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Little Shop of Horrors Presented by StageWorks Fresno

IN THE October 11 ISSUE

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by Joseph Ham


What do you get when you cross a man-eating alien plant with a hapless, lonely flower shop worker? Nothing good. Just ask Seymour Krelborn, he can tell you.

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Q & A With Local Actor William Bishop

IN THE September 23 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


KRL covers a lot of theatre both local and in other parts of California, and we have taken our readers behind the scenes many times to get to know actors, directors, and others involved in putting a show together. This week we are doing something just a bit different, we are doing a Q and A with local actor William Bishop, whom I have enjoyed seeing in several productions!

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Mothers and Sons Presented by StageWorks Fresno

IN THE September 13 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I can always count on StageWorks Fresno to bring something to the Valley that will move and challenge you, that makes you think and feel deeply, and addresses subjects that need to be addressed. That’s what they have done this year not only with Mothers and Sons which opened this past weekend, but also with The Christians, and The Full Monty.

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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 Lorie Lewis Ham


When you walk into the Bonner Auditorium the set makes you feel as though you have stepped into a church. When the show begins with the choir singing, and the pastors walk down the aisle shaking hands, then you feel even more like you have accidentally walked into a church service. But instead, you are at the StageWorks Fresno production of the play The Christians.

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A Look Back at Theatre in 2016

IN THE January 14 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Another wonderful year of Valley theatre is behind us, and it is time again to take a look back. 2016 was filled with Valley premieres, musical classics, and amazing performances–too many to mention them all, but here are a few.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Peter and the Starcatcher made its Fresno debut last weekend, presented by StageWorks Fresno at the Fresno Art Museum in the Bonner auditorium. I did not realize that it was based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson–had I known that, I would have realized what a crazy and fun ride it would be!

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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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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The San Joaquin Valley is filled with an incredible amount of talent and we enjoy giving our readers a chance to get to know more about these talented people here in KRL. This week we are profiling local director J. Daniel Herring who just finished the 115th fully mounted theatrical production that he has directed!

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by Terrance McArthur



In a not-so-long-ago, less-tolerant time (1962), imagine a place—a secluded resort—where heterosexual men went to wear women’s clothing. That place existed, and so did the photos. Harvey Fierstein (actor-playwright: Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Hairspray the musical, Kinky Boots) took that as the basis for Casa Valentina, the latest Stageworks Fresno production in Clovis North’s Dan Pessano Theatre through August 7.

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by Terrance McArthur



“Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “Acid Queen”…..it’s gotta be Tommy.
In 1969, The Who released their rock-opera album Tommy, which became a chaotic Ken Russell film in the Seventies. In the Nineties, The Who’s Tommy hit the stage. StageWorks Fresno has it at the Dan Pessano Theatre at Clovis North HS through July 17, a confident production from Joel C. Abels and Josh Montgomery.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This Valley is filled with wonderful talent of all kinds. This week we are profiling local actor and singer Jordan Litz, who came to Fresno thanks to being recruited by Fresno Pacific University to swim for them in 2011.

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Dogfight Presented by StageWorks Fresno

IN THE July 29 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



You are always guaranteed a high quality show when you see a StageWorks Fresno show, and Dogfight is no exception. The music is amazing and the performances are top notch.

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Costuming The Musical Dogfight

IN THE July 25 ISSUE

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by Mallory Moad



“So why do you want to do this?”
I’m standing in the middle of a storage unit in north Fresno, staring at endless racks crammed with a variety of costumes and for the life of me I can’t remember the answer to that question. The person who presented this query was Joel Abels, Artistic Director of Stageworks Fresno. “This” is designing costumes for an upcoming production of the musical Dogfight.

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