As the second offering in its 2023-24 season, The Theatre Group at SBCC will stage the classic “Emma” by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen, Oct. 11-28 in the Garvin Theatre.

“Emma” tells the story of a charming, witty and independent-minded woman who believes her greatest talent is as a matchmaker.

Her well-meaning but misguided attempts to pair off her friends and neighbors end up in chaos and comedy as she comes to discover that well beyond misunderstanding the hearts of those around her, she may not even understand her own.

Adapted by Hamill, this “Emma” provides fast-paced action and a fresh feminist take on a treasured classic, breaking down conventions, expectations, and even the fourth wall with vibrant comedic flair.

Directed by Katie Laris, the cast of “Emma” features Anikka Abbott, Clayton Barry, Lexie Brent, Rachel Brown, Mario Guerrero, Luke Hamilton, Brian Hoyson, Lana Kanen, Jenna Scanlon, Sue Smiley, Van Riker, and Grace Wilson.

Performances will be in the Garvin Theatre on SBCC’s West Campus, 900 block of Cliff Drive. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Previews are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12.

The 2 p.m. show on Sunday, Oct. 15, will be live-captioned for the hearing impaired.

Prices: Previews $18 general/$15 seniors and SBCC staff/$10 students. Thursday evening and Sunday matinee $24 general/$19 seniors and SBCC Staff/$14 students. Friday and Saturday evening $26 general/$21 seniors and SBCCC staff/$17 students.

Buy tickets by calling the Box Office, 805-965-5935 or online at