SEDALIA—The State Fair Community College Theatre Arts Program will present Larry Shue’s hilarious comedy “The Nerd” April 15-19 in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus.

Aspiring architect Willum Cubbert has often told friends about the debt he owes Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI he has never met but who saved his life after he was wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick saying that as long as he is alive, “You will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you.” But when Rick shows up unexpectedly the night of Willum’s 34th birthday, his delight fades when he realizes Rick is a hopeless nerd—a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. When Rick stays on and on, his presence leads to one uproarious incident after another until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence, a dire development that happily is staved off by the surprising twist ending.
The performance is rated PG. It is not suitable for children.
Regular performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 15-18; admission is $6. Tickets are $15 for an April 18 dinner theatre in the Parkhurst Student Commons; dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. A student matinée will be presented at 1 p.m. April 16. A matinée for the public will be presented at 2 p.m. April 19. Anyone 60 or older will be admitted free. Refreshments will be served.
For tickets, order online at www.sfccmo.edu/thearts, call the Stauffacher Box Office at (660) 596-7387 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email tickets@sfccmo.edu. Special group rates are available for both regular performances and dinner theatre. Wheelchair seating is available upon request. The dinner theatre menu also is available by calling the Box Office.
Eric Yazell, Theatre Arts program coordinator, will direct the show.
 
Cast
Willum................................................... Brendan Twenter, Boonville
Axel.......................................................... Dalton Grafton, Lexington
Tansey............................................ Stephanie Schumacher, Monett
Waldgrave.............................................. Client Fergason, Lexington
Clelia................................................. Amollie Stoermer, Cole Camp
Thor......................... Colin Webb, fifth grade, Sacred Heart, Sedalia
Rick................................................................... Tristin Baro, Sedalia
Crew
Assistant Director/Stage Manager...... Adriana Luffman, Owensville
Properties.............................................. Colton Graham, Owensville
.......................................................... Aaron Rodgers, Osage Beach
........................................................................ Jessi Rigdon, Sedalia
Hair/Makeup Design......................................... Tristin Baro, Sedalia
Light Board Operator............................ Colton Graham, Owensville
Sound Board................................................. Tyler Adlich, Lexington
House Manager............................................ James Jones, Windsor
Costume Crew............................................. Jessica Young, Sedalia
.......................................................... Samantha Carter Blue Springs
........................................................................ Maria Banda, Sedalia
Master Carpenter................................... Client Fergason, Lexington
Set Construction/Lighting.............................. James Jones, Windsor
................................................................. Dalton Grafton, Lexington
.................................................................... Garrett Matthes, Clinton
...................................................................... Josh Gibson, Kingsville
Running Crew.......................................... Devyn Strathman, Lincoln
Promotion/Publicity......................................... Eligio Banda, Sedalia

.................................................................. Cole Heimsoth, Versailles