What’s on Stage in the Valley?: April – May Shows for Your Spring Entertainment 🌷

springApril – 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 productions while you have the chance! #goseeashow


Fresh Independent Theater in Fresno:

The Sins of Sor Juana presented by Near / Far Theatre

Contemporary playwright Karen Zacarias’ play exploring the poetry and passions of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz–one of Latin America’s most prominent literary icons–set to the backdrop of the world she lived in, the Church and Court of 17th century colonial Mexico. Directed by Julia Reimer. Original music by EJ Hinojosa. May 3 – 12, 2019. 

The Government Inspector presented by Simpson Theatricals

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s (Turn of the Screw, A Picasso) take on Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector has a little something for everyone! The corrupt officials of a small Russian town, headed by the Mayor, react with terror to the news that an incognito inspector (the incognito one) will soon be arriving in their town to investigate them.A wild, farcical romp through dim witted Russia. A fun piece of political satire woven with beautifully crisp and witty dialogue and an original score by Dakota Simpson, who also directs.  May 23 – 26, 2019.

The List of Shows for April and May

Listed by theater company

Greater Fresno Area

Good Company Players – Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

Hairspray (Musical – Comedy)

March 21 – May 19, 2019

Disney’s Newsies  (Family Musical)

May 23 – July 14, 2019

 Good Company Players – 2nd Space Theater

A Shot In The Dark (Play, Mystery-thriller )

March 1 – April 20, 2019

Brighton Beach Memoirs (Play, Comedy)

April 26 – June 16, 2019

Broadway In Fresno

Something Rotten! (Musical Comedy)

April 16 – 17, 2019

Woodward Shakespeare Festival

Comedy Of Errors (Shakespearean Comedy)

May 2 – 18, 2019

University Theater, Fresno State

Carmen Jones (Musical)

May 3 – 11, 2019

Fresno Pacific University Theater

The Adam Bomb (Original Solo Show by Mark Tyler Miller)

April 25 – 28, 2019

Near/Far Theatre

The Sins Of Sor Juana (Play)

May 3 – 12, 2019

Simpson Theatricals

The Government Inspector (Play)

May 23 – 26, 2019

Reedley’s River City Theatre

9 To 5 The Musical

May 3, 2019 – May 19, 2019

Selma Arts Center

Wait Until Dark (Suspense Drama)

May 17 – 25

Golden Chain Theater – Oakhurst

Oliver! (Musical)

Apr 26, 2019 – May 19, 2019

Playhouse Merced

Little Women (Musical)

May 3 – May 19, 2019


Doubt: A Parable (Drama)

May 22 – May 26, 2019


Tulare and Kings Counties


College Of The Sequoias, Visalia

The Three Musketeers (Drama, Original Adaptation By Chris Mangels)

April 26 – May 5, 2019

Visalia Community Players

Honky Tonk Angels (Jukebox Musical)

March 22 – April 14, 2019


Kings Players, Hanford

Over The River And Through The Woods (Comedy)

May 17 – June 9, 2019

Encore Theater, Tulare

Sing Off! (Original Musical By Susan Burley)

May 3 – 18, 2019

Barn Theater, Porterville

Rumors (Comedy)

April 5 – 20, 2019


Ovation Theatre

A Chorus Line (Musical)

March 22 – April 14, 2019

Stars: Bakersfield Music Theater

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Musical)

April 26 – May 18, 2019

The Empty Space

As You Like It (Shakespearean Comedy)

April 19 – May 11, 2019

Bakersfield Community Theater

Fun Home (Musical)

April 26 – May 11, 2019

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