Choral & Classroom

State Fair - Getting To Know Collection


Music by Richard Rodgers

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli

Overview / Synopsis

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!

Getting to Know...STATE FAIR is the perfect show to introduce young people through the 9th grade to the magic of live theater.

Perusal Pack - HL08751826 $10.00

Production Pack - HL08751741 $500.00

This Production Pack includes:

  • Director's Guide
  • 2 Director's Scripts
  • 2 Piano/Vocal Scores
  • 20 Libretto/Vocal Books
  • Study Guide
  • DVD Guide to Musical Staging
  • Vocal and Accompaniment CDs
  • 10 Chorus Books
Individual Components

08751746 - Director's Guide $40.00

08751744 - Director's Script $25.00

08751742 - Piano/Vocal Score $50.00

08751743 - Libretto/Vocal Book $15.00

08751747 - Libretto/Vocal Book 10 Pak $120.00

08751748 - Chorus Book 10 Pak $35.00

08747294 - Performance/Accompaniment CD $100.00

08751745 - Study Guide $50.00

08751749 - DVD Guide to Musical Staging $50.00

Opening (Our State Fair)
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
Reprise: It Might As Well Be Spring
When I Go Out Walking With My Baby
Into Mincemeats
It's a Grand Night for Singing / Change Into Scene 8
It's a Grand Night for Singing - Part 2
All I Owe Ioway
Reprises: Isn't It Kinda Fun? / That's the Way It Happens
Good-bye, Harry
Isn't It Kinda Sad?
Finale Ultimo
Abel Frake

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

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

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

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 collegethrows 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

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.


The Frake's hired man.

Dave Miller

The local storekeeper.


Wayne's girlfriend.

The Fair Announcer

The Hoop-La Barker


Pat Gilbert

A newspaper reporter.


A newspaper photographer.


A farmer.


A farmer.

Hank Munson

A farmer.

The Chief of Police


The Chief of Police's daughter.

The Fairtones

Emily's backup act.

Judge Heppenstahl

Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville

Additional Cast