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Eden Prairie Players is holding Auditions for our Summer Musical!
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli
Directed by Stephen Houtz
Musical Director Melissa Warhol
Choreographer Brianna Belland
Rodgers & Hammerstein's only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical that's had critics raving from coast to coast. Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, State Fair travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway.
Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score and augmented by other titles from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, State Fair is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver!
State Fair is a free, donation-supported, outdoor production that is presented at the Staring Lake Amphitheater in Eden Prairie.
Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 and 27, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. We will open at 6:15 PM to begin checking people in. We ask you to make an appointment for one of the available half-hour time slots and show up at least 10 minutes early to sign in.
Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Thursday, March 28.
Auditions are held at Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie. (Map).
Enter through the main entrance and follow the signs to the Garden Room on the lower level.
Adults and children aged 10 and up (as of the date of the first rehearsal, April 29) are welcome to audition for roles in the show. There are ensemble parts for adults and children. There are featured and lead roles available for ages 18 and up.
Auditions will have dance and vocal components.
Prepare 16 measures of a "traditional" show tune. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. No a cappella.
Dress for movement. The dance portion is done in small groups.
Brianna Belland, our choreographer, has prepared videos of the dance combinations that will be used in auditions. She will teach these combinations in the auditions, so it is not required to view these, memorize these, or prepare them in advance. But for those who would like to, you can view them at:
Please fill out and submit an audition form. Our audition form is an online form. You will be asked to upload a picture of yourself and a theatrical résumé if you have one. The picture can be a headshot or informal photo of just you, preferably of just head or head and upper torso, in portrait orientation. It must be a JPEG file. The résumé must be a PDF file. If you don’t have either of these files you can still submit the form. You can return to the site and upload either file later. You will get a link for this in a confirmation email after filling out the form. If you have a picture or a résumé but cannot upload it in the required format, you can bring a printed copy to the audition. Check your calendar and enter all rehearsal conflicts you know about. Students and parents of students should check for end-of-school-year events.
Abel Frake - An Iowa farmer who is very proud of his pig, whom he hopes will win Grand Champion at the State Fair. He is a loving family man.
Margy Frake - The Frakes' daughter, who has completed high school. She has a hometown boyfriend, Harry, but she doesn't know if she can settle down to the life he offers her. While at the State Fair, she meets Pat Gilbert and falls in love with him, even though he's a "man of the world".
Melissa Frake - Abel's wife, and the mother of Margy and Wayne. She is determined to win best pickles and best mincemeat at the State Fair (and beat Mrs. Metcalf who has won these honors multiple years).
Wayne Frake - The Frakes' son. He has a girlfriend Eleanor, but he falls for Emily, whom he meets at the State Fair.
Harry - Margy's boyfriend who urges her to marry him and settle down on a nice farm.
The Hoop-La Barker - The carnival worker who tries to get people to play the ring toss game.
Emily Arden - A sophisticated woman who appears out of nowhere to defend Wayne at the fair. She turns out to be a traveling singer who has dreams of making it big. Wayne falls for her (even though he has a girlfriend at home).
Pat Gilbert - A newspaper reporter, a "man of the world" whom Margy meets at the State Fair and falls in love with.
Ensemble - Barkers, Vendors, Judges and Fairgoers
Rehearsals begin April 29, Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM at Eden Prairie City Center before May 20, and from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Staring Lake Amphitheatre after May 20.
Some Friday night rehearsals may be called.
Tech week is June 10 through 13.
Friday, Saturday, June 14, 15, 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 16, 6:00 PM
Thursday through Saturday, June 20 - 22, 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 23, 6:00 PM
Staring Lake Amphitheatre
No conflicts will be accepted for tech week or performances.
Eden Prairie Players is holding Auditions for our Children's Theater Workshop!
Bedtime Stories (As Told by our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)
by Ed Monk
directed by Gina Light
produced by Liz Michaelson
It's Dad's turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and The Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them.
Dad - He makes up fairy tales to try to get his kids to sleep
Katie, Ashley, Wally - The kids who want stories before they will go to bed
Princess and the Pea Characters - Queen, Prime Minister, Prince 1, Princesses 1 - 4, Mindy
The Boy Who Cried Dinosaur Characters - Wilbur, 4 Sheep, Horace, Mayor, Mom, Father, Captain, 3 in the Militia
Rumpelstiltskin Characters - Prince 2, Old Woman, Daughter, Rumpelstiltskin, Town Folk
Where and When
Auditions will be held Monday, February 25 or Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 PM. You can attend either night.
Note: The audition nights have already passed, but the auditions were also announced in the Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation catalog after the audition dates, so if you saw it there and you child would like to audition, please contact Liz Michaelson at (952) 994-8355. You should also fill out the audition form and put your child on the waiting list. Keep reading below for more info.
Eden Prairie City Center
Lower level (follow signs from main entrance)
8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie (Map)
Great roles for boys and girls ages 9-15 (18-19 children will be cast). If cast, a $270 fee* is assessed for this 3-week program with rehearsals beginning July 8. We are requesting that each child actor arrive at 6:30 PM with parent/guardian. After sign in and a brief informational meeting, we will begin auditions at 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians are expected to stay until the end of the audition process.
Dress for comfort & movement. We ask that if girls wear skirts they also wear shorts or other pants under them. Please wear shoes, not flip-flops.
Before the Audition
A parent or guardian should fill out our online audition form. Having this done in advance saves a lot of time at the auditions. Before filling it out, please find a photo of your child who is auditioning that you can upload. It should be a JPEG file. Ideally, it should be a portrait-oriented picture of just the child, facing the camera. If you do not have this as a file on your computer, you can bring a photo to the audition. Also, when filling out the form, please have your family calendar available as you will be asked to mark the dates of rehearsals that your child will be unable to attend.
Please fill out the audition form before the day of the audition you will attend.
Click here to read the complete information about The Children’s Theatre Workshop production of Bedtime Stories (As Told by our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up) before signing up to have your child audition. (PDF)
Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 28, 2:30 pm
*For Eden Prairie residents who are interested in this program but cannot afford the registration fee, the city offers a fee assistance program. Check to see if you are eligible.
For residents outside of Eden Prairie you may qualify for a scholarship. Please contact Liz Michaelson for this information.
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