Stories produced by St. Peter's Journalism Students
This October, The Old Library Theatre will be taking audiences back to 1904 to the St. Louis
World Fair in “Meet Me in St. Louis”, written by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Hugh Martin
and Ralph Blane, and directed by Craig Tiede.
“Meet Me in St. Louis” follows the story of the Smith family, who live a quiet and happy life in
rural St. Louis. The four Smith daughters, Ester, Rose, Agnes and Tootie, all learn valuable
lessons about life and love when their father reveals that the family will be moving to New York.
The musical is based on the movie of the same name, which starred Judy Garland and Tom
In the Old Library Theatre’s production, Michelle Zink plays Esther Smith, the eldest of the
“She’s very out-going, she loves her family. She’s always all over the place
with so many things on her mind. She wants to do everything, but she can’t,” described Zink.
Chris Morriss plays the All-American boy, John Truitt, who just so happens to catch the eyes of
Esther. “He plays whatever sport is being played that season. He is very dutiful to his family, but
for the first time his duties become superseded once he and Esther become involved,” said
The two actresses who play the younger Smith daughters, Agnes and Tootie. Emma Saccone
(Agnes Smith) and Sofia Fusco (Tootie Smith) have been enjoying their time in rehearsals.
“It has been very fun and exciting so far,” explained Fusco. “It’s exciting and new. I’ve never
done so much scene work to get into the character. But this has really brought me into my
character. With other shows, I’ve always done that at home, with no one looking at me so I don’t
embarrass myself,” said Saccone.
Director Craig Tiede shared what his visions for the show is and how he wanted to create the
atmosphere of 1904 St. Louis.
“I wanted to do a show that had a diverse cast of kids all the way
up to senior citizens. This is a show that is not done very often in community theatre, so my
vision for the show is or people to experience old world charm, a family that loves one another,
and to escape the perils of their everyday lives.”
Craig Also spoke about how his audience will see his vision come alive.
“There is going to be tons of dancing. There are going to be 99 different costumes. There’s 26
people in the cast, so it is like a big, old world Hollywood musical hat has everything people
have come to expect.”
“Meet Me in St. Louis” runs from October 17th through the 26th at the Fair Lawn Community
Center in Fair Lawn New Jersey.