Oct. 5-8, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8, 6:30, Dinner Theatre
Oct. 9, 2 p.m.
Written by William Inge; directed by Kristen Henning, SFCC adjunct instructor
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus from Kansas City is forced to stop for the night at Gracie’s Diner where the passengers and employees take shelter while they confront their own personal storms inside the diner. Cherie, a nightclub singer in a sparkling gown and a fur-trimmed jacket, has the most to worry about. She’s been “kidnapped” by Bo, a 21-year old Montana cowboy with boorish manners who is convinced that Cherie will be his bride. The proprietor of the diner and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and the young waitress gets her first taste of romance.
“…Mr. Inge has put together an uproarious comedy that never strays from the truth.” – The New York Times
“William Inge should be a great comfort to all of us…he brings to the theatre a kind of warm-hearted compassion, creative vigor, freshness of approach, and appreciation of average humanity that can be wonderfully touching and stimulating.” – The New York Post
Rated PG-13; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
“THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS”
Children’s Musical Theatre
Nov. 14-18, School Shows
Nov. 19, 2 p.m., Public Show
Written by Paul Gilvary, Robert Kauzlaric and William Rush; based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith; directed by Eric Yazell, SFCC Theatre Arts program coordinator and instructor
There are two sides to every story, and when the Big, Bad Wolf takes the stand in Piggsylvania’s Trial of the Century, he finally gets his say. But whether or not he’ll get a fair trial in a corrupt piggy court is anyone’s guess. Will the pigs’ splashy puppet show make a puppet out of justice, or is the wolf’s catchy song and dance about a sneeze gone wrong all razzle-dazzle? Enter the jury box and decide the fate of Big ‘n’ Bad in this musical adaptation of the hit children’s book.
“One of the best children’s shows of the year. Case closed.” - The New York Times
“...a juicy plum of a show with fun music and lots of humor.” - Holly Johnson, The Oregonian
Rated G; appropriate for all ages
“NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE”
Feb. 23-25, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
Feb. 26, 2 p.m.
March 2-4, 7:30 p.m.
Thompson O'Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126
Written by Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer and Trevor Martin; directed by Eric Yazell, SFCC Theatre Arts program coordinator and instructor
They’re coming to get you, Barbara! NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ™ LIVE is a re-imagining of George A. Romero’s legendary cult classic! This faithful adaption that parodies the 1968 film includes a cemetery, a lone farmhouse, six petrified strangers, and hordes of flesh-eating zombies. The play, to some extent, takes a look at some of the social issues pertaining to the time period in which it was made before culminating in a series of comedic alternate endings. Can you survive a Night of the Living Dead?
Rated PG-13 for mild violence and language. WARNING: Although the play is presented as a comedy, it contains violence, some blood and gore. Audience discretion is advised.
“THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940”
Mystery and Farce
April 19-22, 7:30 p.m.
April 22, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
April 23, 2 p.m.
Written by John Bishop; directed by Tim Wells, SFCC instructor
The creative team assembles for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again and again. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the “Slasher” unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.
“…enormous fun…Its strength comes in part from the sheer diamond wit and diamante showbiz glitter of Bishop’s writing. Even his corn is succulently served.” – The New York Post
“…Bishop gives us a nakedly silly and relentlessly convoluted murder-mystery plot, with twist piled on twist till you have to give way and start laughing at the silliness … it’s hugely enjoyable.” - Village Voice
“MURDERS is the intelligent person’s kind of nonsense.” - The New York Magazine
Rated PG for mild violence
STUDENT THEARTER SHOWCASE
May 5 and 6, 7 p.m.
Thompson O'Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126
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.