Review: Meet Me in St. Louis 'a pretty package'
"If you want to have yourself a merry little Christmas – without a hint of Scrooge – check out Ocean State Theatre Company’s Meet Me in St. Louis.”
“… who leads the cast through the sprightly dance numbers such as ‘Skip to My Lou’ and ‘The Banjo.’ Gary John La Rosa both directed and choreographed… he created hugely entertaining dance numbers.”
“Meet Me in St. Louis is a pretty package for this holiday season, and one that will appeal to all ages."
Review: Meet Me in St. Louis
"Just in time for the Holidays, Ocean State Theatre Company brings a classic musical to life in a spirited production.”
This production is highlighted by some old time songs, but the choreography brings them to life, never stalling at any point, and is a welcome change from modern theater.”
“Director and choreographer Gary John La Rosa uses his talented cast to full effect and the result is a fun Holiday ride that keeps your feet tapping and your hands clapping."
OST's Meet Me in St. Louis Delivers Holiday Song, Dance, Romance
"Ocean State Theatre’s production of Meet Me in St. Louis brought another ensemble cast to bear on the adaptation of the eponymous 1944 musical MGM film, with singing, occasionally acrobatic dance and a skillfully cast love story.”
“The musical is ostensibly about the entire Smith family, but the actors’ chemistry stood out among the opening night performances Dec. 6, aptly so, as real-life witnesses to new love will know. The stand-out performances were underlined by Pothier’s moving rendition of ‘The Boy Next Door’”
“Gary John La Rosa directed and choreographed. The audience showed their appreciation for their efforts, especially Pothier’s heartfelt, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ in a poignant scene with … as 6 year old, Tootie Smith.”
“The choreography was also well received, including an impressive line of the male members of the ensemble who, arm in arm, performed a wave of backflips that got loud and enthusiastic applause."
Ocean State's Meet Me in St. Louis a holiday treat
"There are lots of things to admire about Ocean State Theatre’s Meet Me in St. Louis – handsome sets and costumes, and some decent acting. And the big show-stoppers, like a rollicking square-dance number with cartwheels and flips, and the familiar ‘The Trolley Song,’ deliver.”
“Whatever sins this show commits, though, are more than made up for in look and spirit of the production. So if you’ve had your fill of A Christmas Carol, then Meet Me in St. Louis offers a nice change of pace."
“St. Louis may be threatened by the Mississippi flood crest but the New London Barn Playhouse production of the stage musical based on the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis…is high, and dry and a treat for the whole family.”
“Gary John La Rosa's direction and choreography is outstanding and the rousing 'Skip to My Lou' beautifully tests the troupes dancing talent. It's alone worth the price of admission.”
Meet Me in St. Louis – A Sugar-Sprinkled, Musical Confection
"…A sweeter, more honey-scented, sugar-sprinkled musical confection could not be imagined. This is old-fashioned, let-the-good-times-roll entertainment…"
"The well-conceived choreography of La Rosa makes dancers and non-dancers alike look like terpsichorean wonders, turning the rollicking square dance 'Skip to My Lou' into a crackerjack dance routine."
"Don't miss hopping on board the MOC trolley to meet your friends and neighbors at Meet Me in St. Louis…"
St. Louis sparkles with nostalgia, talent
“…a sparkling production that will tug at your heartstrings and wow you with the sheer talent and artistry spilling over…”
“Gary John La Rosa's choreography is sprightly and interesting and very well executed by the cast, and his sure hand has directed the production to move smoothly and steadily…”
“So hurry on over to Meet Me in St. Louis through Saturday for a glorious evening of song, dance and family values. You won't want to miss it!”