Cast announced for family favorite ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’

A multi-talented cast and a few new wrinkles have been announced for the Granbury Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “Meet Me In St. Louis,” which opens next month at the Opera House.

Based on the classic film of the same name, the show centers around Alonso and Anna Smith and their children, Rose, Esther, Agnes, Tootie and Lon.

Katy Beckermann will take on the show’s leading role of Esther, a character made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 movie.

It will be the first GTC lead for Beckermann, who is currently playing Widow Corney on the square in “Oliver!” She recently made ensemble appearances in “Singin’ In The Rain” and “Hello Dolly!” in Granbury.

“She’s one of the best dancers we have,” said Kyle Hoffman, the show’s director.

In the musical, Esther more than notices the boy next door, played by GTC veteran Christian Loper.

“They are trying to learn the right way to fall in love, but really there is no right way to fall in love,” said Hoffman.

The show marks Hoffman’s first attempt at directing a main stage GTC show. Last December, he directed the underground production of “Almost Maine” at the Opera House.

On stage from Nov. 18 through Dec. 23, “Meet Me In St. Louis” will attempt to demonstrate how obstacles can be overcome through family closeness, according to Hoffman.

“It grabs the holiday spirit and embodies it in a show,” he explained.

One of the extra treats in this performance will be the live band ensemble under the guidance of musical director Ricky Pope.

Nestled in the seldom-used Opera House orchestra pit, the band will back the cast on a list of popular musical theatre numbers in the show, including “The Boy Next Door,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “A Day In New York.”

The hard-working “Meet Me In St. Louis” actors are all “triple threats” with multiple talents, according to Hoffman.

“They can sing, act and dance,” the director said.

Along with Beckermnn and Loper, the cast features Emma Goldberg and Kelly Nickel sharing the role of Rose Smith; Jay Lewis as Mr. Alonso Smith; Caitlan Leblo as Mrs. Anna Smith; Nathan Salter as Lon Smith; Hannah Baker as Agnes Smith; Andrea Malcom and Audrey Ann McKee as Tootie Smith; Greg Doss as Grandpa Prophater; Latricia Zaitoon as Katie; Jared Kyle as Warren Sheffield; Kendall Spaggins as Lucille Ballard; Faith Melton as Eve; Micky Shearon as Postman; Jeff Meador as Motorman|Sydney Purvis; David Broberg as Clinton Badger; and David Midkiff as Pewee Drummond.

The ensemble includes Cheyenne Ballew, Kevin Baum, Brian Lawson, Autumn Mckee, Meredith Salter and Moises Zamora.

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