Paper Mill's Meet Me in St. Louis Begins Nov. 6; Theatre Names New Executive Director

News   Paper Mill's Meet Me in St. Louis Begins Nov. 6; Theatre Names New Executive Director The Paper Mill Playhouse's production of the family-friendly Meet Me in St. Louis, the stage musical based on the classic MGM film of the same name, begins previews at the New Jersey venue Nov 6.
Sophie Rudin as Tootie in Paper Mill's Meet Me in St. Louis
Sophie Rudin as Tootie in Paper Mill's Meet Me in St. Louis Photo by Jerry Dalia

Directed by Mark S. Hoebee, the production will play a limited engagement through Dec. 16. Opening night is scheduled for Nov. 11 at the Paper Mill, which has also named a new executive director. Mark W. Jones, who spent the past four years as executive director of Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts, began his new position Nov. 4, according to the New York Times. A new artistic director for the theatre has yet to be named.

The Meet Me in St. Louis cast boasts Brynn O'Malley as Esther, Gregg Edelman as Alonso Smith, Donna English as Anna Smith, Patti Mariano as Katie, JB Adams as Grandpa, Brian Hissong as John Truitt, Julia Osborne as Rose, Christian Del Croix as Lon, Sophie Rudin as Tootie Smith and Roni Caggiano as Agnes Smith. The ensemble comprises Ashley Arcement, Tommy Berklund, Jessica Bircann, Elliot Bradley, Alicia Charles, Matt Condello, Allison Couture, Patrick Cummings, Leah Greenhaus, Wes Hart, Erin Henry, Mary Jo McConnell, Jake Pfarr, Ed Romanoff, Dani Spieler, Dennis O’Bannon and Jessica Rochwarger.

"It's turn of the century St. Louis, the World's Fair is coming soon — and so is a world of changes for the Smith family," read Meet Me in St. Louis production notes. "While older sisters Rose and Esther dream of happily-ever-after with their handsome beaus, the younger girls, Agnes and Tootie, spend their hours dreaming up mischief. But when their father announces the family is moving to New York, will all those dreams become one big nightmare?"

Meet Me in St. Louis features a book by Hugh Wheeler and a score by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. Song titles include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Boy Next Door" and "The Trolley Song."

The creative team also includes Denis Jones (choreographer), Tom Helm (music director), Rob Bissinger (scenic designer), Thom Heyer (costume designer), Charlie Morrison (lighting designer), Randy Hansen (sound designer) and Brian Meister (production stage manager). Tickets, priced $25-$92, are available by calling (973) 376-4343 or by visiting www.papermill.org.

The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ.