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by Lorie Lewis Ham

Since theatre on stage is still on hold right now with the exception of some virtual shows, we are continuing to feature some local actors who have also been acting on our podcast, Mysteryrat’s Maze. This week we chatted with local actor Ariel Linn Hicks (credited as Ariel Linn on the podcasts) who has been the voice of several of our episodes.


Playhouse Merced in Two Acts


FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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by Rebecca Potts

Earlier this year, Playhouse Merced was in the middle of a bustling 2020 season. They were gearing up to start tech week on their production of Fun Home and preparing to cast another production after a successful round of auditions. And then, March hit, and the world started to look…drastically different. Fun Home never saw the stage. Two shows were cast, but never made it to rehearsals. The cast of Tarzan was never announced. There were many questions about how to move forward, and when things would return to normal.


Look Back at Valley Theatre in 2018

IN THE January 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
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by Lorie Lewis Ham

It is that time of year again when we look back at the year of theatre that just ended–and 2018 was another amazing year in the Valley. As usual, there were far too many shows to mention them all, but here are several of the highlights!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham

KRL tries to cover as many theatre companies in the Valley as possible, this week we interviewed one just a bit further way than usual that has been around for quite some time, Playhouse Merced. We chatted with Shawn Overton, who is their Box Office Associate, and whose duties include running the box office, media communications, and photography. She has also written an original play for Playhouse, and teaches playwriting courses for the Conservatory.


Local Band Q & A With Avenue 28

IN THE January 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho

Community is the name of the game for Merced’s Avenue 28, which is a relatively new band who came together in January of 2016—made up of vocalist/bassist/pianist Jay Wheeler, drummer Eric Beltran, and guitarist Nathan Ramirez. From the name of their band to the title of their debut EP, Neighborhood, this trio relishes the connection between music and audience.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

It is Halloween season again and there are so many places in the Valley to go have fun! One of which is Frightmare Farms. We took a moment to chat with one of their owners to learn a bit more about this haunt in Merced. You can also find more fun Halloween things to do in KRL’s Halloween Fun in the Valley article.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

It’s another October and time for Halloween fun for all ages! Here you will find some of the many different options that will be taking place from now until Halloween–there’s something for everyone. Also watch for full articles on some of these events throughout the month, along with other Halloween fun here at KRL!


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