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Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7f, 9m, 1girl(s)

Music by Richard Rodgers / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II / Book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli / Based on the screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II and the Novel by Phil Stong

Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway.
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7f, 9m, 1girl(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

Rodgers & Hammerstein's only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical that's had critics raving from coast to coast. Set against the colourful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, State Fair travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway. Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score and augmented by other titles from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, State Fair is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver!

In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. Getting to Know... State Fair is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theatre.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

State Fair takes place over five days in late August of 1946 on the Frake farm in Brunswick, Iowa and at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

Specific Locations 
The Frake Farm
The Midway at the Hoop-La Booth
The Concessions Tent Outside the Dairy Pavilion
The Starlight Dance Meadow
Camper's Hill
Exhibition Hall
Another Area of the Fair
Outside the Livestock Pavilion

Casting

7f, 9m, 1girl(s)
Cast Attributes
  • Roles for Children
PRINCIPALS
3 Women
3 Men

FEATURED
4 Women
1 Girl
6 Men

ENSEMBLE
Singing-dancing ensemble consisting of Barkers, Vendors, Judges, and Fairgoers

CHARACTERS
Abel Frake – a farmer
Melissa Frake – Abel's wife
Margy Frake – the Frake's daughter
Wayne Frake – the Frake's son
Gus – the Frake's hired man
Dave Miller – the local storekeeper
Eleanor – Wayne's girlfriend
Harry – Margy's boyfriend
The Fair Announcer
The Hoop-La Barker
Emily Arden – a performer at the fair
Vivian
Pat Gilbert – a newspaper reporter
Charlie – a newspaper photographer
Lem – a farmer
Clay – a farmer
Hank Munson – a farmer
The Chief of Police
Violet – his daughter
The Fairtones – Emily's backup act
Judge Heppenstahl
Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville
Barkers, Vendors, Judges and Fairgoers

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: Large
1. "Opening (Our State Fair)" - Abel
2. "It Might As Well Be Spring" - Margy
3. "Our State Fair" - The Ensemble
4. "More Than Just A Friend" - Abel
5. "Isn't It Kinda Fun?" - Pat and Margy
6. "That's The Way It Happens" - Emily Arden and the Fairtones
7. "Reprise: It Might As Well Be Spring" - Margy
8. "It's A Grand Night For Singing" - The Company
9. "All I Owe Ioway" - Abel and the Company
10. "Reprise: Isn't It Kinda Fun?" - Margy
11. "Reprise: That's The Way It Happens" - Emily Arden and the Fairtones
This musical is performed with accompaniment tracks.

Materials

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package:

30 Student Libretto/Vocal Books
1 Piano/Vocal book

Digital Resource Package:
- Guide Vocal Tracks
- Performance Tracks
- Choreography Video
- Artwork

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Media

Press

"The stage State Fair is a grand night for singing; funny, melodious, rousing entertainment!" — David Finkle, The Huffington Post

"A sparklingly witty book and lush R&H songs - the crowd-pleasing charms of [State Fair] are considerable and compelling." — Variety

"A toe-tappable, knee-slappable package that carries a wealth of charm!" — Hollywood Reporter

"Perfection...Just pin that blue ribbon on the theater marquee." — Chicago Sun Times

"This may be what the golden age of Broadway was really about." — USA Today

"A pure delight...Sweeter and more fun than cotton candy." — Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Music Samples

Videos

  • "It Might As Well Be Spring"

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Authors

Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers' contribution to the musical theatre of his day was extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre of today and tomorrow is legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, his hits ranging from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was ...

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Oscar Hammerstein II

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. His father, William, was a theatre manager and for many years director of Hammerstein's Victoria, the most popular vaudeville theatre of its day. His uncle, Arthur Hammerstein, was a successful Broadway producer and his grandfather, Oscar Hammerstein, ...

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Tom Briggs

Director of The R&H Theater Library (precursor to R&H Theatricals) for over a dozen years, Tom began his love affair with R&H as a youngster in Wisconsin, appearing in productions of Oklahoma! South Pacific and Carousel. His years as a young adult found him singing and dancing ...

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Louis Mattioli

LOUIS MATTIOLI co-authored the book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's STATE FAIR with Tom Briggs (FANY nomination Best Book of a Musical; FANY Award Best Musical 1995-96 season; 2 Tony Award nominations). While attending the University of his native Wisconsin, Mr. Mattioli played leading roles at most of Milwaukee's p ...

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Author

Phil Stong

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