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Broadway at Bethel Music Theater Camp to present "State Fair"

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Broadway at Bethel Music Theater Camp will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "State Fair" at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 27 in Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College, North Newton. Admission is $5. All seating is general admission. 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 their three-day 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.

Familiar tunes in the show include "It's A Grand Night For Singing" and the 1945 Best Song Academy Award winner, "It Might As Well Be Spring."

"This show is the kind of warmhearted family entertainment that only Rodgers and Hammerstein could deliver!" says Kathryn Kasper, the show's producer. Kasper has been involved with summer theater production at Bethel College since the 1960s.

Singers and dancers for the show this year are 58 junior high and high school students from Kansas, Texas and Colorado who will come to the Bethel College campus June 20 for the one-week summer camp. Parts are assigned after try-outs at the start of the week and by the end of the week, a full-length musical is ready to be performed.

Other instructors for the week are John McCabe-Juhnke, Brent Noel, Arlo Kasper, Annette Thornton, Cathy Crispino and Rich Toevs.

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