by Lorie Lewis Ham
On November 12 the Valley premiere of All is Calm will open on stage in Clovis presented by CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre. Recently, we chatted about this unique show with the Board President and Artistic Director of CenterStage, Darren Tharp.
KRL: Why did you choose to do this particular show and how did you learn about it?
Darren: When researching our season CenterStage was looking for a show that could challenge the valley’s performers, offer hope, and tell a unique story- we found all of that in All is Calm.
KRL: What is the basic plot of All is Calm?
Darren: All is Calm is a docu-musical that tells the real live story of the men who fought in the trenches. By the winter of 1914 most soldiers thought the war would have been done and they would have been home with their families– this was not the case. On Christmas Day 1914 there were reports of ceasefires and letters that talked about the coming together of both sides to celebrate Christmas. All is Calm, through music and first-hand accounts, tells the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914, it tells the story of hope in a place that you would only expect to see despair.
KRL: I understand that the entire show is sung a cappella is that how the show is written or something that you chose to do?
Darren: The show was created to be acappella- it is a challenge but one that the cast has taken on!
KRL: Will we be seeing some familiar faces on stage?
Darren: You will see some familiar faces in this production and some that have not performed in a while! (One of those actors is Eric Estep whom KRL interviewed just this week)
KRL: This is a Valley premiere of the show, correct?
Darren: Yes, we are very excited to bring this Valley premiere to the community.
KRL: What are the dates, times, and location of the show?
Darren: Saturday, November 12 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Thursday, November 17 at 8 p.m., Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Auditorium, 808 4th St., Clovis, CA.
KRL: How much are the tickets and where can they be purchased?
Darren: General Tickets: $25
Group Rate: $18
Tickets can be purchased at centerstageclovis.com or at the Clovis Senior Center Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
KRL: Anything you would like to add?
Darren: This show honors those who serve our nation and to show them our gratitude CenterStage has a special Veterans Night, Thursday, November 17 at 8 p.m. and it is $5 tickets for veterans.
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