September 03, 2021

State Fair Community College’s Theatre Arts program will present “With Their Eyes” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Yeater Learning Center lobby on the Sedalia campus. Admission is free; however, donations for theatre scholarships will be accepted.   

This powerful performance is about what the students and staff of Stuyvesant High School, only a few blocks away from the World Trade Center in New York City, experienced on Sept. 11, 2001. The semester was just beginning and within a few hours on that Tuesday morning, the students and staff would share an experience that transformed their lives and the lives of all Americans. Through the students’ and staff’s eyes and in their own words, the audience will hear firsthand stories of a day that took place 20 years ago. 

Annie Thoms wrote “With Their Eyes,” and SFCC Theatre program coordinator Ryan P. Mahannah is the director. This collection of perspectives helped shape the HBO documentary “In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11.”  

The performance is recommended for audiences age 13 and up because of brief, strong language. Tickets may be claimed, at no cost, at or by calling the Box Office at (660) 530-5814 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and two hours prior to performance time. Face coverings are required. For special accommodations, email Mahannah, at   


Owen Cornwall, Senior – Quincy Wilson, Oak Grove  

Renée Levine, Building Coordinator – Kennedy Keele, Sedalia 

Matt Palazo, Social Studies Teacher – Cameron Judd, Columbia 

Max Willens, Senior – Avory Nail, Marshall 

Aleiya Gafar, Junior/Big Sib/Red Cross Volunteer – Shelbi Miller, Smithton 

Tony Qian, Sophomore – Annie Henson, Clever 

Eddie Kalletta, Sophomore – Audrey Philips, Higginsville 

Jennifer Suri, Assistant Principal/Social Studies – Shelbi Miller, Smithton 

Kevin Zhang, Sophomore – Quincy Wilson, Oak Grove 

Katherine Fletcher, English Teacher – Avory Nail, Marshall 



Director – Ryan P. Mahannah, SFCC Theatre Arts Program Coordinator  

Assistant Director – Annie Henson, Clever 

Stage Manager – Ellie Hawley, Sedalia 

Assistant Stage Managers – Tevin Mershon, Lawrence, Kansas; Mykayla Swearngin, Joplin 

Run Crew – Payton Lawrence, Norborne 

House Manager – Carri Macek, Sedalia 

Front of House – Kaden Green, Sedalia 

Sound Board Operator – Ellie Hawley, Sedalia 

Scenic Construction/Painting – Mershon, Wilson 

Costume Design/Master – Henson 

Costume Construction/Costume Run Crew – Miller; Ruby Norman, Sedalia 

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