The State Fair Community College Theatre Arts program will present the mystery/farce “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” April 19-23 in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus.



This witty, spirited play, which enjoyed a long run on Broadway, pokes fun at the ridiculous aspects of Hollywood and corny thrillers. The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered, gathers for a backer’s audition at an estate, replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people.

As bodies start to drop, a blizzard prevents the survivors from escaping, but the mystery is eventually solved with the help of a snow-shoed police inspector.

The performance is rated PG for mild violence.

Regular performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 19-22; admission is $6. Tickets are $15 for an April 22 dinner theatre in the Stauffacher lobby; dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The dinner theatre menu is available by calling the Box Office at (660) 596-7387 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SFCC students and employees receive free admission, and cost of the dinner theatre for them is $10. Special group rates are available for both regular performances and dinner theatre.

A matinée will be presented at 2 p.m. April 23. Anyone 60 or older will be admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling the Box Office or emailing Wheelchair seating is available upon request.

Helsa Wenzel – Haleigh Carson, Sedalia
Elsa Von Grossenknueten – Sheridan Rohaus, Deepwater
Michael Kelly – Connor Marshall, Bates City
Patrick O’Reilly – Alan Ehlers, Stover
Ken De La Maze – Jesse VanBooven, La Monte
Nikki Cradall – Lauren Dowell, Odessa
Eddie McCuen – Joey Roberts, Urbana
Marjorie Baverstock – Regan Smith, Odessa
Roger Hopewell – Jacob Fowler, Warrensburg
Bernice Roth – Alia Stepney, Columbia
Slasher - Gavin Eichler, Lincoln

Production Staff
Director – Tim Wells, SFCC instructor
Assistant Director/Stage Manager – Ethan Yazell, Sedalia
Set Construction – Chris Jackson, Sedalia
Props and Run Crew Mistress - Victoria Stowell, Sedalia,
Props/Running Crew – Morgan Alford, Sedalia
Fly Man, Props/Running Crew – Tyler Singer, Odessa
Sound Board Operator – Alex Contreras, Sedalia
Costume Construction/Running Crew – Kayleigh Exendine, Lincoln; Alicia Eldred, Windsor; Alia Stepney, Columbia
Hair and Makeup – Gavin Eichler, Lincoln
House Manager – Kayla Rains, Windsor

In the photo: SFCC’s Theatre Arts program will present “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” April 19-23 in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus. From left, Jacob Fowler, Alia Stepney, Lauren Dowell, Regan Smith, Jesse VanBooven, Sheridan Rohaus, Connor Marshall, Joey Roberts, Haleigh Carson, and Alan Ehlers.

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