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The King And I At Roger Rocka’s

IN THE April 9 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



It has been a month of classic musicals for us at KRL, ending now with another Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The King and I, currently on stage at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater in Fresno.

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South Pacific On Stage in Selma

IN THE April 9 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



If you’re looking for Some Enchanted Evening, go to the Selma Arts Center for South Pacific, that wonderful old Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

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Grease On Stage At Reedley High

IN THE April 2 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Most people are familiar with the musical Grease, whether it is because of the John Travolta movie, or the stage musical. This week Grease will be hitting the stage at the Reedley High School Performing Arts Theatre.

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Rudy Parris: The Voice of the Valley

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson



And to think it all started with KISS.
Rudy Parris has come a long way since his childhood days of fourth grade violin and idolizing the legendary rock band. The Visalia native, a Season Three contestant on NBC’s The Voice, has just signed a record deal with Warrior Records/UMGD and will record his debut album at the historic Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood later this year.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The first thing that struck me when I walked into the Ice House in Visalia to see Little Shop of Horrors this weekend was the amazing set! It was all done in gray tones like a black and white movie! So it already set the scene for me to enjoy the evening.

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Tarzan Jr. Presented by CMT

IN THE March 26 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Children’s Musical Theaterworks likes a challenge. Tarzan Jr., an adapted, simplified version of the Broadway musical, with book by David Henry Hwang, based on the Disney film with music and lyrics by Phil Collins, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1910 novel Tarzan of the Apes, is a challenge.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The San Joaquin Valley is filled with amazing talent, both in theatre and music. Here at KRL we enjoy being able to feature some of that talent and give our readers some insight into the lives of the people they see on stage. This week we are profiling local actor Greg Ruud, who was recently seen at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to The Forum.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This past weekend I had the opportunity to see The Mystery of Edwin Drood presented by the College of the Sequoias Theatre department in Visalia. I must say I had no idea what to expect, but was drawn in by the title and the cast. It turned out to be a delightful evening of theatre.

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by Sarah Peterson



Guy Beard may be the front-man for Guy Beard and the Lunch Wagon Romeos, but there actually is no Guy Beard. “He’s more of an archetype,” says Ron Morse, lead vocalist for Fresno’s rockabilly band of four. “He’s the invisible fifth member of the band.” But it’s the group’s four corporeal members (drummer John Shafer, Scats on the Sly bassist Martin Hansen, keyboardist-guitarist-vocalist Leland Vanderpoel, and Morse, who also plays guitar) who make up the real heart and soul of the Lunch Wagon Romeos. “We’ve been jamming together as the Romeos for about two years now,” Morse says. “Our first gig was my 50th birthday party, and about a week later, we played Tokyo Garden.”

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COS Art Gallery: Layered Perspectives

IN THE March 15 ISSUE

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by Jessica Robles


The month of March is Women’s History Month. In honor of this, the COS Art Gallery will feature three female artists in the upcoming exhibit, Layered Perspectives featuring works by Lisa Occhipinti, Jessie Hornbrook and COS’s own Laura Melancon. The show will open March 11 and run through April 2, 2014 with a reception held on Thursday, March 13 from 5-7 p.m. (At press time the reception has already taken place)

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by Nancy Holley



Think you know Little Shop of Horrors based on the movie or high school productions you may have seen? Think again! Symbolism and nuances abound in the Corey Ralston directed version at the Ice House.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you love good, old-fashioned musicals, you need to head out to the Reedley Opera House this month and catch the Reedley River City Theatre Company production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

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Fresno Arts Council

IN THE March 8 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The Fresno area has one of the most thriving arts community I’ve ever seen. One of the groups behind that is the Fresno Arts Council which was established in 1979. We took a moment to chat with Lilia Gonzáles Chávez, Executive of the Fresno Arts Council, about who they are and what they do.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



They say it wasn’t really a Rogue show. It wasn’t really a Rogue venue, just an ad in the program. It was only a one-night show, and it’s over. I don’t care! It’s my brother, and I want to tell you how good he was!

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The 39 Steps On Stage At 2nd Space

IN THE March 5 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This weekend in the midst of catching Rogue Festival shows, I went to see The 39 Steps at 2nd Space in Fresno, and it was the perfect ending to a long, fun day!

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Out of Bounds at Rogue 2014

IN THE March 4 ISSUE

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by Xan Scott



Apocalypse Clown! I continued on to a decent-sized Fringe tour throughout North America and Canada. It was a blast! I saw so many shows in a condensed amount of time. Now I’m back with a highly personal story.

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