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If you have a local theatre event you would like to see listed here simply email us your press release/poster and we will be happy to get it up. Also, please send your audition info for our local auditions page. Email all info to kingsriverlife@gmail[dot]com

Local Theatre Companies:
1. Good Company Players, Fresno, CA
2. Selma Arts Center
3. Reedley’s River City Theatre Co.
4. The Enchanted Playhouse, Visalia, CA
5. The Kings Players, Hanford, CA
6. Merced Playhouse
7. Encore Theatre Company, Tulare, CA
8. Lindsay Community Theater
9. The Golden Chain Theatre, Oakhurst, CA
10. Centerstage Clovis Community Theatre
11. Children’s Musical Theaterworks, Fresno, CA
12. Workshop 44
13. Blossom Trail Players, Sanger, CA
14. Visalia Players


Join UR Here (formerly The Fourth Wall Theatre) THIS Saturday, July 10, at 2pm, in the Second Space Theatre, for the first of our ‘222 Test Pilot’ series – THE SQUIRRELS, by Robert Askins – a darkly satirical comedy about wealth inequality from which no creature escapes unscathed.
The 222 Test Pilot Series is designed to explore a series of exceptional plays which are under consideration for full-production in an upcoming season. Through November 2021, (at 2pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month), we will present five readings onstage at Good Company Players’ Second Space Theatre. As an audience member, you will have the opportunity to watch a cast of accomplished local actors perform these plays and then participate in an open-forum talk-back following the show. UR Here is committed to producing challenging theatre that represents the diverse artists and community in the Central San Joaquin Valley, so we hope to see you there!
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, or purchase a Series Pass and see ALL FIVE of the upcoming shows for only $45!

You can purchase tickets here.


We’re ba-ack! Good Company Players is ready to raise the curtain — and the rafters – once again!

Tickets can be purchased here!

Nunsense — It’s what we’ve been praying for!

Disaster strikes rather hilariously at a small convent in Hoboken where the cook has accidentally poisoned most of the parish. All but 5 sisters remain and with the health inspection board on their way, the sisters devise a plan to pay for the burial… by putting on musical variety show! Nunsense is light-hearted with a charming score and an opportunity for GCP’s brilliant cast to to deliver a knock-out! Featuring Biz Fiester, Camille Gaston, Janet Glaude, Emily Pessano, and Dorie Sanders.

Rated PG. Call 559-266-9494 for tickets.
Please be advised that due to the changes in tiers and capacity allowed, our floor plan is currently in flux, but we will take your name and date requested and call you back as soon as we are able to determine the nuber of seats available at your requested performance.

Good Company Players’ Theatre Thrift and Artists’ Bazaar Returns!
Just in time for Mother’s Day! Pay a visit to Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre on Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd from 11 am to 6 pm at GCP’s 2nd Space Theatre at 928 E. Olive. Find all kinds of vintage and lightly used contemporary clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories as well as vinyl records, books, music, furniture and home goods in addition to handmade crafts.

Keep your eyes peeled for Good Company Players’ 2021 offering of Spring & Summer Classes for Young People and Adults…

We are preparing a plan for safely offering in-person classes for the community and hope to have all the details ready in the next few weeks. If you wish to receive emails regarding classes and auditions for GCP, sign up at gcplayers.com or call our business office at 559-266-0211.

Good Company Players season at Roger Rocka’s:
5/20 – 7/11 Nunsense – Divinely funny!
7/15 – 9/12 Daddy Long Legs – Brand new, heartwarming and romantic.
9/16 – 11/7 Addams Family – Monstrously entertaining!
11/11 – 1/9/22 Elf – An over-sized holiday hit!

Good Company Players at 2nd Space:
Love Letters June 6 – June 13, 2021
This Random World June 18 – August 8, 2021
Barefoot in the Park August 13 – October 10, 2021
Holly Jolly Holidays November 5 – December 19, 2021

You may reserve by calling our Box Office at (559) 266-9494. It’s currently open Tuesday through Thursday from Noon to 5, Friday and Saturday from Noon to 6:30, and Sunday from 10 to Noon. You can purchase tickets on their website here.


