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Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

by Terrance McArthur


Remember Dirty Dancing, where it’s at a summer resort in the Catskills? This isn’t that. Remember Where the Boys Are, where Connie Francis is on Spring Break looking for fun and love, and she sings the title song? This isn’t that. Remember Neil Sedaka, who composed a bunch of songs in the ’50s and ’60s, and made a comeback in the ’70s? This isn’t that.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


If you are looking for something fun to take your mind off the craziness going on in the world right now, The Drowsy Chaperone presented by the Good Company Players at Roger Rocka’s in Fresno is the perfect choice!

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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


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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by Terrance McArthur



Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tinkerbell got to be what they were, and how they all got to Neverland? Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson did, and they wrote Peter and the Starcatcher. Rick Elice adapted it, with music by Wayne Barker, for the stage as Peter and the Starcatcher, and it now sails into Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre as a Good Company Players production, helmed by Emily Pessano as director.

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by Terrance McArthur



Before his death in a 1935 airplane crash, Will Rogers was the original King of All Media: stage (vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies), his newspaper column, radio, and film (silent and talkie), a combination of Dave Barry, Jeff Foxworthy, and Stephen Colbert. Even though he died more than 80 years ago, many of his political and social jokes still ring true.

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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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My Fair Lady On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The classic Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady opened at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater on July 21, but I wasn’t able to make it to the show until last Thursday. This show was well worth the wait!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


On stage now at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre, the Good Company Players bring us 9 to 5 The Musical, based on the 1980 Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman film about workers turning the tables on a horrible boss. The movie was directed by Colin Higgins (who wrote Harold and Maude) from his screenplay and Patricia Resnick’s story. Resnick adapted the script for the stage, and Parton wrote new songs to go along with her title tune from the film.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


A Christmas Story: the musical has come to Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre, and the Good Company Players have unwrapped a nostalgic present filled with good cheer through January 10. The movie with Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, and Peter Billingsley is now a seasonal staple, based on memory-stories from In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd, who voiced the film’s narration and was a writer of the screenplay.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


From Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Lionel Bart fashioned the musical Oliver! which opened in London in 1960, toured the USA in 1962, and opened on Broadway in 1963. Now, it is a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through July 19.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers were major forces in musical theatre from the ’40s to the ’60s, penning the words and music for Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, The Sound of Music, and… South Pacific, now a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through May 17.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you are looking for a fun night at the theatre then you won’t want to miss Crazy For You, currently on stage at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre in Fresno. This show is filled with wonderful old Gershwin songs we all know and love! Crazy For You is a 1992 musical largely based on the Gershwin’s 1930 musical Crazy Girl, but incorporates songs from several other productions as well. It won a Tony for Best Musical in 1992.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Last weekend was a weekend of musical revues for us at KRL, Saturday night was Side by Side by Sondheim, and Sunday we saw Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Roger Rocka’s, and both shows were a lot of fun.

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