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July 18, 2003


UW-River Falls toPresent "State Fair"

The St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre will present "State Fair," the popular musical that tells the story of the Frake family's adventure at the Iowa State Fair. The play will be presented at the UW-River Falls Blanche Davis Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building July 30, through Aug. 2, and Aug. 6-9, at 8 p.m.

"State Fair" is Rodgers and Hammerstein's only musical written directly for the screen, based on the book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli. It follows the Frake family on a three-day trip to the Iowa State Fair, where the parents compete for blue ribbons and the kids find romance and heartbreak on the midway. It is set to the music of an Academy Award-winning score and contains other songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein. UW-RF alumnus Erik Quam will direct.

Junior Wayne Yeager, a theatre major from River Falls, plays the roles of Dave Miller and the Judge, and also doubles as the theatre's shop foreman. Recent graduate John Stevens, a speech communications major from Columbia Heights, Minn., plays the role of Charlie and also works in the scene shop. Junior Denise Baker, a speech communications major from Hudson, is the choreographer for the dance numbers. Junior Brad Jennings, an English major from Chetek, is a member of the singing quartet, the Fairtones. Junior Cordell Wesselink, a speech communications major from Beldenville, plays the role of Wayne Frake.

Physics Professor Eileen Korenic plays the role of Melissa Frake. English Professor Bernie Brouhaugh plays the role of Clay. Sophomore Hope Yeager, a theatre major from River Falls, is in charge of promotions and publicity for the play.

Sophomore Peter Potyondy, a social studies major from Woodbury, Minn., and Jeremy L. Maybrey, a speech communications major from Blaine, Minn., will work in the scene shop.

The St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre Box Office, located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on campus is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It also opens one hour before each performance. Prices range from $8-$12. For more information, call 715/425-3114 or 800/228-5423.

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