University Preparatory School Presents “Cinderella”

  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of “Oklahoma” and “The Sound of Music” with a witty contemporary take on the classic tale.  This beautiful production features magical transformations and all the moments… Continue Reading


Redding’s Talent Unmasked

Well, I could just say “Redding’s got talent” and there you have it, end of story. And not all of it comes by way of a tour bus. Like the amazing k. d. lang. Transcendent talent. I hope you were one of the fortunate 1,000 who saw her Friday night at the Cascade. Just incredible, yes? But I want to write about the talent that lives right here in River City and a showcase of that talent presented by Westside Performing Arts at the McLaughlin Auditorium on Saturday. Continue Reading


Stage Manager: Actor Karen Fox Lives Her Own Cindy Ella Story

Being adrift in the entertainment doldrums of summer – Westside’s Broadway revue a couple of weeks off, Riverfront’s “Cheaper By the Dozen” not quite open (it starts Saturday, July 16), and the school year not even on the horizon –… Continue Reading


The Redding Musical That Never Was

Once upon a time there was a summer theater program at a quaint community college. This theater had the biggest, best equipped stage in the kingdom. The directors had great plans to produce a magical summer musical and bring happiness… Continue Reading

Thursday’s ‘Off the Hook’ Offers Unique Glimpse Behind Bars

Wanted: Actors. No theatrical experience necessary.

Required: Incarceration experience. Don’t bother applying if you haven’t done time behind bars.

Welcome to the bravely innovative Poetic Justice Project, a 2-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to helping parolees reintegrate into society through the arts … Continue Reading


Shasta High’s Cast of 70+ Presents ‘The Music Man’

Shasta High School’s music department presents five-time Tony award-winning “The Music Man.” This beloved family musical will be held May 4th-7th and May 12th-14th at the beautifully restored David Marr Theater in Redding. The production includes a cast of over 70 students and a live orchestra.

All performances are assigned seating … Continue Reading

The Fonz, Richie, Potsie – Happy Days are Here Again!

What: Happy Days When: March 17-20 and 25-26 Where: McLaughlin Theatre, Sequoia Middle School Cost: $15; tickets available here Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable “king of cool”… Continue Reading


Shasta’s Soaring Musical and More

Most people who have lived in the north state for any stretch of time have heard something about the excellence of the annual Shasta High School spring musical. I once wrote that the school’s spring musical is like a 747 jetliner — it’s a massive beautiful thing and it’s amazing that it gets off the ground each year. But … Continue Reading