Fair season is coming early to Enterprise Middle School when students take the stage March 13 to bring to life an adaptation of one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s only musicals written for the silver screen.
Dancing, romance and the fate of a prized pig are all at stake in State Fair, a production drama teacher Rachel Browning said showcases the talents of numerous students while exploring themes of rural life familiar to many in the school’s West Richland community.
State Fair concerns the Frake family of Iowa, who head to their state fair with some baked goods, and father Abel Frake’s prized pig Blue Boy, to enter in competitions. Blue Boy’s blue ribbon chances aren’t the only story though, with the teenage Frake children meeting people who could change their lives. The production is derived from the “Getting To Know Rodgers and Hammerstein” series, which adapts the duo’s classical musicals for younger performers.
Abel Frake is played by seventh-grader JD Snow, Melissa Frake is played by eighth-grader Gabriela Boarder, Margy Frake is played by eighth-grader Kate Whalen, Wayne Frake is played by eighth-grader Mason Nelson, Pat Gilbert is played by eighth-grader Tru Stites and Emily Arden is played by eighth-grader Kenzie Budge.
Shows are at 7 p.m. March 13-14 and 20 with a 2 p.m. matinee March 21 at Enterprise, 5200 Paradise Way, West Richland. Tickets cost $5 for students and kids, and $7 for adults, and can be purchased at the door.