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Sierra Rep continues their 40th Anniversary Season with Grease. Playing October 25 through December 15 at The Historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Park. For information or tickets, call (209) 532-3120 or visit www.SierraRep.org.

Book, Music and Lyrics by JIM JACOBS and CASEY REED; Additional Songs by BARRY GIBB; JOHN FARRAR, LOUIS ST. LOUIS and SCOTT SIMON

Rating: PG-13

Dates: October 25-December 15, 2019
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm
-No public performance Friday, November 1.
-Q&A/Talkback on Friday, December 6, with members of the cast. FREE with the purchase of ticket for that evening’s performance.

Location: The Historic Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St, Columbia, CA 95310

Tickets: $32-$47 from Sierra Rep’s Box Office at (209) 532-3120 ?or online at www.SierraRep.org. Discounted tickets available for seniors (60+), veterans (w/ID), children and students (18 and over with student ID) are available for all performances. Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available.

Fresno Pacific University presents: Leaving Iowa: The Comedy About Family Vacations by: Spike Manton and Tim Clue

Description: Leaving Iowa is a wild family road trip comedy about the joy to be found on a family vacation…and the family that’s still looking. Join us for an evening of travel, revisiting the past, and several meltdowns…buckle up, y’all…it’s gonna be quite a trip.

Dates/Times: Nov. 14-16 & 21-23 at 7pm, Nov. 17 at 2pm. All performances are in North Hall 123 at Fresno Pacific University (inside the corner of Chestnut and Butler) 1717 Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leaving-iowa-the-comedy-about-family-vacations-tickets-70563075057


The Junior Company Foundation is excited to announce open registration for their annual Musical Theatre Intensive, which is scheduled to take place this year from Mon Dec 30th through Wed Jan 1st. The three-day workshop offers opportunities for local performers to improve their craft while getting valuable feedback from industry professionals. Due to increased interest, JCF is opening up enrollment to adult actors this year. The new age breakdown for class groupings includes sessions for students ages 8 to 12, 13 to 16, and another for artists who are 17 and older.

Highlights of the intensive include personalized coaching for acting, vocal technique, dance, body work, and improv skills, as well as mock audition opportunities and roundtable sessions for getting feedback from, and asking questions to, a variety of industry experts. Teachers include New York-based Director, Actor, and Coach Duane Boutte; New York- based vocal coach, Vicki Shaghoian; Florida-based Julliard graduate and vocal director Tim Evanicki; Fresno State Theatre Arts professor, Ruth Griffin; College of the Sequoias Theatre Arts Professsor, Chris Mangels, and local actor, Diane Fidalgo. JCF promises more special guests as well. A limited amount of private coaching sessions will also be available for an additional fee.

Admission to the intensive includes light snacks, water, and a complimentary JCF shirt.

Registration is strictly limited to the first 14 students in each age -based track. A discounted early bird rate of $299 is offered until November 15th. After that, registration is $349 until slots are full. For more information, or to get signed up right away, visit www.bit.ly/JCFIntensive.

What: JCF Annual Musical Theatre Intensive

When: 12/30/19 through 1/1/20

Where: Cal Arts Severance Building, 1401 N. Wishon Avenue Fresno CA, 93728

About the Junior Company Foundation: The JCF is a group of volunteers who provide programs and promotions for the advancement of the preforming arts in the Fresno area. They are a continuous avenue for local youth to develop, enhance and inspire through their singing dancing and other live performances. The foundation’s success has led some ‘Juniors’ to become recording artists, television and film actors, Broadway performers as well as Golden Globe Nominees and Tony Award winners. Since 1978, Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater has provided the platform for these youth to put their art in action.


SONORA, CA – “It looks to me like Santa ate at CVS and threw it up all over Liberace’s storage unit while it was being robbed by Madonna’s back-up dancers.” Actually, it’s Trailer Park Christmas Time and Sierra Rep is going to unleash a massive dose of sheer seasonal silliness in its no-holds-barred production of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, running November 22 through December 22 at the East Sonora Theatre.
Betty, Lin and Pickles (Merrill Peiffer, Ariel Daly and Réanna Morris) are back in full bling and with the help of new neighbor Rufus Jeter, a redneck with a heart of gold (Kyle Sanderson), they attempt to get Darlene Seward, the trailer park Scrooge (Ashley Garlick) to decorate her trailer so the park can win $10,000 in the Mobile Homes and Gardens trailer park decorating contest. Darlene hates Christmas but when she is accidentally electrocuted, her amnesia reveals a sweet, Christmas-loving personality. The cast races to win the decoration award before Darlene remembers her true persona, dancing and prancing through cat-fights and fist-fights, childhood memories, dreamy visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past (and Recent Past) and a whole lotta feudin’ brewed up by Jackson “Jackie” Boudreaux (Brian Watson), the boyfriend-bully-of-a-boss Darlene forgot about.
The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is written by Betsy Kelso, with music and lyrics by David Nehls and, as one would expect, is chock full of relentless campy humor and wild songs like “Christmas in My Mobile Home”, “12 Days of Amnesia”, “Baby I’ll Be Your Santa Claus”, “Christmas Leather Love”, and “Black and Blue On Christmas Eve”.
“I am so excited to spend the holidays down at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park,” says director Dyan McBride. “…Trailer Park might be one of the funniest and weirdest holiday shows I’ve ever been a part of. (And I’ve been a tap dancing reindeer, sung carols in countless malls and played every ghost in a children’s theatre version of Christmas Carol, so that’s saying something.) The most surprising part of …Trailer Park is its writing. The script is riotously funny, and at turns sentimental and filled with heart. The score is catchy and the lyrics are clever. It’s a contemporary, bananas, comic twist on Scrooge and I think Sierra Rep audiences will have a fantastic time at the theatre this holiday season. They are welcome to partake in the Keg-nog, and they shouldn’t hesitate to whoop it up, engage in a cat fight or throw a chair if the Trailer spirit moves them. I am also thrilled to spend the holidays with my friends on the artistic staff and my partner in all things theatrical, choreographer Staci Arriaga. This is our nineteenth show together and I always inspired when making art with her.”
The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical closes out Sierra Rep’s 40th Anniversary season. The production sponsors are MicroTronics and Oak Valley Community Bank. The creative team for …Trailer Park include Dyan McBride (director), Staci Arriaga (choreographer), Michael Kramer (scenic designer), Emily Wilson (costume designer). Joanna Hobbs (lighting designer), Henry Flores (properties designer) and Michael Kelly (production stage manager). This production is rated R and is not recommended for young children.
Events taking place during the run of …Trailer Park include:

Opening Night Reception – Friday, November 22
The ninth production in SRT’s 2019 season, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, opens at the East Sonora Theatre. Immediately following the performance, the audience is invited to join the actors and SRT Staff for a light reception included in the price of admission ($25/Opening Night).

Opening Weekend Evening Performances Only $25 – Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23
Opening Weekend evening performances for all SRT productions are only $25 per ticket online and in our Box Office.

Post-Show Talkback – Friday, December 13
Enjoy our Talkback series with members of the cast following this performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.

Sierra Repertory Theatre is a professional non-profit theater located in California’s beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills. Since 1980, Sierra Rep has focused on its original mission: to present audiences with a broad range of theatrical literature at the highest production quality possible; to pay artists and staff a living wage and to make a vibrant contribution to our community’s economy, culture and spirit. Sierra Repertory Theatre is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information about Sierra Repertory Theatre and upcoming shows, 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.

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