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Village Halloween at ImagineU

IN THE October 23 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


ImagineU Children’s Museum in Visalia is presenting kids with another fun and safe Halloween alternative this year, Village Halloween. We recently spoke with their Executive Director Katy Young about the event, which is taking place on October 31.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The College of the Sequoias Performing Arts will be presenting its first ever Shakespeare in the Park show, Much Ado About Nothing, starting this weekend on their new Festival Stage. We took a moment to chat with the show’s director, James McDonnell, about the show and the new stage. James is Professor of Theatre and Cinema as well as the Fine Arts Division Chair. He also serves as the resident costume designer for the productions and directs about half of the shows.

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The Source Halloween Gala

IN THE October 9 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Source LGBT+ Center’s 2nd Annual Halloween Gala, presented by Tucoemas Federal Credit Union, will be taking place on October 23. It is their fresh and inclusive update of the traditional nonprofit fundraising gala. The purpose of the gala is to raise funds to sustain operations of The Source LGBT+ Center in Visalia, which is one of the nation’s fastest growing LGBTQ+ centers. Recently we chatted with their director of Development and Strategy, Nick Vargas, to learn more.

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by Nancy Holley



A Night in Vegas, a fundraiser, kicks off the Players season on August 7. This gala event (dust off those party clothes that have been languishing in your closet) begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvre in the Lobby of the Ice House. At 7:30 p.m. an evening of Frank Sinatra hits staring Jamie Hitchcock will kick off with an introduction by Visalia Players President Karl Schoettler.

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Queer Goggles: A Local LGBTQ+ Podcast

IN THE June 19 ISSUE

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This month we are highlighting LGBTQ+ authors, activists, artists, and more in honor of Pride. Recently we chatted with Brian Poth, who is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Source LGBT+ Center, about his podcast Queer Goggles. He hosts the podcast with Nick Vargas, who is co-founder of The Source LGBT+ Center and is their Director of Development and Strategy. The Source is based in Visalia, California.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


College of the Sequoias Performing Arts is presenting another virtual show this weekend. This one is called All in the Timing and it was written by David Ives. KRL chatted about the show with Chris Mangels who is Professor of Theatre and Cinema Arts at COS, and the producer of this show.

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by Nancy Holley



Excitement is in the air! Emerging from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, ready to celebrate and entertain you, the Visalia Players present The Bright Lights of Broadway written by Jennifer Masters and Leeni Mitchell and directed and created by Rebecca Coffey-Godfrey.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As the pandemic continues, the arts community finds creative ways to keep going. Recently we chatted with Ampelio Mejia Perez, the Executive Director of the Arts Consortium in Visalia, about what they have been doing.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Visalia actor Kelly Ventura has voiced several episodes of Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast, and earlier this year directed an audio production of War of the Worlds for Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia. Now he has set out to do even more fun audio adventures that are available on his website and as a podcast, so KRL chatted with him to learn more.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


2020 has been a rough year for everyone and the arts community have definitely been struggling to find ways to still share their gifts with the community and to keep going financially. We recently chatted with Michelle Goans, the Gallery Director at Arts Visalia, to find out how they have been doing.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As the arts community continues to look for creative ways to share their talents in a Covid world, many theatre companies are turning more and more to streaming shows. This includes the performing arts department at the College of the Sequoias which will be posting a show called Looking Ahead, Our Eyes Wide Open, on November 1. We chatted with Chris Mangels, Professor of Theatre and Cinema at College of the Sequoias, to learn more.

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by Nancy Holley



Creativity is alive and well with the Visalia Players during a pandemic that has required sheltering in place, wearing masks, and social distancing.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As the arts community continues to look for creative ways to share their talents in a Covid world, many theatre companies are turning more and more to streaming shows of various kinds. The Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia is doing a radio play of War of the Worlds this Halloween and it is being directed by Kelly Ventura. We chatted with him recently to learn more.

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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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