The Nutcracker is coming to the Lindsay stage.

Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Children’s Nutcracker at the Lindsay Community Theater. The Lindsay Children’s Nutcracker will take the stage for six performances on Dec 1, 2, 8, & 9 at 7:30 PM and Dec 3 & 10 at 2:00 PM. Adults: $15 ($10 online in advance) and Students: $5. Get tickets at

The Lindsay Children’s Nutcracker is performed by children ages 2 thru 14. There are performers from Lindsay, Strathmore, and Porterville in the troupe. This production is directed by Jim Kliegl. There are close to 50 children in this production. Choreographers are Alicia Johnson, Audrey Obannon, Karizma Young, and Jim Kliegl. Costumer is Janet Kliegl, and stage manager is Stacey Johnson. Lights and Sound techs are Audrey Obannon and Chris Craven.

The Story of the Nutcracker is about a young girl, Clara (June Elizondo) who receives a nutcracker doll from her father’s (Angel Lemus Magana) friend, Judge Drosselmeyer (Michael Stevens) at her family’s Christmas party. Clara loves her doll, but becomes upset when her brother, Fritz (Anthony Huerta) makes fun of it. Her mother (Sam Silvey) suggests that she rest for a little while, and when she is alone, she falls fast asleep. Then she has the most incredible adventure.

In her dream she sees dancing dolls and a teddy bear and also mice fighting with toy soldiers.  The fight between the Mouse King (Kevin Gonzalez) and the Nutcracker (William Sanchez) frightens Clara, who throws her shoe at the Mouse King, scaring him and the rest of the mice away. Her actions break an ancient spell, and the Nutcracker is transformed into his true self, The Prince of the Sweets.

As a reward for saving him, the Prince takes her to his enchanted kingdom where she meets many fascinating individuals, like the gnomes and frogs and the Forest Fairy (Valerie Lemus) and the Snowflakes. Finally, the Prince introduces her to the Sugar Plum Fairy (Clara Machado/Summer Jackson), who rewards her for saving the Prince with sweets and entertainment.  The Sugar Plum Fairy summons dancers who dance in many different costumes and styles. There are the insects, the Spanish dancers, the Arabian dancers, the Chinese dancers, the Russian dancers, Mother Marshmallow and her treats, the pirates, and lastly the waltz of the flowers.

When the final dance is over, the Prince leads Clara back to the entrance to his kingdom and bids her farewell, telling her that he will always visit her in her dreams. Clara is then awakened by Fritz, who informs her that she has almost missed dinner.  She tells Fritz of her adventure and that she is sure it wasn’t a dream. Finally she must admit that it was a dream, but the dream was so wonderful that it was the best Christmas present of all.

Other dancers: Aliza Corona 2, Presley Remi 3, Nikki Huerta 4, Sofia Chavez 4, Bella-Rose Angelica Sosa 5, Braelyn Diaz 5, Montserrat Meza 5, Ambrielle Corona 5, Viviana Valencia 5, Aspasia Grace Ramirez 6, Remi Elizaldi 6, Melanie Arellano 6, Melanie Lemus 6, Mateo Lemus 6, Eliana Mena 7, Emma Lemus 7, Eldric Stewart 8, Bobby Johnson 9, Jocelyn Lemus 9, Aiden Stevens 9, Khloe Haywood 10, Myiah Magana 10, Ganith Stewart 10, Marina Lemus Magana 10, Alezander Lemus 10, Natalie Johnson 10, Yalitza Jassi 10, Aliana Salazar 10, Sophie Medina 10, Blake Mikles 10, Sarai Ramirez 10, Azaleah Ramirez 11, Azzlyn Elizaldi 11, Gisselle Chavez 11, Sophia Plumlee 11, Leah Mikles 11, Joshua Rodriguez 12, Sam Silvey 12, Angel Lemus Magana 13, Brooke Farnsworth 13, Karizma Young 14.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra – November 30th, Save Mart Center, Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve : Save Mart Center

The Visalia Fox Theatre is proud to announce the holiday spectacular, “Christmas with C.S. Lewis starring David Payne”, will be coming to The Fox on December 3rd, 2023.  This will be a matinee show beginning at 2 PM, with the Doors opening at 1 PM.  Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, September 15th at 10 AM.  Tickets may be purchased by going to, by calling The Fox Office at 559-625-1369 or by stopping by 308 W. Main Street, Downtown Visalia.

In the early years of his young adult life, C. S. Lewis believed the story of Christ’s birth was nothing more than a feel-good myth. That all changed after a particular encounter with his great friend and fellow author, J. R. R. Tolkien.  Although both men loved mythology in general, Tolkien was convinced that the Jesus myth was the one true myth. That was the start of Lewis’ journey from Atheism to Christianity. From that point on Christmas, for Lewis, took on an entirely different meaning.

Here we find him at his home near Oxford on Christmas Eve hosting a group of Americans who are Christmassing in England. They are about to experience an unforgettable assortment of Yuletide recollections that stimulate a whole range of emotions – curiosity, laughter, gladness, and even some tears. Above all, they will discover how that encounter with Tolkien forever changed his Christmas celebrations.

Since landing his first role as CS Lewis in the 1990s, David Payne has become the world’s foremost actor in the world of Lewis. He has performed as C.S. Lewis in more than 1,000 productions, in front of nearly 750,000 people. There almost seems to be a magical connection between Payne and his audiences. Throughout the entire performance audience members feel as if they’re in the presence of the great author, scholar, and humorist as Payne completely embodies the role.

KCUSD Winter Concerts:

Madrigals will be singing at Hillcrest Tree Farms November 27, 29, December 4, 11, 18, and 20 from 7-7:30

The Reedley High School Winter Concert will be Wednesday, December 6th at 6:45pm in the PAT.

The Orange Cove and Citrus concert will be Wednesday, December 13th at 6:45 at Citrus Middle School.


Fresno Pacific College Christmas events:

3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2023, “Lessons and Carols,” Fresno Pacific University’s annual celebration of Advent and Christmas through music and readings, First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St., Fresno. Admission is $15. Tickets at or at the door if available.


December 8-17, 2023, “Black Nativity,” Fresno Pacific University fall play, co-production with Shine Theater, Fresno. The Christmas story in dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel song and folk spirituals. Written by Langston Hughes, directed by tony sanders. Lin Family Performance Studio in the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, 4838 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, on the main FPU campus. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, students and FPU staff, faculty and alumni. Tickets at 559-453-2267,