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LitHop Fresno 2017

IN THE April 22 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


On April 29 LitHop Fresno will be taking place. We took a moment to chat with this year’s LitHop director Juan Luis Guzman about this unique literary event-he is tasked with organizing the event and the planning committee. Fresno’s second Poet Laureate Lee Herrick was the founder of LitHop.

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by Joshua Ryan Taylor


Every two years, over one hundred dancers join forces to present an original, full-length, professional-caliber ballet just for the Central Valley. Since 1975, the Garden Ballet has carved out its own space in the Valley’s arts scene, creating a brand-new, unique experience with each outing. Previous Garden Ballets have included The Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe. This year, California Arts Academy presents Beauty & the Beast.

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by Joshua Ryan Taylor


The Selma Arts Center is one of the Valley’s brightest new voices in the live theatre scene, taking major artistic risks that pay off in wonderful an unexpected ways. For the third show of their 2017 season, they present Honk!, a musical adaptation of Hans Cristian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles.

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by Kathy Eide Casas



If you’re looking for the best way to celebrate all things earthy, look no further than the Earth Day Celebration at Central Fresno’s Radio Park, located at First and Clinton Avenues. Saturday, April 22, will bring a full day of ecological fun and education for all!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


We recently interviewed a favorite of the Rogue Festival attendees in Fresno, Kurt Fitzpatrick, about a TV pilot he was a part of that filmed in Fresno and involved other Rogue Festival performers.

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The Amish Project Presented by the Visalia Players

IN THE April 12 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



The Amish Project asks the question “How could the Amish forgive such a thing?” Playwright Jessica Dickey was deeply affected by the shooting that occurred on October 2, 2006, at a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nichol Mines, PA. Dickey determined to answer the question, asked by so many at the time of the incident. Her journey began with the many news reports, but continued and ended with deeply researching the Amish themselves.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This Valley is blessed with an incredible amount of talented performers, artists, and writers, and one of those talented performers is local actor Amalie Larson. While she is currently a full time grad student at Fresno State working toward her Masters in geology, and a mom, she has also appeared in many productions in the area over the years.

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Striking Out, An Acorn TV Original

IN THE April 8 ISSUE

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by Kathleen Costa


ACORN-TV provides hundreds of the best programming options including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films and some programs only available or original to ACORN-TV. The regular monthly or annual subscription fees are very reasonable, and with hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true fans of UK productions, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on the telly tonight?”

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


When you walk into the Bonner Auditorium the set makes you feel as though you have stepped into a church. When the show begins with the choir singing, and the pastors walk down the aisle shaking hands, then you feel even more like you have accidentally walked into a church service. But instead, you are at the StageWorks Fresno production of the play The Christians.

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by Terrance McArthur



Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tinkerbell got to be what they were, and how they all got to Neverland? Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson did, and they wrote Peter and the Starcatcher. Rick Elice adapted it, with music by Wayne Barker, for the stage as Peter and the Starcatcher, and it now sails into Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre as a Good Company Players production, helmed by Emily Pessano as director.

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Defying Gravity On Stage at FPU

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The first thing many people think of when they hear the term “defying gravity” is the song from the musical Wicked. However, in the play Defying Gravity, now on stage at Fresno Pacific University, the term means exactly what it says–actually defying gravity by going into space.

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by Jessica Ham



March has been full of exciting video game announcements that have people buzzing. March is usually a slow time for games as people are just waiting for the big summer releases but this March has been an exception.

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HMS Pinafore: On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE March 20 ISSUE

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by Terrance McArthur



Political crony rewards and class division: the stuff of which today’s headlines are made. Who would expect to find these themes in an operetta that’s almost 150 years old?
Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore—or—The Lass That Loved a Sailor has sailed into port at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Avenue, docking there through April 23. Director J. Daniel Herring has recruited a crew of powerful leads to set forth on the familiar waters.

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Gypsy On Stage At Selma Arts Center

IN THE March 16 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The 1959 musical Gypsy, by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, opened at the Selma Arts Center this last weekend. For a musical that I had never seen before, there were a lot of songs that I already knew by heart!

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In The Heights: On Stage at COS in Visalia

IN THE March 15 ISSUE

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by Destiney Warren



In The Heights (Lin Manuel-Miranda’s first musical before Hamilton) is on stage again in the Central Valley, this time by the College of the Sequoia’s drama department. This story about family and community is sure to make you laugh (and cry) as you follow one neighborhood in New York City through the everyday lives and struggles of its members. I had heard a lot about this play and COS did not disappoint. I immediately fell in love with the characters—and yes I actually cried, it was THAT good.

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by KRL Staff



Throughout the week we will be posting reviews here of Rogue shows! Check back several times a day! And then go out and enjoy the Rogue Festival! To check out our Rogue preview article & some Rogue performer preview articles go to our Arts & Entertainment section. We will also be posting some performer video interviews on our YouTube Channel. So far we have reviews of Joy Compactor, Tidal Surge, Dances to Heal the Soul, Poetry and Prose From Fresno State, Too Old To Be This Young, Delirium, The Magic of Elder, Discrete Packets of Song, My Cat Thinks It’s A Pig, The Wallaby Way, Joan of Sn’arc, Moonlight After Midnight, A Fatal Step, Thanks For Coming, Healing Stories, Chelsea > Blake, and Stalking Grace.

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