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Cabaret Presented By Visalia Players

IN THE August 16 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Cabaret, the iconic musical, opens the 61st season of the Visalia Players and the 42nd season of the Ice House Theatre. Cabaret is set in 1930s Germany as the Nazis are coming to power, but its basic themes of love, apathy, and totalitarianism are universal. Thus, over its 50-year history, the staging of Cabaret has mirrored American society at the time of the production.

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by Destiney Warren



Everyone loves Lion King. I mean it has everything: romance, adventure, plots against kings, and even a little family drama, all while being a cute Disney movie the whole family can enjoy. Children’s Musical Theaterworks takes Disney’s Lion King Jr and presents a musical that everyone can enjoy as well—whether you have a kid in the cast or not. My boyfriend and I didn’t know anyone in the show, and we still had a great night.

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by Terrance McArthur


Carrie: The Musical moves you—and not because of her psychokinetic powers. The whole idea of a tuneful version of Stephen King’s breakthrough novel (and the Brian DePalma film adaptation that made Sissy Spacek a star) makes people go “Huh?” However, this remade version can grab a heart like the girl’s mind-controlled powers.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Fresno premiere of the musical The Fully Monty hit the stage this past weekend at the Dan Pessano Theater at Clovis North High School. I had seen the preview articles and saw the hype about “will they bare it all or won’t they” (something you will have to go to the show to find out), but I really had no idea what I was about to see on Saturday evening. The room was abuzz and one other patron said to me with a smile, I’m both excited and scared to see this–and I could relate.

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by Terrance McArthur


I first saw Camille Gaston on my computer, laughing a lot as Brandon Delsid’s sidekick on the Basically Brandon webcast. Then, I started noticing her onstage in supporting parts that attracted attention. She was Scuttle the Seagull in The Little Mermaid, the Witch in Big Fish in Selma, and the Acid Queen in The Who’s Tommy. Now, she takes center stage as Deloris Van Cartier in the Good Company Players production of Sister Act, and she commands attention in the role. Give it to her. She deserves it.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This past weekend saw the Central Valley premiere of the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, presented by Children’s Musical Theaterworks (CMT) in Fresno. I had never seen this show before, but now it is on my list as being one of my favorite shows.

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by Terrance McArthur


It all started with Solomon Naumovich Rabinowich (1859-1916), who wrote as Sholem Aleichem, a Yiddish phrase meaning “Peace be unto you.” He was known as “the Jewish Mark Twain,” but Mark Twain claimed to be “the American Sholem Aleichem.” Some of his stories were about a Russian Jewish milkman named Tevye, who had five daughters. In 1964, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick wrote songs for a script by Joseph Stein, and Fiddler on the Roof became a Broadway hit and a staple of community theatres. CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre presents it at the Mercedes Edwards Theater through July 22.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week Third Act Theatre Co. in Visalia will be presenting the musical [title of show]–it will be there first show. We took a moment to speak with those involved in Third Act Theatre Co., Executive Producers/Directors Alex Church-Gonzales, Nico Cristallo, and Vincent Paz-Macareno, about the show and how they came together.

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by Terrance McArthur



In 2001, Mel Brooks turned his 1968 movie The Producers into a Broadway musical. It was a smash hit. In 2007, Brooks worked the same magic on 1974’s Young Frankenstein with the same writing partner, Thomas Meehan, and it ran on Broadway for two years. And now…..the River City Theatre Company brings Young Frankenstein to life on the Reedley Opera House stage through July 30.

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by Terrance McArthur



When people think of Bye Bye Birdie, the Blossom Trail Players musical playing at the Sanger High School Multi-Purpose Room through July 1, they think of Dick Van Dyke, who starred on Broadway and in the movie. The 1963 film version also starred Janet Leigh because the studio didn’t think Chita Rivera was a box-office draw, and propelled Ann-Margret to sex-kitten stardom. BTP found a worthy successor to Rivera in Marissa Sanchez.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This weekend I went to see 35mm, A Musical Exhibition, at the Selma Arts Center, and I had no idea what I was about to see. I could never have imagined the amazing experience that is this show!

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by Larry Ham



The word Icon gets thrown around a lot these days. Icons come pretty cheap in the year 2017. But, when it comes to the world of rock and roll music, there are some performers who can accurately be called Icons. And Buddy Holly is one of them. And if you want to know why he is such an iconic figure, then go see a performance of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at the Ice House Theatre in Visalia.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


What better time than baseball season to produce a musical that involves baseball! Damn Yankees, produced by the Good Company Players, burst out onto the Roger Rocka’s stage in Fresno on May 18.

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Heathers: The Musical At Fresno State

IN THE May 9 ISSUE

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by Destiney Warren



The University Theatre’s production of Heathers: The Musical in Fresno is one you don’t want to miss. While dark humor is a fickle craft, this cast managed to hit all the comedic moments perfectly. I had never seen this play, but it has been a cult classic for so long that I was wary of the love that everyone seemed to have for it (Oh, the cynic in me), but after this performance, I’m sold.

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