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    Stars show us their moves in dance contest

    BY STEFANI DIAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Mar 25 2015 04:49 PM

    Cue the coordinated outfits, smooth moves and toe-tapping beats: Although the trophy is not a mirror ball, 10 local celebrities will go for glory Saturday night in a "Dancing With the Stars"-style contest at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

    Response to the first-ever Dancing at the Stars, a fundraiser benefitting Stars and Bakersfield Music Theatre, has been as fierce as the competition among the dancers, who include Monsignor Craig Harrison, attorney David Torres and Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez.

    Tickets for the event sold out in about a week, according to Jennifer Resolme, the event's creative director. "Before we even opened up the box office to sell the (first) day, we already had people calling and leaving messages asking to...

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    Soulful 'Sister Act' is second to nun

    If your most vivid memory from the 1992 comedy classic "Sister Act" is the triumphant moment when a choir of nuns transforms the Motown classic "My Guy" into a stirring declaration of faith, you might be disappointed in the stage version...

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    High hopes for Cirque show at Rabobank

    Bakersfield, we have arrived. Amid the acrobatic scheduling feats that will bring Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Juanes to Rabobank Arena in coming weeks, Cirque Du Soleil makes its first local appearance with the touring show "Varekai,"...

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    You're the judge of this musical

    It's got the trappings of a courtroom drama but when you throw in comedy and a cast of fairy-tale characters singing their arguments, chances are good someone will live happily ever after. That's to be expected when "The Big Bad Musical"...

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    'Wedding' set to renew vows

    Put on your Sunday best and leave the pit bull in the yard -- it's time for "My Big Fat Oildale Wedding." The popular show will enjoy its fourth run at the Gaslight Melodrama starting Friday. Michael Prince, the Gaslight's artistic...

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    A 'Rhinoceros' renaissance at BC

    While Kafka explored one man's illogical metamorphosis, Eugene Ionesco explored the plight of the lone man who does not transform in "Rhinoceros." Delving into man's fight against the tide of mass change, the production runs this week at...

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    Feed me, Seymour! 'Little Shop' opens at BHS

    The students at Bakersfield High School are singing and dancing, but the spring production is no "High School Musical." They're going a little darker this year with "Little Shop of Horrors," the story of a man and his man-eating plant....

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    'Saints' go marching in at The Empty Space

    In life, many mark success with consistency, but in theater the daily variations can signal great work. Director Kristina Saldana promises just that with her production of "A Company of Wayward Saints," opening Friday at The Empty Space....

  9. Join Shrek on fairy-tale adventure at East High

    The East Bakersfield High School Theatre program presents "Shrek the Musical," the story of a swamp-lodging ogre who meets his best friend, a wise-cracking donkey, and rescues Princess Fiona, in order to reclaim his land from the evil Lord...

  10. Gaslight casting net to land some talent

    Think you've got what it takes to light up the musical stage? Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall is looking for a few good men and women to help fill out its roles for the 2015 season. With some of the theater's longtime performers...

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    Looking for wholesome fun? Be glad for 'Plaid'

    While some court controversy in shades of gray at the movie theater, Stars Theatre Restaurant offers a family-friendly outing with "Forever Plaid," a return to the bygone era of four-part harmonies opening Friday. "The show is funny. It's...

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    Looking for wholesome fun? Be glad for ‘Plaid’

    While some court controversy in shades of gray at the movie theater, Stars Theatre Restaurant offers a family-friendly outing with “Forever Plaid,” a return to the bygone era of four-part harmonies opening Friday. “The show is funny. It’s...

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    Poetry in motion at CSUB

    The poetry of Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca comes to life Thursday at Cal State Bakersfield's Dore Theatre in "Lorca in a Green Dress." The lyrical drama depicts Lorca's journey in purgatory as he faces four aspects of his...

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