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Nancy Holley

The 39 Steps Presented by Visalia Players

IN THE January 7 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



The Visalia Players welcomes the New Year with the hilarious farce The 39 Steps. The show is based “loosely” on Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The 39 Steps and includes quips, puns, and allusions to other Hitchcock films such as North by North West, Rear Window, Vertigo, and Psycho.

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by Nancy Holley



Drop into 1944, via Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, The Glass Menagerie and visit a time when war is ending, the economy is shaky, and a family is attempting to maintain relationships without understanding.

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Force of Nature On Stage At The Ice House

IN THE May 1 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Steven Dietz’ Force of Nature dramatizes how our best laid plans often go awry and emphasizes the sameness of the power of life forces regardless of the era. From the present to the 1800s and back, Force of Nature describes the struggles of human nature against forbidden desires.

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Doubt On Stage In Visalia

IN THE January 16 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Situations are not always as they seem, but sometimes they are. When the safety of children is at stake, the price is too high to take chances. The Visalia Players production of Doubt presents such a circumstance.

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A Tuna Christmas On Stage At The Ice House

IN THE November 28 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley




Are you and your family ready for a great time that puts you in the holiday spirit? We have the perfect answer – A Tuna Christmas presented by the Visalia Players. The eccentric residents of Tuna, Texas will have you rolling in the aisles with their hilarious antics.

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by Nancy Holley



Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney had no idea that their actions, rooted in ignorant fear, would cause a community to unravel and send waves of shock and disbelief across a nation. The Laramie Project is a docu-drama created by the Tectonic Theater Project in search of answers. Why was Matthew Shepard savagely attacked? Was Laramie, WY a town filled with hate? What could have been done to prevent the actions of Henderson and McKinney?

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by Nancy Holley



Great News! Always…Patsy Cline is back on September 15, 2012! If you are one of the many who saw the show and did not want it to end, wished to attend but found the house sold out, or wanted to see the show again with friends, this is your opportunity!

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by Nancy Holley



Get ready for a romp down memory lane with the Visalia Players’ musical season opener The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Six spellers, adults playing youngsters, arrive at the national contest overseen by Rona Lisa Peretti (Ali Malingen). Rona’s helpers are Douglas Panch (Sean Hopper) the “word giver” and Mitch Mahoney (Cristian Duran) the “comfort counselor.”

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To Kill A Mockingbird: On Stage In Visalia

IN THE June 20 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Christopher Sergel’s artful dramatization of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird unfolds as an adult Jean Louise Finch (Irene Morse), once known as Scout, reflects on her life as a child in Maycomb, Alabama in 1935, and on life changing events that she struggled to understand.

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Humble Boy On Stage in Visalia

IN THE April 21 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



What do a biologist, a physicist, an aging model, a strong-willed mother, an alcoholic lover, a “nervous Nellie”, and a gardener have in common? Humble Boy! Charlotte Jones weaves these diverse characters into an exciting tale about typical and dysfunctional relationships told with humor and pathos. Humble Boy opens this weekend at the Ice House Theater in Visalia, presented by the Visalia Community Players.

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by Nancy Holley



Director Ryan Pullen describes Dead Man’s Cell Phone as a dark comedy about our need to connect in a digital world. Pullen identifies Jean as the central character who shows growth throughout the play “transitioning from making connections virtually to making them interpersonally.” Pullen defines the remaining characters as archetypes of how we insolate ourselves from all the digital options available through technology. “As an example, Dwight focuses on the real world through paper.”

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by Nancy Holley



Patsy Cline burst onto the musical scene in 1956 at age 24 with “Walkin’ After Midnight”. “Walkin’ After Midnight” made history as it crossed over to score on both the country and pop charts. In the spring of 1963, when Patsy was just 30 years old, her skyrocketing career ended with a tragic plane crash. In six short years, her numerous accomplishments included performing at Carnegie Hall (unheard of for country singers and in particular a woman) and headlining her own show in Las Vegas (another first for a woman country singer).

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by Nancy Holley



Kick off the holiday season with the antics of three actors portraying 30 men, women, and animals in 90 minutes! The action is packed with fun that will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter. The Visalia Players presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) as the perfect opener to a season filled with joy and spirit.

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Of Mice and Men On Stage in Visalia

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Of Mice and Men is a slice of California’s history. Set in an agricultural area, the play is “a character study based in 1937 that relates to today, particularly with the current recession,” says director Richard Morrill. Steinbeck created characters that evolve through many levels and transitions. According to Morrill, each audience member will take away a personal message; no one will leave the theater untouched.

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