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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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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 Terrance McArthur



A jukebox musical is a stage show put together from previously released material from a singer (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Musical), songwriter(s) (Mama Mia!—songs by ABBA), or era (Rock of Ages—80s glam rock). River City Theatre Company fills the Reedley Opera House with Ring of Fire: the Songs of Johnny Cash through February 26.

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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


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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Big Fish on Stage At Selma Arts Center

IN THE November 8 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


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 Sarah Peterson


As an autumn chill haunts the October air, Broadway in Fresno’s Phantom of the Opera descends on the William Saroyan Theatre in all of its macabre grandeur.
With opulent revolving sets and sumptuous costumes in jewel tones, this lush production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway musical is a feast for the senses.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have been in love with the story of King Arthur and Camelot for as long as I can remember. I grew up with the movie, and have seen the show on stage three times now. It is a story and world that I adore, and a musical full of fun songs and characters. When I heard that the Good Company Players were producing the show this season, I couldn’t wait to see it! Camelot is based on the book The Once and Future King by T.H. White. It is a classic Lerner and Loewe musical.

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by Terrance McArthur



If you say, “I’m going to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” some people will reply, “How far is Putnam County?” This month, it’s only as far as the Bonner Auditorium at Fresno Art Museum, where StageWorks Fresno is presenting the musical through September 18.

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Heathers The Musical On Stage In Selma

IN THE August 10 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Heathers the Musical opened this past weekend at the Selma Arts Center, presented by the Raisin’ Cain Players, and it runs through August 20, and is a Valley premiere of this musical.

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