State Fair

Music by Rodgers, Richard 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


Directed by Bill Bauser, Jr.
June 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, July 1, 2017

8:00 p.m.



The Frakes - father Abel Frake, mother Melissa Frake, and young adult children Wayne Frake and Margy Frake - are an Iowa farm family getting ready to go to the multi-day Iowa State Fair. Songs include "It Might As Well Be Spring", "It's A Grand Night For Singing". "That's For Me".





  Bill Bauser, Jr. has directed, vocal directed or choreographed numerous productions for

  Muni, STC, TIP, PORTA High School, Jacksonville, and SHG and directed TIP's HELLO

  DOLLY! in 2016.  Bill teaches music and drama at Sacred Heart-Griffin (SHG), is music and

  worship director at the United Methodist Church in Petersburg, and serves as treasurer

  emeritus as well as PAVE administrator of STC. In his spare time, he runs the MUNI

  concessions and caters.  “Thanks to the cast, staff, my family, SHG and my BCE for all their

  support, and God, for whom all things are possible.  I believe in angels and am thankful for

  those that continue to watch over me." 





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We will be happy to send you cuts of music and answer any questions you may have.  Thank you. 

Rehearsals for State Fair begin May 15.
Rehearsal period for State Fair will be six weeks.  The first three weeks we will rehearse at Sacred Heart Griffin High School (SHG) in Springfield, IL before moving out the Lincoln’s New Salem State Park stage.
Rehearsals will typically run Sunday-Thursday from 6:30-9:00 p.m.  State Fair staff asks that if you are auditioning for their show, please sing an audition cut song from the show.  Audition music will be available soon via email as well as audition sign-ups.  Stay tuned for more information. 



Abel Frake - Brad Barnes

Melissa Frake - Suzanne Moss

Wayne Frake - Michael Lanham

Margy Frake - Tiffany Riech

Pat Gilbert - Adam Maletich

Emily Arden - Alyssa Schultz

Harry - Pat Regan

Eleanor - Tiffany Nielsen

Judge - Nicholas Nielsen

Charlie - Austin Servais

Lem - Micahel Boeker

Clay - Brian Bomke

Hank - Wes Bridges

Dave Miller - TBD

Gus - Conor Phillips

Chief - Mark Anderson

Astounding Stralenko - Alex Herter

Violet - Ava Giacomini

Hoopla Barker - TBD

Mrs, Metcalf - Rebecca Lock

Vivian - Rachel Bridges

Iron Man - Piotr Lichwala

Fairtones - Savannah Millspaugh, Emily Bland, Maddie Kraus, Ellie Bretscher

Jeanie - Megan Maletich

Mrs. Robert Mosely - Patti Daniels

Ensemble - Michelle Tebrugge, Mindy Kolaz (Asst. Judge), Krystal Oh (Asst. Judge), Tanner Stephens, Rachel Douglas, Emma Smith, Emily Minor, Taylor White, Abi Overturf, Alison Lovdahl, Claire Jiroutek, Amelia Curtis, Piper Garman, Liz Klauzer, Marissa Patton