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|
|Dave Miller||Les McGowan|
|Margy Frake||Ceren Roberts|
|Melissa Frake||Carol Williams|
|Candy Barker||Matthew Ridley|
|Shooting Barker||Simon Tidball|
|Hoop-la Barker||Phil Harrison|
|Balloon Vendor||Tudor Williams|
|Emily Arden||Debbie Langford|
|Pat Gilbert||Steve Ellis|
|Hank Munson||Max Harkness|
|Police Chief||Alan Holloway|
|The Fairtones||Stephanie Ware, Jenny Swallow, Claire Ridley, Victoria Ware|
|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|
|Book||Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli|
|Lyrics||Oscar Hammerstein II|
|Musical Director||Jean George|
|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|
|It's A Grand Night For Singing|
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