"State Fair" on stage in Maple Grove
The Minnesota State Fair is a subject near and dear to many Minnesotan hearts, and you can get into the spirit with Cross Community Players' latest production "State Fair."

The musical was originally a movie made from a book about the Frake family's traditional yearly trip to the Iowa State Fair, set in 1946.

"The movie takes place still at the state fair but in so many different locations, that putting it on stage you end up with a new location almost every single scene," said director Liz Yoder.

The spacious theater at Maple Grove Senior High makes it possible to accommodate all the set pieces and changes. The music is Rogers and Hammerstein, and there's multiple story lines within the Frake family.

"Margie is definitely a romantic, and it's wonderful for her but also gets her into a little bit of trouble as well," said Kelly Anderson about the role of Margie Frake.

"I grew up on a farm, so I can see where he's coming from, going to the big city for the fair," said Thomas Harren, who plays Margie’s older brother, Wayne.

Wayne is the consummate nice, somewhat innocent, farm guy who falls head over heels for the flashy Emily Arden, who is a singer at the fair.

"I think they equally find something that they connect with and they see something in each other that they want to reflect in themselves," said Kate Callen, who plays Emily Arden in the play.

"State Fair" runs this weekend only at Maple Grove Senior High. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Cross Community Players is collecting canned goods and school supplies for CROSS Food Shelf at the door.

Neil Pursley reporting

July 28, 2017


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