River City Theatre Company

Christmas Legends On Stage at the Reedley Opera House

by Terrance McArthur

Looking for that warm, cozy, Christmas-y feeling on a cold, dark night? Head for the historic Redley Opera House and the River City Theatre Company’s Christmas Legends, playing through December 18.
This show is different than earlier Legends shows in Reedley, where performers paid tribute to musical artists by emulating the styles and singing classic hits. This time, you are invited to a slightly rowdy Christmas party where fun is had by almost all, and holiday tunes run rampant . . . with a storyline.

Reedley’s River City Theatre Company Celebrates 20th Anniversary

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Reedley’s own River City Theatre Company is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in 2023 and we took a moment to catch up with the local theatre company that has seen a lot of changes over the last few years. We recently chatted with their general manager, Marquee Laita, to see what they have in store for the community! We also asked board member Ken Stocks to tell us a little about the special Murder Mystery Dinner show coming up next year.

The Addams Family on Stage at the Reedley Opera House

by Terrance McArthur

Have you ever tried to write a musical based on 150 single-panel cartoons?
That was the job faced by playwrights Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and songsmith Andrew Lippa, fifteen years ago, and it turned into The Addams Family. Now, the quirky musical is on the equally-quirky Reedley Opera House stage in a River City Theatre Company production through July 24.

Sister Act On Stage at the Reedley Opera House

by Terrance McArthur

Remember the Whoopie Goldberg movie “Sister Act?” You know, the one where a Vegas club singer witnesses a murder, and has to go into witness protection in a convent full of nuns? They made a musical out of it, and Sister Act is currently playing at the Reedley Opera House as a River City Theatre Company production through December 19.
The stage version, transplanted to a Philadelphia setting, sports music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid), lyrics by Glenn Slater (School of Rock), and a script by Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner, and Douglas Carter Beane.

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.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change On Stage at the Reedley Opera House

by Larry Ham

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is one of the most honored musicals to ever run Off Broadway. In fact, it is the second longest running musical Off Broadway, and has garnered several prestigious awards. The book and lyrics were written by Joe DiPietra, and the music was written by Jimmy Roberts. The show is currently being performed by the River City Theater Company at the Reedley Opera House.

Comedy Tonight At The Reedley Opera House

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Reedley's River City Theatre Company has its sequel to last year's Funny Farm hitting the stage this weekend. “Comedy Tonight is our brand new, side-splitting sequel to last season's popular Funny Farm," said Erik Valencia, head of publicity for RCTC. "This year’s production will include standup comedy and musical entertainment combined."