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Blithe Spirit On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

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by Terrance McArthur



Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that, and Noel Coward borrowed it in 1941 for the title of his play Blithe Spirit. Now, Coward’s play is at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre through February 26.

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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

IN THE January 17 ISSUE

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An inauguration night performance of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche by Evan Holder and Andrew Hobgood will be staged by The Motley Fools at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Fresno this coming Friday evening.

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A Look Back at Theatre in 2016

IN THE January 14 ISSUE

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Another wonderful year of Valley theatre is behind us, and it is time again to take a look back. 2016 was filled with Valley premieres, musical classics, and amazing performances–too many to mention them all, but here are a few.

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Doublewide, Texas On Stage in Visalia

IN THE January 4 ISSUE

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Doublewide, Texas is a hilarious comedy by the writing trio of Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. Jones Hope Wooten, as they are collectively known, are famous for their well written laugh-out-loud scripts. Other works include The Dixie Swim Club and Always a Bridesmaid.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Peter and the Starcatcher made its Fresno debut last weekend, presented by StageWorks Fresno at the Fresno Art Museum in the Bonner auditorium. I did not realize that it was based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson–had I known that, I would have realized what a crazy and fun ride it would be!

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by Terrance McArthur



A young girl sings about bluebirds flying over the rainbow, and you know there’s a twister just around the corner. The Wizard of Oz has landed at the Reedley Opera House for the River City Theatre Company, and it’s a smooth landing for everyone but the Wicked Witch of the East (By the way, kudos to director Joseph Ham for staging a ruby slipper transfer worthy of a David Copperfield magic special.).

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently, Scott Hancock became the new Artistic Director for CenterStage Clovis. While new to the position, Scott is definitely not new to theatre. KRL sat down with Scott to chat about the new position.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I grew up watching the movie version of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and still watch it every once in awhile-it was always a holiday favorite in my family. It is a fun Christmas musical with great songs, a sweet story, and a great cast, which includes Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. This past weekend the stage version of the musical opened at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia and it did not disappoint.

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A Christmas Carol Fundraising Event

IN THE November 29 ISSUE

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Watching A Christmas Carol is a part of our Christmas tradition, whether we are lucky enough to see it on stage, or we watch Patrick Stewart’s version on DVD. It has been one of my favorite stories ever since I played the Ghost of Christmas Past at my elementary school’s annual production when I was in sixth grade. One of the best performances of this story I have ever seen was Chris Mangels one-man show and I am thrilled to share that he will be presenting a reading of that show on December 6 at 2nd Space in Fresno.

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by Terrance McArthur



Did you ever get a Christmas present that was so good you wished you could get it next year, too? The Good Company Players just gave me that wish. A Christmas Story: the musical returns to Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through January 8, and what a Christmas present it is!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Currently on stage at Fresno Pacific University is a show that is much needed at this time in our county–a show sharing the real life stories of nine Iraqi women in the midst and aftermath of the first Gulf War.

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by Terrance McArthur



There’s an old saying, “I like radio better than television because the pictures are better.” Radio was theatre that happened in your brain, not your eyes. The Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre recaptures that world of audio entertainment with It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play, performing through December 18.

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by Cymone Sandoval-Hopper



In this day and age, William Shakespeare is often met with either reverence or disdain. Being considered one of the world’s greatest playwrights doesn’t always mean that everyone enjoys long soliloquies and men in tights.

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Into the Woods At Immanuel High School

IN THE November 9 ISSUE

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by Breanna Wood


Into The Woods is a musical mashup of four timeless fairy tales: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood. The story of The Baker and His Wife was also created to tie all these fairytales together. James Lapine, the author, and Stephen Sondheim, the composer of this masterpiece, took classic stories and combined aspects of them turning it into a suspenseful play that is known for its turn of events and excitable storyline.

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Big Fish on Stage At Selma Arts Center

IN THE November 8 ISSUE

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If you are in need of something to help you forget the political craziness that has been going on, head over to the Selma Arts Center this weekend and see Big Fish. This show will lift your spirits and take you out of the real world for awhile!

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The Last Five Years Presented by Visalia Players

IN THE November 2 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



The Last Five Years, a romantic yet realistic musical by Jason Robert Brown, has received worldwide acclaim since its 2001 premiere in Chicago. The actors and directors of the Visalia Players upcoming production universally proclaimed their love for the show.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Neil Simon play Brighton Beach Memoirs opened in Selma at the Selma Arts Center this past weekend, presented by the Raisin’ Cain Players.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


If you are a fan of old musicals from the 1920s and 1930s then you won’t want to miss the Reedley River City Theatre Company’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone! While the Drowsy Chaperone actually debuted in 1998 as a parody of the old musical comedies, it brings back memories of those fun musicals I used to watch on Channel 26 when I was a kid.

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