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Reedley River City Theatre Co.

by Terrance McArthur


In 2000, while we were all paying attention to other things, a musical called Swing! ran for 461 performances on Broadway and picked up five Tony nominations. Reedley’s River Theatre Company has picked up this blast from the past and put it on stage through March 13 at the Reedley Opera House.

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by Terrance McArthur


In the land known as Reedley, there is a gem of a theatre, the Reedley Opera House. That theatre is home to a gem of a theatrical troupe, the River City Theatre Company. The RCTC is now presenting a little gem of a show, Legends: One Hit Wonders, onstage until September 10.

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by Terrance McArthur



In 2001, Mel Brooks turned his 1968 movie The Producers into a Broadway musical. It was a smash hit. In 2007, Brooks worked the same magic on 1974’s Young Frankenstein with the same writing partner, Thomas Meehan, and it ran on Broadway for two years. And now…..the River City Theatre Company brings Young Frankenstein to life on the Reedley Opera House stage through July 30.

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by Terrance McArthur



Some families say “I love you.” Some families don’t. Some say it, but without words. In Joe DiPietro’s Over the River and Through the Woods, now playing at the Reedley Opera House, love is expressed in food. You feed the ones you love. Lasagna or a sandwich, it’s all love.

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by Terrance McArthur



A young girl sings about bluebirds flying over the rainbow, and you know there’s a twister just around the corner. The Wizard of Oz has landed at the Reedley Opera House for the River City Theatre Company, and it’s a smooth landing for everyone but the Wicked Witch of the East (By the way, kudos to director Joseph Ham for staging a ruby slipper transfer worthy of a David Copperfield magic special.).

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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.

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by Terrance McArthur



The black-framed glasses. The shortish, curly, unruly hair. The thin body. The guitar. No, not Elvis Costello. Buddy Holly, as in Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
“That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” Oh Boy,” “Rave On,” “It’s So Easy,” and more.

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by Larry Ham



If you enjoy wonderful singing, great choreography, excellent acting and a fun story, then get down to The Reedley Opera House and take in Anything Goes, the latest production of Reedley’s River City Theater Company.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This has been a slow month for Valley theatre. If you have already seen the shows at Roger Rocka’s and 2nd Space, there’s not much else to see in January. Well the Reedley River City Theatre Co. has a cure for that–a way to see pieces of a ton of different shows all at once–Legends: Lullaby of Broadway opened this past weekend!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



2015 was another year of awesome theatre for the San Joaquin Valley. This Valley is blest with a lot of talent! Theatre fans here never need to head out of the Valley to see a great show.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This weekend I experienced a theatre marathon, seeing three shows that all fit in perfectly with the Halloween season! First was Dracula at COS, then The Rocky Horror Show at the Ice House in Visalia, and lastly the suspenseful thriller Wait Until Dark at the Reedley Opera House.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



West Side Story opens at the Reedley Opera House, presented by the Reedley River City Theatre Co., this weekend! Check out this fun trailer for the show and get your tickets now!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The San Joaquin Valley is very rich in great theatre all year long and we at KRL enjoy covering it and sharing our finds with our readers. As part of our 5th anniversary celebration, it seemed a perfect time to highlight some of the great shows coming to the Valley this summer! We are also giving away tickets to four of these shows so you can celebrate with us.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you are looking for a shave and haircut I wouldn’t recommend the barber Sweeney Todd, but if you are looking to see a good musical, I do recommend you going to see Sweeney Todd the musical now on stage at the Reedley Opera House.

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