The State Fair Community College Theatre Arts program will present the children’s musical “James and the Giant Peach” Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22 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.

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

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

In the photo: State Fair Community College students rehearse for the upcoming performance of the children’s musical, “James and the Giant Peach” Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22 in Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus. From left is Taylor Winfrey, Annie Henson, Allison Hayes, Ben Brewer, Aren Goodwin.

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