State Fair Community College

Theatre Arts

 Theatre is a reflection of life that helps us understand the world around us.

Buy Tickets button graphicAll events are held in the Stauffacher Theatre unless otherwise noted. Tickets, if required, are available two weeks prior to event opening. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (660) 596-7387 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to the performance, e-mail, or click the BUY TICKETS! button to purchase tickets online.

All tickets are $6 for the public and free to SFCC students and employees unless otherwise noted. Dinner theatre admission is $15 for the public and $10 for SFCC students and employees. Children's show admission is $5; Sunday matinées are free to anyone 60 or older. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are half price; however, discount does not include dinner theatre.
“Romantic Fools”
Sept. 2-4, 7:30 p.m.
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126
Free admission-no ticket required

Written by Rich Orloff; directed by Eric Yazell, SFCC Theatre Arts coordinator and instructor

These 10 scenes in two acts consist of comedies examining love, lust, dating, and romance—from a date with a caveman (“Find Me a Primitive Man”) to bringing to life every man’s worst images of a first date (“Nightmare with a Sexy Skirt”) to unraveling wacky desires (“Vegetarian in Lust”). With influences of Monty Python, “Saturday Night Live,” Jules Feiffer, the Marx Brothers, and classic vaudeville comedy, these sketches vary in style but all celebrate the inherent comedy of male-female relationships.

Rated PG-13 for content and language

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”
Oct. 7-10, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
October 11, 2 p.m., Matinée
Stauffacher Theatre

Written by Alan Ball; directed by Becky Keightley Scott, SFCC costumer and adjunct instructor

During an ostentatious wedding reception at an estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride’s younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirits.

Rated PG-13 for content and language

“Tilly the Trickster”
Children’s Musical Theatre
Nov. 16-20, School Shows
Nov. 21, 2 p.m., Public Show
Stauffacher Theatre

Written by Molly Shannon; directed by Kristen Henning, SFCC adjunct instructor; musical direction by Ron Sayer, SFCC Music Arts program coordinator and instructor

Tilly is a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble. From leaking cups to toothpaste-flavored cookies, Tilly has a trick for everyone: her mom, dad, brother, classmates, and even her teacher. But when the tables are turned and her family does some scheming of their own, will Tilly decide to change her trickster ways?

Rated G-for all ages
Feb. 24-27, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
Feb. 28, 2 p.m., Matinée
Stauffacher Theatre

Written by Neil Simon; directed by Eric Yazell, Theatre Arts program coordinator and instructor

This hilarious comedy was inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince.”

Rated R for language
April 14-16 and 20-23, 7:30 p.m.
April 16, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
April 17, 2 p.m., Matinée
April 20, 10 a.m., Student Matinée
April 23, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126

Written by John-Michael Tebelak; music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; directed by Tim Wells, SFCC instructor; musical direction by Ron Sayer, SFCC Music Arts program coordinator and instructor

Prepare for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. “Godspell” was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, and it took the world by storm.

Rated PG-not suitable for children

Student Theatre Showcase
Studio One-Acts
May 5 and 6, 7 p.m.
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126
Theatre Arts

Free admission – no ticket required

Plays are determined by student-directors in the spring.

This showcase serves as a hands-on final exam for students in directing, acting and stagecraft and lighting classes. It’s a great opportunity to see how students apply their classroom learning to live performances.

Rated R for mature audiences

Before the Stauffacher Theatre, Yeater Room 126 served double duty as a television production studio and theatre space for 19 years. It held 100 playgoers in tight, intimate quarters. Thanks to the generosity of Barbara Lamy Cooney and Sylvia L. Thompson, the space comes full circle when it once again becomes a performance space. Seating 80 to 90 and featuring flexible stage and seating configurations, the Thompson O'Sullivan Studio Theatre will provide much-needed additional performance space for main stage productions, student showcases, rehearsals, classes, and other college and community events.

♦ For more information about State Fair Community College's Speech and Theatre programs such as requirements, past seasons' performances or scholarships, click here.

Please join us in keeping the arts alive for our students and the community. Contact the SFCC Foundation to make a tax deductible contribution to support the Theatre Arts program.

Director’s Circle | $1,000 and above

  • Season tickets for 12
  • Four dinner tickets
  • Recognition in SFCC Foundation publications, performance programs and marketing materials

Grand Patron | $500 to $999

  • Season tickets for six
  • Two dinner tickets
  • Recognition in SFCC Foundation publications, performance programs and marketing materials

Patron | $100 to $499

  • Season tickets for four
  • Recognition in SFCC Foundation publications, performance programs and marketing materials

Friend | $50 to $99          

  • Season tickets for two
  • Recognition in SFCC Foundation publications, performance programs and marketing materials
Performing Arts membership benefits also include:
Premium seating
Pre-sale ticketing
Special dinner theatre pricing
Personal concierge services
Give the gift of the arts!
Give a gift that entertains and enlightens … music, theatre and dinner theatre gift certificates and Performing Arts gift memberships are available. For more information, call the Stauffacher Box Office at (660) 596-7387 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email

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