SIERRA REP SETS SEPTEMBER RE-OPENING!
SONORA, CALIFORNIA–Sierra Repertory Theatre is proud to announce our much-anticipated re-opening. Our 2021 Homecoming Season offers 3-mainstage productions and 3-tribute concerts to play in the fall with preview performances starting September 2.
“It’s certainly been quite a year for all of us,” says Scott Viets, SRT’s Producing Artistic Director. “We’ve been presented with so many challenges daily, and 2021 continues to be no exception. Sierra Rep has now been dark for almost 14 months, much longer than any of us expected. Finally, however, we do see the light at the end of the tunnel!”
“We are excited to welcome back artists and audiences alike,” says Managing Director Jeremy Blunt “While the pandemic is far from over and its effects continue to evolve, we are committed to a safe reopening of Sierra Repertory Theatre.”
As gathering restrictions ease, live performance venues may open under guidelines issued by state and local authorities and artist unions like Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. As safety precautions are ever-evolving, SRT will continue to operate in accordance with the most current guidelines. Actors on stage will appear unmasked. A list of the most current guidelines will be available on the theatre’s website.
“We would be remiss not to mention the outpouring of community support we received during our mandated closure,” says Jerry Lee, Associate Artistic Director. “The dedication of our fans is astounding and a testament to how vital this organization is to our region. Supporters made it very clear that there was no way they would lose the theatre because of the pandemic. In return, we’ve devised a dynamite season that offers comedy, suspense, and romance. And plenty of music. There’s something for everyone!”
SIERRA REP’S 2021 SEASON
SHREK THE MUSICAL
September 2-October 3 at the East Sonora Theatre
The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in Shrek The Musical, the award-winning Broadway musical based on the Oscar-winning film. A reclusive ogre finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess. Throw in a short-tempered wannabe king, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other classic fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the makings of a riotously dysfunctional road trip. Featuring all-new songs and outrageous humor, Shrek The Musical is ogre-sized fun for the whole family! It’s no wonder The New York Times called it “true happiness” and The Daily Mirror said it’s “the most fun you’ll ever have.”
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
October 28-November 28 at the East Sonora Theatre
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is filled to capacity, but by the morning, it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. Isolated, with a killer on the loose, Detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer–before he or she decides to strike again. With a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Wax your mustache and hold on to your passport! Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of the Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express boasts all the glamour, intrigue, and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace. “A guaranteed good time.”–The Huffington Post
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
November 18-December 19 at the Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Historic Park
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of the Smith family unfolds just before the 1904 world’s fair took over St Louis’ and the nation’s imagination. The musical includes the best-loved songs from the film, including “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. “Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play is perfect for a holiday outing and spot-on for the entire family. [You] won’t leave without a smile on your face.”–The Reporter
Sierra Rep’s 2021 Tribute Series titles will be announced at a later date.
Single tickets go on sale June 7 at 10am.
“Though we’re re-opening, we are by no means out of the woods yet,” says Lee. “There’s a lot to rebuild. Our year-and-a-half-long closure will make smaller cast shows and reduced programming an inevitability in 2022. We remain committed to maintaining youth workshops and camps and our school-touring program. But if there’s anyone out there who is still wondering “How can I help SRT?”, the answer is to buy tickets and buy them early.”
Season subscriptions will not be sold for the 2021 season. SRT will bring back season subscriptions for the 2022 Season, announced in late August. Ticket prices range from $30 to $42, and discounts are available.
SRT has also made the addition of three preview performances per mainstage production. Tickets to these performances are open to the public at a discounted rate. The preview performance process allows creatives staff (directors and designers) an opportunity to adjust a production based on the addition of a live audience. As well, the theatre is adjusting curtain times for Wednesday matinees to 12pm (instead of the previously scheduled 2pm).
“Time off has also afforded all of us in management to sharpen our goals for the theatre thoughtfully,” says Viets. “As a result, our commitment to coming back “safer, stronger, better than ever” is not just rhetoric but well-laid plans that continue to materialize every day. There’s no question that the last 14 months have taken their toll on everyone. It’s ironic that at a time when live theatre has never been more needed in our lives, we have had to remain closed. However, we couldn’t be more excited about the lineup of shows we have in store. We have carefully curated these shows to provide what we feel is needed the most now: joy, comfort, celebration, and fun.”
For more information about Sierra Repertory Theatre, please visit www.SierraRep.org or call the Box Office at (209) 532-3120. Follow Sierra Repertory Theatre on Instagram at @SierraRep; and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SierraRep. We operate out of two theaters located in East Sonora and in Historic Columbia State Park in Northern California. The East Sonora Theatre is located at 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. The Historic Fallon House Theatre is located at 11175 Washington St. in Columbia, California. Both theaters are air-conditioned and ADA accessible.


TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!
Join us for this 1 night fundraiser event to benefit the building fund for the Ice House Theater.
A Night in Vegas featuring Jamie “Sinatra” Hitchcock ?
Buy tickets at www.visaliaplayers.org


Kings Players is Very Proud to Present: Angel Street

A Victorian thriller by Patrick Hamilton

Directed by: Hugh Neely & Kim Spicer

Show Dates: Aug. 28,29, Sept. 3,4,5,10,11,12,17,18,19

London, 1889.Is the beautiful Mrs. Manningham losing her mind? Is something sinister going on in the old house on Angel Street? What can a retired detective learn from the mysterious movements of the man of the house? Some of the most suspenseful scenes in modern theatre are found in this original play that inspired the Oscar-winning movie “Gaslight”.

Friday & Saturday Shows: 7:30pm Sunday Shows: 2:00pm

Masks are optional…

2020 Season Tickets !!!

If you had 2020 Season Tickets, you have either 3 or 4 tickets left in you package (depends if you attended last year’s “Marquis Ladies”). You may use them the same as you would have last year. Go to our website and enter your code in the space provided.

If you forgot your code– afterall, it’s been over a year – just call 584-7241, leave a message, and someone will get back to you ASAP.

New Wheelchair Accommodations !!!

After a major overhaul, our theater will fit up to 2 wheelchairs in our front row. You must call 584-7241 for reservations. We will have comfortable chairs in those spaces when no wheelchair reservations have been made.

We removed approximately 20 seats to make this possible. Therefore, it is imperative to make your reservations early if you plan to attend our performances.

You’ll have to see it to believe it!!

For Reservations: kingsplayers.org

or call 584-7241 for assistance


Encore Theatre Company Announces 2021-2022 Youth Programs
Encore Kids and Stages
Third through Eighth Third through High School

Informational Meeting
August 16, 2021 – 5:30pm
Encore Theatre
324 South N Street, Tulare

For more information:
Contact Susan Burley – 289-2994

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