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River City Theatre Co.

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Another year of theatre in the Valley has come and gone, and it was another amazing one. There is so much talent in the Valley that no one needs to go to New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco to see a great show. Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights!

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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 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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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This past weekend the latest Legends show opened at the Reedley Opera House presented by the River City Theatre Co. Legends is a series of cabaret type shows that have a different running theme in each one. This year’s theme is Hollywood!

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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 Terrance McArthur


It started as a Christmas card for friends. It found its way to Hollywood, where Frank Capra turned it into a movie that didn’t make much money. Years later, it was picked up by television stations, and it suddenly became a Christmas classic, one of America’s most-beloved films…..It’s a Wonderful Life. Reedley’s River City Theatre Company has mounted an adaptation on the Reedley Opera House stage through December 16. It’s light fun and some great moments.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



KRL has been covering Valley theatre for over eight years now and we have profiled local actors, directors, set designers, and more. We know that every piece of a show is vital, from the last bit of paint, to the costumes, the make-up and the hair.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


If you are a fan of popular music from the ’50s and ’60s then Smokey Joe’s Cafe is the show for you. It is currently on stage at the Reedley Opera House, presented by the River City Theatre Company.

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by Terrance McArthur


Once upon a time in the ’50s, a white guy named Huey wandered into a Black music club in Memphis, Tennessee, because he was captivated by the sounds he heard.

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Summer Fun in Reedley

IN THE July 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andCommunity,
andMovies,
andReedley News,
andTheatre
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by Brissa Reyes



Summertime is here, and with our triple-digit weather it’s time to break out those flip-flops and have some fun in the sun. There are various things to do in the World’s Fruit Basket. Here are just a few.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Another Valley premiere is arriving in July-the musical Memphis will be opening at the Reedley Opera House on July 6! I took a moment to chat with director, Joseph Ham about this amazing show.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


If you are looking for a show that will have you laughing all the way through, check out Noises Off on stage at the Reedley Opera House, presented by the River City Theater Co., until May 12.

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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 2017 was another amazing year in the Valley. There were way too many shows to mention them all, but here are several of the highlights!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



And it came to pass in 2012 that Reedley’s River City Theatre did bring forth Legends, a remembrance of famous performers, and it was good.
And in the year of 2013, it came to pass that it did bring forth Legends Too!, and it was good…too.

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