Q & A With Local Actor Darren Tharp

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Here at KRL we like to shine the spotlight on the talented actors, artists, and musicians in the Valley and take our readers behind the scenes for a chance to get to know more about them. This week we are interviewing local actor/director Darren Tharp, who also happens to be the current Board President and Artistic Director for CenterStage Clovis. Darren has lived in the Valley for 45 years and his current day job is as Regional Sales Manager Northern California for Nilfisk.

Theatre in the Valley During Shelter-In-Place

by Lorie Lewis Ham

This has been a difficult time for everyone. Not only are businesses closed that aren’t essential, but all events have been canceled as well. Many of those events have found creative ways to happen virtually, providing mostly free entertainment for those of us stuck in our homes. Community theatre has been hit particularly hard, canceling their shows has not only been disappointing for everyone, but they also don’t have those ticket sales coming in to help pay the bills.

Playhouse Merced: Preparing For Their 24th Season

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.

The Drowsy Chaperone On Stage At the Reedley Opera House

by Lorie Lewis Ham

If you are a fan of old musicals from the 1920s and 1930s then you won't want to miss the Reedley River City Theatre Company's production of The Drowsy Chaperone! While the Drowsy Chaperone actually debuted in 1998 as a parody of the old musical comedies, it brings back memories of those fun musicals I used to watch on Channel 26 when I was a kid.

Valley Premiere of Heathers the Musical Coming to Selma

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Valley theatre always seems to be bringing us something new to see, and this summer has been no exception! Right now the Valley premiere of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is on stage in Reedley, and next month the Valley premiere of Heathers the Musical is coming to Selma, presented by the Raisin' Cain Players. We took a moment to chat with the show's director Dominic Grijalva about the show!

Daniel Hernandez: A Young Local Actor Who Loves To Learn

by Lorie Lewis Ham

This Valley is blessed with so much talent and one of my favorite features in KRL is our local actor profiles--introducing our readers to the people behind that talent. Most of the actors/directors we have profiled have been in theatre for years, but once in awhile we decide to feature a young talent that has caught our eye--one of those was Benjamin McNamara, and this week we are profiling another--Daniel Hernandez, who can currently be seen on stage at Roger Rocka's in Singin' In The Rain.