Theatre Program

The 2019-2020 Season

For Spring 2020, SRC Theatre presents An Iliad , a drama by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, based on Homer's epic poem The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles from the Ancient Greek.  The simple premise is that a group of storytellers, possibly present during the Trojan War, appear here and now to once again relate the epic tale of Achilles and Hector-and to remind the audience that war has never gone away, and is never far away. 

An Iliad runs Feb. 28th and 29th at 7:00 p.m., and Mar. 1 at 3:00 p.m. in the Taylor Hall Theatre on the Canton Campus.  Tickets are $10.  You may reserve tickets by calling the SRC Theatre box office at 309-649-6257.  An Iliad contains adult language and mature themes.

Audition Scenes for An Iliad

The Fall 2019 classic show is Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell's uproarious 1997 adaptation of Moliere's comedy Scapin the Schemer. Irwin and O'Donnell have created a vaudeville-style comic take on the 17th-century characters, including doddering fathers, foolish lovers, and wily servants. Scapin the Schemer runs Nov. 8-10. Auditions, open to any resident of the Spoon River College District, will take place Sept. 4 & 5, 4:00-7:00 p.m., in the Taylor Hall Theatre on the Canton Campus. Anyone interested in CAST or CREW positions in the show should come in during that time.

Scapin the Schemer

The SRC Theatre and The SRC Community Chorus

2019-2020 Subscription Series

Some form of educational theatre has taken place at Spoon River College since its inception.  Under the direction of Daisy Coty followed by Bob Gorg, and now under Theatre Program Director Douglas Okey, the SRC Theatre program has produced engaging plays training SRC students in all aspects of the art for decades. 

The SRC Community Chorus was formed in 2005, by Artistic Director Carol Davis, as a fundraising arm of the SRC Foundation to produce quality entertainment opportunities for community members and to raise funds to create named endowed scholarships for SRC students. 

For the 2019-2020 season, SRC Theatre and the SRC Community Chorus announce the first combined subscription series to all Spoon River College theatre/music programs.  The 2019-2020 series offers five productions for only $40.  Information about the productions can be found on the image below.

As a subscription series ticket holder, you will receive a phone call prior to individual tickets going on sale so that you may select your date in advance.  You also receive the Bonus Show Burl Ives: Midwestern Minstrel for free!  Both arts groups will also continue to offer individual tickets to each of the five performances.

You may purchase your subscription series tickets by calling the SRC Foundation office at 649-6260.  The performing arts are thriving at Spoon River College!  Get your subscription series ticket today.

SRC Community Chorus - (309)649-6260

SRC Theatre - (309)649-6257

Tickets for individual shows go on sale to the public three weeks prior to the opening of each show. Reservations and more information are available by calling (309) 649-6257. 

SRC Drama Program

The SRC Drama Program has an academic curriculum that includes acting courses as well as drama-oriented classes for humanities and fine-arts credit. Each academic year, student-centered performance opportunities are available with planned productions in both fall and spring semesters. The Drama Program offers performing grants (scholarships) to recognize and reward the work of talented students.


In the academic year 2015-16, the student organization STAGE: SRC Theatre Artists Group for Education was created. The group has as its advisor SRC drama and English instructor Douglas Okey. STAGE provides support and awareness for the program as well as a pool of interested and talented students to participate in theatre productions.

The SRC Drama Program has produced graduates who have gone onto careers in performance, including TV and film actor David Pires and, most recently, New York stage performer Kyle Motsinger. A student from the 1990s, Jacob Welch, is a theatre professor and award-winning lighting designer.

In the years since founding director Bob Gorg retired in 2008, the program has undergone various transitions. Most recently, in the 2013-14 academic year, the program had been in hiatus for the purpose of rebuilding. During that year, our “black-box” theatre production space was extensively renovated and updated through the expert consultation of SRC graduate Jacob Welch.

For more information about upcoming productions and opportunities in the SRC Drama Program, contact Douglas Okey at (309) 649-6308 or Click here for a printable brochure with information about the SRC Drama Program and student organization STAGE.



 Faculty Advisor

Douglas Okey
Instructor of English & Drama​​