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Enchanted Playhouse

Peter Pan at Enchanted Playhouse

IN THE April 25 ISSUE

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Peter Pan opens at the Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia this weekend. We took a moment to chat with the show’s director Kelly Ventura.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I think it is safe to say that almost everyone is familiar with the classic children’s story, Charlotte’s Web. It is the story of an unlikely friendship between a pig and a spider–a friendship so strong that Charlotte the spider would do anything to save the life of the silly little pig named Wilbur.

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by Terrance McArthur


Take a book of fairy tales (Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.), rip out the pages, put them in a blender, add three scoops of puns, and flip the switch. When you’re finished, you might have A Walk in the Woods, the Enchanted Playhouse production now playing at the Main Street Theatre in Visalia through October 21.

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Robin Hood On Stage At Enchanted Playhouse

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This last month has been a time of swords and heroes for us here at KRL–first we had Camelot at Roger Rocka’s, and this weekend we saw Robin Hood at the Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs, right? A big bad wolf huffs and puffs and blows their house down–or is that the real story? This weekend at the Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia, they presented a very different version of the story told from the perspective of the “Big Bad” Wolf.

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Rumpelstiltskin at The Enchanted Playhouse

IN THE February 17 ISSUE

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If you have kids and you would like to introduce them to theatre, or you have kids that already love theatre, I highly recommend attending a show at the Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia. They produce shows that are great for the whole family to see together, and especially fun for kids. It’s also a great place for kids to get a taste of being in theatre.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Children’s theatre helps young audiences learn how to act at a live performance, and helps performers learn confidence, how to express themselves, and control. The Enchanted Playhouse production of The Elves and the Shoemaker in Visalia is a good example of this.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


The waves crash, the seagulls screech, and the music swashes and buckles. The atmosphere is just right for The Enchanted Playhouse’s production of Treasure Island in Visalia.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Mr. Fox is a thief. He is a thief without a tail, thanks to the local farmers, but he is a fox with a family, friends, and big plans, in Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, adapted for the stage by Debbie Metzler. It’s onstage at Visalia’s Enchanted Playhouse through May 2.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Long, long ago, Christopher Robin Milne had a toy bear. He called the bear Winnie the Pooh. Christopher’s father, A. A. Milne, wrote stories about Christopher and Pooh and Piglet and Tigger and Owl and Kanga and Roo and Rabbit and Eeyore…and the world thought it was cute.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Pedro, The Angel of Olvera Street is at the Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia, and it’s a wonderful mixture of Christmas Spirit and multiculturalism without an overdose of sugar.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


The Secret Garden at the Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia. Don’t keep it a secret.
It’s not like it’s a new story; Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote it in 1910. It’s not like it’s unknown; there are several movie versions, television adaptations, and a Broadway musical based on the tale. What it is like is a friendly story that has been around for ages because it’s a friendly story about the power of love and kindness to make a difference in the lives of people.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


In The Adventures of Peter Cottontail at Visalia’s Enchanted Playhouse, many familiar stories blend together to tell the story of Peter Rabbit and his battles with a wolf family. Brer Rabbit’s briar patch makes an appearance, the House-of-Bricks Pig’s time-shifting gambit is used, and Hans Christian Anderson’s “Big Claus and Little Claus” becomes a plot source. There’s even “playing possum” with no possums in sight. It’s a festival of the familiar…but that’s a good thing. You can enjoy the old ideas and some clever twists of the new.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



The Main Street Theatre at 307 E. Main in Visalia has a wondrous ceiling curving over the audience, crisscrossed with a lattice of wooden beams. It’s a fitting home for The Enchanted Playhouse, a company enjoying its twenty-second season of plays geared to young audiences, and now Sleeping Beauty takes the Main Street stage.

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