State Fair is coming to Caledonia

Bottom row left to right:  Grace Meyer, Eric Myhre, Lyle Myhre, Riley Aasum, Ezra McGonigle, Anna Wheat, Linda Hang, Miranda Schroeder. Top row left to right: Shaun Privet, Gabe Morey, Sydney Hendel, Abby Schwartzhoff, Katrina Paulson, director Heidi Myhre, Emma Craig, Stevie Bulman, Hailey Loken, Alex Studenski. Not pictured Styrk Myhre. Director Myhre reports that rehearsals have been “going very well, we’re right on track with where I’d expect us to be at this point.” The cast has been rehearsing since November, and this year a choreograhper was hired to work with the students as the play “State Fair” calls for a lot of dancing by the cast. The performance dates and times are Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. The performance will take place at the Caledonia MS/HS auditorium. Admission is just $6 for adults, and $4 for students. Be sure and save the date to support our students as they perform “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘State Fair.’”

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

The MS/HS Musical is this weekend!

The cast of about 20 will perform Rogers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair” all three days of the weekend.

Show times are Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.

The performances will take place at the Caledonia MS/HS auditorium.

“Reharsals have been going well,” said musical director Heidi Myhre. “We’re about where I’d expect us to be at this point.”

The show is coming together and after months of hard work, the performers are chomping at the bit to hit the stage.

Rehearsals have been going until about 7:00 p.m. some nights and they’ve also held rehearsals on Saturdays, all in preparation for a good performance.

Senior Emma Craig and her parents have spent countless hours painting the set.

Myhre, thanks to her connections, got much of the set pieces from Key High High School in Iowa.

Many, many hours have been given by the performers ranging from grades seven through 12.

“The kids have been working hard,” Myhre said. “We hope everyone will come out and support them this weekend.”

State Fair is a musical with a book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and music by Richard Rodgers.

Phil Stong’s original novel, State Fair, was first adapted for film in 1933 in a production starring Will Rogers. In 1945, the film was remade as a musical with original songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. This was subsequently remade in 1962. The stage production closely follows the plot of its predecessors, providing a glimpse into the life of a farming family, the Frakes, and their three-day adventure at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in 1946. While parents Abel and Melissa are hoping to win a few blue ribbons, siblings Margy and Wayne are more interested in finding romance on the midway.

*Soure Wikipedia

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