About County Fair

After the death of their father, two sisters, Claudia and DJ Stratford, return home to deal with their inheritance: a massive and beloved county fair in rural Georgia. Thinking that this could be the cash windfall that they desperately seek, the sisters plan to sell off the fair land to the highest bidder, then high tail it back to civilization. But when Claudia starts to fall in love with the fair, the townsfolk, and an over-apologetic board member, her heart leads her away from her sister and down a path she’s unprepared for. Needing the money to pay off a large, secret gambling debt, DJ must do whatever it takes to sell the fair – even if that means sabotaging her sister’s new romantic relationship. Betrayals, imposters, and mistaken identity lead to sister battling sister in a winner-take-all Messina County Dixie Derby competition to save the fair. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and full of all your favorite country hits like “Chicken Fried,” “Hey Good Lookin’,” “The House That Built Me,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” and so many others, County Fair is a new musical comedy about sisters, community, and being proud of where you come from.

St. Francis Borgia High School

The St. Francis Borgia High School Department of Theatre and Speech is a state and nationally recognized department noted for its excellence in theatre and speech education.  The department took second place in the state of Missouri's one-act competition with last year's “A Long Trip,” has won the Missouri State High School Activities Association District 6 one-act competition six of the past seven years, and took second place in the MSHSAA state one-act competition in 2022. The Borgia Speech team took first place in the Christian Interscholastic Speech League in 2020 and 2022, the theatre department has performed as a mainstage production six times at the Missouri Thespian Conference since 1996 including last year's We Live By The Sea, has been designated as a Missouri Thespian Honor Troupe every year since 1997, and was chosen as the Missouri delegate to the Chapter Select performance at the International Thespian Festival in 2015.  

Director Tim Buchheit has been at the helm of the department since 1995 and has been chosen as the SFBRHS Teacher of the Year twice, the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, the Missouri Thespian Teacher of the Year, the Franklin County Relay for Life Hero for Hope, and has been inducted into the Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame.  

Graduates of the department have performed and worked on technical crews around the world, including the current director of Late Night with Seth Meyers, former audio technician of Beautiful on tour and on Broadway and The Book of Mormon on tour, a video director at Saturday Night LIve, a performer on television's General Hospital, actors in the Oscar nominated movie Up in the Air, a former performer in the national tour of Wicked, and many more.  Graduates also direct theatre departments at Union High School and Sullivan High School  

The department annually sponsors Theatre for a Cause, through which it has donated well over $10000 to local and national charities, including Exceptional Equestrians, the American Cancer Society, and The Emmaus Home.