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State Fair the Musical

State Fair the Musical

This month Groton High School will be bringing to life the all-American musical “State Fair”, based on the 1945 classic movie of the same name. Young and old alike will love this family-friendly show with its lively musical numbers, engaging scenes and positive message, featuring music written by Rodgers & Hammerstein. “These kids can all sing!” Director Annette Twitchell declared. With six lead characters and plenty of chances to break into song, Twitchell said the students’ singing capability was the primary reason she cast the students that she did, adding, “It’s not about a person or two, the strength of this show is going to be the strong ensemble. Every character is going to entertain”. Depicting a time in American culture shortly after WWII, the lighthearted storyline explores the high hopes and personal experiences of a small farming family as they prepare for and attend the Iowa State Fair. Charlie Case and Brooke Twitchell play the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frake, who each aspire to win at least one blue ribbon during the three-day event, Mr. Frake for his hog and Mrs. Frake for both her mincemeat and pickles. Hope Twitchell plays the romantic-minded daughter Margy Frake. Her love interest is played by Paul Brecht as the confident and worldly reporter Pat Gilbert. Josh Goodwin plays the wistful Wayne Frake and Catherine Jenks plays Emily Arden, the silky voiced singer that Wayne falls head-over-heels for. Admittedly, the cast has their work cut out for them, and they confess “making the romantic parts believable” and “staying in character during the so-many funny lines” will be the most challenging parts of their roles.

The 2017 Drama Production of “State Fair” will be playing from Thursday, March 16, 2017 through Saturday, March 18, 2017. All shows will begin at 7:00 pm in the Groton High School Auditorium. In keeping with the atmosphere of the show, the Groton Visual and Performing Arts Boosters will be selling classic carnival treats such as cotton candy, popcorn and more. There will also be fair-themed games and activities for all ages during a full hour of concessions available before the show. A special kid-friendly activity, offered before the Saturday show only, will be a live petting zoo! For advanced tickets contact Deb VanZandt in Student Services at:  898-5802 or All tickets are $7 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

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