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Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

Look Back at Valley Theatre in 2018

IN THE January 12 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


It is that time of year again when we look back at the year of theatre that just ended–and 2018 was another amazing year in the Valley. As usual, there were far too many shows to mention them all, but here are several of the highlights!

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My 2018 Local Theatre Favorites

IN THE January 2 ISSUE

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by Terrance McArthur


Like the actor said when he crashed through termite-damaged wood, “It’s just a stage I’m going through.”
I saw about forty productions in 2018, including more than a dozen shows at the Rogue Festival in the Tower District. Here’s my five (or more) favorites.

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Footloose On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

IN THE November 28 ISSUE

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by Terrance McArthur


Come with me, back to the blissful eighties, when Kevin Bacon was cool enough to overturn a theocracy and bring dance back to the children—It’s the stage musical of Footloose, the Good Company Players production on the Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre stage until January 13.

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The Fresno Magic Club

IN THE October 20 ISSUE

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by Mallory Moad



If there’s something you’re seriously interested in, maybe even a little obsessed with, you can probably find a club in which you can share your passion with a like-minded group. Fresno is home to numerous organizations that support the enthusiasm of pet owners, drivers of classic cars, writers of mysteries, gardeners, fans of various sports, and devotees of different forms of dance and music.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, presented by Good Company Players, opened at Roger Rocka’s on May 24 and continues through July 15.

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Annie On Stage At Roger Rocka’s In Fresno

IN THE January 24 ISSUE

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by Terrance McArthur


All right, everybody, finish this line:
“The sun’ll come out__________”
And the answer is….”TOMORROW!”

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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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