Meet Me in St. Louis

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The Rainbow Company, the City’s own Nationally acclaimed children’s theater group presents Meet Me in St. Louis, at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Audiences can choose from seven performances: 7 p.m. shows are available on December 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7pm and 7, 13 and 14, at 2 p.m.

Meet Me In St. Louis is a classic musical theatre production based on the beloved 1944 movie. It takes place the year before the opening of the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair. The Smith Family children learn lessons of life and love, as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. Esther, played by Leta Marcellus, sings the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to little sister Tootie, played by Annabelle Gillins, making this musical a holiday treat for the entire family. Also featured as Smith children are Gus Reynolds as oldest brother Lon and Aleja Quinn as older sister Rose. Evelyn Blomquist rounds out the siblings playing Agnes. The show is brought to life with many musical numbers performed by a 30 member ensemble composed of local students and adults. The cast members volunteer their time and talents to enhance the production. Directed and choreographed by Karen McKenney, the show is rich with period styling of the early 20th Century.

Kris Van Riper’s set includes a delightfully functional house, that opens and closes for interior and exterior scenes in the home. Mariya Radeva-Nedyalkova has designed the period costumes, jody Caley is the lighting designer and Joel Ruud is the sound designer.

Tickets prices are a bargain at $5. Charleston Heights Box office can be reached at 229-6383. To contact the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, call 229-6553.

The Rainbow Company is a nationally acclaimed and award-winning children’s theater group which operates under the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. Now in its 38th year, the core of the Company is its Ensemble, a group of 44 dedicated students ages 10 to 18. The children are selected by an open audition, and come from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The Rainbow Company Ensemble members work in all aspects of each production. The actors, costumes, make-up, set building, lights, sound and backstage crew are handled by Ensemble members under the tutelage of professional theatre artists; serving as an Ensemble member means making a serious commitment to learning the art of theater.

The mission of the Rainbow Company is to enhance the quality of life of Las Vegas residents by providing opportunities for creative and satisfying use of leisure time, through productions of quality family theater. The company provides a professional training program for young people and theater art classes for all ages.