The Big List of Fresno Area Theater Openings – Summer 2017

And, now that The Fresno Bee is cutting all of its arts coverage, you may want to bookmark this.  Also, you’ll note that I make no distinction between smaller companies, independent productions, community theater, professional companies, and “semi-pro”. They tend to blend together here in Fresno. So, theater is theater.



Honk! Selma Arts Center. Now through May 6.

Over the River and Through the Woods. Reedley’s River City Theater. Now through May 7.

Heathers, the Musical. Fresno State. May 5 – 13.

Steel Magnolias. ViSTA Theatre. Now through May 14.

Peter and the Starcatcher. Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. Now through May 14.

Stage Door. 2nd Space Theater. Now through June 18.

Damn Yankees. Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. May 18 – July 9.

Surrounding Communities

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. College of the Sequoias. Now through May 6.

The Amish Project. Visalia Community Players. Now through May 7.

Avenue Q. Playhouse Merced. Now through May 14.

Pippin. Encore Theater, Tulare. May 5 – 20.

Honky Tonk Nights Cab-beer-ay. Visalia Community Players. May 19, 20, 21.




Twelfth Night. Woodward  Shakespeare Festival. June 15 – July 8.

CANCELLED. The Elephant in the Room & Martinis and Malice. Curtain FIVE and Fresno Soap Co. June 23-July 2nd. (Opening delayed one week from its original date of June 17).

Neil Simon’s “Fools” – 2nd Space Theater. June 22 – August 20.

Surrounding Communities

3055ddca-e661-4249-b33b-573dc56fd405Wait Until Dark. Playhouse Merced. June 2 – June 18.

Wizard of Oz ASL Musical. 4th Wall, Ruby Slipper and Vizual Voices in Visalia. June 3.

Murder Me, Murder Me Not. Kings Players, Hanford. June 2 – June 25.

Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. Visalia Community Players. June 9 – July 2.

35MM, A Musical Exhibition. Selma Arts Center. June 16 – July 1.

Bye Bye Birdie. Blossom Trail Players, Sanger. June 22 – July 1.

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?  Golden Chain, Oakhurst. June 24 & 25.

Young Frankenstein. Reedley’s River City Theater. June 30 – July 30.




69f4215e-2cbf-4a70-9875-82f178368a39Us & Them. Fresno Soap Co. July 7 – August 6.

Fiddler on the Roof. CenterStage Clovis. July 13 – 22.

Sister Act. Roger Rockas Dinner Theater. July 13 – September 10.

The Full Monty. StageWorks Fresno. July 21 – August 6.

Surrounding Communities

Ragtime. Playhouse Merced. July 14 – 30.

Carrie, the Musical. Selma Arts Center. July 27 – August 5




Titus Andronicus. Woodward Shakespeare Festival. August 3 – 26.

R & J. Curtain FIVE. August 11 – 13.

Hedda Gabler. Hedda in Fresno. Presented by The New Ensemble. August 11-20.

The Hound of the Baskervilles. 2nd Space Theater. August 24 – October 15.

Surrounding Communities
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Golden Chain, Oakhurst. August 4 – 20.


  1. Servetus · · Reply

    Wow, that’s insane. Why have a local paper if it doesn’t cover local arts and local sports?

    1. Exactly! The other insane thing is that most of their revenue still comes from print advertising, but McClatchy (the corporation) is basically chasing clicks. The other culture writers will likely be reassigned to other beats. A few months ago they moved the printing operations to Sacramento. We’ll likely now get the Sacramento Bee with a section on Fresno news. We have half a million people in this city. It’s ridiculous.

      1. Servetus · ·

        I’ve watched a similar process happen around here — eventually they realized that by killing their local news, they were killing their market, insofar as people look elsewhere for the international, national news and tend not to be as interested in state news. But it’s so stupid to rebuild something that was actually working.

        It’s bizarre that they’d do that in a market of 500,000 — we’re much smaller.

      2. Yeah, we’ve been tracking similar actions in similar markets, although even the San Jose Mercury News has had several rounds of cuts and severely shrinking coverage. They’re a much bigger market than we are.

        The thing that gets me is that most of newspapers’ revenue still comes from print ads. But they like that online content is measurable with clicks, even if it doesn’t generate enough revenue.

        The news organizations that are thriving right now have a high diversity of print and online content and have reinvested in local loyalty and encourage subscriptions with a lot of perks like additional newsletters and such. It’s made their content better and serves the community while keeping them in business.

        But that’s not on their agenda, apparently. More and more I wonder if newspapers should go to an NPR style non-profit model.

      3. Servetus · ·

        I’m not a huge fan of NPR — now that it is so heavily viewer supported, it runs only/mostly stories from the perspectives of its supporting viewers. I don’t know what the answer is, though.

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