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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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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 Terrance McArthur


Fog and mist from the windswept moors rolling in through an open door.
A howl in the night.
Red, glowing eyes.
Sherlock Holmes.
It must be…The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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by Terrance McArthur


In the land known as Reedley, there is a gem of a theatre, the Reedley Opera House. That theatre is home to a gem of a theatrical troupe, the River City Theatre Company. The RCTC is now presenting a little gem of a show, Legends: One Hit Wonders, onstage until September 10.

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by Wyleen Luoma


The Kings Players’ upcoming production of The Dixie Swim Club (by Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope) is a laughter-filled tribute to the relationships between five Southern women who have been meeting at a beach cottage every August for 33 years straight. Think Steel Magnolias meets the Golden Girls.

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Cabaret Presented By Visalia Players

IN THE August 16 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Cabaret, the iconic musical, opens the 61st season of the Visalia Players and the 42nd season of the Ice House Theatre. Cabaret is set in 1930s Germany as the Nazis are coming to power, but its basic themes of love, apathy, and totalitarianism are universal. Thus, over its 50-year history, the staging of Cabaret has mirrored American society at the time of the production.

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Hedda Gabler Presented by New Ensemble

IN THE August 15 ISSUE

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by Destiney Warren



Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen has always been one of my favorite plays despite the fact that I had never actually seen a production of it. I read it in a Modern World Literature class, and I fell in love with the characters and the way that Ibsen presented something he saw as a problem in his society: the standards of society that kept people (especially women) from doing what they actually wanted to do and enjoying their life. While this doesn’t seem very shocking, Ibsen wrote this play in the late 1800s Norway, and it was very forward thinking for the time. I was excited to find out that The New Ensemble was putting on a production of it, and I loved finally getting to watch it.

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by Terrance McArthur


William Shakespeare, poet-playwright of the centuries, author of towering masterpieces like Hamlet, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus, King Lear.

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by Destiney Warren



Everyone loves Lion King. I mean it has everything: romance, adventure, plots against kings, and even a little family drama, all while being a cute Disney movie the whole family can enjoy. Children’s Musical Theaterworks takes Disney’s Lion King Jr and presents a musical that everyone can enjoy as well—whether you have a kid in the cast or not. My boyfriend and I didn’t know anyone in the show, and we still had a great night.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This weekend Shakespeare’s R & J will be on stage at Fresno Soap, presented by Curtain 5. Shakespeare’s R & J, is an adaptation by Joe Calarco, directed by J. Daniel Herring, Professor of Theatre Arts and Director of the Theatre Department at Fresno State University. We interviewed J. Daniel and the cast about the show.

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by Terrance McArthur


Carrie: The Musical moves you—and not because of her psychokinetic powers. The whole idea of a tuneful version of Stephen King’s breakthrough novel (and the Brian DePalma film adaptation that made Sissy Spacek a star) makes people go “Huh?” However, this remade version can grab a heart like the girl’s mind-controlled powers.

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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 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


This past weekend saw the Central Valley premiere of the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, presented by Children’s Musical Theaterworks (CMT) in Fresno. I had never seen this show before, but now it is on my list as being one of my favorite shows.

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