gammage Awards for playing Peter Pan in Peter Pan. She has also performed in New York at the Minskoff Theatre and starred in Hello Dolly! as Minnie Fay. Jacob Goodman will play the boy next door, John Truitt. This is Goodman’s 3rd show at Hale.  Heidi-Liz Johnson plays sister Rose Smith. Ms. Johnson has been twice nominated for ariZoni Awards for her performances in Me and My Girl and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Also making her Hale debut is Katie Brown playing Agnes Smith, Esther’s sister. Ms. Brown has won a National Youth Theatre award for her performance as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. The young Lily Nelson has the role of Tootie Smith, the fourth sister. The role of their brother Lon Smith is played by Allan DeWitt, a veteran of several Hale Theatre productions.


AriZoni Award-winning stage actor Rob Stuart performs the fatherly role of Mr. Alonso Smith, appearing on Hale’s stage for the 15th time. He won the ariZoni Award as Best Actor in Hale’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Rochelle Barton appears as the mother of the Smith family, Mrs. Anna Smith.


AriZoni Award winner Stephen Serna, and AriZoni Award and National Youth Theatre Award winner Emily Woodward-Shaw are featured in the ensemble; as are ariZoni nominees Micah Jondel DeShazer, and Cameron Swindler.


Meet Me in St. Louis plays at Hale Centre Theatre October 12th through November 25th. Lincoln Wright is music director and multi-ariZoni Award winner Cambrian James is director and choreographer.


Tickets are $32 for adults and $20 for youth ages 5-17. Obtain tickets by calling Hale’s box office at 480-497-1181 or online at


A gem of a theatre, Hale is located at 50 West Page Avenue in Gilbert’s Heritage District, across the street from the Gilbert Water Tower Park. Several restaurants and ample free parking are located nearby.


Be sure to attend Hale Theatre for the entire 2017–2018 season. Hale’s holiday classic and family favorite A Christmas Carol performs in December. 2018 kicks off the New Year with the hilarious comedy See How They Run, which plays through early February. Life Could Be a Dream, a jukebox musical romp, will be performed from mid-January through mid-April.


The Broadway smash hit musical No, No, Nanette begins in mid-February and plays through the end of March. The Importance of Being Earnest, the hilarious satire on Victorian manners by Oscar Wilde, appears from April 5th through May 12th, 2018. Big Fish, an entertaining big fish story set to music, is next from mid-May through the end of June. Sister Act, the uproarious musical comedy about a disco queen who takes refuge in a convent, concludes Hale’s 14th season. Sister Act plays at the Hale from July 6th through August 18th, 2018.


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