Mercyhurst welcomes Erie to the State Fair – Rodgers and Hammerstein style

On Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, it will be trip to the sight and sounds of the place where the country meets the city when the students of the Mercyhurst College D’Angelo Department of Music present their second annual student-run musical – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair.”

Students will handle nearly every aspect of the production when the curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on both nights in the Mercyhurst Prep High School Auditorium.

Tickets are available at the door: adults $6, students and senior citizen $3, and Mercyhurst College students with identification $1.

This rousing musical production follows the fates of the Frake family during the annual Iowa State Fair as each member of the family battles for a prize: a blue ribbon for Father’s favorite pet pig; first prize for Mom's entry in the pie-baking contest; and, for their son and daughter, the hunt is on for the best prize of all, true love.

This famous Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical, their only composition written exclusively for the silver screen, features some of their biggest hits, including “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” and the 1945 Academy Award-winning “It Might As Well Be Spring.”
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