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Visalia Players

by Lorie Lewis Ham


With theatre still on pause, which of course means no shows to review, KRL has been interviewing some local actors. This week we chatted with Visalia actor and director Nancy (Pollard) Holley who is a part of the Visalia Players. Nancy has had a long and varied career full of interesting stories.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Since theatre on stage is on hold right now (check out our recent article that checked in with many local theatre companies on what they are doing during this time), it seemed like a good time to feature some local actors who have also been acting on our podcast, Mysteryrat’s Maze. This week we chatted with local actor Sean Hopper who has been the voice of several of our episodes. Mysteryrat’s Maze features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors.

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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.

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Beehive Presented By Visalia Players

IN THE January 22 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Join the Visalia Players for Beehive, the musical, a trip down memory lane, or for those who are younger, a peek into a time that was turbulent, jubilant, and by some, considered innocent. The 1960s was a decade that for women encompassed a transition from homemaker of the 1950s, picture June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver) to the freedom of making their way in the world, envision Janis Joplin (Me and Bobby McGee).

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Tribute to Gary Benjamin

IN THE January 22 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Gary Benjamin passed away December 29, 2019, leaving a huge hole in the hearts of all who knew him. Where do I begin to describe the impact of this honorable man on those whose lives he touched?

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Buyer & Cellar Presented By Visalia Players

IN THE November 6 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Keith Lindersmith brings a bit of the exotic to the Ice House through his role as Alex Moore in Jonathan Tolin’s Buyer & Cellar, which opens Friday, November 8.

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Four Weddings and an Elvis Presented by Visalia Players

IN THE September 18 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



The play opening at the Ice House Theatre on September 20 has an intriguing title: Four Weddings and an Elvis. One might chuckle a bit at its absurdity, and its content does not disappoint. Filled with wacky characters and surprising twists, laughs abound from beginning to end.

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The Odd Couple Presented by the Visalia Players

IN THE July 31 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



The Visalia Players open their sixty-third season with a classic comedy, The Odd Couple, by Neil Simon. The original Broadway production starring Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Ungar won several Tony awards including Best Actor and Best Author.

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The Humans Presented By the Visalia Players

IN THE June 5 ISSUE

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by Irene Morse



The final production in the Visalia Players 62nd Season is The Humans. If you are a fan, as I am, of the novel The Humans by Matt Haig, it will be understandable that you are excited about this play. If you are a fan of the British TV series The Humans, you will probably get excited all over again.

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Honky Tonk Angels Presented By the Visalia Players

IN THE March 20 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



If Honky Tonk Angels sounds familiar to you, you may be remembering a 1993 album released by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette. However, the only similarities between the album and Ted Swindley’s Honky Tonk Angels are three female singers and a single song “Sitting on the Front Porch Swing.”

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Grey Gardens Presented by the Visalia Players

IN THE January 30 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Grey Gardens is unusual in a number of ways, but perhaps most notably for being the only musical based on a documentary. Thus, the show has an historical perspective uncommon in musical theatre.

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Janka Presented by the Visalia Players

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Portraying a person you have known is an opportunity and challenge afforded few actors. Janice Noga is one of the select few as she embodies Janka Festinger in the Visalia Players’ production of Janka, which opens at the Ice House Theatre on January 11, 2019.

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by Nancy Holley



Escanaba in Da Moonlight gives theatregoers a night of rollicking merriment and an opportunity to glimpse life in Upper Peninsula, Michigan — heavily forested, often a bit strange, and perfect for deer hunting.

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Dixie Swim Club Presented By the Visalia Players

IN THE September 19 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley




Dixie Swim Club, as its title suggests, is set in the south and revolves around members of a swim club. To be exact, it is a delightful comedy that occurs in North Carolina involving members of a college swim team, who meet each year to reminisce, catch-up, and support each other.

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