Live theatre—there’s nothing like it, right?
Sitting in a theatre with other audience members around you, watching onstage performers making you laugh, cry, gasp.And for a whole year, there’s been nothing. Like it? NO!
Now, baby steps are being made at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, with the help of Dan Pessano and the Good Company Players.
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.
Disney’s Newsies musical hit the Roger Rocka’s stage this past weekend, presented by Good Company Players. I had never seen the show before, but I was familiar with several of its songs and had seen a performance on the Tony’s, where it won awards for Best Original Score and Best Choreography.
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.
What happens after the fairytale is over? What happens after the slipper fits, after the wolf is dead, after the giant falls off the beanstalk?
Another wonderful year of Valley theatre is behind us, and it is time again to take a look back. 2016 was filled with Valley premieres, musical classics, and amazing performances--too many to mention them all, but here are a few.
Strap on your swim fins and grab your aqualung, people. Let’s go “Under the Sea” to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre until May 15.
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.
Sharks and Jets. Street gangs. Turf war. Romeo & Juliet in the streets of New York City. “Tonight.” “Somewhere.” Mambo. Yep, it’s West Side Story, and it’s a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, playing through September 14.
I wasn't certain what to expect when I went to see Spamalot at Roger Rocka's this weekend as I'm not really a fan of the movie it is loosely based on, Monty Python and The Holy Grail. But I really enjoyed this show!