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. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are half price; however, discount does not include dinner theatre.
Encore of 2013 Summer Repertory

"The Complete Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)"
Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 23 at 4 p.m.,Thompson O' Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater Center 126
This fast-paced parody on the works of Shakespeare is by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, former founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. SFCC's production is directed by alumnusTrevor Belt.

Aug 22 at 4 p.m. and Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m., Thompson O'Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater Center 126
This play, written by Lee Blessing and directed by SFCC instructor Tim Wells, is about the delicate relationship of an eccentric mother, her biochemist daughter and her highly intelligent granddaughter. 

Presented by Student Activities 
Aug. 29, 2 p.m., Student Matinée
Aug. 30 and 31, 7:30 p.m., Public Show
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126

The hilarious hit one-man show of the New York International Fringe Festival has played to schools and theatres across the United States and boldly goes where no play has gone before—engaging students, theatre-goers, non-theatre goers, gaming geeks, and even the young at heart.

Reality-challenged gaming geek Steve Smolinski has one hour to save the world. If only he didn't have to do it from his cubicle at work. Steve's boss doesn't understand that he really can't work when he has an entire kingdom to save from evil elves. His girlfriend is upset that he forgot their two-year anniversary. His mother is angry because he forgot to apply for re-admission to MIT. None of them get it—if he doesn't retrieve the sacred relic, civilization could come crashing down. And if he saves the relic, he might just save himself in the process.
[ Rated R, for mature audiences ]
Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
April 12, 7:30 p.m.
May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126
Free admission – no ticket required; donations to the Theatre Arts Club gratefully accepted.

Check out the Punchline Players, SFCC’s comedy troupe that relies on audience suggestions to create humorous skits. This style of comedy is constructed from a predetermined game, structure, or idea and driven by audience suggestions. Performances are a part of the grade for Problems in Theatre: Improv Comedy class.
[ Rated R, for mature audiences ]
Oct. 9, 1 p.m., Student Matinée
Oct. 9-12, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
Oct. 13, 2 p.m.
Stauffacher Theatre

Written by Marc Camoletti, winner of 2008 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play, and directed by 2007 SFCC alumna and adjunct instructor Kristen Janke

It’s the 1960s and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously; timid Robert forgets which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, “Boeing-Boeing” is now set to arrive in Jet City—fasten your seat belts!
[ Rated PG-13, contains some language and sexually suggestive content ]
Oct. 24, 1 p.m., School Matinée
Oct. 24 and 25, 7:30 p.m., Public Shows
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126
Free admission – no ticket required

Written by Barry Kornhauser and directed by SFCC costumer and adjunct instructor Becky Keightley

Based on the work and early life of surrealist artist René Magritte, this is an unorthodox adventure in theatrical form. It celebrates art, imagination and the ways in which these help us confront life's mysteries. The story is about young René who wants to be an artist, a notion dismissed by his father as “a pipe dream.” Encouraged by his mother, before her untimely death, the boy begins his quest. He follows his vision into the delightfully absurd magic-realism of his famous paintings. The boy and the audience discover something of the true power of dreams and the triumph of imagination.
[ Rated G, suitable for young audiences ]
Nov. 18-22, School Shows
Nov. 23, 2 p.m., Public Show
Stauffacher Theatre

Book, lyrics and music by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman and directed by Theatre Arts Program Coordinator Eric Yazell; musical direction by Kevin Holbert 

Shiver me timbers! Jeremy Jacobs’ talent for building sand castles and digging moats has earned him an invitation to join the crew of Braid Beard’s ship. Living the high life at sea, Jeremy trades manners for mayhem as he rolls in stolen treasure, sings sea chanteys and practices his pirate talk with all his new pirate friends. It’s a grand adventure, indeed; that is until Jeremy remembers all the things he left behind such as bedtime stories and goodnight kisses. And, what about soccer practice tomorrow? Surely, the pirates can be convinced to take him home!
[ Rated G, suitable for young audiences ]
Feb. 26-March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27, 1 p.m., Student Matinée
March 1, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
March 2, 2 p.m.
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126

Written by Lanford Wilson, winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as best play of the season and directed by SFCC Theatre Arts Technical Director Tim Wells 

“A valentine to two lost souls finding each other” - The New York Times

At the end of World War II, Matt Friedman, a Jewish immigrant who has spent his life keeping others at a distance, returns to Lebanon, Mo. where he first met Sally Talley. Nothing like her conservative Protestant family and neighbors, Sally is a nurse with deep misgivings about the country’s future. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt has worked up the courage to ask Sally for her hand and convince her that they belong together.
[ Rated PG, not suitable for children ]
April 23, 1 p.m., Student Matinée
April 23–26, 7:30 p.m.
April 26, 6:30 p.m., Dinner Theatre
April 27, 2 p.m.
Stauffacher Theatre

Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and directed by Theatre Arts Program Coordinator Eric Yazell; musical direction by Music Arts Program Coordinator Ron Sayer.

This monster musical comedy is based on the Oscar-nominated smash-hit 1974 film of the same name written by Brooks and Gene Wilder and is a parody of the horror film genre and especially the 1931 adaption of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his helper Igor (that's Eye-gor), his lab assistant Inga and in spite of his madcap fiancée Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and Irving Berlin's classic “Puttin' on the Ritz,” Mel Brooks' musical is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment!
[ Rated PG-13, contains some language and sexually suggestive content ]
May 8 and 9, 7 p.m.
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126
Free admission – no ticket required

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

[ Rated R, for mature audiences ]

The 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.

Giving Levels

Producer’s Circle • $2,500 and above
Unlimited season tickets
Dinner theater tickets (two tickets for each show)
Recognition on wall text associated with the production
Recognition in SFCC Foundation publications, performance programs, recognition poster and marketing materials
Angel • $1,000 - $2,499
Season tickets for eight
Dinner theater tickets (two tickets for each show)
Recognition in SFCC Foundation publications, performance programs, and recognition poster
Director • $500 - $999
Season tickets for eight
Recognition in SFCC Foundation publications, performance programs, and recognition poster
Grand Patron • $200-$499
Season tickets for eight
Recognition in SFCC Foundation publications, performance programs, and recognition poster
Patron • $100 - $199
Season tickets for four
Recognition in SFCC Foundation publications and performance programs
Friend • $50 - $99
Season tickets for two
Name on recognition poster
Student • $35

Season tickets for two
Name on recognition poster

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