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Visalia Community Players

by Nancy Holley



Get ready for a romp down memory lane with the Visalia Players’ musical season opener The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Six spellers, adults playing youngsters, arrive at the national contest overseen by Rona Lisa Peretti (Ali Malingen). Rona’s helpers are Douglas Panch (Sean Hopper) the “word giver” and Mitch Mahoney (Cristian Duran) the “comfort counselor.”

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As Kings River Life continues to follow the Visalia Community Players production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, this week we wrap up the videos as they head into Hell/Tech week starting Monday and opening night on Friday!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



As Kings River Life continues to follow the Visalia Community Players production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, for week seven we are talking with set builder Louis Emery and another of the cast members, Henry Gonzales. Opening night keeps inching closer but we still have more great interviews coming your way including Stage Manager, more cast, band members & touching base again with the directors. We might even get a sneak peek at the goings on backstage during dress rehearsal! Keep coming back each Sunday morning until the show opens August 17!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



As Kings River Life continues to follow the Visalia Community Players production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, for week six we are talking with the choreographer Bethany Reynolds. Keep coming back each Sunday morning until the show opens August 17!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As Kings River Life continues to follow the Visalia Community Players production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, for week five we are again talking with Director Corey Ralston–touching base on what they’ve been doing and what’s coming up such as choreography (which we will cover next week), props, set building, blocking & more and continuing our cast interviews.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As Kings River Life continues to follow the Visalia Community Players production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, for week three we are talking to Vocal Director Merina Amos, sitting in on vocal warm ups and chatting with more of the cast!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As Kings River Life continues to follow the Visalia Community Players production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, for week two we are on a costume hunt with Bee costumer Milinda Shelby and director Corey Ralston and we have the first of our cast interviews!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Here at Kings River Life we have a passion for the arts and we try to share that with our readers in every way we can. One way is by doing local actor/director profiles featuring some of the talented people that bring the Valley theatre. However, the person we are profiling this month is such a big part of the Visalia arts community that calling this simply an actor/director profile seems inadequate.

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To Kill A Mockingbird: On Stage In Visalia

IN THE June 20 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Christopher Sergel’s artful dramatization of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird unfolds as an adult Jean Louise Finch (Irene Morse), once known as Scout, reflects on her life as a child in Maycomb, Alabama in 1935, and on life changing events that she struggled to understand.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Visalia Community Players are presenting The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Ice House Theatre this August 17 through September 2 and Kings River Life Magazine is going to follow them on their journey to produce this fun musical. This will be a brand new adventure for KRL as we follow the production of this show from beginning to end and we are taking you our readers on the journey with us.

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Humble Boy On Stage in Visalia

IN THE April 21 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



What do a biologist, a physicist, an aging model, a strong-willed mother, an alcoholic lover, a “nervous Nellie”, and a gardener have in common? Humble Boy! Charlotte Jones weaves these diverse characters into an exciting tale about typical and dysfunctional relationships told with humor and pathos. Humble Boy opens this weekend at the Ice House Theater in Visalia, presented by the Visalia Community Players.

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by Nancy Holley



Director Ryan Pullen describes Dead Man’s Cell Phone as a dark comedy about our need to connect in a digital world. Pullen identifies Jean as the central character who shows growth throughout the play “transitioning from making connections virtually to making them interpersonally.” Pullen defines the remaining characters as archetypes of how we insolate ourselves from all the digital options available through technology. “As an example, Dwight focuses on the real world through paper.”

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by Nancy Holley



Kick off the holiday season with the antics of three actors portraying 30 men, women, and animals in 90 minutes! The action is packed with fun that will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter. The Visalia Players presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) as the perfect opener to a season filled with joy and spirit.

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Steel Magnolias on Stage in Visalia

IN THE August 10 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Steel Magnolias, a witty comedy/drama by Robert Harling, is set in Louisiana in Truvy Jones’ beauty salon, which serves as a gathering place (think Starbucks) for women, more family than friends. Truvy (Leeni Mitchell) employs her magic wand and pixie dust making these women feel particularly special.

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