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  1. Chaos behind the scenes inspiration for 'Empty Christmas'

    BY STEFANI DIAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Dec 03 2014 01:11 PM

    All the world may be a stage but the average person doesn't usually see what goes on behind the scenes. This month, The Empty Space offers a comedic spin on the less-glamorous side of theater life with "A Very Empty Christmas."

    Co-written by the theater's financial director, Kristina Saldana, and board member Ron Warren, the two-hour revue opening Friday is their love letter to The Empty Space.

    "We decided to showcase a little bit of what happens to us all year long at the theater," Saldana said in an email. "All the crazy things that happen during the show are based on real-life events or stories we have from the past year and beyond ... all the things we deal with all year from fundraising ideas to running the day-to-day operations to...

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    NOR's 'Miracle on 34th Street' should be right up your avenue

    Kris Kringle goes on trial at 7 p.m. Friday in the holiday family favorite "Miracle on 34th Street" performed by NOR Recreation and Park District's Junior Theatre program. The performances -- also at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday -- take...

  3. Murder on menu in 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

    Liberty High School takes a trip back to 1940s Brooklyn with the farce "Arsenic and Old Lace," the tale of a newly engaged writer who returns to the warm embrace of his kind -- and homicidal -- elderly aunts. Things go awry not even 10...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Even Santa needs some Christmas magic

    Like most of us on this particular day, the folks at Gaslight Melodrama are celebrating Thanksgiving but they're ready to jump right into the next holiday, and they mean business, with an extended schedule of 25 performances of the annual...

  5. It's still a beauty of a love story

    The actors performing in the beloved fairy tale "Beauty and Beast" are living in a fairy tale of their own. "Everyone in the cast knows 'Beauty and the Beast,'" said Jillian Butterfield, who plays Belle. "We all grew up watching the show."...

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    Review: Funniest farce in many a 'Moon'

    If you're yearning to sit back, relax and revel in some comedic on-stage high jinx this weekend, consider taking in "Moon over Buffalo" at Stars. I laughed my way through last Sunday's performance. It's set in 1953, in Buffalo, N.Y., and...

  7. 1983 play's revival shakes off the dust

    In 1983, I saw the premiere of "From Dust Thou Art" and then as now, I consider it a powerful piece of theater, one that is unique to Kern County. The script for the play, by Peter Grego, is drawn from interviews Dust Bowl migrants did for...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Hair' still has some bounce to it

    In historic terms, the 1960s was an era when many young people were actively engaged in a counter-culture movement that questioned the status quo. Those who actually lived during that decade might define its elements as long-haired...

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    Get cracking -- ballet coming to Fox

    Christmas can't come soon enough for many families -- and retailers -- but Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" is really pushing up the timeline this year. On Wednesday, just five days after Halloween, the dance company will kick...


    Curtain goes up at renovated BC theaters

    Bakersfield College students could be forgiven for feeling as though they'd been upstaged this weekend, and by a most unlikely source: the very theaters where they performed. Out of commission for three years, the college's indoor and...

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    Wanting some 'Haunting'?

    With TV schedules and Netflix queues jammed with horror movies this month, why head to the theater for another scary story? In a word: atmosphere. "The close proximity and intimate feeling of the theater is going to add so much to the...

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    Whole lotta Shakespeare goin' on

    An all-female cast doing "Macbeth"? That's a twist to the tragedy that's got to be a first; it certainly is for the Kern Shakespeare Festival, which opens Wednesday with its other offering, "The Taming of the Shrew." In the Bard's day, of...

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    Review: Luck is a lady with 'Guys and Dolls'

    Director-choreographer Shay Brandon Burke was right on the money when he predicted that "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat" would be something special. When I saw that particular scene in "Guys and Dolls" on Sunday at Stars, I was...

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