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LCC Celebrates Silver Bells in the City with an Old Fashioned Radio Play
"Meet me in St. Louis" Free to Public Friday night at 8:00 p.m.

 

LANSING 11/9/11 – Members of the public are invited to LCC’s Dart Auditorium on Friday, November 18 after the Silver Bells in the City parade to enjoy a free performance of the radio play, “Meet Me in St. Louis.” It is recommended that attendees arrive about 7:45 p.m. as the program will be broadcast live over the radio beginning at 8 p.m.

Most of the main actors are students from LCC’s Music Theatre Class with their instructor, Connie Curran, as music director. Dave Downing, WLNZ General Manager, will direct the music, actors, and sound effects.

“Meet Me in St. Louis” was first performed as a radio play in 1946 as part of The Lux Radio Theater. It was the radio version of a famous 1944 film that starred Judy Garland.  The 1946 radio play also featured the actress.

The play tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair in 1904. Among its famous songs are the title song, “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “The Trolley Song.”

Radio plays were popular during the Golden Age of Radio from the early 1920s into the 1950s when television became the dominant form of broadcasting.  They were performed live before studio audiences and sound effects were produced from the stage.

“Meet Me in St. Louis” will be broadcast live on WLNZ (89.7 FM or www.lcc.edu/radio.)

Dart Auditorium is located on LCC’s Main Campus at 500 N. Capitol Avenue.

LCC will also have a presence during the Silver Bells in the City Parade with the college’s REO truck decorated in lights.



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