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.

“Move Over, Mrs. Markham”
Comedy Farce
Oct. 8-11, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9, 1 p.m., Student Matinée
Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
Oct. 12, 2 p.m., Matinée
Stauffacher Theatre

Written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman; directed by Tim Wells, SFCC instructor

The story is set in a very elegant top floor London flat belonging to Philip and Joanna Markham. Philip, a straight-laced publisher of children’s books who shares an office with his partner, Henry Lodge, reluctantly agrees to let Henry borrow his apartment for the evening to “entertain” his latest girlfriend. At the same time, Joanna Markham is persuaded by Linda Lodge to let her borrow the apartment so she can entertain her lover. On the very same night, the interior designer, who has been decorating the apartment for the past three months, decides that he and the au pair girl will use the flat! Not surprisingly, chaos and confusion ensue. This is the second time SFCC Theatre Arts has produced this show; the first time was 30 years ago!

Rated PG13 - contains sexually suggestive content


“Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut”
Children’s Musical Theatre
Nov. 17-21, School Shows
Nov. 22, 2 p.m., Public Show
Stauffacher Theatre
Admission-$5 for public, SFCC students and employees

Book by Scott Elmegreen; music and lyrics by Drew Fornarola; directed by Kristen Janke, SFCC adjunct instructor; musical direction by Kevin Holbert, SFCC adjunct instructor

Yesterday Allie was just a normal kid, but today she’s headed into outer space! With the help of her trusty talking dog Captain Chaos and Rover, the dancing robot from Mars, Allie is on a mission across the solar system to save Earth and maybe learn about science along the way. But Allie better be home in time for dinner! Grab your space suit and get ready for an adventure that is out of this world! SFCC Children’s Musical Theatre is presented to nearly 5,000 area school children annually.

Rated G - suitable for young audiences

“Afterlife: A Ghost Story”
Feb. 25-28, 7:30 p.m.
February 26, 1 p.m., Student Matinée
Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
March 1, 2 p.m., Matinée
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126

Written by Steve Yockey; directed by Becky Keightley Scott, SFCC costumer and adjunct instructor

A ghost story in the most literal sense, Afterlife follows married couple Connor and Danielle as they prepare their beachfront home for an impending storm. But when the storm rolls in faster than expected, it may be too late for the them to escape the haunting world of unsent letters, unexpected snow, unfinished sandcastles, unrelenting birds, and the unforgettable loss of their child that threatens to swallow the pair forever. Steve Yockey writes on the MTV series Awkward and is currently adapting Simon Doonan’s Confessions of a Window Dresser and Zenescope’s Monster Hunters’ Survival Guide for Relativity.

Rated PG13 - contains adult themes

“The Nerd”
April 15-18, 7:30 p.m.
April 16, 1 p.m., Student Matinée
April 18, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
April 19, 2 p.m., Matinée
Stauffacher Theatre

Written by Larry Shue; directed by Eric Yazell, Theatre Arts program coordinator

Now an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you”—
so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of Willum’s 34th birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless “nerd”—a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. And Rick stays on and on; his continued presence leads to one uproarious incident after another until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence—a dire development that happily is staved off by the surprising “twist” ending.

The first performance of the play was in April 1981 by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater; author Shue played the role of Willum.

Rated PG - not suitable for children

Student Theatre Showcase
Studio One-Acts
May 7 and 8, 7 p.m.
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126
Free admission – no ticket required

Plays are determined by student-directors in the spring.
The showcase serves as a hands-on final exam for the program’s directing, acting and stagecraft and lighting classes. It’s a great opportunity for the community to see the students’ accomplishments, as well as some great performances!
Rated R – for mature audiences

Thompson O'Sullivan Studio Theatre

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.

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Supporting the Arts

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 | Up 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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