Starkville Community Theatre opens its 33rd season in a very necessary fashion — with the laugh-out-loud farce by Paul Slade Smith, “Unnecessary Farce.”
Set to open Thursday and run through Sept. 18, the comedy features a cast of seven under the direction of Thomas La Foe and assistant director Matt Crane. Season tickets are now on sale, and SCT president Alison Stamps is excited about what the upcoming season has to offer.
“The Play Selection Committee chose a variety of shows that will appeal to a wide-range of audience members,” Stamps said.
“Our opener is the comedy Unnecessary Farce. After that, we have the drama ‘Strange Snow’ by Stephen Metcalfe, which will be in production late fall. The new year will begin with the Broadway musical hit ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ with music and lyrics by William Finn, and book by Rachel Sheinkin. We will finish the season in April with a show about a Southern family in ‘Feeding Mulberry Leaves’ by Lucinda McDermott.”
“We have a nice blend of shows this year,” she added.
Season tickets are $50, and that provides the ticket holder with four entrances during the season. The ticket holder may choose to see each show once, but if for some reason there is a show they must miss or prefer not to see, the season ticket allows them the flexibility to see another show twice or take a friend.
Longtime SCT volunteer and outgoing Vice President for Membership Stephen Cunetto said there are many advantages to buying a season ticket.
“As a season ticket subscriber, you will be able to make reservations one week in advance of the general public,” Cunetto said. “Because our shows are becoming more and more popular and selling out sooner, this can ensure that you get the night and seats that you want.
“Additionally, as a season ticket holder you are also contributing to the overall financial stability of your community theatre,” he said. “When you invest in Starkville Community Theatre, you are investing in Starkville.”
Stamps said another reason to purchase season tickets is a financial one.“As a season ticket holder, subscribers have the ability to see our four regular season shows at a reduced rate,” said Stamps. “And of course season ticket members also get to reserve their seats early. But one of the advantages I like about being a subscriber is that you receive a postcard in the mail reminding you about the dates of the show and when the box office will be open.”
SCT volunteer Paul Ruff, who happens to be a cast member in the season opening “Unnecessary Farce” as well as the director of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” has a one-word answer when asked if people should buy season tickets.
“Absolutely,” Ruff said.
“Starkville is truly fortunate to have such an awesome opportunity for dramatic entertainment right in its own back yard. The talent we attract and the shows that we produce are top notch, as evidenced by our sell-out crowds,” Ruff added. “Becoming a season ticket holder means that you get your seat reserved earlier and at a better rate than the folks on the waiting list come opening night.”
Of course, there are many more ways to enjoy Starkville Community Theatre than just watching a show. And if you think you would like to get involved, Stamps said the theatre would love to have you.
“SCT is always looking for volunteers. We are a volunteer organization, and the volunteer base keeps us going,” Stamps said. “We need volunteers for everything — from taking up tickets at the door to hosting opening night parties to auditioning for productions. Those interested can look at our website http://www.sct-online.org  or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . We always look forward to having new faces at SCT.”
Season tickets, and individual tickets for Unnecessary Farce, on are sale now at the Playhouse on Main. The box office phone number is 323-6855, and box office hours are Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“SCT has long provided quality theatre and entertainment to the citizens of the Starkville and the Golden Triangle areas,” Cunetto said. “With four season shows, a summer musical revue and a strong and active youth program, SCT brings the arts, entertainment, educational opportunities for our youth and certainly enhances economic development for the Starkville area.