July is often the hottest month for both temperatures and theater in the Valley. But what better time to sit in a darkened, air conditioned room and be entertained? Hit up a show this month – there are a lot of entertaining options to choose from! #goseeashow -Heather From Heather’s Notebook:  It appears that the Woodward […]

One of the things that I do when preparing for a new show is, little-by-little, begin to build the world in my mind. I try not to get too specific, but I do create mood boards. These are just collections of ideas and imagery to guide the designers in the direction I’m visualizing. I depend […]

Selma Arts Center presents Selma Originals, running Friday, June 28th and Saturday June 29th, at the Selma Arts Center.

This June is a little light compared to last year, but that just means the Valley is loading the big guns for July! There is plenty of great theater to see this month, though, and you’ll probably get to see enough of it to go guilt-free! #goseeashow -Heather Something Original in June: Selma Arts Center will […]

New to the Fresno theater scene, Ellicia Mertens Elliott makes her California directorial debut with The Comedy of Errors at Woodward Shakespeare Festival, running now. Elliott is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals, “Eastern Washington’s premiere Shakespeare Company,” presenting shows in Prosser, Pasco, Walla Walla and around the Yakima Valley. Before starting […]

Opening May 2 – 4, 2019 in the Fresno area: Carmen Jones This University Theatre production at Fresno State is based on Meilhac & Halevy’s adaption of Prosper Merimee’s “Carmen”, written by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Georges Bizet. This Fresno premiere is directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis and runs May 3 – 11, 2019 in the John […]

Julia Reimer has a long and diligent resume as the Theater professor/program director at Fresno Pacific Theater and working as an actor and director on productions at Good Company Players, Woodward Shakespeare Festival and The New Ensemble. After 17 years in the position, she has stepped down and is exploring other opportunities and projects, while […]

Things start heating up on stage for a busy late April and May.

April – May 2019 Once again, here is your list of live theater options from Bakersfield to Merced here in the Valley. This time I’m highlighting a couple of independent productions to look out for in May. The indie theater scene in Fresno ebbs and flows, so consider taking a chance on these unique DIY […]

Jane Austen’s Emma, adapted from Austen’s novel by Michael Bloom and directed by Brooke Aiello for Fresno Pacific University, is a lovely production that will satisfy “Janeites” everywhere. Shannon Brewington’s alley stage “covered” in parchment with lines from the novel scratched in like 19th century letters captures Emma’s machinations as if they’re indeed written straight […]