In 2004, Pastiche staged Rodger and Hammerstein’s last musical State Fair, which was posthumously adapted from their film for the stage.

Set against the colourful 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.

The score features songs including It’s A Grand Night For Singing, Iowa, When I Go Out Walking With My Baby and It Might As Well Be Spring.

State Fair raised £2,500 which was donated to the Meningitis Trust. The charity has since renamed to Meningitis Now.


Abel Frake Rick Williams
Wayne Frake Ben Banks
Gus George Harrison
Dave Miller Les McGowan
Margy Frake Ceren Roberts
Melissa Frake Carol Williams
Harry Claire Ridley
Announcer Simon Tidball
Candy Barker Matthew Ridley
Shooting Barker Simon Tidball
Hoop-la Barker Phil Harrison
Balloon Vendor Tudor Williams
Emily Arden Debbie Langford
Stralenko Alan Holloway
Vivian Roma Ridley
Jeanne Vanda Simmonds
Pat Gilbert Steve Ellis
Charlie Geoff Williams
Lem Dave Warrin
Clay Brian Coles
Hank Munson Max Harkness
Police Chief Alan Holloway
Violet Olivia Holburd
The Fairtones Stephanie Ware, Jenny Swallow, Claire Ridley, Victoria Ware
Judge John Scoates
Lady Judge Alice Coles
Third Judge Jordan Hines
Judges' Assistant David Rees, Tudor Williams
Mrs Edwin Metcalf Pam McGowan
Mrs Metcalf's friend Stephanie Ware
Roustabouts Alan Anders, Roger Holburd
Clown dancers Charlotte Ingham, Melanie James, and John Scoates
Ensemble Alice Coles-Aldridge
Ensemble Katie Harkness
Production Team
Book Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli
Music Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Director Jean Hobson
Musical Director Jean George
Choreography Roma Ridley
Song List
Act One Act Two
Opening Man I Used to Be
It Might As Well Be Spring All I Owe Iowa
Driving At Night/Our State Fair Man I Used to Be (Reprise)
That's For Me That's the Way It Happens
More Than Just A Friend Boys and Girls Like You and Me
Isn't It Kinda Fun? Next Time It Happens
Isn't It Kinda Fun? (Reprise) Finale Ultimo
You Never Had It So Good  
It Might As Well Be Spring (Reprise)  
When I Go Out Walking With My Baby   
So Far  
It's A Grand Night For Singing  

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