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“All I Owe Ioway” is performed by the entire company at the opening of Act Two. Copyright - © Ed Courrier “All I Owe Ioway” is performed by the entire company at the opening of Act Two. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Wayne Frake (Aidan Reese) serenades Emily Arden (Emma Lamberti) with “So Far.” Copyright - © Ed Courrier Wayne Frake (Aidan Reese) serenades Emily Arden (Emma Lamberti) with “So Far.” Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Pat Gilbert (Ben Kraft) woos Margy Frake (Deborah Katz) with “Isn’t It Kinda Fun?” near the Dairy Pavilion. Copyright - © Ed Courrier Pat Gilbert (Ben Kraft) woos Margy Frake (Deborah Katz) with “Isn’t It Kinda Fun?” near the Dairy Pavilion. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Melissa Frake (Emma Gross) and Abel Frake (Will Bingham) perform “When I Go Walking with My Baby” near the Frakes’ campsite. Copyright - © Ed Courrier Melissa Frake (Emma Gross) and Abel Frake (Will Bingham) perform “When I Go Walking with My Baby” near the Frakes’ campsite. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERFrom left, Lem (John Marmaras), Hank Munson (Ethan Buck), Abel FRake (Will Bingham) and Clay (Franco Zelada), sing “More Than Just a Friend” outside the Hog Pen. Copyright - © Ed Courrier PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERFrom left, Lem (John Marmaras), Hank Munson (Ethan Buck), Abel FRake (Will Bingham) and Clay (Franco Zelada), sing “More Than Just a Friend” outside the Hog Pen. Copyright - © Ed Courrier

Moravian Academy’s ‘State Fair’

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by Ed Courrier Special to the Press in School

A farming family finds love and adventure in Des Moines, Iowa, during 1946 with Moravian Academy’s production of “State Fair” which ran from Feb. 28 through March 1 in Dyer Auditorium.

While parents Abel and Melissa Frake seek to win blue ribbons, their children Margy and Wayne look for romance on the midway.

With book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli, and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Richard Rodgers, the musical is based on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1945 film version of Phil Stong’s novel “State Fair.”

Director Jarrod Yuskauskas was assisted by choreographer Deena Linn, music director Yvonne Robinson, technical director Rob Riker and orchestra conductor Richard Fanning.