Pittsfield Kids to perform ‘G2K State Fair’

  • Melissa and Abel Frake, played by Kaylyn John-Zensky and Joe Molloy, are excited to compete in the Iowa State Fair. Courtesy

  • Pat Gilbert, played by Peter Dudley, a newspaper reporter meets Margy Frake, played by Trinity Morse, at the Iowa State Fair. Courtesy

Published: 2/20/2020 9:34:03 AM

With great songs and fun dances, the Scenic Theatre will be transformed into a midwest state fair this week.

The Pittsfield Players Kid’s Theatre Workshop will present G2K State Fair, an adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair musical.

State Fair tells the story of the Frake family of Brunswick, Iowa, and their adventures at the 1946 Iowa State Fair. Father Abel Frake (played by Joe Molloy) is showing his prize boar, Big Boy, and he’s confident that the hog will win the Grand Sweepstakes. His wife, Melissa (Kaylyn John-Zensky), is working on her pickles and mincemeat, hoping for a blue ribbon this year.

Son Wayne (Abe Marcotte) is anxious to get even with the Hoopla Barker (Biagio Donini) at the ring toss booth, who made fun of him last year, and Wayne has practiced his toss in the hopes of showing the barker up.

Daughter Margy (Trinity Morse) is facing a big decision whether to marry her long time beau Harry, and, while everyone expects her to marry him, she’s not too sure.

At the fair, these four Frake family members meet many new folks, find romance and successes and trials, and have a great time at the fair.

The cast is rounded out by Aiden Hodson as Gus, the farm hand; Spencer Griffin as Dave Miller; Alivia Duffy as Eleanor, Wayne’s girlfriend; Dylan Mills as Harry, Margy’s boyfriend; Cecily Schultz as Emily Arden, a traveling singer with her back up group, the Fairtones; Carly Griffin as Vivian; Peter Dudley as Pat Gilbert, a hardened newspaper reporter; Chris Tedcastle as Charlie, Pat’s photographer; Biagio Donini as Hank Munson, a hog owner and companion to Ben Tedcastle, who plays Lem, and Aidan Hodson, who plays Clay, and who make up the “hog callers”; Spencer Griffin as the Chief of Police and Rose Koladish as Violet, his daughter; Spencer Griffin as Judge Heppenstahl; and Faith Griffin as Mrs. Edwin Metcalf. Chorus members include Annalissa Marcotte, Savannah Fifield, Damonica Charles, Olivia Charles, Makenna Dow, Raylyn Pszonowsky, Tori Allen, Molly Spangler, Savannah Chagnon, Anna Vyce, Addy Shanyo, Ren Connors, Abigail Grillo-Moore and Jessica Nagle.

Director Maye Hart first brought State Fair to the Scenic stage in 2003, and she’s recreating the set and special effects for this kid’s presentation.

Shows will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the shows are $10 for adults and $8 for kids under 13 and can be reserved by calling 435-8852 or visiting pittsfieldplayers.com.

The Kid’s Theater Workshop is open to kids ages 8 to 18, and the children not only act and sing on stage, but also stage manage, paint sets, and operating the lights and sound.

Maye Hart




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