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
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!
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.