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“Meet Me in St. Louis” Debuts February 3

by Alex Boesch, Student Public Relations Writer

Meet Me in St. Louis playbillCedarville University theatre’s winter musical production “Meet Me in St. Louis” will run February 3-5 and 10-13 in Cedarville’s DeVries Theatre.

Tickets are currently available online or by emailing the DeVries Theatre box office at

The show’s leads will be played by Riley Howell, junior from Nashville, Tennessee, as Esther Smith; and Josiah Kareck, senior from Antioch, Tennessee, as John Truitt.

“It’s a story that celebrates family,” said Rebecca Baker, director and associate professor emerita of theatre. “That doesn’t mean life is always perfect, but in the struggles to work through tough decisions, characters change. Loving relationships, inside and outside of the home, grow too.”

Written by Hugh Wheeler in Sally Benson’s “The Kensington Stories,” “Meet Me in St. Louis” is a romantic comedy about a year in the life of a Missouri family, leading up to the opening of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, or World Fair.

Music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane provides memorable numbers including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Whenever I’m with You.”

Click here to purchase tickets.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,715 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit


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