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The Undead Have Arrived at Selma Arts Center

IN THE January 4 ISSUE

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by Rebecca Potts



Picture this: A small town high school in the 1950s, filled with typical daily routines, quirky students, and a few love stories. Oh, and at least one zombie. If it’s a little hard to dream up on your own, let Selma Arts Center do it for you.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


It started as a 15-minute pop cantata by a schoolboy (Andrew Lloyd Webber) and a wannabe songwriter (Tim Rice). Along with the fame of the creators, it grew with each staging, until it became a full-size musical…and it’s based on a story from the Bible’s book of Genesis. It’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, now on stage at the Reedley Opera House under the banner of the River City Theatre Company, and it’s a joyous, cheeky way to spend an hour or two.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


If you are looking for holiday fun that is perfect for the entire family, look no further than Good Company Player’s production of Elf the Musical at Roger Rocka’s!

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Cabaret On Stage at the Selma Arts Center

IN THE November 13 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The musical Cabaret hit the Selma Arts Center stage this past weekend with a bang! The show is visually stunning and emotionally poignant. I had never seen Cabaret before so I went in mostly blind beyond knowing some of the music. After seeing this production, Cabaret is now added to my list of favorite shows.

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She Loves Me On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE November 9 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


He and She can’t stand each other. However, the two of them have been writing to each other for a long time. They have fallen in love with each other, but they don’t know it.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Clue—the board game was developed in 1943 by Anthony E. Pratt in England, where it was known as Cluedo, and first marketed in 1949. The murder mystery game challenged the players to deduce the weapon, location, and killer.

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Man of La Mancha On Stage at Roger Rockas

IN THE September 28 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


If you have an “Impossible Dream” (and even if you don’t), you should go to Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre to see the Good Company Players’ production of Man of La Mancha.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney musical! Instead of a helpless princess who needs to be saved, this show features a strong, courageous, and capable young woman who isn’t afraid to be different and seeks to find the good in everyone-even a beast. The Selma Arts Center’s production of this show opened this past weekend.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


In the matter of CenterStage Clovis vs. Legally Blonde: The Musical, both parties came out the winner. An exuberant cast cheerfully brings the story of the 2001 Reese Witherspoon comedy (based on Amanda Brown’s novel) to tuneful life on the Mercedes Edwards Theatre stage. It’s funny, brisk, and there are a few delightful casting surprises.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



La Cage aux Folles opened this past weekend presented by StageWorks Fresno, and I believe that this is the Fresno premiere of this show. This is a show that I have always wanted to see so I was very excited. As always, StageWorks Fresno did not disappoint!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Seven years ago, the Good Company Players presented Calamity Jane, based on the Doris Day musical film, at Roger Rocka’s. Instead of using all local talent, the starring role was played by Louise Mandrell, country singer and part of the Mandrell Sisters. She was really, really good.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



It is a rare thing to see a show produced locally that is currently on Broadway. Be More Chill is currently on Broadway, and just opened this past weekend at the Selma Arts Center.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


If someone comes off as a really nice person, but suddenly turns mean and nasty, we call him a “Jekyll and Hyde,” all because of Robert Louis Stevenson and a bad dream. That dream, of a man physically turning from good to evil, became the 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Over the last 133 years, the story has appeared on stage, on movie screens, and on television countless times (I actually wrote script and lyrics for a musical comedy version presented when I was in high school in 1969), and in varying degrees of adaptation (Remember Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)?).

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Mamma Mia! will be hitting the stage in Clovis this July, presented by StageWorks Fresno. We sat down to chat with StageWorks Artistic Director Joel Abels to learn more about this production.

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