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 Dramedy

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
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

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.
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

Studio One-ACTS

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.

About the Thompson O'Sullivan Studio ...

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 became a performance space. Seating 80 to 90 and featuring flexible stage and seating configurations, the Thompson O'Sullivan Studio Theatre provides 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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