theatre

Courtesy of Good Company Players

It's always an exciting time for theatre in the San Joaquin Valley, but there's recently been some developments on that front in terms of new productions. Fresno Bee arts reporter and theatre critic Donald Munro joined Valley Edition Tuesday March 22 to discuss upcoming shows including a Broadway production coming to Fresno. 

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This week on Valley Edition Fresno Mayoral Candidate Doug Vagim chats about why he wants to lead the City of Fresno. We also discuss how a proposed ballot measure would use high speed rail money for water storage. Aubrey Bettencourt, the executive director of the California Water Alliance, joined us to talk about the plan.

Warnors Center for the Performing Arts

The historic Warnors Theatre in Downtown Fresno is a local treasure that opened in 1928. Today the venue is used for all sorts of events including film. This year’s lineup includes modern classics like the Princess Bride and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This week on Valley Edition we are joined by Michelle Swift with the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts to tell us more about the films in the series. 

FILMS - Doors Open at 6PM and films begin at 7PM. Adults $5, Kids Free. 

http://sfyouththeatre.org/Performances.html

In December a new play will take the stage at Fresno City College and it has a special connection to the community – it’s a musical by Fresno City College alumnus and acclaimed author Gary Soto. He joins Valley Edition Host Joe Moore for or a conversation about the play. 

Good Company Players

For generations Fresno residents have laughed and cried with the actors of the Good Company Players. Now celebrating 40 years on the stage in Fresno’s Tower District, the community theater company, and its founder Dan Pessano, are the subject of a new e-book from Fresno Bee features writer Donald Munro – called “The Company We Keep” – it’s available for download on the 

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It's Thursday night, and inside a small classroom at a church in Clovis, a handful of actors have gathered to put the finishing touches on a new original production. 

“Let’s go to the piece where this builds up before you take off into this speech,” shouts the director.

It's a theatre production of a four vignettes plus an original song, all focused an issue that's having a big impact on many Valley residents - obesity.