Lesli Brooks portrays Tilly, the lead character in the State Fair Community College Children’s Theatre Production of “Tilly the Trickster,” Wednesday afternoon. The book, written by Molly Shannon, was turned into a musical production for the stage. Brandi Webb, administrative assistant for the SFCC box office, said 4,000 elementary students will attend a production of the play during Nov. 16-20. A public performance of the musical will be hosted by the college at 2 p.m. Saturday. Brooks is a freshman theater major at State Fair.
Jacob Fowler, a freshman at SFCC, portrays Luke. one of Tilly’s two best friends in the musical production of “Tilly the Trickster.” Fowler, who has not decided upon a major, said he enjoyed taking part in the children’s theater productions because he enjoyed seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces. The cast performs three show each day for students from 17 school districts. Elementary students from Ruth Mercer School in Warsaw watched the Wednesday afternoon performance.
Alia Stepney, of Columbia, a freshman theater major, left, is featured in the role of Tilly’s mom while Ethan Yazell takes on the role of Tilly’s father. Yazell, who is from Sedalia, was very involved in Smith-Cotton’s theater production while in high school. Brandi Webb, SFCC’s administrative assistant for the box office at the college, said SFCC is one of the only community colleges to use all student actors and crew members in their productions. “Tilly the Trickster” was directed by Kristen Henning.
Adriana Luffman plays the role of Mrs. Mooney, Tilly’s teacher, in the SFCC musical production of “Tilly the Trickster.” During the week-long run of the play, 31 student groups attended a performance of the play. Thirty SFCC students were a part of the productions as either cast or crew members. A goal of the theatre department at the college is to revive a traveling theater to bring the productions to area schools.
Brendan Twenter delights the audience with his portrayal of Peppermint, Tilly’s family’s pet dog. Twenter is a sophomore computer science major who listed his dream job as an animator for Pixar. Audience members were encouraged to bark like a dog, rather than clap, to show their appreciation after Twenter sang during the musical.