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Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair: Youth Edition

In the summer of 1946, the Frake family leaves their farm for an adventure at the Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons, while their children Margy and Wayne find romance and heartbreak on the midway.

  • Short Musical
  • Backing Tracks, Comedy
  • 60 minutes

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Youth Groups, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre, Elementary School / Primary
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 colorful 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 & Hammerstein songbook, State Fair is the kind of warmhearted 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 learning about theatre and its production. Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair: Youth Edition is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater.

  • Casting: 9M, 8F
  • Casting Attributes: Roles for Children
  • Casting Notes: In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • 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
    EMILY ARDEN - a performer at the fair
    PAT GILBERT - a newspaper reporter
    CHARLIE - a newspaper photographer
    LEM - a farmer
    CLAY - a farmer
    HANK MUNSON - a farmer
    VIOLET - his daughter
    THE FAIRTONES - Emily's backup act
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    1 x Lib-Vocal Book
    1 x Vocal Book

    Rehearsal Material Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    30 x Student Libretto/Vocal Books
    1 x Piano Vocal Book
    Digital Resource Package (Guide Vocal Tracks, Performance Tracks, Choreography Video, Artwork)