A Don't Hug Me County Fair

by  Paul Olson, Phil Olson

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"GO!" - LA Weekly
"A fun romp that is bound to be a popular superhit!" - Grigware Talks Theatre
The summer sequel to the smash hit musical comedies Don't Hug Me and A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol! It's summer time and the Bunyan County Fair is approaching, the biggest thing that's happened in Bunyan Bay since the winter carnival snowplow parade.


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A Don't Hug Me County Fair

by  Paul Olson Phil Olson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A Don't Hug Me County Fair is the summer sequel to the smash hit musical comedies Don't Hug Me and A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol!

It's summer time and the Bunyan County Fair is approaching, the biggest thing that's happened in Bunyan Bay since the winter carnival snowplow parade. This year the Bunyan County Fair means one thing to Gunner and Clara Johnson, owners of a little bar called The Bunyan; The Miss Walleye Queen Competition. Bernice, the pretty waitress, sees this as her big chance to win Miss Walleye Queen, to be discovered, and more important, to have her face carved in butter at the Minnesota State Fair. The stakes have never been higher in Bunyan Bay. The trouble begins when Gunner's wife, Clara, decides she also wants to win Miss Walleye Queen. Bigger trouble arrives when Gunner's estranged twin sister, Trigger, (played by Gunner) shows up to try to win the beauty pageant.

Featuring 18 original songs including, "My Campfire is Burnin'," "I'm a Bunyan Woman," "If I Could Win Miss Walleye Queen," "Pontoon Ladies,", "I'm Just a Pretty Forest Ranger," and "Our Butter Face Queen." Only 5 characters, a simple set, and it doesn't require a band... A Don't Hug Me County Fair is very inexpensive to produce.

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Reviews

REVIEWS:

"It's wonderful!" - Dick Clark, TV Icon

"GO!" - LA Weekly

"Riotously funny!" - Norwegian American Weekly

"A fun romp that is bound to be a popular superhit!" - Grigware Talks Theatre

"I love to laugh, and I did!" - LATheatreReview.com

"A howl-a-minute hoot!" - Tolucan Times

"I laughed so hard my sides hurt!... I loved it!" - American Radio Network

"You won't want to miss the fun of this third trip to Bunyan Bay!" - Stage Happenings

"I laughed so hard and so often that I might have damaged some of my sturdy Norwegian innards!" - LA Comedy Examiner

"Thigh slapping fun!...Go see it!" - LA Taco

"100% Sweet!" - Bitter-Lemons.com

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Videos

  • Don't Hug Me County Fair
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Keywords

Friendship, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A little bar in northern Minnesota. On the walls are stuffed animals, stuffed fish, and beer signs. Photos of the original set can be seen on www.DontHugMe.com. Costuming is simple as well. North woods flannel shirts, jeans, sturdy shoes or boots. Bernice will wear a sexy outfit for her talent event.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Country/Western, Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

If I Just Get His Attention
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If I Could Win Miss Walleye Queen
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Who's Better Catching Fish
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We Have Got a Little Problem
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Bunyan County Has the Best Fair
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I'm Just a Pretty Forest Ranger
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When Ya Need to Share Your Feelings, Get a Card
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I'm the Man You'll Marry
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What Did Gunner Do
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How Am I Supposed to Win
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Here Come The Walleye Queens
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My Campfire is Burnin' For You
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Pontoon Ladies
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Take Us Out
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I'm a Bunyan Woman
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Bunyan Bay
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Our Butter Face Queen
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If I Could Win Miss Walleye Queen (Reprise)
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Casting

3m, 2f
CLARA JOHNSON - Gunner’s wife, strong willed co-owner of a bar called “The Bunyan,” has been married to Gunner for a long time
GUNNER JOHNSON - Clara’s husband, strong willed co-owner of The Bunyan, a north woods Archie Bunker
BERNICE LUNDSTROM - pretty, young, ex-waitress at The Bunyan; dreams of going to Broadway
KANUTE GUNDERSON - blivious, dense, harmless, full-of-himself business owner
AARVID GISSELSEN - slick, fast-talking karaoke salesman; a north woods “Music Man”
TRIGGER JOHNSON - Gunner’s twin sister, a forest ranger; doesn’t get along with her brother, desperately wants to find a man; played by Gunner
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Drag performance

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Full Package

6 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Paul Olson

Paul Olson

Phil Olson

Phil Olson grew up in Edina, Minnesota, home of the first indoor mall. His father’s grandparents came over from Norway and homesteaded a farm north of Fargo, North Dakota. His mother’s grandparents also came over from Norway and ended up in Virginia, Minnesota; the iron range. Mr. Olson played varsity football, basketb ...

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A Don't Hug Me County Fair was first produced at the Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in February 2009. It was directed by Doug Engalla.

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