Getting to Know...State Fair Showkit


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Getting to Know...State Fair ShowKit
By Rodgers and Hammerstein

Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals proudly presents the Getting to Know... Collection, adaptations of classic musicals for pre-high school students.  The Getting to Know adaptations run approximately 50 to 70 minutes in length and have been created expressly with young performers in mind.  The comprehensive ShowKit materials ensure that any enthusiastic teacher can produce a hit show!

  • 20 Libretto/Vocal Books
  • 10 Chorus Books
  • 2 Piano/Vocal Scores
  • 1 Director's Guide
  • 2 Director's Scripts  
  • 1 Study Guide
  • 1 Guide Vocal CD   
  • 1 Orchestral Accompaniment CD  
  • 1 Video Guide to Musical Staging   
  • Video Guide to Musical Staging

Showkits are only available to grades K-9 accredited schools, and homeschool organizations.


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!

Cast of Characters:

Abel Frake is a hardworking farmer whose gruff demeanor sometimes hides his caring nature. He takes great pride in his accomplishments, whether his family, his farm or Blue Boy, the hog he has nurtured so lovingly. Because of his pride, he is determined not to lose the bet he has made with Dave Miller. Therefore, seeing to it that Blue Boy wins the competition at the State Fair means everything to him.
Melissa Frake is a hardworking farm woman for whom family comes first. She neither asks for nor expects very much for herself her joy comes from the accomplishments of her family. She is constantly concerned with the wellbeing of her husband and children. When something wonderful actually happens to her winning the blue ribbon for her mincemeat the emotions are so unfamiliar that she really doesn't know how to react.
Margy Frake is a simple farm girl who has just graduated from high school. She's looking to the future, but doesn't know what she wants from life. As she says in the song It Might as well Be Spring, she's “vaguely discontented” and keeps “wishing I were somewhere else,” although she has no idea of where that might be. When she agrees to answer her boyfriend Harry“s marriage proposal after the fair, the impending decision weighs heavily on her. While she knows that he will be a good husband and do everything he can to make her happy, meeting the more worldly Pat Gilbert makes her realize that she won't find whatever it is she's been yearning for with Harry.
Wayne Frake is a young farmer who is very content with his life. He adores his girlfriend, Eleanor, but her decision to go away to college throws him off-balance. Receiving attention from the sophisticated Emily gives him a false sense of maturity and importance who needs Eleanor anyhow? Ultimately he realizes that he would never be happy with any life other than the one he already has.
Harry is an extremely earnest, hardworking farmer who has his whole future figured out, and it all revolves around Margy. Therefore, when she turns down his marriage proposal, he is suddenly faced with an uncertain future he never anticipated. Although Harry is a somewhat comic character, it is essential that we believe his proposal is a realistic option for Margy.
Emily Arden has worked extremely hard to overcome the unhappy circumstances of her past. She dreams of a career on Broadway and is single-minded in her focus to achieve that dream. Meeting Wayne reminds her of the sort of life she is giving up in pursuit of her goal, and having been hurt herself, she wants to makes sure that Wayne doesn't get hurt in the same way.
Gus - the Frake's hired man.
Dave Miller - the local storekeeper.
Eleanor- Wayne's girlfriend.
The Fair Announcer
The Hoop-La Barker
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.

Songs Include:

  • It Might As Well Be Spring
  • Blue Boy Enters
  • More Than Just a Friend
  • Isn't It Kinda Fun?
  • That's the Way It Happens
  • When I Go Out Walking With My Baby
  • Into Mincemeats
  • It's a Grand Night for Singing
  • All I Owe Ioway
  • Good-bye, Harry
  • Isn't It Kinda Sad?


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