The State Fair Community College Theatre Arts program will present the drama “The Diviners” Feb. 27-29 and March 6-8 in the Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater 126, on the Sedalia campus.

This play, set in the early 1930s, is about a troubled young man named Buddy and his friendship with C.C. Showers, a disenchanted preacher. To distance himself from his Kentucky family’s church ministry, Showers lands in Zion, Indiana, and trades the church for a garage by working for Buddy’s father as a mechanic.

Buddy’s mother died by drowning when he was a boy, and his own near drowning has left him afraid of water and other things. Showers makes it his mission to free Buddy from his fears while steering clear of the townspeople who want Showers to fill their only church’s pulpit that has been empty for many years.

Jim Leonard, Jr. wrote the two-act play that was first produced in 1980. Critics have described the play as “a luminous story of religion and magic, faith and doubt, love and grief.”  Tim Wells, SFCC instructor, is the director. The play is rated PG13 for mature themes and mild language.

Regular performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-29 and March 6-7. Admission for the Feb. 27 performance is a donation and thereafter is $8 per person. Tickets are $18 for the March 7 dinner theatre in the Yeater lobby; dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The dinner theatre menu is available by calling the Box Office at (660) 530-5814 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A matinée will be presented at 2 p.m. March 8. Anyone 60 or older may reserve free tickets for the matinée.

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

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


Buddy Layman - Josh Barner, Lee’s Summit

Jennie Mae Layman - Torrie Shelly, Warrensburg

Farris Layman - Cody Jones, Harrisonville

C.C. Showers - Ben Brewer, Strafford

Norma Henshaw - Teyha Robinson, Kansas City

Darlene Henshaw - Tessa Luechtefeld, Warrensburg

Goldie Short - Taylor Winfrey, Marshall

Basil Bennett - Holden Childress, Urbana

Luella Bennett - Alyce Wilson, Eldon

Melvin Wilder - Garrett Hight. Oak Grove

Dewey Maples - Aren Goodwin, Warrensburg


Production Staff

Director, Set and Lighting Design - Tim Wells, SFCC faculty
Assistant Director/Stage Manager -Taylor Ireland, California

Light Board Operator - Kimberly Ransdell, Lincoln

Costume Designer - Sara Stansbury, Jefferson City

Props and run crew - Abagail Gish, Knob Noster; Emily Gray, California

Sound Designer - Allison Hayes, Macon

Costume Construction/Running Crew - Tessa Luechtefeld, Warrensburg; Faith Ehlers, Otterville; Denver Montgomery, La Monte

Sound Board Operator - Walker Schotte , Versailles

Make-up and Hair - Quinn Frerking, Fayette; Taylor Ireland, Sedalia

Assistant Technical Director - Noah Summit, Warrensburg

Scenery Construction/Painting - Kya Kampe, Warrensburg; Kimberly Ransdell, Lincoln; Garrett Hight, Oak Grove; Max Anderson, Huntsville, Alabama

Costume Design – Kimberlie Windle, SFCC staff

In the photo: SFCC Theatre Arts program will present “The Diviners” Feb. 27-29 and March 6-8 in Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre on the Sedalia campus. SFCC students Ben Brewer, left, (C.C. Showers) and Josh Barner (Buddy Layman) rehearse a scene. 


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