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State Fair

Rodgers & Hammerstein's only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical that's had critics raving from coast to coast.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama, Comedy

  • Time Period: 1940s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Senior, Adult, Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups
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 and Hammerstein songbook, STATE FAIR is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver!

REVIEWS:

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

USA Today

"Perfection...Just pin that blue ribbon on the theater marquee."

Chicago Sun Times

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

Hollywood Reporter

"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 pure delight...Sweeter and more fun than cotton candy."

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Premiere Production: In 1969, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson starred in the stage premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein's movie musical State Fair, at the St. Louis Municipal Opera.
  • Casting: 9M, 8F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • ABEL FRAKE - a farmer
    GUS - the Frake's hired man
    MARGY FRAKE - the Frake's daughter
    MELISSA FRAKE - Abel's wife
    WAYNE FRAKE - the Frake's son
    DAVE MILLER - the local storekeeper
    ELEANOR - Wayne's girlfriend
    HARRY - Margy's boyfriend
    THE FAIR ANNOUNCER
    THE HOOP-LA BARKER
    EMILY ARDEN
    THE ASTOUNDING STRALENKO
    VIVIAN - a cooch dancer
    JEANNE - a cooch dancer
    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
    JUDGE HEPPENSTAHL
    MRS. EDWIN METCALF OF POTTSVILLE
    2 ROUSTABOUTS
    BARKERS, VENDORS, JUDGES and FAIRGOERS
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Lib-Vocal Book

    $24.00
    Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano-Conductor Score

    $75.00
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    20 x Libretto-Vocal Books
    2 x Piano-Conductor Scores

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Piano-Conductor Score
    1 x Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Sax)
    1 x Reed II (Oboe, English Horn, Alto Sax)
    1 x Reed III (Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    1 x Reed IV (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    1 x French Horn I
    1 x French Horn II
    1 x Trumpet I
    1 x Trumpet II
    1 x Trumpet III
    1 x Trombone I
    1 x Trombone II
    1 x Tuba
    1 x Drums
    1 x Percussion
    1 x Harp
    1 x Keyboard
    1 x Violin I
    1 x Violin II
    1 x Viola
    1 x Cello
    1 x Bass

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Lib-Vocal Book 10 Pack Shipped with (or after) Rehearsal Material. This is optional.

    10 x Libretto-Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm