Once again, here’s as big a seasonal theater list as I can compile with the information readily at hand. From Merced to Bakersfield, all of the areas are listed together this time so you can see everything that’s playing.  I make no distinction between smaller companies, independent productions, community theater, professional companies, and “semi-pro”. They tend to blend together here in the Valley. So, theater is theater. Plan on seeing a show this fall! #goseeashow


fall shows


If you see a quote or two under a listing, that’s just a little message about the show from a participant. 

In order of opening dates!

Currently running

Romeo and Juliet. Tollberry Theater. Now  – Sep 8. Classic.

 Dancing at Lughnasa. Empty Space. Bakersfield. Now – Sep 8. Play – drama.

Into the Woods Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. Fresno. Now through Sep 16. Musical.

Titanic. Playhouse Merced. Now – Sep 16. Musical.

 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Ovation Theatre. Bakersfield.  Now – Sep 16. Musical.

Steel Magnolias Good Company Players. Fresno.  Now through Oct 14. Play – comedy.

Opening in September

Seattle to Fresno Mini-Rogue Festival. Minion Productions. Fresno.  Sep 7 – Sep 9. Independent performance art.

The Last Five Years. StageWorks Fresno. Sep 7 – 16. Musical.

Real Women Have Curves. Selma Arts Center. Fresno.  Sep 7 – Sep 16. Play.

 The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time. Bakersfield Music Theater. Sep 7 – 22. Play.

Merry Wives of Windsor. Merced Shakespearefest. Sep 8, 9, 15, 16. Classic.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. Fresno. Sep 20 – Nov 11. Musical.

Much Ado About Nothing. Golden  Chain. Oakhurst. Sep 21 – Oct 7. Classic.

Dixie Swim Club. Visalia Community Players. Sep 21 – Oct 7. Play- comedy.
“It’s heartwarming and most importantly hilarious!!” – Samantha Muse, actor

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Bakersfield Music Theater. Sep 21 – Oct13. Musical

The Wolves.  Fresno State University.. Sep 28 – Oct 6. Play (Pulitzer finalist).

Measure for Measure. Woodward Shakespeare Festival. Fresno.  Sep 28 – Oct 7. Classic. “An amazing and timely show that is not nearly done enough.” – Renee Newlove, actor

Little Shop of Horrors. Porterville Barn Theatre. Sept 28 – Oct 13. Musical.

My Fair Lady. Empty Space. Bakersfield. Sep 28 – Oct 20. Musical.

Opening in October

Book of Mormon.  Broadway in Fresno. Oct 3 – 7.  Musical.

 Sweeney Todd. Selma Arts Center. Oct 5 – 20. Musical.

Little Shop of Horrors. Playhouse Merced. Oct 5 – 31. Musical.

She Kills Monsters. Fresno City College. Oct 5-13. Play.

Macbeth. College of the Sequoias. Visalia. Oct 12-21. Classic.

 Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Reedley’s River City Theatre. Oct 19 – Nov 4. Musical.

Jekyll and Hyde. Ovation Theatre. Bakersfield. Oct 19 – Nov 11. Musical.

Dreamers: Aquí y Allá. CSU Bakersfield. Oct 25 – 28. Play.

Just Like Us. Fresno State University. Oct 26 – Nov 3. Play.

Boeing Boeing. Encore Theater. Tulare. October. Dates not yet listed.  Play – comedy.

Opening in November

Good Company for Christmas. Good Company Players. Fresno.  Nov 1 – Dec 23. Musicale.

 The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity  Fresno City College.  Nov 2 – 10. Play.
“A Pulitzer finalist about…wait for it…professional wrestling!” – Chuck Erven, FCC professor

Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Bakersfield Music Theater. Nov 2 – 17. Musical.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kings Players. Hanford. Nov 2 – 25. Musical.

Bus Stop. Empty Space.  Bakersfield. Nov 2 – 17. Modern Classic.

Falling. Fresno Pacific University. Nov 8 -11. Play.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. Experimental Theater Co. Fresno State. Nov 8 – 11.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Selma Arts Center.  Nov 8 – 17. Classic. “My directorial debut BECAUSE I’M TERRIFIED.” – Casey Ballard, first-time director

Picasso at the Lapin Agile. College of the Sequoias. Visalia. Nov 9-18. Play- comedy.

Chicago: The Musical. Broadway in Bakersfield. Nov 13. Musical.

Footloose. Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre. Fresno.  Nov 15 – Jan 13. Musical.

Annie. Playhouse Merced. Nov 16 – Dec 9. Musical.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Simpson Theatricals. Fresno. Nov 23-25. Play.

Escanaba in Da Moonlight. Visalia Community Players. Nov 16 – Dec 2. Play- comedy.

A Christmas Carol. Golden Chain, Oakhurst. Nov 23 – Dec 23. Play.

The Lion King. Broadway in Fresno. November 28 – Dec 9. Musical.

The Dining Room. CSU Bakersfield. Nov 29 – Dec 2. Play.

A Christmas Carol. Ovation Theater. Bakersfield. Nov 30 – Dec 23. Musical.

Opening in December

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.
 Fresno State University. Dec 7 – 15. Play.
“Jane Austen. Need I say more?” -Miguel Gastelum, University Theater Staff Member

 Elf, Jr. Children’s Musical Theatreworks. Fresno.  Dec 7 – 16. (Performers aged 8 – 20 years old). Musical – family oriented.

She Loves Me. Empty Space. Bakersfield. December 7 – 29. Musical.

The shows listed are generally college, community and semi-professional or touring productions in the Central and South San Joaquin Valley. I cannot list high school and student productions because there are too many of them. I do occasionally make exceptions for student productions with a general audience appeal. I also don’t typically list cabarets, showcases, or fundraisers. 

If you’re putting together a production this fall, feel free to send me information about it so I can list it in the monthly newsletter of shows. Deadline is the 21st of every month to be listed in the month following. 


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