Meet Me In St Louis Musical Showing This Week In Downpatrick

The 1944 musical ‘Meet Me In St Louis‘ will be running in Downpatrick this week on stage.

It’s a ‘don’t miss’ show, packed with the local talent of the St Patrick’s Choral Society and will run in the Downshire Great Hall from tonight (Wednesday to Saturday 30 March) with the show starting at 7.30pm.

[caption id="attachment_48283" align="alignleft" width="390"]There is plenty of family fun in the stage production of Meet Me In St Louis. There is plenty of family fun in the stage production of Meet Me In St Louis.[/caption]

Anne Millar, chairperson, said, “This musical has only been performed in Northern Ireland twice and in Ireland once. It is quite a rarity and a very interesting and fun show for the family to enjoy with plenty of catchy tunes to tap your feet too. It’s basically about a boy next door love story.

“Since the St Patrick’s Choral Society was formed in 1962, it has grown from strength to strength and we have a cast of around forty members which includes the chorus. We do a full musical each year and sometimes more recently even two. And we all get involved in concerts.

“I’ve been involved with the Choral Society for 39 years and like many of our members it really is a family affair with everyone helping our with the set, lighting, sound, etc. It always amazes me how enthusiastic everyone is during our rehearsals and performances.

“Our Choral Society team includes people of all ages and abilities and we all work very well together and are very cross community and inclusive.

“The Wednesday evening performance is £8 for a seat and all other nights are £10. We always enjoy a good turnout for our musicals. We are a charity and rely heavily on our sponsors for their very generous support to ensure we break even. This production of ‘Meet Me in St Louis‘ costs £12000 to stage so it would be difficult to put this on by ourselves. We are very grateful to all of our sponsors for their kind assistance :

 NcNabb Brothers Waste Management, Alexander Reid and Frazer Estate Agents, Premier Chiropractic, The Cuan Restaurant and Bar, MB McGrady Insurance, and King and Boyd Solicitors.


[caption id="attachment_48284" align="alignright" width="390"]Members of the chorus at the start of the performance Members of the chorus at the start of the performance[/caption]

The musical ‘Meet Me In St Louis‘ is famous for its very memorable song of the same name.

Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 musical film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair in 1904. It stars Judy Garland.

The movie was adapted from a series of short stories originally published in The New Yorker magazine under the title “5135 Kensington”, and later in novel form as Meet Me in St. Louis. The film was directed by Vincente Minnelli, who met Garland on the set, and later married her. It was the second-highest grossing picture of the year, only behind Going My Way.

Garland debuted the standards “The Trolley Song”, “The Boy Next Door”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, all of which became hits after the film was released. Arthur Freed, the producer of the film, also wrote and performed one of the songs.

See The Original Film Preview Here