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Theatre In The Park :
is made possible and partially funded through grants from the New Salem Lincoln League, Illinois Arts Council, and the Springfield Area Arts Council.
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Directed by Bill Bauser, Jr.
June 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, July 1, 2017
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."
Please sign up for an audition time at
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
Charlie - Austin Servais
Lem - Micahel Boeker
Clay - Brian Bomke
Hank - Wes Bridges
Dave Miller - Rich Kuschel
Gus - Conor Phillips
Chief - Mark Anderson
Astounding Stralenko - Alex Herter
Violet - Ava Giacomini
Hoopla Barker - TBD
Mrs, Metcalf - Rebecca Lock
Vivian - Rachel Gross
Iron Man - Piotr Lichwala
Fairtones - Savannah Millspaugh, Emily Bland, Maddie Kraus, Ellie Bretscher
Jeanie - Megan Coakley
Mrs. Robert Mosely - Patti Daniels
Ensemble - Michelle Tebrugge, Elizabeth Parker, 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