After rehearsing two and three nights a week since the middle of January and performances at other venues, actors from their teens to senior citizens will perform a musical all ages can enjoy March 14 to 16 at the New Ulm Community Center.
The musical comedy, "In St. Louis, At the Fair," captures the wonder and excitement of bygone days, using memorable music of the period.
The story revolves around Dick Williams (Aaron Malcolm), a young electrical engineer preparing the St. Louis World's Fair for its gala opening; and Rose Harris (Brenna Thompson), who works at the St. Louis Centennial Exposition Dining Room.
Photos by Steve Muscatello
Pictured from left: Evie Domeier, Geri Steffen, Brenda Hermel and Barb Reilly.
Pictured from left: Tammy Malcolm, Jenny Spurgin, Alyssa Lawrence and Maya Sarkar (seated).
Pictured from left: Aaron Malcolm, Brenna Thompson and Deb Kaehler.
Pictured from left: Gracelyn Sarkar, Tom Kaehler and Liz James (seated).
The production includes turn-of-the-century hits including "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Hello My Baby," "In My Merry Oldsmobile," and "Under the Bamboo Tree."
The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair was considered a scientific marvel with the introduction of automobiles, phonographs, kinescopes at a 1,200-acre site, with more than 1,500 buildings, 75 miles of roads and walkways including a 20-acre Palace of Agriculture. It was attended by nearly 20 million people.
Exhibits were staged by 63 nations including industries, cities, private organizations, corporations, theater troupes, and music schools. Educational and scientific displays, exhibits and imaginary "travel" to distant lands, history and pure entertainment.
If You Go:
Community and Seniors Together (CAST) present "In St. Louis, At the Fair," a comedy by Shubert Fendrich, at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 14 & 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St.
A number of foods were first introduced to mass audiences at the fair including the waffle-style ice cream cone, hamburger, hot dog, peanut butter, iced tea, Dr. Pepper soda, Puffed Wheat cereal and cotton candy.
Co-director Isla Hoffman said CAST is performing the production for the first time and its tenth musical to date.
"The weather's been a challenge this year. Actors have adjusted to different stages," said co-director Carolyn Todd.
A number of cast members double as production crew members - Geri Steffen, Liz James, Jenny Spurgin, and Alyssa Lawrence.
All tickets are $7, available at the door and in advance at Hy-Vee and Cash Wise Foods.