Lakeshore Players Presents a Blue-Ribbon Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical, April 16 - May 17

STATE FAIR Lakeshore Players

Caption: (Standing) Whitney Place, Tim Marrin, Jonathan Flory, and (seated) Lori Vosejpka, are the award-winning Frake family in "State Fair" at Lakeshore Players Theatre April 16 – May 17. (Photo: Lauren Bergstrom)

Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, with award-winning music and the majesty of the midway, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair is as fun as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together.”

The story follows the adventures of the Frakes, a "good Midwestern family" at the 1946 state fair. Mom and Pop strive for blue ribbons while their daughter and son each discover romance—and heartbreak.

State Fair is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment that will get your toes tapping and leave you smiling as the family finds their own happy ending,” says Executive Director Joan Elwell.

Directed by Laura Bidgood, the show features a talented cast of volunteer actors from across the Twin Cities, many cast in multiple roles. “I haved loved State Fair ever since I was a kid watching it on TV," said Bidgood.

Did Bidgood fall in love with the catchy tunes? Or was it the down-home characters? Maybe the fun-filled story drew her to the musical? “Yes, it is all of that, says Bidgood. "But State Fair is a show that just makes my heart smile."

Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski adds, “With the exhibits and delicious foods on a stick, the state fair is a great summer tradition in Minnesota. We’re just bringing some of that excitement to the stage a few months early.”

To learn about the history of this iconic show and listen to music clips, go to LakeshorePlayers.com and click on the State Fair show link.

Funding for State Fair was made possible in part by the Minnesota State Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and from generous contributions from Lakeshore Players supporters.

When you go:

Performances are April 16-May 17 at Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue in White Bear Lake. 

Tickets are $18-$23 and may be reserved in advance with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. To purchase tickets in advance and select your own seats at no additional charge, go to LakeshorePlayers.com or call 651-429-5674.

State Fair Special Events:

Thursday, April 16: tickets are only $12 for the preview performance.

Friday, April 17: an opening night reception is included in the ticket price. Catered by Ingredients Cafe, the reception immediately follows the performance.

Saturday, April 18: pay-what-you-can rush tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., while supplies last.

Sunday, April 19: Find out more about the show and how Lakeshore brings a story from page to stage at a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the matinee performance.

Cast List & Roles

Alan Cloud as Hank Munson and Fairtone
James Patrick "J.P." Barone as the Fair Announcer, Chief of Police, and Judge Heppenstahl
Sally Hunt as Violet
Charlie Wagner as Gus and Charlie
Tim Marrin as Abel Frake

Daria Michelle Turner plays Eleanor and Jeanne

Jordyn Flick as Fairgoer

Jonathan Flory as Wayne Frake
Theresa McConnon as Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville
Lori Vosejpka as Melissa Frake

Hannah Paulson as Fairgoer
Jerry Paulsen as Dave Miller and Fairgoer

Tim Kanaley as Hoop La Barker, Lem, Fairtone, and Roustabout 2
Ellie Peterson as Emily Arden
Whitney Place as Margy Frake

Michael Maloney as the Astounding Stralenko, Clay, Fairtone, and Roustabout 1
Matt Wehling as Harry and Fairtone

Tommie Hollingsworth as Vivian

Jared Mogen as Pat Gilbert



April 16, Thur (7:30 pm): $12 Preview
April 17, Fri (7:30 pm): Post-show reception
April 18, Sat (7:30 pm): Pay-what-you-can rush tickets available at the door while supplies last
April 19, Sun (2:00 pm): Post-show artist discussion

April 24, Fri (7:30 pm)
April 25, Sat (7:30 pm)
April 26, Sun (2:00 pm)

May 1, Fri (7:30 pm)
May 2, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 3, Sun (2:00 pm)

May 8, Fri (7:30 pm)
May 9, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 10, Sun (2:00 pm)

May 15, Fri (7:30 pm)
May 16, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 17, Sun (2:00 pm): ASL-Interpreted (with two week's notice)

For More Information:

Ben Ratkowski, Artistic Director
(651) 426-3275


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Lakeshore Players is a community supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and CRC_Sealproudly meets all 27 Charities Review Council "Smart Givers" accountability standards.





















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