By Daniel E. McGonigle
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.