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!
Performances of this production are free, but we ask for donations to help cover the production costs. There are opportunities to make donations before and after each performance.
Staring Lake Amphitheatre is an open-air theater in Staring Lake Park, overlooking beautiful Staring Lake. The seating area is terraced grass; for your comfort, you are encouraged to bring folding lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. Parking is available at the park or, for overflow, at the nearby soccer fields. A free shuttle bus runs between the soccer fields parking lot and the amphitheatre (all nights except June 17). Concessions are sold, and you are also free to bring in your own food and drink.
For the comfort of our performers and your fellow audience members, please be aware that smoking anywhere in Eden Prairie Parks is prohibited.
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 Amphitheater (Map)
Our winter play for 2019 will be Bus Stop, by William Inge, directed by Stephen Houtz. We're excited to announce that we have selected a new venue for the winter show this year: The Loading Dock Theatre at PiM Arts High School, 7255 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie. This new, more open, dynamic space is a great fit for the innovative directions we want to take for our winter plays, and the parking situation should be a big improvement over the high school as well.
This year we are continuing the new production we introduced last year: Women's One Acts (WOA!), a collection of one act plays by women and directed by women, intended to increase opportunities for female and female-identified theater artists.
The summer musical will be State Fair, with Music by Rodgers, Richard, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli. Directed by Steven Ramirez, musical director Melissa Warhol, and choreographer Brianna Belland.
The Children's Theater Workshop production will be the delightful Bedtime Stories (As told by our Dad) (who messed them up) by Ed Monk. Directed by Dr. Gina Light with assistant director Chris Veninga.
We will finish up the 2019 season in September with the 15th annual Collection of One Acts. We are working on selecting the plays for this production in the upcoming months.
The Eden Prairie Players Advisory Committee meets about once a month to choose upcoming productions, decide on actions, policies, and procedures, and plan for the future.
Monday, June 17, 6:30 PM
Monday, July 22, 6:30 PM
Eden Prairie City Center
The meetings are open to members of the Eden Prairie Players community and the public. If you are interested in getting involved in Eden Prairie Players' short and long-term planning, visiting a meeting is a great first step.