Don’t Miss It, Don’t Even Be Late: St. Edmond High School presents their spring musical, ‘State Fair’

St. Edmond High School presents their spring musical, ‘State Fair’

St. Edmond High School students will bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, “State Fair” to life on Thursday through Saturday at the school’s auditorium.

“State Fair’ is a musical about a family’s adventure at the Iowa State Fair,” Kersten Tipping, the high school music director, said. “It is a show everyone in Iowa can relate to, and it is also a musical St. Edmond’s has never done before.”

“This is a really fun show to do and it is fun that it is set in Iowa, it even makes it easier for the audience and cast to relate to,” Megan Flattery, who plays Margy Frake, said.

”State Fair” is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s only musical written directly for screen. It is 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.

Ma and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons for their accomplishments in hog raising and mincemeat cooking, while their son and daughter, Wayne and Margy, have romantic adventures. As the two find love and heartbreak on the midway, Wayne and Margy discover what they find the most important and carry home lessons of love and life that will stay with them long after their time at the Iowa State Fair.

The music is set to the strains of an Academy Award-winning score, including the song, “It Might as Well be Spring.”

“There is a great variety of music styles,” Tipping said. ”Some are jazz based, which not a lot of our students are exposed to and that helps widen their musical horizons. The audience can expect more ensembles and duets, not just solo songs featuring one character’s voice.”

Alyssa Sparks, director said, “When choosing this musical, we wanted to make sure that there would be no one just in the background, we wanted to make sure everyone would have a part. Along with having everyone featured in ”State Fair,” it vocally features many voices the audience can enjoy.”

Meghan Hanley, who plays Melissa Frake, usually is a mother-figure and doesn’t get a lot of dancing parts in the musicals.

“I must have a motherly vibe to me because I am always chosen as the mother, and that usually means I watch the other cast mates in the musical numbers,” she said. ”This time I get to do a lot of dancing and it being a part of the dancing numbers are so exciting.”

The same goes for Jake Szalat, who plays Abel Frake. He is usually cast as an older character.

“There is a lot of dancing throughout the show and past characters I have played never really had any choreography,” he said. ”With ‘State Fair’ I have a lot more songs and dances to learn, but I love dancing and singing because it helps relieve energy.”

Nick Simpson, who plays Pat Gilbert said, “Once it all comes together it will be a really cool show for the audience to see. There are a lot of different parts, which makes it easier for the audience to see everyone’s talent.”

“This show required me to memorize more lines, and the blocking was much harder than usual, but ever since freshman year I have loved to sing and dance,” said Jake Heidenreich, who plays Wayne Frake. ”Being part of musical is awesome and it is a way to get a close bond with fellow classmates.”

”State Fair” will be presented on Thursday and Friday beginning at 7 p.m., and on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, then again on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The annual spring musical will be presented at the St. Edmond Auditorium, 2220 Fourth Ave. N.

Tickets for the musical cost $9 and can be purchased at the St. Edmond Activity Office.


St. Edmond presents ‘State Fair’

What: State Fair, presented by St. Edmond High School

When: March 23 and 24 at 7:00 p.m; March 25 at 3:00 p.m.

Where: St. Edmond’s High School Auditorium, 2220 Fourth Ave. N.

Admission: $9; tickets can be purchased at the St. Edmond Activity Office