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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Rent comes through Fresno this week for two performances at the Saroyan Theater in Fresno on February 6 and 7. We were recently able to chat recently with one of its stars, Deri’Andra Tucker, who plays Mimi.

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We Are Monsters Presented by Shine! Theatre

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The Shine! Theatre Company is presenting this weekend an original musical called We Are Monsters, written by Fresno native Denver Casado. According to their press release, it is a musical about diversity, friendship, and ultimately, acceptance.

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Grey Gardens Presented by the Visalia Players

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by Nancy Holley



Grey Gardens is unusual in a number of ways, but perhaps most notably for being the only musical based on a documentary. Thus, the show has an historical perspective uncommon in musical theatre.

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by Terrance McArthur


In the Spring of 2018, the Good Company Players presented Mamma Mia!, the ABBA musical, at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. It was a great show, and it was a big hit. Guess what? They’re at it again! If you missed it before, see it now. If you saw it before, a lot of the stars have returned, and their familiarity with the material makes it even stronger.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


When the High School Musical movie came out in 2006 on the Disney Channel my 13-year-old daughter was obsessed with it, and I enjoyed it too! We even eventually talked her brother into watching it. Through the years we watched all three movies many times, and even now she and I are big fans of Zach Efron and Lucas Grabeel, two of the stars of the movies. So when we heard that the Selma Arts Center’s Teen theatre group was doing a production of the stage version, well of course we were going to be there.

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Driving Miss Daisy On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE January 9 ISSUE

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I remember long ago watching the 1989 movie Driving Miss Daisy staring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. It was a sweet film and a sweet story, so when I heard that Good Company Players were doing the show at 2nd Space this year, I marked it on my calendar. It seemed like a good way to start the new year.

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by Cynthia Chow


When a fortune teller declares “Death is near,” Ivy Meadows did her best to shrug it off. After all, she was attending the Phoenix Renaissance Faire where there was an abundance of fairies, pirates, dragons, and hobbits in attendance. Along with her brother, his girlfriend, and Ivy’s own boyfriend Matt, Ivy had been invited to support her friend Riley McFarlane’s jousting match.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This Valley is blessed with so much talent in so many different forms. A group of some of those talented performers have come together to form the Fools Collaborative. We sat down with their creative director and “founding Fool” Haley White to learn more about them.

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My 2018 Local Theatre Favorites

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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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Janka Presented by the Visalia Players

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by Nancy Holley



Portraying a person you have known is an opportunity and challenge afforded few actors. Janice Noga is one of the select few as she embodies Janka Festinger in the Visalia Players’ production of Janka, which opens at the Ice House Theatre on January 11, 2019.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresno State University Theatre is offering a lovely show to enjoy for the holiday season, Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley. Having enjoyed several variations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I looked forward to this new play and I was not disappointed. It was written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.

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by Terrance McArthur


It started as a Christmas card for friends. It found its way to Hollywood, where Frank Capra turned it into a movie that didn’t make much money. Years later, it was picked up by television stations, and it suddenly became a Christmas classic, one of America’s most-beloved films…..It’s a Wonderful Life. Reedley’s River City Theatre Company has mounted an adaptation on the Reedley Opera House stage through December 16. It’s light fun and some great moments.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Kelly Ventura will be performing a one-man show of A Christmas Carol on December 7 and 8 for only 2 performances in Visalia at the Main Street Theatre. The show is a fundraiser for The Enchanted Playhouse. We sat down to chat with Kelly about the show.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



For those who don’t subscribe to our podcast newsletter, I wanted to share about our new podcast episode that went up last week! This one features mystery short story, What a Little Cinnamon Can Do, written by L.D. Barnes and read by local actor Julia Reimer. This story involves baking, giving it a nice twist for the holiday season.

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