Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre presents summer musical ‘State Fair’


Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, "State Fair,” as its annual summer production this year.

“Set against the backdrop of the 1946 Iowa State Fair, this show is a heartwarming tribute to the essence of rural life,” Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre said in a news release.

Directed by Vesta Loomis, the show tells the story of the Frake family’s adventures around the fairgrounds.

“‘State Fair’ really speaks to me, bringing back memories of those summers I spent at county fairs,” Loomis said. “It's a love letter to small town people with big dreams, and capturing all the fun and excitement of community gatherings. ‘State Fair’ celebrates the spirit of togetherness and the simple joys that make local traditions special. This show reminds me that I love being part of my local community."

“State Fair” runs Thursday, July 25, to Saturday, Aug. 3, with shows at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the commons of Tenino High School, located at 500 W. Second Ave., Tenino.

A pay-what-you-can performance is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors, can be purchased online at teninoyoungathearttheatre.org or at the door.

Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre is “an all-ages, all-abilities theater company that is dedicated to cultivating community, building relationships, and promoting individual growth through the joy of theater,” the organization said in a news release.

For more information, contact info@teninoyoungathearttheatre.org