Big List of July Shows in Fresno and the Valley

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!


From Heather’s Notebook: 

It appears that the Woodward Shakespeare Festival has replaced its originally scheduled Richard II in favor of remounting The Comedy of Errors, its production from May. 40% of its performances were canceled due to the really wacky amount of rain we had, so they’re calling this new run the “Rain Check Run.” To avoid issues of inclement weather, July being as hot as May was wet, they’re presenting the show indoors at the California Arts Academy Severence building in the Tower District. Aaron Spjute is listed as the “indoor coordinator”, translating original director Ellicia Elliott’s vision to the indoor venue. Runs July 12 – 21.

And in other reboot news, Good Company Players at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater has brought back Louise Mandrell of the Mandrell Sisters for another round of Calamity Jane. The first GCP production of this musical in 2016 played to enthusiastic sold-out houses. Expect similar crowds this summer and reserve your seats in advance!  Runs July 18 – Sep 15.


Once again I’m going to make a pitch for the Original Short Plays presented by the Selma Arts Center this weekend. Presenting new works is still pretty rare in the Valley, so take advantage of the opportunity if you possibly can! June 28 – 29.

And Selma is also bringing a very hot title to the Valley in July: Be More Chill is a new musical that has recently transferred to Broadway. Selma managed to snap up the rights to it just before its Broadway run was solidified, taking advantage of a rare window of opportunity. Directed by Miguel Gastelum, Be More Chill runs July 19-27.

StageWorks Fresno opens TWO shows this month, featuring two splashy musicals: Mamma Mia! performing for just one weekend in the Shagoian Concert Hall, and then La Cage aux Folles, performing in the Pessano Theater. Both state-of-the-art venues are located at the Clovis North Educational Complex. If you love the ABBA musical, the Shagoian will make it sound fantastic. And the intimacy of the 3/4 thrust at the Pessano Theater will bring La Cage up close and personal.  Mamma Mia! runs July 12 – 14 and La Cage aux Folles opens July 26.

On a personal note, I begin rehearsals for My Cousin Rachel, a thrilling adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel for Good Company Players‘ 2nd Space in July.  Look for blog posts at What’s My Call Time in July and August as I work with a terrific cast and production team on the project.
It opens August 16.

The List of Shows for July 2019

Fresno and surrounding areas

Selma Arts Center
Selma Originals  – This weekend only!
June 27 – June 29
new plays and other works completely written, produced, and coordinated by local artists

Be More Chill – musical
July 19 – 27

Good Company Players

at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater
Newsies – family musical
Now – July 14
Review in Kings River
Review in The Munro Review

Calamity Jane – family musical
July 18 – Sep 15

at the 2nd Space Theater
Savannah Sipping Society – comedy play
Now – Aug 11
Preview in The Munro Review

StageWorks Fresno
Mamma Mia! – musical
July 12-14

La Cage a Folles – musical
July 26 – Aug 11

Woodward Shakespeare Festival
Comedy of Errors – Shakespearean comedy
July 12 – 21

CenterStage Clovis
Legally Blonde – musical
July 25 – Aug 3

Children’s Musical Theaterworks, Fresno
Disney’s Freaky Friday – musical
July 12 – 21

Reedley’s River City Theater
Jekyll and Hyde – musical
July 12 – 28

Golden Chain Theater, Oakhurst
Here Come the Cows – melodrama
June 28 – Jul 14

SOUTH VALLEY – Tulare and Kings Counties

Encore Theater, Tulare
Hairspray – musical
June 28 – July 13


The Empty Space
She Kills Monsters  – play
July 5 – 20

The Gaslight Melodrama
Milligan’s Island 
 – melodrama
July 12 – Sep 7

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s