January 07, 2021

Sedalia, MissouriJan. 4, 2021 – The State Fair Community College Theatre Arts program will present the children’s musical “James and the Giant Peach” Jan. 15-17 in Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7 p.m.; daytime performances on Saturday and Sunday begin at 2 p.m. Admission is free. This is the reschedule of the Nov. 20-22 performance that had to be postponed. 

Roald Dahl’s wrote “James and The Giant Peach in 1961, and it has been a beloved children’s book ever since it was published. It tells the story of orphan James Henry Trotter who is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree. James discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendously huge peach. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with oversized personalities.  

After the peach falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, James and his companions face hunger, sharks and conflict. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, everyone learns to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. 

Admission is free; however, donations will be accepted at the door. Seating is first come, first served and limited to about 60 per show to allow for social distancing. Face coverings are required. For special accommodations, email Ryan Mahannah, Theatre Arts program coordinator, at rmahannah@sfccmo.edu.  

Cast 

Ladahlord – Torrie Shelly, Warrensburg
James – Allison Hayes, Macon 

Spiker – Jenna Speer, Coffeyville, Kansas 

Sponge – Kylie Gaunt, Nixa 

Spider – Taylor Winfrey, Marshall 

Green Grasshopper – Ben Brewer, Strafford 

Centipede – Christina Vinroe, Wichita, Kansas 

Ladybug – Annie Henson, Clever 

Earthworm – Aren Goodwin, Warrensburg 

Bobby Cop/Reporter 1/Bitizi Botana/Woman with Purse – Brianna Harlow, Warrensburg 

Matron Nurse/Hollywood Agent/Buzz – Emily Gray, California, Missouri 

Man with Wallet/Garden Guild/Reporter – Quincy Wilson, Oak Grove 

Production Staff 

Director – Ryan P. Mahannah, SFCC Theatre Arts program coordinator
Technical Director – Tim Wells, SFCC faculty 

Stage Manager – Taylor Ireland, California, Missouri 

Choreographer – Torrie Shelly, Warrensburg 

Dance Captain – Jenna Speer, Coffeyville, Kansas 

Assistant Stage Manager – Max Anderson, Hunstville, Alabama; Kennedy Keele, Sedalia 

Scenic/Props Crew – Faith Ehlers, Otterville; Sarah Hensel, Provencal, Louisiana; Than Nguyen, Vietnam 

Light Board Op – Ireland 

Sound Board Op – Walker Schothe, Sedalia 

Costume Shop Supervisor – Kim Windle, SFCC staff 

Costume Design and Construction – Hayes; Keele; Alexa Shoemaker, Fulton

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